Fan of Brooklyn’s Kings, or Chicago’s Uptown?

posted by JimRankin on October 17, 2005 at 5:03 am

CHICAGO, IL — If you are a fan of the long dormant Kings in Brooklyn, NY, and have long wanted to see the documentary about it, here is your chance. If you have always intended to journey to Chicago to see its theatres, there here is the way you can ‘kill two birds with one stone’:

The following news blurbs come from the Uptown Adviser, the Friends of the Uptown newsletter (visit their Web site at www.uptowntheatre.com)::)

For your cinematic pleasure — One Night Only!
Memoirs of a Movie Palace and Uptown Community Portrait 2005
to be screened at Friends/Truman College event
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005, Truman College

“Memoirs of a Movie Palace” will be screened at Truman College, 1134 W. Wilson Ave., in Uptown. The venue is Novar Hall, where seating is limited. This is a very special screening of a very difficult to find movie. “Uptown Community Portrait 2005,” a short cinema verite documentary, will precede the feature film.

“Memoirs,” a 1979 independent film, tells the story of a theatre very similar to the Uptown: The LOEW’S KINGS THEATRE, in Brooklyn, N.Y., which also remains closed without a plan for reuse. The film was shot on location as the KINGS was being closed in the late 1970s. If someone had the foresight to shoot a movie in the UPTOWN (minus the Brooklyn accents!), we would have a very similar document, with the same kinds of memories recalled and sentiments expressed.

Your attendance as a “Friend” of the Uptown is important to our efforts and goals. As major stabilization work is ongoing at the theatre building, it is a good time for us to network and get to know each other!

Donations will be accepted in lieu of a fixed admission ticket price. Truman officials said that we may park in any of the adjacent Truman parking lots (driveway located on Broadway through the McJunkin Building). Entrance to the Truman building itself will be through the easternmost doors located on the Wilson Avenue side (north elevation). Staff will direct you from there.


This may be short notice that I just received an hour ago, but short notice is better than none. Happy theatres to you. Jim Rankin

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 8, 2007 at 4:22 am

The following bulletin was just received by members of Theatre Historical Society of America: “We have just learned that long time member Jim Rankin has passed away. We have no other details at this time, but wanted to share this sad news with you as soon as possible. Jim was an enthusiastic proponent of historic theaters and their important place in today’s world. He was a frequent contributor to Cinema Treasures and always jumped at the chance to answer a question or correct misinformation. He was a staunch supporter of THS and often referred questions to our office for clarification. We will miss Jim’s dedication to our cause— but his shadow will long remain with those of us who truly love the vintage movie palaces.”

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