Cinema Treasures

  • November 5, 2014

    A Tribute to Our Blog Editor Michael Zoldessy


    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

    Blog Hiatus

    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

    Merry Christmas from Cinema Treasures


    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

    Happy 4th of July!

    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

    New Book about Samuel ‘Roxy’ Rothafel – “American Showman” 30% Discount


    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


    For 30% off US orders, visit and enter code AMEME.
    For 30% off orders in the UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and South Africa, email .uk or phone (1243) 843-291 and use code AMEME.

    “American Showman” is also available from Amazon – US and UKBarnes & Noble, and other retailers.

  • January 30, 2012

    Lansdowne Theatre, the most popular photo on cinematreasures

    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.

    Another recent site features an amazing photo of the stagehouse, and more tantalizing photos of the Lansdowne are found on this site.

  • December 23, 2011

    Happy Holidays from Cinema Treasures


    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.

    Thank you

    (Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)

  • November 24, 2011

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    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

    Cinema Treasures hits 25,000 photographs!


    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.)

  • August 28, 2011

    Cinema Treasures featured in the New York Times


    We’re extremely excited to say that Cinema Treasures is profiled in the Arts and Leisure section of today’s New York Times.

    The New York Times: Scrapbooking Big-Screen Memories

    Also… special thanks to Amanda Petrusich and Konrad Fiedler at the Times, as well as Roger Ebert and Gordon McAlpin for their kind words.