Cinema Treasures

  • October 7, 2004

    SITE UPGRADE: Theater Guide

    Next on our list of new features and enhancements… Cinema Treasures' theater guide.

    When browsing through a list of theaters (like Art Deco theaters or theaters in California), it’s now possible to view all the theaters in a given category. So, in addition to viewing twenty-five theaters at a time, but you can now view them all at once — on a single page, either as a list or as thumbnails.

    We’ve also added a number of enhancements to individual theater pages. Most significantly, theater pages now display more than one name for a theater. The theater’s current (or most recent) name is still displayed, but if previous names exist, they are also displayed. (Previous names are now searchable too.) Similarly, if our database contains a phone number for a theater, we now show the number.

    Lastly, you may have noticed that the image behind the Cinema Treasures logo on the top of each page has changed. In fact, every day of the week, we plan to show a different background. Each image will reveal a special ‘Cinema Treasure’ which reminds us why we all love movie theaters so much.

  • SITE UPGRADE: Yesterday’s Outage

    Our apologies for those of you who were unable to view the site yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, the new site is so popular that we overloaded our existing server. But, rest assured, we’re planning to move Cinema Treasures to a more powerful server as soon as possible.

  • October 6, 2004

    SITE UPGRADE: New Book, New Site

    To celebrate the release of our new Cinema Treasures book, we’re introducing a number of new features and enhancements to our website.

    Stay tuned as we highlight one or two new feature or enhancement each day this week! Today’s new feature? Our improved favorites system.

  • SITE UPGRADE: My Favorites

    Previous versions of Cinema Treasures allowed users to add a list of their favorite theaters to their member profile, but the process of adding and removing theaters was confusing to some. Now, it’s incredibly easy to make a list of your favorite Cinema Treasures.

    Just browse through our theater guide, find a theater you’d like to add, and then click ‘Add to favorites’. That’s it! Likewise, if you wish to remove a theater from your list, go to the theater’s page and click ‘Remove from favorites’.

    To view your list of favorites at any time, just login to your Cinema Treasures account and click the My Favorites in the upper right corner of your browser window.

  • August 6, 2004

    Pop Culture Magazine Features Cinema Treasures

    Pop Culture Magazine recently interviewed Cinema Treasures co-founder Ross Melnick for the webzine’s listing of Cinema Treasures as their “Website of the Week.”

    If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes on in the mind of one of the people that run this place, this is a good opportunity to find out. :)

  • July 23, 2004

    Happy Birthday to Ross Melnick!

    Thought everyone might want to know that today is the birthday of Cinema Treasures co-founder (and all-around great guy) Ross Melnick!

  • May 31, 2004

    Cinema Treasures Will Return

    Due to the Memorial Day holiday, Cinema Treasures will not be updated today. We will resume publishing tomorrow.

  • April 29, 2004

    Astor Plaza and Ziegfeld Updates

    Fans of New York City’s Astor Plaza and Ziegfeld have been having a vibrant discussion about the past, present, and future of these two “palaces” — both of which are some of the few remaining large, single-screen theaters still operating in New York.

    If you haven’t read some of the great comments on these theater pages, you’re definitely missing out!

  • March 15, 2004

    Cinema Treasures Hits 5000 Theaters!

    Over the weekend, Cinema Treasures’s Theater Guide officially passed the 5000 theater mark!

    With help from thousands of theater fans around the world, it has taken us just over three years to reach this amazing milestone. In fact, the day that we launched the site — with just 100 theaters — seems like eons ago.

    Some interesting stats about the guide:
    • 5086 theaters
    • 189 theater chains
    • 64 functions
    • 29 styles
    • 165 architects
    • 64 architectural firms
    • 768 theater links
    • 1620 photos

    Of course, there is so much more work ahead, as there are many, many more theaters to add and new features to bring online (photo system, message board, etc.), but we’re both tremendously excited at how large and comprehensive this website has become.

    Special thanks to our illustrious theater editor Bryan Krefft and all of our current and former volunteers, as well as everyone who has ever made a contribution to Cinema Treasures!

    Patrick Crowley and Ross Melnick
    Co-Founders, Cinema Treasures

  • March 9, 2004

    Coming to a Screen Near You: Cinema Treasures — The Video Game?!?

    On a much lighter note, Cinema Treasures volunteer Sean Doerr has figured out how to combine his love for classic movie theaters and his love for videogames into a single passion — Sean has created his very own movie theater mod for the ‘Tribes’ videogame.

    That’s right! Using tools that let players customize the video game environment with their own buildings and level maps, Sean has created a virtual replica of the Strand Theatre. As you can see in the screenshots below, the theater, albeit boxy and a bit drab, has a marquee and a nice vertical blade sign. There’s even a concession stand!