• August 21, 2012

    Lindo Theatre welcomes pioneers of comedy to the big screen


    FREEPORT, IL — The advent of silent films in the late 19th century brought to the screen some of the most influential, well-known faces in the history of comedy. Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers rank as the most popular and legendary film comedians of the silent film era. And, as a tribute to this timeless film genre, the Lindo will be presenting its next film series — Early Classic Comedies. All show times are at 1 and 7 PM on select Wednesdays at the Lindo Theatre, located at 115 S. Chicago Avenue in downtown Freeport. Co-sponsored by Highland Community College and Stephenson County Historical Society, admission to the Early Classic Comedies Movie Series is $20 for the entire series or $5 per movie. Tickets are available at the Lindo Theatre box office. The series will kick off on September 5th with a Harold Lloyd film entitled “Safety Last!” (1923).

    The king of daredevil comedy, Harold Lloyd is best remembered today as the young man dangling desperately from a clock tower in “Safety Last!” His films frequently contained “thrill sequences” of extended chase scenes and daredevil physical feats. From his early black-and-white shorts to his full-length talkies, Lloyd recognized that humor was nothing without a sense of play. He also understood the role fear could play in heightening comedy. His rigorous and often acrobatic techniques earned him the respect of others in the film industry.

  • August 20, 2012

    TCM and Fathom Events sponsoring digital one-night-only screenings of four classic films in the fall

    A brief festival of films is coming to theaters nationwide this fall in honor of 100 years of Universal Studios. Robert Osborne will host the one-night only screenings.

    Read more at Fathom Events.

  • August 14, 2012

    Free Film Series at the Count Basie today


    RED BANK, NJ — The lovely Count Basie Theatre is open to the public today for a free screening of “Spongebob Square Pants”. There will be two shows at 2Pm and 7PM.

    Go to their website for further details.

    (Thanks to the Count Basie Theatre for providing the photo.)

  • August 13, 2012

    Summer Film series at Cleveland’s historic Palace Theater

    CLEVELAND, OH — The 15th Annual Cinema Square festival continues this week at the Palace Theater. With screenings for $5 and a pre-show organ recital, viewers are in for a treat.

    Read more at the Playhouse Square website.

  • 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.