January 19, 2007
FAIRBANKS, AK — No longer having miscellaneous tenants, the Empress Theatre is returning as a home for the local Shakespeare Company’s Bard-a-thon.
The Empress Theatre doesn’t look much like it did in 1927 anymore. But after 80 colorful years, the sturdy old building can still put on a show.
After a long hiatus, the Empress — or at least a remodeled version of it — will emerge again next weekend, when Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre hosts its annual Bard-a-thon, a week-long, round-the-clock reading of Shakespeare’s plays.
For more, go to the Fairbank Daily News.
January 9, 2007
Husband and Wife actors Richard Gilliland and Jean Smart will grace the stage of the historic Visalia Fox Theater in a reading of A.R. Gurney’s classic play, “Love Letters”. Performances will take place on February 10th-11th at 7:30 and 2pm. Ted Weiant will direct the readings which will benefit the theater restoration fund.
Best known for her work on the award-winning series “Designing Women,” Smart received two Emmy Awards for her guest appearances on “Frasier” and was nominated for her work on “The District” and “24”.
Richard Gilliland was recently on the L.A. Stage with Tony Danza in Bernard Slade’s I Remember You. His more recent screen credits include “24”, “Crossing Jordan”, and “Judging Amy”
Tickets are $30-$60, with $200 VIP seats seats also available. For more information or to order tickets call, 559-625-1369 or visit the Fox Visalia Site.
(Thanks to Ted and Keion from the Visalia Fox for providing the photos.)
January 4, 2007
The Palace Theatre will be showing the following movies in January.
On the Sunday, January 7th as part of the “Then and Now” series, there will be a double feature consisting of the 1962 and the 2004 versions of The Manchurian Candidate. The 1962 Version begins at 1 PM and the 2004 version begins at 3:30 PM. Admission to see both is $5.
On Wednesday, January 10th, the Palace will play the Hitchcock classic Rear Window. There will be a 1 PM and a 7 PM show time. Admission is $5.
December 7, 2006
This week, my documentary, “Preserve Me a Seat,” which chronicles the on-going battles to save and preserve historic movie theatres in the U.S., including the Indian Hills Cinerama Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska; Gaiety Theatre in Boston, Michigan Theatre in Detroit; DuPage Theatre in Lombard, Illinois; and Villa Theatre in Salt Lake City, will screen this week as part of the 2006 Anchorage Alaska International Film Festival.
This will be the fourth film festival screening for the documentary since its premiere last July.
For more information, go to the Anchorage film festival website.
December 5, 2006
November 27, 2006
NORWALK, OH — The Norwalk Theatre in downtown Norwalk, Ohio is proud to present a Christmas Concert with country music star John Berry on Thursday December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The Norwalk Theatre is under new ownership and management. This is the first live event since the new owners purchased the theater on November 14. The Norwalk will continue to show movies and plans to have 2 live events per month and one live event each three months of a bigger act.
Visit the website at www.norwalktheatre.com (theatre with “re”) or call the box office at (419) 668-8048. The theater is located at 57 E. Main Street, Norwalk Ohio 44857.
November 20, 2006
With many interested to see how this daring venture turns out, The Metropolitan Opera has announced that tickets for their opera simulcasts in movie theaters are on sale. Theaters all across North America will have the chance to see productions of classic works as well as world premiere pieces.
Tickets for the first three performances of the Metropolitan Opera’s previously announced high-definition simulcasts into movie theaters will go on sale this Saturday, November 18 both at movie theaters and online, the company has announced. “Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD,” will offer a series of six performances during the 2006-07 Met season, broadcast live via satellite into local theaters across the U.S. and Canada; there will also be select performances broadcast into UK theaters.
The series begins with the December 30 matinee performance of the company’s new 100-minute-long English-language adaptation of The Magic Flute, in Julie Taymor’s production. Company music director, James Levine, will lead those performances.
For more info on this, go to Opera News.
November 17, 2006
HERSHEY, PA — The Friends of the Boyd (volunteers working towards the survival and reopening of the closed Boyd Theatre) invite you to join us on our field trip to Hershey on Saturday, December 2, 2006, starting at 8:30 AM sharp from the Merriam Theatre at 250 South Broad Street, and returning at 5:00 PM.
You will join us at an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the magnificent Hershey Theatre, with its stunning Venetian design, built in 1933. Then, a delicious buffet lunch awaits you at the Circular Dining Room of the Hotel Hershey, one of America’s landmark historic hotels. There will be time to explore the hotel including its gorgeous public rooms and gardens.
Including round-trip coach fare, theater tour, and buffet lunch, the price is $75 per person. Advance ticketing is required. By credit card, buy tickets by November 22 at www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org Or, send ticket requests before November 22 to Friends of the Boyd, P.O. Box 30629, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Call 215-567-2970 for more information.
Friends of the Boyd look forward to showing you how meaningful a restored movie palace is to its Pennsylvania community. A restored Boyd Theatre will be equally important for Philadelphia!
Howard B. Haas
(volunteer) President, Friends of the Boyd, Inc.
(Thanks to Howard B. Hass and the Hershey Theatre for providing the photo.)
November 13, 2006
The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY will be showing the following movies in the months of November and December.
On the 15th of November, Gone With the Wind plays at 1 and 7 PM.
On the 29th of November, Citizen Kane plays at 1 and 7 PM.
On the 13th of December, It’s A Wonderful Life plays at 1 and 7 PM.
On the 20th of December, A Christmas Carol plays at 1 and 7 PM.
I do not know at this time which version of A Christmas Carol the Palace will be showing.