December 9, 2014
It is with great excitement that Cinema Treasures (CT) and the Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) announce a new strategic partnership effective today. Janine Pixley, Development & Marketing Director for THS, will begin contributing daily to the Cinema Treasures blog in our collective effort to introduce CT users to THS and THS members to CT.
All of us at Cinema Treasures are thrilled to be working with Janine, Executive Director Richard Fosbrink, and other members of the THS staff. “It’s going to be a great opportunity to connect movie theatre news and notes from around the globe to a group of people who are hungry for it,” Pixley notes. “We’re very excited about this new partnership with Cinema Treasures and can’t wait to introduce the Theatre Historical Society of America to this community as a whole.”
Cinema Treasures was founded in 1999 and inspired by two books: Great American Movie Theaters by David Naylor (1987) and Best Remaining Seats by Ben Hall (1962). Hall was not only the author of a foundational work on film exhibition history but he was also the co-founder of the incomparable Theatre Historical Society of America. Since its founding in 1969, THS has documented and celebrated the architectural, cultural and social history of America’s theaters. Through its preservation of the collections in the American Theatre Architecture Archive, its signature publication Marquee™ and it many events including Conclave Theatre Tour, THS increases awareness, appreciation and scholarly study of America’s theatres.
As an inspiration for our own site, it’s an honor to be working with THS today.
The blog, of course, is in excellent hands. Like all of us, Janine isn’t just an important player at THS, she’s also a movie theater fan: “My earliest memory seeing a movie (which will probably date me) is sneaking into the balcony during Terminator 2 at Edmund Town Hall in Connecticut. You had to have a parent with you if you were under 17, but there’s nothing like watching a movie in a balcony — except when you "accidentally” drop popcorn to the main floor."
Today’s announcement provides us with one more opportunity to thank our longtime blog editor Michael Zoldessy for his years of heroic service. Our delay in rebooting the blog was to make sure that its next iteration lived up to Michael’s standards and pushed us further in a new direction. With today’s announcement, we have accomplished both and we’re thrilled to be working with Janine and THS.
(Below: Janine Pixley, left)
November 5, 2014
If you’re like me, you visit the Cinema Treasures site for new cinemas, theater updates, and the latest news on classic cinemas and the contemporary moviegoing scene. If you’ve done the latter over the past decade, you have Michael Zoldessy to thank for making the CT blog a must-read.
This site owes an enormous and incomparable debt to Michael for his tireless work and dedication to bringing the latest news to the site every week for nearly a decade. It’s hard to think of Cinema Treasures without him but I’m grateful that he’ll still be around as a visitor and I’m even more grateful to have his friendship.
On behalf of Patrick, Ken, and myself, please help me thank Michael for everything he’s done for classic cinemas in Los Angeles and for his work on this site. Thank you Michael — we will miss you!
P.S. The blog is on hiatus for the moment but we are happily seeking volunteers to work on the future of the blog.
October 27, 2014
After this Friday, October 31, the blog at Cinema Treasures will be on hiatus. The space may evolve into something different as its future is currently being discussed.
Thanks so much for your continued patronage and we will keep you posted on the next chapter of Cinema Treasures!
December 25, 2013
We here at Cinema Treasures wish everyone has a great holiday and a Happy New Year. Thanks for visiting the site and see you at the movies!
(Thanks to tinseltoes for providing the photo.)
July 4, 2013
Cinema Treasures is closed today for the holiday. See you at the movies … and, remember, no texting! If you need a helpful reminder, check out this PSA from Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and the Alamo Drafthouse.
April 17, 2012
Cinema Treasures is excited to announce the publication of a new book, “American Showman: Samuel ‘Roxy’ Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry” (Columbia University Press, 2012) by Ross Melnick and a 30% discount for Cinema Treasures users and Theatre Historical Society members.
“Roxy” (1882-1936) built an enormously influential career as film exhibitor, stage producer, radio broadcaster, musical arranger, war propagandist, and international celebrity. He managed many of New York’s most important theaters, including the Regent, Strand, Rialto, Rivoli, Capitol, Roxy, and Radio City Music Hall, and was one of the nation’s most celebrated broadcasters from 1922-1935 on NBC and CBS.
He also helped engineer the integration of film, music, and live performance in silent film exhibition; scored early Fox Movietone films such as Sunrise (1927) and Street Angel (1928); pioneered the convergence of film, broadcasting, and music publishing and recording in the 1920s; and helped movies and moviegoing become the dominant form of mass entertainment between the world wars.
Regularly cited as one of the twelve most important figures in the film and radio industries, Roxy was instrumental to the development of film exhibition and commercial broadcasting, musical accompaniment, and a new, convergent entertainment industry. “American Showman” is the first book to examine Rothafel’s multifaceted career in film, music, and broadcasting.
“It’s about time that we are finally getting the full story of America’s most daring and successful showman…. Ross Melnick’s book is that rare combination of in-depth research and a great read. Finally, Roxy has received his due.” – Rick Altman, University of Iowa, author of Silent Film Sound
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January 30, 2012
Cinema Treasure’s most popular photo, with more than 13,000 views, is of the Lansdowne Theatre a long closed movie palace in Philadelphia’s suburbs. Howard Haas informs us that the photo is so popular because it is on the recent “After the Curtain” write up of the Lansdowne Theatre.
As the nonprofit organization owning the Lansdowne Theatre is fundraising by charging rental fees to photographers, many stellar photos of the Lansdowne are emerging.
December 23, 2011
All of us here at Cinema Treasures wish you a happy holiday and a healthy New Year. We look forward to many more serving you.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
November 24, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Cinema Treasures. We hope you have a great holiday and if you’re not celebrating it, just have a great weekend.
(Thanks to Ken Roe for providing the photo.)
September 23, 2011
It’s just been just over three months since we relaunched Cinema Treasures and we’re happy to report we now have over 25,000 photos of movie theaters. Great work, everyone!
(And special thanks to our long-time volunteer Ken Roe who uploaded the 25,000th photo, as seen above.)