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    Richard Grell is the Thomas DuBuque Research Fellowship Winner

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    THS is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Thomas DuBuque Research Fellowship: Richard Grell.

  • July 6, 2015

    Dave Hoekstra’s Nocturnal Journal: Preserving Movie Palaces

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    Listen to Dave Hoekstra’s Independence Day edition of the Nocturnal Journal with a look at the efforts of the Elmhurst-based Theatre Historical Society of America. Executive Director Richard Fosbrink and members Craig Morrison and Dave Syfczak talk about the organization’s efforts to preserve and rehab classic movie palaces, the personal relationships that formed with these neighborhood theaters and the “second-lives” of these architectural treasures.

  • July 2, 2015

    Across the New York Area, Restoring ‘Wonder Theater’ Movie Palaces to Glory

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    The New York Times' Nathaniel Adams wrote this great article about five amazing theatres in the New York City area. Enjoy a great article and some wonderful photo tours on five'Wonder Theatres' from the Kings Theatre, to the Jersey Loews, the Paradise, the United Palace and the Valencia.

  • July 1, 2015

    Gary Martinez of Martinez + Johnson Architecture on Historic Theatre Restoration

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    From the Preservation Nation Blog: In the upcoming Summer 2015 issue of Preservation, we take a peek behind the curtain at the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Seized during the 1970s in lieu of back taxes, the historic venue idled vacant until the New York City Economic Development Corporation issued a Request for Proposals to restore it in 2008.

    A consortium of groups participated in the project, spearheaded by ACE Theatrical Group and Martinez+Johnson Architecture. Here are some excerpts from the national Trusts' wide-ranging conversation with Gary Martinez, president and principal at Martinez+Johnson and a link to the full article.

  • June 26, 2015

    4 Norfolk, VA Theatres

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    Another busy day in Virginia! Today we visited the Norfolk area and the Attucks Theatre, Chrysler Hall, Roper Performing Arts Center, and the Wells Theatre.

  • June 25, 2015

    So Far We Visited 12 Theatres in 2 Days, Including Richmond’s Carpenter Theatre

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    The Loew’s Theater at 6th and Grace streets in Richmond is a handsome example of movie palace architecture of the 1920s. Designed by the renowned theater architect John Eberson, Loew’s was considered the most up-to-date theater in the South when it opened to capacity crowds on April 9, 1928. Richmond’s Loew’s displays all the theater accoutrement deemed necessary for a successful theater of the twenties. On the exterior these include an exotic, romanticized image of a distant land; an imposing corner tower establishing the building as a major visual and cultural landmark within the urban landscape; and a large marquee woven into the facade by day and a blazing standard by night.

  • June 23, 2015

    Greetings From Richmond & the THS Conclave Theatre Tour 2015!

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    THS begins the 2015 Conclave Theatre Tour today. This exciting trip will take us to historic theatres across the state of Virginia! This afternoon our group will enjoy a docent led walking tour or Richmond’s Historic Shockoe Slip district. Tomorrow morning we will visit the Byrd and Altria theatres.

  • June 19, 2015

    1st Nickelodeon Opened on This Day in 1905!

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    On this day in 1905 the first ‘Nickelodeon’ opened! It was located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and developed by the showman Harry Davis. The storefront theater had 96 seats and charged each five cents admission for each show. Nickelodeons were named using a combination of the admission cost and odeon, the Greek word for “theater”. Nickleodeons soon spread across the country, with programs that included live vaudeville acts as well as short films. Here’s a great story about the first Nickelodeon from PA Book Library –

  • June 17, 2015

    The Theatre on Your Street: Historic Colonial Theatre in Laconia, New Hampshire to be Sold

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    “Thanks to an historic announcement Monday, 2015 will likely be remembered in the City on the Lakes as the year the Colonial Theatre was reborn at the age of 101.

    During a hastily arranged, well-attended ceremony at Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, Randy Eifert, chair of the Belknap Economic Development Council’s Board of Directors, joined by Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, said that the BEDC, through a wholly-owned limited-liability corporation, had signed a purchase and sales agreement with the Patricia Baldi Revocable Trust to acquire the Colonial Theatre for $1.4 million.

  • June 15, 2015

    Detroit’s Alger Theater Screened a Film for the First Time in 30 Years

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    Are you in Detroit this weekend? For the first time in 30 years, Detroit’s Alger Theater is planning to screen a film in the historic Art Deco movie house that opened in 1935 at the corner of East Warren and East Outer Drive.

    As part of its new Brew & View fundraiser series, the Friends of the Alger Theater will show Mel Brooks' 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. The choice of Young Frankenstein, Broughton says, “is a bit of a spoof on our history,” a nod to the Alger’s last days in the mid-1980s when it was known as a “blood-and-gore” joint. Its last hurrah was a double feature of Friday the 13th flicks (parts IV and V) in 1985. This screening was the first of four planned at the Alger this summer, scheduled to take place on the second Sunday of the month from June through September.