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.
November 9, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Conservancy is holding a special holiday screening to support its Broadway Initiative. “Miracle on 34th Street” is being shown in the rarely open to the public, Palace Theatre.
The screening is on Sunday, December 3rd at 2PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for Children 12 and under.
Don’t miss your chance to enter this cinema treasure and also see a film in it!
For more information, visit the Los Angeles Conservancy.
November 6, 2006
FRANKLIN, TN — The historic 70 year old Franklin Cinema is currently scheduled to close in December 2006. This is an open invitation to a block party and gala to rally support and learn more about saving this beloved landmark.
Both the block party and gala will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2006 between 6:30 PM and 9 PM in front of the cinema on 419 Main Street in Franklin, TN. There is a $10 donation requested for the block party. The gala is $50 per person and will take place in the theater.
Advance tickets are required for the gala and can be purchased by calling (615) 591-8500. Should be great weather for this event and hope to see you there!
(Thanks to John Coursey for providing the photo.)
October 25, 2006
WACO, TX — A great tribute to radio announcer, Mary Holliday, will be at the Waco Hippodrome next month.
Holliday (1901-1969), believed to be the first female radio announcer in Texas, broadcast a 30-minute youth talent show each Saturday for more than 30 years. She started in radio in 1925, working as a studio pianist at WJAD-AM, which became WACO-AM in 1927. The show launched shortly thereafter.
Jennifer Warren of Waco, a Holliday fan since she started researching her a few years ago as historian of the Waco Hippodrome Theatre, is bringing back some of those thrilling days of yesteryear with the help of the Waco History Project.
Warren will impersonate the pioneer broadcaster in the free show, “An Evening with Mary Holliday,” set for 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Hippodrome. The event will include students from the Waco Children’s Theater and the G.W. Carver Academy Band, as well as several “graduates” who got their start in Holliday’s program.
For more, visit the Waco Herald Tribune.
For photos relating to this event, visit the Waco Herald Tribune Mary Holliday Tribue Photo Page.