• February 7, 2012

    Mostly British film fest aids neighborhood theaters


    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 movie palace exhibit

    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

    Hiway Theatre celebrates its new neon tower


    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

    Hitchcock films come alive on the big screen at the Lindo


    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.

  • December 28, 2011

    Arcada Theatre hosts fan favorites


    ST. CHARLES, IL — The historic Arcada Theatre will be showing fan favorite films the next few nights. Tickets ($6 for adults, $4 for children) are available at the door only for classics new and old.

    Read more in Trib Local.

    (Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)

  • December 22, 2011

    Holiday series at the Crest


    SACRAMENTO, CA — Starting today the Crest Theatre will be presenting the holiday classic, “Its A Wonderful Life”. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a film in this classic gem.

    Read more in the Sacramento Press.

    (Thanks to JohnRice for providing the photo.)

  • December 14, 2011

    Leonardo da Vinci comes to theaters

    Following in the footsteps of the Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Gallery of London will be transmitting a tour of Leonardo da Vinci exhibit around the world. The HD virtual tour of the hit show will hit cinemas in February.

    Read more in the L.A. Times.

  • December 12, 2011

    Smithsonian and Warner Bros. team up for movie theater

    WASHINGTON, DC — Celebrating the history of film, the Smithsonian and Warner Bros. are joining forces for a new film series at the museum. In what’s expected to be a free program, they’ll present themed-series' focusing on subjects ranging from Humphrey Bogart to the Civil War. These will all take place in the renovated Carmichael Auditorium.

    More details are in the Washington Post.

  • December 5, 2011

    Lake Theatre concludes classic 1936 film series


    OAK PARK, IL — Lake Theatre’s Classic 1936 Film Series is coming to an end in December with the final film in the series, “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,” slated for Monday, December 12th at 1 and 7 PM. The Classic 1936 Film Series was part of the Lake’s 75th anniversary celebration. “We appreciated the response for these wonderful classic movies,” said Shirley Johnson, owner of Classic Cinemas. The Lake Theatre is located at 1022 Lake Street in downtown Oak Park.

    Winding up the celebration in December is “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,” a comedy based on Clarence Budington Kelland’s story “Opera Hat.” Directed by Frank Capra and starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur in Arthur’s first featured role, the film takes place in the middle of the Great Depression with Longfellow Deeds (Cooper), a small town Vermonter who inherits $20 million from his late uncle. He promptly donates his inheritance to the needy, which leads to a courtroom hearing on his sanity. Deeds also manages to find time to fall in love with beautiful reporter and tough cookie, Babe Bennett (Arthur), who’s determined to fathom the good guy’s motivation. Happily, romance and “good Deeds” triumph in the end.

  • November 29, 2011

    Lindo Theatre presents “Meet Me In St. Louis”


    FREEPORT, IL — Enjoy the 1944 musical favorite, “Meet Me In St. Louis,” starring Judy Garland, on Wednesday, December 7th at 1 and 7 PM, playing at the Lindo Theatre, 115 S. Chicago Ave. Movie admission is $5 and complimentary for those who purchased the series tickets to the recently concluded Classic Screwball Comedy Film Series. This was the third series of classic films shown at the Lindo Theatre in partnership with the Stephenson County Historical Museum and Highland Community College. The next series is scheduled for January and brings classic Hitchcock films to the big screen.