February 15, 2007
FRANKLIN, TN — A meeting, open to the public, to discuss ideas for the future of the recently shuttered Franklin Cinema, will be held at the theater at 419 Main Street in Franklin today from 3 to 4 PM.
Consultant Paul Siemborski, of the Cleveland, OH design and management firm of Westlake, Reed, & Lekosky which has restored historic theaters across the country as performing arts venues, will be giving the presentation. Siemborski will first meet with stakeholders, potential investors and local officials to get their thoughts on what to do with the former Franklin Cinema.
Siemborski appears as part of the Peer Advisory Review program of the League of Historic American Theatres, a non-profit organization which strives to preserve historic theaters across the nation.
For more information, see the article in the Tennesseean.
February 8, 2007
BAY CITY, MI — Fans from all over the country will be attending a special screening of the movie Brokeback Mountain on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at the State Theatre in Bay City, Michigan.
There will be autographed posters and original costumes from the movie on display at the theatre.
This special screening is being sponsored by John Trudell (BayCityJohn), a member of the internet group The Ultimate Brokeback Forum. This is a great opportunity to see the film on the big screen, and to meet other passionate fans of great filmmaking. It has been suggested by a number of fellow fans of the film that the 2007 Oscar telecast not be viewed in favor of watching the film that should have won the Best Picture Oscar, Brokeback Mountain.
February 7, 2007
ALBANY, NY — The Palace Theatre will play the following movies in the month of February.
Admission for these movies at the Palace is $5.
February 1, 2007
ATHENS, GA — Hosted and programmed by Robert Osborne, the four-day festival at Athens' Classic Center Theatre celebrates classic motion pictures through the screening of several newly remastered 35 mm prints of classic Hollywood, independent, and foreign films.
Special guests associated with the films will appear on stage with Mr. Osborne after the screenings to discuss their work with the audience. Tickets are $10 for each film, or $60 for a festival pass.
The 2007 Festival lineup includes Some Like it Hot, Laura, The Man Who Would Be King, Waiting For Guffman, Election, Mad Hot Ballroom, An Affair to Remember, and The Sound of Music.
The festival website is: Osborne Festival 2007.
January 29, 2007
SPOKANE, WA — Painting conservator Jeff Greene of EverGreene Painting Studios discusses his work restoring the decorative surfaces of Spokane’s Fox Theater and other projects around the nation.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
2316 W. First Ave.
Presented by the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture’s Historic Preservation Committee. For more information, please call (509) 456-3931.
January 25, 2007
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.