September 9, 2006
CHICAGO, IL — As Victory Gardens' long renovation of the historic Biograph Theater in Chicago begins to draw to a close, they celebrate this weekend with an Open House. Although much work remains to be done – the exterior of the building alone presently lacks second-floor windows, a marquee, a box office, and brickwork around the entry – the building is well on its way to taking shape for next month’s premiere of “Denmark”, Victory Gardens' world premiere in the new 299-seat Zacek-McVay auditorium.
The open house will be held Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 from noon-5pm.
For more, read theChicago Sun-Times Story.
September 6, 2006
HISTORIC STATE THEATRE
DOWNTOWN SOUTH BEND
SEPTEMBER 7, 2006
2 pm – 8 pm
Remembering the Past
Everyone is invited to an estate sale and walk through on Thursday, September 7, from 2 to 8pm. Bring your personal stories of the State Theatre, along with pictures, and come see how things are changing. Proceeds of the sale will go to support the continuing renovations.
For more information, visit www.lifeatthestate.com.
September 4, 2006
The first national review for “Preserve Me a Seat,” a documentary about historic theatees and the ongoing efforts to preserve them for future generations, appeared today on Film Threat, which is one of the leading magazine/website for independent film. Here’s the link for those who might be interested:
The next public screenings of “Preserve Me a Seat” will be on Sunday, September 10th and Tuesday, September 12th as part of the upcoming FilmFestKC film festival in Kansas City, Missouri. The documentary is also available on dvd through www.apartment101films.com.
August 16, 2006
QUINCY, IL — After closing in 1982, the Washington Theater will be reopened to host the Quincy Dance Theatre.
Washington Theater will temporarily come back to life as a performance venue during a fundraising event Sept. 15-17 featuring the Quincy Dance Theatre.
Between 200 and 300 temporary seats will be installed that weekend to give audiences a chance to see the former vaudeville theater’s potential as a site for various cultural events if it can be renovated. This will mark the first event staged at the theater in 24 years.
The momentous event will be sponsored by the Friends of the Washington Theater.
For more, read the full story in the Quincy Herald-Whig.
August 10, 2006
Although the 3 city world premiere of the new documentary, “Preserve Me a Seat” is almost 2 weeks old, this new review appeared yesterday.
“Preserve Me a Seat” is an independently made documentary about the ongoing struggle to protect and preserve historic movie theatres across the United States and features the efforts to preserve The Indian Hills Cinerama Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska, The Villa Theatre in Salt Lake City, The DuPage Theatre in Lombard, Illinois, and The Gaiety Theatre in Boston, MA.
July 28, 2006
Turner Classic Movies is sponsoring free big-screen showings of “Casablanca” in the following cities: Seattle, Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Virginia Beach. Click on link for more information.
Please visit the following link, TCM Casablanca Showings for more information.
July 25, 2006
LINCOLN, RI — After two sold out marathons (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones), CinemaWorld in Lincoln, Rhode Island has announced they will be doing marathons every six weeks. The next upcoming is the Mobster Marathon, featuring: Scarface, Goodfellas, and The Godfather. Other upcoming marathons will be James Bond (Sean Connery) and Star Trek (William Shatner). Anyone with suggestions or looking for more information is asked to visit the website at CinemaWorld Homepage or call the theater at (401)-333-8019. Pricing for all marathons is $12.50 per person with the show starting at noon. There are also raffles and prize givaways throughout the day.
July 24, 2006
Next week, the film documentary, “Preserve Me a Seat” — five years in the making and subject of a three-year lawsuit before a dismissal in the filmmaker’s favor — will have its premiere in 3 Nebraska cities: Wednesday, July 26th at the historic Grand Theatre in Grand Island, NE; Thursday, July 27th at the historic Dundee Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska, and Friday, July 28th at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Center on the UNL campus.
We don’t remember a lot about our distant past, but we do remember our favorite movie theater. “Preserve Me a Seat” is a documentary about these theatres and the ongoing fight to protect and preserve them for future generations.
July 18, 2006
GRAND ISLAND, NE — On July 26, 2006 the Grand Theater in Grand Island, NE will host the world premiere of “Preserve Me a Seat”, a documentary by Jim Fields.
The movie deals with the successes and failures of concerned people trying to save old movie houses. The film will show one night, only, before moving on to the Dundee Theater, 50th and Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska July 27th. Then it continues it’s tour in Major cities around the US.
For advance ticket sales, for the Grand Island showing only, call 308-381-1225. (Admission for $5.00)Tickets are limited to 470 seats in the historic 1937 art deco Grand Theater, which is now owned and operated by The Grand Foundation, a 501(3)©not for profit, all volunteer, foundation.
July 14, 2006
SAN DIEGO — Last night, I caught a screening of ‘Before Sunrise’ at San Diego’s outdoor movie theater.
Cinema Under The Stars is hidden in a courtyard behind Tops, a non-descript hair salon in a quiet corner of the Mission Hills neighborhood. So that’s probably why I never knew San Diego even had an outdoor theater until last night.
But walk inside and you’ll see they’ve built a pretty amazing outdoor cinema. With a total of 60 seats, CUTS — my acronym, but maybe it’s an inside joke? — has 34 incredibly comfy “zero gravity lounge chairs”, plus cafe-style seating with chairs and tables in the back. There’s a snack bar with all the treats you need, reserved seats, and a great list of upcoming films.
As you wait for the movie start, giant bubbles shoot out from either side of the screen, and each film comes with a short. Last night’s was “Duck Twacy”, an old Looney Tunes where Daffy Duck imagines he’s a crime-fighter.
They even provide blankets, in case you get a bit chilly sitting out beneath the stars. It’s an amazing experience. If you’re ever in San Diego, don’t miss it!
(Thanks to Lisa for the surprise tickets!)