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    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)