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  • July 23, 2016

    Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie gets approval on $20M expansion to historic theater

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    From the Asbury Park Press: Curtains have gone up on a $20 million expansion project for Count Basie Theatre, after the borough’s Zoning Board approved the project on Thursday night.

    The board’s approval means engineering work can begin and building permits can be pulled, though it could still be months before any construction commences on the site.

    Adam Philipson, president and CEO of the nonprofit that runs the theater, did not return calls on Thursday and it’s unclear when work on the expansion would begin.

    What does the plan include?

    Plans call for the expansion of both ends of the current theater, doubling its footprint and occupying an entire block on Monmouth Street, between Maple Avenue and Pearl Street.

    The east expansion is two stories and totals 11,489 square feet, including a larger entryway into the theater, more concessions, a lounge and an elevator. The work on the building’s west side will be a three-story, 30,000-square-foot expansion. The west wing will have a second performance venue, improved dressing rooms, rehearsal space, classrooms for community education, two elevators, a roof deck and restrooms.

    Improving Basie’s backstage facilities was among the top priorities of the project. At a zoning meeting last month, Philipson told the story of singer Harry Connick Jr. calling the dressing rooms unacceptable in front of a Count Basie crowd.

    Count Basie officials asked the zoning board to approve an exception on building height restrictions. The building will rise to just over 66 feet, slightly taller than allowed. Board members had few problems with that issue and focused mainly on parking, which is at a severe shortage in Red Bank.

  • July 20, 2016

    Dillsburg, PA – Fire destroys Dillsburg drive-in theater’s old movie screen

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    From the York Dispatch: Fire destroyed the remnants of the old movie screen at Haar’s Drive-In Theatre just outside Dillsburg early Tuesday morning.

    Fire crews were dispatched to the blaze at 185 Logan Road in Carroll Township about 3:45 a.m., according to a York County 911 Center supervisor.

    Demolition crews had already reduced the old screen to a pile of wood and debris, which is what caught fire, according to Fire Chief Scott McClintock of Dillsburg’s Citizens Hose Co.

    A track hoe that was left parked next to the pile sustained a good deal of fire damage, he said.

    “It’s not destroyed, but it’s going to need a lot of work and repair,” McClintock said.

    No one was hurt, he said, and crews had the blaze under control in about 15 minutes.

    Demolition crew called: It took about 90 minutes to fully extinguish flames.

    “We had to wait on scene to get the demolition people there to operate the heavy equipment needed to move around the pile,” McClintock said.

  • July 14, 2016

    Albany, NY – Albany’s Palace Theatre plans $65 million expansion

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    From the Times Union: The Palace Theatre is poised to undergo a $65 million transformation that if fully realized would include a new, smaller theater along North Pearl Street, an expansion of the historic original theater’s lobby and stage house, and a state-of-the-art video post-production facility. The vision for the project was introduced Wednesday at a news conference with theater, city and county officials. They lauded it as yet another major upgrade to the attractions in downtown Albany, alongside $16 million in improvements to the atrium of the Times Union Center and the new, $78 million Albany Capital Center convention facility due to open next year. Information about funding for the project was not provided, nor were details about prospective new programming. “This project is undoubtedly the most transformative arts and culture redevelopment venture in Albany in recent memory and will further invigorate the downtown area, spur economic development, create jobs and provide a more sustainable future for the arts in the Capital Region,” said Alan Goldberg, chairman of the board of directors for the Palace Performing Arts Center. The nonprofit entity operates the Palace Theatre and would, pending approval by the Albany Common Council, take over ownership of the building from the city. It previously had leased the venue. According to estimates supplied by the Palace, the project is expected to have a $125 million economic impact on the community and produce an estimated 225 full-time jobs during a three-year construction period. The downtown Albany area would see the Palace’s annual economic impact more than double, to $10 million, after the project’s completion. Estimates are for annual attendance of more than 500,000 annually, up from current audiences totaling 175,000 per year. “I think this is wonderful for Albany,” said Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, producing artistic director of nearby Capital Repertory Theatre. “This kind of facility would be a huge draw. We’re a capital city that deserves a beautiful space that would attract people from across the region.” Philip Morris, the Proctors CEO who guided its expansion starting in 2003, said he was unaware of the scope of the Palace project which in cost eclipses the $42 million in renovations and expansion at Proctors in Schenectady that were completed nine years ago.

