• 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.

  • November 28, 2011

    Holiday Film Festival at Tivoli


    DOWNERS GROVE, IL — The historic Tivoli Theatre in downtown Downers Grove brings holiday cheer to movie fans during its Annual Holiday Film Festival. This yearly tradition at the Tivoli, 5021 Highland Avenue, offers movie-lovers the rare opportunity to see their holiday favorites on the big screen in a beautifully restored 1928 movie palace. Mark your calendars for the first film of the series, “Holiday Inn,” starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, on Sunday, December 11th at 7:00 and 9:30 PM.

    This year’s line up has something for everyone. It features Christmas classics, comedies and dramas. Guests who arrive early are encouraged to participate in a sing-a-long accompanied by Tivoli’s Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. Tickets are available at the Tivoli Theatre Box Office. For further details on the Tivoli Holiday Film Festival, please visit

  • November 18, 2011

    Nonprofit group brings movies back to FM

    FORT MADISON, IA — A company called Lights, Camera, Action Inc., is bypassing the whole issue of there not being a theater in town by showing movies at a local playhouse. They’re working from the ground up on securing prints and venues and providing the entertainment free to the public.

    Read about how they did it [here}(

  • November 15, 2011

    Steve Jobs interview coming to theaters

    In one of the more interesting releases lately, a recently unearthed interview with Steve Jobs from 16 years ago will be distributed through Landmark Theatres. It originally was footage from a PBS miniseries about the man behind Apple computers and its line of popular products. It will be presented November 16th and November 17th.

    Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

  • November 14, 2011

    Dormant Hollywood Theater presents live theatre


    MINNEAPOLIS, MN — As you can see on the description and articles referenced on the Hollywood Theater, it’s been in redevelopment hell for a long time. Thankfully, it has found a use recently due to some local theatre. The company Theatre Pro Rata presented the Beckett classic, “Waiting for Godot” last summer and is now moving on to the bolder, “The Ravagers”.

    Read more at City Pages.

    (Thanks to biograph68 for providing the photo.)

  • November 7, 2011

    Lake Theatre celebrates 75 years with Classic Film Series


    OAK PARK, IL — The historic Lake Theatre, at 1022 Lake Street, is showcasing a Classic 1936 Film Series in celebration of its milestone 75th anniversary. Each film is presented on the second Monday of every month, at 1 PM and 7 PM. The next film in the series, “After the Thin Man,” is slated for Monday, November 14, 2011. Movie admission is $5, and tickets are available at the Lake Theatre box office.

    This movie in particular is an example of the art deco period with its sets and high style clothes. To learn more about art deco architecture, style and what we can still appreciate, a member of the Chicago Art Deco Society will have information available before and after the movie.

  • November 2, 2011

    Six movies kick off Riverside Film Festival


    SAGINAW, MI — The lovely Temple Theatre is hosting the Riverside Film Festival starting tonight. The art-house far screenings will go through this weekend.

    Go to M Live for all the details.

    (Thanks to ifmuth for providing the photo.)

  • October 28, 2011

    Oral History Project for the Paramount


    YOUNGSTOWN, OH — With the Paramount Theatre long beyond repair, the McDonough Museum of Art wants to collect memories from locals about the theatre to be edited and screened in the museum. The project will also be available on DVD for a donation. Anyone interested should book a time with them next month.

    Read more at for all the details.

    (Thanks to Lindsay Blair Brown for providing the photo. You can check out more of her wonderful work on her official website with a special page on her Paramount study.)

  • October 19, 2011

    HorrorThon at the Lafayette Theatre this weekend


    SUFFERN, NY — The historic Lafayette Theatre presents its annual salute to classic horror and science fiction films on the weekend of October 21-23, 2011.

    The Schedule:

    Friday 10/21: Giorgio Moroder presents “Metropolis”; Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent classic presented in its 1984 restoration by Giorgio Moroder and featuring a dynamic pop music soundtrack by Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, Jon Anderson and more. Digital HD presentation.