April 7, 2006
BRONX, NY — Tours of the Loew’s Paradise Theater will commence on Saturday, April 8th at 11 AM and at 1 PM. Additional tours this month are planned for April 15th and April 22nd, with a regular schedule following on Saturdays throughout the year. Admission is $6.00 for all, with a maximumn tour size of 30 people. Photography will not be a problem.
Those wishing to attend — And who wouldn’t?!!!! It’s magnificent. — should leave their names with the theatre at 1-800-353-8040. Please check the website www.theparadisetheater.com for future dates and updated information.
Orlando Lopes, New York Director of the Theatre Historical Society, has done an outstanding job. His support of the Paradise continues by coordinating volunteer efforts for events and by personally guiding these tours which will take about 50 minutes.
Please join me by leaving a note below expressing our gratitude to Orlando and the Paradise owner, management and team for making this possible.
April 6, 2006
BROOKLYN, NY – A meeting to organize a movement to revitalize the historic Loew’s Kings movie palace will be held at noon Saturday, April 8 in a 75-person auditorium at the Flatbush Library at 22 Linden Blvd by Flatbush Avenue, easily accessible by subway.
The discussion will be highlighted by Bruce Friedman, who will discuss his tireless efforts toward the preservation of the theater since 1987, and the hope to preserve it through transformation to a singularly grand performing arts space to serve the diverse Flatbush community.
The meeting will include a showing of at least parts of ‘Memoirs Of A Movie Palace’, a touching documentary filmed in the last days of the 3,000+ seat theater’s operation. But most important, we will be there to exchange our ideas on how to revitalize this grand theater for the modern community of Brooklyn, starting with small artistic outreach efforts.
The formal meeting will conclude at 2:30, at which point we will take a group stroll down commercially bustling Flatbush Avenue to visit the boarded-up palace in person, on the way passing by several other ancient landmarks at the heart of this historic street. There may also be a small concluding meeting at Mr. Friedman’s nearby home, conditions permitting.
April 5, 2006
WEST BABYLON, NY — Taking a cue from the recent run at the Ziegfeld Theater, the operators of the South Bay Cinemas have decided to experiment with some revival and are going to play the 70mm DTS Version of “Lawrence of Arabia” beginning this Friday, April 7th for at least one week.
The theater is one of the few houses left
on Long Island ready to play 70mm at any given moment. The management team led by James Kern and Bruce Latten are taking the opportunity to try and build some interest into making this a regular feature and keep bringing in some more 70mm.
Wouldn’t a NY based 70mm FAN CLUB that met once a month and showed a film be a terrific thing? Maybe it’s only pipe dreaming to some but with enough interest, anything is possible. And don’t worry about MAG soundtracks. This theater is equipped to handle it.
So, spread the word around and try to visit the theater in the coming week. Tickets are a reasonable $7.00 for Adults. Shows will be daily at 2pm & 7:30pm except for Friday when it will only run at 7:30pm.
April 3, 2006
QUEENS, NY — On Tuesday, April 4th from 1 PM – 5 PM, the City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks has scheduled an oversight hearing at Queens Borough Hall (120-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 213, Kew Gardens, NY) to discuss the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation activities in Queens. Public testimony will be taken and the LPC is scheduled to be present. The Landmarks Preservation Commission also intends to discuss what it means by “its criteria” in identifying & designating landmarks in Queens.
The Trylon Theater (one of many issues) will be addressed as a case in point, documenting the LPC’s failure to hold a hearing at the very least, which violates the architectural and historical provisions of the landmarks law established in 1965. This ties in directly with other landmark-worthy theaters, & other potential individual landmarks and historic districts in Queens that are consistently being ignored by the LPC. A general consensus among the community and preservationists is that we should have a greater say. Queens must stop getting the backdoor!!!
March 23, 2006
BELMONT, MA — The Studio Cinema is the home for Belmont World Film’s “Extraordinary Journeys” film series, which runs March 19-May 8, and includes international feature films and documentaries:
3/26: In Casablanca Angels Don’t Fly (Morocco, New England premiere)
4/2: Moon of Avellaneda (Argentina, New England premiere)
4/9: Kilmetre Zero (Iraq, New England premiere)
4/10: Liberace of Baghdad (documentary about Iraq, New England premiere)
4/23: Aaltra (Belgium, New England Premiere)
4/30: Windhorse (filmed in Tibet)
5/8: Le Grand Voyage (France/Morocco)
For more info visit www.belmontworldfilm.org or call 617-484-3980.
