Dayton Art Institute Benefit To Save Page Cinema Arts Theatre Slated For Thursday, 21st.
(Dayton/(Riverside) OH January 18, 2010 —– Nouveau Cinema Group, Inc. (NCGI) today announced a special fund raising event for THE PAGE Cinema Arts Theatre, the former Page Manor Theatre, for Thursday evening, January 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Café Monet which is located in the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH. According to NCGI spokesperson, Rick Martin, the event will feature live and film entertainment, wine and soft drinks and finger-foods, door prizes as well as an opportunity for people interested in this non-profit group, potential volunteers, corporate and individual sponsors. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Those unable to pay will be admitted free after 8:00PM. Further information and tickets are available by calling 937 613-4432.
The theatre, located at 5584 Airway Road, is adjacent to the huge Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The Page originally opened in 1967 as a first run theatre by Century Theatres and was subsequently purchased by Chakeres Theatres and converted into a twin cinema, continuing under their direction for another ten years. In latter years, the Page Manor Twin Cinema went through several ownerships and has been closed for the past several years. According to Martin, “The cinema is in need of renovation, refurbishing and installation of new, state of the art equipment.”
In his opening announcement, Rick Martin explained, “Nouveau Cinema Group will begin extensive cleaning and remodeling beginning in two weeks with a grand opening slated for April 2nd, 2010. Freshly re-upholstered seats, handicapped accessible restroom, state of the art projection and sound equipment with wall to wall screens are amongst the many improvements to be made to the new Page Cinema Arts Theatre. Our remodeled concession area will feature whole-organic snacks, penny candy for the younger set, a full bar service as well as traditional popcorn and theatre snacks.”
“The Page will be something very unique to this area,” explained Martin, “our programming will include both live and film presentations. On the two screens patrons will be treated to classic films like Casablanca and the work of Charlie Chaplin as well as festivals and cinema-retrospectives aimed at film buffs and niche audiences. We are also planning regular matinee ‘edu-tainment’ shows for children and ‘midnight matinees’ in the vein of ‘Rocky Horror,’ which had its Dayton area premiere at The Page. Latino films and films from India’s ‘Bollywood’ are also in the works. In addition, The Page will host contemporary movies, live theatre and musical events in conjunction with other local arts groups.” As a non-profit operation,“ said Martin, "we have a great deal more flexibility and latitude than conventional theatres. We are also seeking other venues that may be candidates for The Page Cinema Arts Theatre approach.