• August 6, 2012

    Ritz celebrates 85 years


    THOMASTON, GA — The Ritz Theatre is celebrating 85 years in business tomorrow with a celebration. It’ll feature live entertainment and a film retrospective. Hopefully, they can raise enough money to upgrade their facilities to last another 85.

    Read more in the Thomaston Times.

    (Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)

  • July 25, 2012

    The Tivoli goes Back to the Future

    DOWNER GROVE, IL — Spend a night with Marty McFly and Doc as they embark on an exciting adventure at the Tivoli Theatre! On Friday, July 27th at midnight, a digitally remastered print of the 1985 summer blockbuster “Back to the Future,” starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, will be hitting the big screen using Tivoli Theatre’s newly enhanced 4k digital projection and sound system. Movie admission is only $5, and tickets can be purchased at the Tivoli box office, located at 5021 Highland Ave in downtown Downers Grove.

    Filmed in 1985, “Back to the Future” (PG) follows Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a typical American teenager of the eighties, who is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean “time machine” invented by a slightly mad scientist named Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love – so he can get back to the future. “Back to the Future” had the fourth-highest opening weekend of 1985 and was the top grossing film of the year. The film marked the beginning of a franchise, with sequels Back to the Future Parts II and III released in 1989 and 1990.

  • July 24, 2012

    ArcLight celebrates Cinerama


    HOLLYWOOD, CA — The world-famous Cinerama Dome will be hosting its most ambitious series ever as they celebrate 60 years of Cinerama. Starting September 28, they will present twelve films in the course of a week, with many being in original 3-strip Cinerama.

    Read more on the official website.

    (Thanks to ChasSmith for providing the photo.)

  • July 17, 2012

    Austin History Center spotlights the city’s movie theater history in special exhibit

    AUSTIN, TX — An exhibit at the Austin History Center is looking at the history of the city’s cinemas. It runs through August 19 with a special discussion tonight.

    Read more at Culture Map.

  • June 29, 2012

    The Fall of the American Movie Palace Lecture


    BROOKLYN, NY — Matt Lambros, leading architectural photographer, will be giving a lecture August 18th at the Observatory as part of the Atlas Obscura Series titled, “The Fall of the American Movie Palace”. Here’s what he had to say about it:

    “There’s nothing remarkable about a movie theater today, but there used to be. When the great American Movie Palaces opened, they were some of the most lavish, stunning buildings anyone had ever seen. With the birth of the multiplex, theater companies found it harder and harder to keep these buildings open. Some were demolished, some were converted, and some remain to this day. "The Fall of the American Movie Palace” will take you through the history of these magnificent buildings, from their opening in the early 1900s to years after the final curtain."

    Go to the Obscura Society page for tickets and further details.

    (Thanks to Matt Lambros for letting us use his photo of the Variety Theatre in Cleveland.)

  • June 28, 2012

    AMPAS to present 70mm festival

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA — With the world rushing to convert to digital, the Academy is celebrating 70mm this summer for possibly the last time. “2001” and “The Sound of Music” will highlight the series that starts July 9th.

    Read more at their website.

  • June 26, 2012

    Singin' in the Rain 60th Anniversary screenings

    In honor of its 60th, “Singin' in the Rain” is coming back to theaters on July 12th. Fathom Events in conjunction with TCM is staging it with an introduction by Robert Osborne and a special interview with Debbie Reynolds.

    Get more details on Broadway World.

  • June 21, 2012

    Drive-In Super Monster-Rama 2012


    VANDERGRIFT, PA — Presented by DVD Drive-In, the sixth annual Drive-In Super Monster-Rama will once again take place at the Riverside Drive-In Theatre on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8. Admission is still only $10 a person each night (kids 12 and under free with adult guardian). There will also be an overnight camping option on both nights.

    This year, the all 35mm retro shock show will include the following uncut features on Friday: “Theatre of Blood”, “Horror House”, “Equinox” and “Son of Blob” and on Saturday: “Twins of Evil”, “Countess Dracula”, “Raw Meat” and “Psychomania”. Also included are vintage exploitation and horror trailers, cartoons, shorts and concession stand adverts from yesteryear!

  • June 1, 2012

    ‘The Producers’ & 2 screwball comedies at the Loew’s Jersey Theatre


    Just for Laughs … The Producers & A Couple of Screwballs

    At the landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 Tel. (201) 798-6055 Fax: (201) 798-4020 Web:

    A Not-For-Profit Arts Center in a Landmark Movie Palace

    All Titles Screened in 35mm on our BIG 50ft Wide Screen

    Friday, June 1 8PM “The Producers”(Original) Starring Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Estelle Winwood. Directed by Mel Brooks. 1968. 90mins. Color.

  • May 17, 2012

    Magnificent movie houses of 1920s remembered during Memphis Heritage program

    MEMPHIS, TN — In honor of National Preservation Month, Memphis is holding some lectures on the area’s movie palaces. Local collector Vincent Astor will have his theater memorabilia on display at the home of the talks, Howard Hall.

    Read more in the Commercial Appeal.