January 23, 2014
SOMERVILLE, MA — The Somerville Theatre will have its centennial this May, but the celebration starts much sooner. Starting January 31 with a presentation of Mary Pickford silent films and culminating with a screening of “The Wizard of Oz” on its May 11 anniversary, the Somerville will look back at some of the fan favorites spanning ten decades. It’ll all be in 35mm and various concerts will take place as well during the festival.
Go to the official website for further details.
(Thanks to DavidSimpson for providing the photo.)
January 22, 2014
SANTA FE, NM — Mark your calendars because visionary photographer Matt Lambros will be doing a lecture at the Jean Cocteau Cinema on February 17. It will focus on abandoned theaters in the USA.
Go to After the Final Curtain for further details.
December 9, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, PA — We’ve been covering the fight to save the Boyd Theatre and tomorrow you can make a difference. Friends of the Boyd will be holding a rally tomorrow at 11:30am outside the theatre to send a message that the Boyd should stay as is.
Read more in Hidden City.
(Thanks to Porcelain Doll for providing the photo.)
December 2, 2013
MONTEREY, CA — On the heels of the successful Big Sur Short Film Finale, Reel Rock, and Big Lebowski screenings, the Henry Miller Library presents Five Nights of Classic Hitchcock Films. Drinks, snacks, and select guest speaker will also be featured in this event at the 1926 Golden State Theatre. The series will run Dec 10-14 at 7 PM. It’s a Holiday with Hitch!
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Cinema Treasures. We wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday.
(Thanks to Outverb for providing the photo.)
November 22, 2013
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA — This could be the final weekend of films at the Holllywood Theatre as the owner entertains new plans for the space. A preservation group, Save the Hollywood has sprung up to protect the building. If you’re nearby, check out “You Can’t Take it With You” on Saturday before it possibly closes for good.
November 20, 2013
LAPEER, MI — The Pix Theatre reopened Wednesday, November 20 with an afternoon concert by Rich Eddie’s Rockin Oldies Band. They will perform two additional concerts on Friday, then the theater will close for repairs for three weeks as water damage from the fire that struck downtown Lapeer last week was more extensive than thought. Water was still seeping from a wall adjoining the fire gutted apartment building and the roof. Because of the repairs a planned Christmas show by the Lapeer Community Players will be moved to Lapeer East High School.
Details including video are available at WJRT.
November 11, 2013
SACRAMENTO, CA — The Tower Theatre is 75 today and they’re having a day full of screenings today culminating with one of “Algiers,” the film that opened the Tower in 1938. The Modesto Bee published an informative article on the event and some of the more popular engagements over the years.
(Thanks to JohnRice for providing the photo.)
October 29, 2013
GREENFIELD, MA — Throughout the twentieth century theaters have played a vital role in both American society and culture. Greenfield, Massachusetts had several theaters which contributed immensely to both the Greenfield community and Franklin County. Two of the theaters, the Lawler and the Victoria, both opened in the year 1913 and were the first two buildings to be constructed specifically as theaters in the town of Greenfield, as well as in Franklin County. Sadly, neither of these theaters exists today as the auditorium to the Lawler was demolished in 1963 and the Victoria was entirely demolished in 1998. If both buildings still existed and were in use today, they would be celebrating their 100th Birthday this year.
On Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11:00am, the Greenfield Public Library will do just that as it holds a 100th birthday celebration and multi-media presentation honoring the legacies of the Lawler and Victoria. The presentation, compiled by Film and Theater Historian Jonathan A. Boschen, is an Apple Keynote slide show which explores the rich history of these two iconic buildings through the use of photographs, building blueprints, and newspaper articles. In addition, information on Greenfield’s other theaters (Washington Hall, the Bijou, the Garden, and the Starlight Outdoor Drive-in) will be briefly discussed. Admission to the presentation is free and complimentary freshly popped popcorn and cake will be served.
Facebook Page for Jonathan A. Boschen Film History Multimedia Presentations
October 25, 2013
JERSEY CITY, NJ —
HORROR On Screen at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 Tel. (201) 798-6055 Fax: (201) 798-4020 Web: www.loewsjersey.org
The Landmark Loew’s Jersey is a historic movie palace now operating as a non-profit, multi-discipline performing arts center.
Friday, October 25 8PM “Black Sunday” Starring Barbara Steele. Directed by Mario Bava. 1960, 83mins, B&W Not to be confused with the 1970s Blimp/Superbowl movie of the same name, this is one of the most influential horror films NOT made on Universal’s sound stage; it helped to reinvigorate the Gothic horror genre for a new generation. A woman who is gruesomely executed as a witch in the 1600s vows revenge on the family who killed her and returns from the grave two centuries later to keep her promise. Considered the greatest example of Italian Gothic Horror, the film is far less concerned with exploring its characters' psychologies as were American horror films of the same era. Instead, it creates an extraordinary visual experience for its audiences with an atmosphere so heavy and imagery so dense that the sheer, ghastly beauty of it all is entrancing.
Admission: $7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Children (12 & younger).