March 21, 2006
FOREST HILLS, NY — On THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2006, The Juniper Park Civic Association will hold a public meeting in support of landmarking the Trylon Theater, a prominent Art Deco theater in Forest Hills, bearing strong significance to the nearby 1939 World’s Fair. In addition, zoning issues and advocacy for other potential Queens landmarks (i.e. St. Savior’s 1847 Church in Maspeth) will be addressed.
ADDRESS: Our Lady of Hope auditorium on Eliot Avenue & 71 St, Middle Village.
ATTENDEES: A few hundred expected; Queens civic groups, Mayor Bloomberg, local councilmembers, community residents and preservationists, and members of The Committee To Save The Trylon Theater, including its founder & chair, Michael Perlman
For more info, contact: Christina Wilkinson of the Juniper Park Civic at and Michael Perlman of The Committee To Save The Trylon Theater at
March 20, 2006
LINCOLN, RI — CinemaWorld in Lincoln RI will be hosting Lord of the Rings in 3 one week engagements. Fellowship of the Rings will run 3/24/06-3/30/06, Two Towers 3/31/06-4/06/06, Return of the King 4/07/06-4/13/06. On 4/15/06 they will be running a marathon of all three movies starting at noon.
They have the information available at the website www.cinemaworldonline.com. Times are running daily at 12:00 4:00 8:00. Pricing is $5.00 all seats all shows and the Marathon is $12.50 per person.
March 16, 2006
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater
A 6'3" Rabbit…A Daring Archaeologist…and Moses
Celebrate Easter and Passover with Classic Movies at The Loew’s Jersey!
Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26
Saturday, March 25: 4 PM James Stewart in HARVEY (1950/104 min/B&W)
Saturday, March 25: 8 PM INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989/129 min/Color)
Sunday, March 26: 2 PM An Archival Print of Cecil B. DeMille’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956/219 min/Color)
March 13, 2006
NEW YORK, NY — On March 25th, Hourglass Group will kick off its 2006 season with Paradise Follies at the Murphy Amphitheatre at FIT.
Hosted by Tony-nominated Isabel Keating (The Boy from Oz), the gala event will honor the remarkable Dorothy Wegman Raphaelson (1904-2005), the penultimate Ziegfeld Girl. She was the wife of playwright and screenwriter Samson Raphaelson, who wrote the classic Ernst Lubitsch film Trouble in Paradise. In June, Hourglass Group will present the world premiere of a new stage adaptation of Trouble in Paradise at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Chelsea.
Paradise Follies will feature a Gala Champagne reception with Drama Desk award-winning composer Michael Garin (Song of Singapore) on the piano, a tribute film to Dorothy Raphaelson, a screening of Trouble in Paradise and a celebrity-filled afterparty sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka at the soon-to-open Chelsea club, Balance. Balance will house the Museum of Mixology, a museum dedicated to the history of the cocktail.
March 10, 2006
SUFFERN, NY — The SALUTE TO GREAT MOVIE MUSICALS Weekend – March 10-11-12
The SALUTE TO MOVIE MUSICALS Festival at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York presents seven illustrious movie programs — including several rarely shown titles — from the golden age of cinema and all on the Lafayette Theatre’s giant silver screen.
One of Hollywood’s most popular genres, the movie musical came of age in the 1930s and is still extremely popular today. Screening will be films featuring the talents of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Elvis Presley, Ginger Rogers, Howard Keel, Ruby Keeler, Leslie Caron, and John Travolta, including the return engagement of KISS ME KATE presented in double-system polarized 3-D and stereo sound.
All of the films are screening in the finest studio and archive prints available and each show will feature pre-show music from the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. Festival Dates: March 10-12, 2006.
Tickets are $8.00 for each show. The money-saving Full Festival pass good for all seven shows is $50.00. Day-of-the-show tickets will go on sale at the box office 30 minutes before showtime.