  • June 30, 2016

    Larchmont, NY – Larchmont Residents Rush to Save Theater

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    From The Wall Street Journal: Strolling to the Larchmont Playhouse to watch the latest films has been a tradition in Vicki Rosenstreich’s family for more than 30 years.

    Now she and other fans of the 83-year-old theater want future generations to have that same opportunity.

    The owner of the Larchmont Playhouse has put it up for sale, asking $1.5 million. Residents in Larchmont, a Westchester County village 13 miles northeast of Manhattan, fear the theater could close.

    A group of admirers are hoping to raise enough money to buy the theater and operate it as a nonprofit organization or form a partnership with another group interested in keeping the space as a movie house.

    “What we are hoping for is a stay of execution,” said Ms. Rosenstreich, 72 years old, a Larchmont resident of 36 years.

  • May 27, 2016

    Independence, IA – Strong winds damage historic Malek Theatre

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    From KWWL.com:
    Strong winds from last night’s storm damaged part of the historic Malek Theater grand marquee sign in Independence.

    Wind ripped off the left part of the marquee sign, which is located along 2nd Avenue.

    Half of the sign is now completely missing, leaving the people of Independence losing an iconic image.

    Luckily, the half that fell is still intact, and has been moved inside the theater.

    This building has been standing tall since 1946 making it a historic landmark for the city of Independence.

    In an instant, with the power of this storm a piece came crashing down.

    The theater has been closed for some time now. Now the owner, Anthony Fitz says this is just putting a delay in his plans down to re-open in the future.

    “I was just like in awe,” said Fitz. “Just kinda like wow, it was a surprise. It’s been old, something would’ve happened. But I didn’t think the whole side would fall down.”

    Fitz says he estimates the repair is going to cost around $50,000.

  • May 12, 2016

    Los Angeles, CA – Apple Store Opening in Downtown LA’s Historic Tower Theatre

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    From Los Angeles Business Journal: Apple Inc. is in the in the process of securing a lease for retail space at the historic Tower Theater downtown, according to sources familiar with the transaction. When complete, the lease for an Apple store at the building, at 800 S. Broadway, could spark dramatic changes along a corridor that has long been in flux.

    “If you have a retailer like Apple that comes to Broadway, everyone else will follow,” said Jones Lang LaSalle agent Lorena Tomb. “It’s going to push rents up, and it’s going to change the entire street.”

    Terms of the deal could not be determined. Apple said it has not made any announcements about a store at that location. The brokerage reportedly representing Apple, Robert K. Futterman & Associates, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The stretch of Broadway between First Street and Olympic Boulevard has roughly 250,000 square feet of vacant retail space, despite being populated recently by retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Gap Outlet, Acne Studios, and Oak. The presence of an Apple store could be the spark that reshapes the area.

  • July 7, 2015

    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.

  • May 15, 2015

    May is Preservation Month!

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    May is Preservation Month – The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) encourages organizations like Cinema Treasures, Theatre Historical Society of America, Main Streets, and preservation enthusiasts like you to showcase how we celebrate historic places and the theatres we love.

    What can you do to celebrate Preservation Month? Get your camera and head to the nearest historic theatre!

  • December 17, 2012

    Shooting at Mayan Palace Theater in San Antonio

    For an update on this story, please visit MySanAntonio

  • August 27, 2011

    Hurricane Irene shutters dozen of movie theaters

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    According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, Hurricane Irene will have a strong negative impact on this weekend’s box office, as moviegoers flee low-lying coastal areas along the Eastern seaboard.

    AMC Entertainment, one of the nation’s largest theater circuits, has said that theaters in Norfolk, Va., Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C., will close on Saturday, and predicts that numerous New York theaters will be closed on Sunday. The circuit also is closing all New Jersey theaters at 6 p.m. Saturday.

    And Clearview Cinemas, which operates 57 theaters along the Philadelphia-New York corridor, is closing all of its locations Saturday and Sunday.

    The closings will likely reduce weekend box office totals by up to $30 million.

    (Hurricane Irene image by NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team)