March 29, 2012
NEW BEDFORD, MA — On April 15, 1912, as people in New Bedford were getting ready for the Grand Opening of the Orpheum Theatre, little did they realize that the famed steamship, “RMS Titanic” had struck an iceberg and sank, taking along over 1,500 souls on that very same day.
But although the Titanic was lost, the Orpheum Theatre and French Sharpshooters' Hall opened to large crowds. It was one of the jewels of this area’s many theaters. It was cherished for its entertainment by many of this region’s local citizens for 46 years until it closed in 1958.
The organization O.R.P.H., INC. (Orpheum Rising Project Helpers) with support of the Community Building Mini-Grant Program of the United Way of Greater New Bedford, invites the public to join us in celebrating this 100 year milestone and to highlight plans to save this historic landmark.
March 9, 2012
March 7, 2012
NEW YORK, NY — With theaters around the world making the switch to digital, one of the most famous repertory houses still standing, the Film Forum, decided to use this time of change as a platform for discussion. Their “This DCP” (“DCP” standing for Digital Cinema Package") festival is meant to show their audience what they’ll be missing (or possibly what they’d be gaining), with a conversion.
Read more in Capital New York.
March 2, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Still going strong after 86 years, the Balboa Theatre will celebrate its birthday Sunday. As part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, they’ll show “Safety Last!” that evening with accompaniment from renowned pianist Frederick Hodges.
Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.
(Thanks to Patrick Crowley for providing the photo.)
February 23, 2012
TAMPA, FL — Even if you’re not in Hollywood, you can get a taste of the red carpet life at the Tampa Theatre. They’ll be hosting their annual Oscar Night with souvenir programs, complimentary food and of course the program on their big screen.
Get more details in the Tampa Tribune.
(Thanks to ChazBender for providing the photo.)
February 22, 2012
ASBURY PARK, NJ — This spring, The ShowRoom will continue its partnership with Brookdale Community College to present “Passport Cinema: Dinner and a Movie,” a community-driven partnership offering free movie nights to students and local residents. The first free movie screening is scheduled for Monday, February 27. Prior to each movie, The Culinary Education Center, near the Asbury Park High School on Drury Lane, will offer a prix-fixe dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.
On February 27, a free screening of “Italian for Beginners” will be followed by a post-film discussion with Alex Idavoy, assistant professor at Brookdale Community College. Under the direction of Lone Sherfig, the film follows six Danish students as they enroll in a beginner’s Italian class in hopes of finding romance. Devoid of special effects and the use of technology, it is the first film to be directed by a woman that follows the purist principles of the Dogma 95 filmmaking movement.
February 7, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — After so many losses the past few years, the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation is fighting back by restoring and programming in theaters around San Francisco. It was founded by some executives from the San Francisco Giants, looking to make a difference in the community. One of their annual traditions is the Mostly British Film Festival starting this week at the 100 year old Vogue Theatre.
Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.
(Thanks to JohnRice for providing the photo.)
January 23, 2012
BOSTON, MA — “Boston’s Movie Palaces”, a slide show and lecture, will be presented at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston on Thursday February 16 at 6PM, and at the Framingham Public Library, on Thursday February 23 at 7PM. The show was first presented to a capacity audience at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy on January 10 and was very well received there.
The show is presented by Arthur Singer and Ron Goodman, authors of “Boston’s Downtown Movie Palaces”, a new book published last month by Arcadia Publishing as part of their popular Images of America series.
Submitted by Ron Salters
January 11, 2012
JENKINTOWN, PA — The Hiway Theatre in Philadelphia’s suburbs, installed its new Neon Tower on December 27, 2011. An official lighting ceremony will be free to the public on Sunday January 22, 2011 at 5PM. Tickets to the catered reception inside the theater following the lighting ceremony will be for sale from January 4 here.
The nineteen foot tall Neon Tower was manufactured by Bartush Signs. Replacing the original vertical sign that was in place from 1940 until the 1980s, the new sign is in the same Art Moderne style and has the same dimensions. The new sign is burgundy with yellow letters, antique gold neon, and aluminum trim.
January 3, 2012
FREEPORT, IL — The Lindo Theatre is thrilled to announce its next classic film series! Beginning on January 11, 2012, the Lindo will feature films from the suspense and psychological thrill master Alfred Hitchcock himself during its Hitchcock Suspense/Thriller Film Series! 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 Hitchcock Suspense/Thriller Film Series is $20 for the entire series or $5 per movie. Tickets are available at the Lindo box office. The series will kick off on January 11th with “Shadow of a Doubt” (1943), starring Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotton and MacDonald Carey.
No list of suspense or thriller films can be complete without mention of Filmmaker/Director Alfred Hitchcock, who helped shape the thriller genre, beginning with his earlier silent films in the late 1920s. Lindo’s Hitchcock Suspense/Thriller Film Series will bring these classics to the big screen: “Shadow of a Doubt,” “Spellbound,” “Rear Window,” and “North by Northwest.” “We have received a great response from our patrons for our classic film series, and we are very excited to bring it back to the Lindo in 2012,” explains Shirley Johnson, an owner of Classic Cinemas.