September 26, 2014
EAST GREENVILLE, PA — Nowadays, it’s a privilege to be at any film screening with a live organ. That just wasn’t enough for the operators of the Grand Theatre. They recently invested $100,000 in their 1923 Marr & Colton organ and are breaking it in with their silent film series this fall. “Metrolpolis” this Sunday and more.
Read more in the Morning Call.
September 22, 2014
MITCHELL, NE — Only four owners have been the steward of the Nile Theatre since its opening in the peak of the Golden age of Hollywood. They’ve weathered many changes and with digital projection seem to be set for the future. Leading up to their anniversary on November 21, they’re hosting “75 Years of Movie Magic” with special give-a-ways and more.
September 18, 2014
JERSEY CITY, NJ — Celebrating the 85th Anniversary Year of The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 Tel. (201) 798-6055 Fax: (201) 798-4020 Web: http://www.loewsjersey.org/
The Landmark Loew’s Jersey is a historic theatre operating as a non-profit arts center
Friday, September 26 8PM “Barton Fink” Starring John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner. Directed by Joel Coen. 1991, 116 mins, Color Rated R.
Ethan and Joel Coen’s stock-in-trade is to serve up a smorgasbord of quirkiness and kinkiness where nothing is what it seems and nothing turns out as planned — so Old Hollywood is a tailor-made setting that they make the most of. John Turturro is the title character, a 1940s socialist playwright based on Clifford Odets, brought to Hollywood to work inside the studio system. So from the outset, it’s obvious that this is going to be a whale (pardon the pun) of a fish-out-of-water story, and as Barton encounters some of the other inhabitants of Tinseltown, he reacts with the innocence of a schoolboy and also comes down with a terrible case of writer’s block. John Goodman is a seemingly genial salesman who is Barton’s neighbor in the seedy hotel he’s staying in. There is a subplot with John Mahoney as a William Faulkner-inspired novelist and Judy Davis as his suffering secretary/mistress, which very nicely adds another layer to the assault that Hollywood is leveling on Barton’s personality. Then there is the tour de force performance by Michael Lerner as the boorish studio boss who hires Barton to write a wrestling picture — a character who anyone familiar with the history of Old Hollywood will recognize as a mix of two very real moguls: Louis B. Mayor at MGM and the even more infamous Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures. Turturro is pitch perfect in the lead role, his physical appearance perfectly complementing his personification of the blocked writer. The story elements and characterizations come together to combine with the Coen brothers’ usual craftsmanship from script to cinematography — and create a striking, interesting and entertaining movie.
September 15, 2014
SYRACUSE, NY — The Palace Theatre is reviving it’s $5 Flashback Monday series but this time you might want to leave the kids at home. It’s all R-rated films from 1971 on with classics such as “The Shining” and “Pulp Fiction.” The series begins September 22 and goes till Thanksgiving.
Read the full story at Syracuse.com.
(Thanks to silentfilmmusic for providing the photo.)
September 10, 2014
WINTER GARDEN, FL — The Garden Theatre, the restored 1935 former movie house, and the pride of the city, is beginning its seventh season since the re-opening. The fall events include: Sweeney Todd (September 12-October 5); UCF Flying Horse Big Band (October 17); Peter and the Wolf Ballet (October 25 & 26); Winter Garden Culture Fest (November 1 & 2); Six Guitars/Nashville Hurricane (November 14); Blues Brothers Tribute Concert (November 15); Christmas by Committee: A Musical (December 5-21); and Christmas Dickens movies (December 9-18). The theatre is located at 160 West Plant Street. Phone 407-877-4736, extension 0, for ticket information.
September 9, 2014
GREENFIELD, MA — Throughout the twentieth century theaters have played a vital role in both American society and culture. Greenfield, Massachusetts had several theaters throughout the course of the twentieth century that greatly contributed to both the Greenfield community and Franklin County. The Garden Theatre was perhaps the most unique and the most memorable one to be built in the town due to its unique architectural style. After opening in 1929 and up to its 1983 renovation, the Garden’s atmospheric appearance greatly added to the programs and events that took place there and created a memorable experience for everyone who attended.
August 20, 2014
FLINT, MI — For the first time in the six years the annual Bricks Flicks was held at the US 23 Drive-in Theatre. Rain put a damper on the event, tyoically attended by 4-5,000 but several hundred people still showed up. The rain ended during the early evening hours allowing for the viewing of classic cars. When it got dark, the free classic movie was shown which was “American Graffiti.”
Additional details are available in the Flint Journal.
(Thanks to steelbeard1 for providing the photo and story.)
August 15, 2014
OWOSSO, MI — The newly restored Lebowsky Center’s still has one more repair job to complete which is to restore its 1952 vintage marquee, fabricated by the now defunct Long Sign Company of Detroit, which remains electrically inoperable.
The Owosso Community Players will hold a reception to restore the marquee on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the adjacent Studio Theater. Dessert, wine and cheese and other refreshments will be served. The ticket price is $25, with proceeds going to the Marquee Fund. Tickets are available online or at the Box Office, 114 E. Main St. in Owosso, Michigan.
(Thanks to steelbard1 for the photo and story.)
August 14, 2014
BOSTON AND HOLYOKE, MA — Two photographers are teaming up for theatre-themed workshosp with an inside look you won’t want to miss. Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America and Matt Lambros of After the Final Curtain will be holding photo workshops in the Victory and Everett Square theatres in late September featuring exclusive access at these two palaces in disrepair.
(Thanks to Matt Lambros for the Victory photo.)
July 22, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Prytania Theater has another classic film series this summer, this time dedicated to the great Billy Wilder. For only $5.75 they’ll be showing his best each Wednesday and Sunday morning with hits like “Double Indemnity” and “Sabrina”.
Go to NOLA.com for further info.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)