Today’s Newsreel

posted by Ross Melnick on January 31, 2003 at 11:26 am

More on the Glasgow Odeon Closure
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Read the Evening Times article

Historic Orpheum Theatre Auction Nearing End
CLARION, PA — Less than 24 hours remain to buy the historic Orpheum Theatre, a twin movie house closed since 1998. Current bid as of Friday: $25,201.37.

View/Bid on eBay

Sadness in Metaphor; Body found in front of Capitol Theatre in Flint
FLINT, MI — Read the WJRT News piece

Thanks to Gary Flinn for the upsetting news.

Preservation Alert Theater in Worse Shape Than Originally Thought
GARDEN CITY, KS — Read the Garden City Telegram report

Thanks to Signe Foreman, who added: “Please if you know anything to help this become a reality PLEASE HELP!! I grew up in this theater because my Grandma worked there for over 20 years, and I spent my childhood there.”

The Kink Chronicles: A Film Projectionist’s Memories of Times Square Sleaze
NEW YORK, NY — We found this article to be off-beat and amusing, a fun recall on the old days of New York’s sleazy, but memorable theater district. However, if you’re of delicate constitution, you may want to skip to the next item in the newsreel…You have been warned! :)

Read the article

Preservation Alert Clearview’s Art Deco Metro Theater Closes
NEW YORK, NY — With no fanfare at all, one of New York City’s most under-appreciated Art Deco facades went dark last week with the closure of the Metro Theater. The former Midtown Theater had been operating as a first-run twin for the emnbattled circuit, but grosses were low and times are tough for the struggling exhibitor.

Clicking an old link for Metro’s showtimes from the Clearview Cinemas site pulls up the following message: “This is a holding index blob that no one will ever see.” We’ve seen it and we’re saddened.

This theater, which was featured in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” deserves an encore. Landmark, City Cinemas, Crown, Symphony Space: we’re talking to you. Make a deal…quickly.

Thanks to Mike Hoytes for relaying the sad news.

Preservation Alert Cinema Theatre Threatened With Demolition
BERKELEY, CA — This is from the website:

ALERT!! Landmark Hearing scheduled for this Monday, February 3rd at 7:30 PM, at the North Berkeley Senior Center, corner Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Hearst Street. The public is urgently needed to attend. Please speak out about preserving Berkeley’s cultural landmarks! If we don’t get a good turn-out, we WILL lose this precious Cinema Treasure!

As you are reading this, the Cinema Theatre, currently called The Fine Arts, is in grave danger of being demolished, not for being derilict ( the building is sound and well-maintained ), but for being in the way of a planned development.

If you are anywhere near the area, we urge you to attend and lend your support for the Cinema.

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