Preserving Palaces Film Festival Sept. 14-15
CHICAGO, IL — Just a reminder that the historic Portage Theater in Chicago will be hosting “Preserving Palaces: The Struggle to Reclaim America’s Cinema Heritage” this Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, featuring five great documentary films on theater preservation and a discussion panel.
Friday night, beginning at 7:30 P.M., we will be showing Uptown: Portrait of a Palace, followed by Preserve Me a Seat, chronicling efforts to save the Indian Hills in Omaha, DuPage in Lombard, IL, Gayety/Publix in Boston, and Villa in Salt Lake City. We will also show Marquee Lights, a short film produced by the Friends of the DuPage in 2003.
On Saturday beginnging at 7:00 P.M., see The Wizard of Austin Boulevard about Chicago’s Patio Theatre, Loew’s Paradise Theatre, and the rare 1980 film Memoirs of a Movie Palace, covering the final days of Brooklyn’s Loew’s Kings.
The films on Saturday night will be followed by a theater preservation discussion panel featuring Lisa DiChiera of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, Robert Boin of Friends of the Uptown, Kevin Fitzpatrick of Friends of the DuPage, and Alexander Kouvalis of the Patio Theatre. For more information, visit www.portagetheater.org.