July 20, 2005
CHICAGO, IL — Uptown neighbors and fans of the Uptown entertainment district are encouraged to help make history by posing for a classic photograph in front of the neighborhood’s namesake historic theater at noon Saturday, Aug. 20, at Broadway and Lawrence.
Marc Smith, internationally acclaimed poet and creator of the Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, will emcee the event. Actors from the Quest Theatre Ensemble and the Annoyance Theatre Company are scheduled to entertain passersby on the street.
The free, rain-or-shine “Uptown Community Portrait 2005” event celebrates the community and the 80th anniversary of the historic Uptown Theatre, 4816 N. Broadway. The theater has been closed since 1981 and is in serious need of significant private investment for it to be renovated as an entertainment venue.
While exterior repair work is ongoing and development prospects continue to express interest in renovating the Uptown Theatre, no definitive project or plan for the privately owned building has been announced. A court-appointed receiver and local officials continue to monitor its condition and marketing. Several state and local incentives are available — including city tax-increment financing — for a feasible plan that meets civic criteria and expectations for the multi-venued Uptown Square National Register Historic District. However, the search for a viable entertainment prospect continues.
July 9, 2005
PASADENA, CA — The Friends of the Raymond sent us a note about tonight’s benefit for the Raymond Theatre. If you live in or near the Los Angeles area, don’t miss this event!
Friends of the Raymond Theatre have worked 17-years and gathered 7,000 people around the world to stand behind preservation of Pasadena’s historic Raymond Theatre. With just a month or more left to preserve the theatre, entertainment organizations are artists from all over Los Angeles are setting up benefits to help raise much needed funding to do what is legally possible to stop demolition.
The first event is being produced by promoter Richard Becker for Friends of the Raymond Theatre is on July 9th at C.I.A in North Hollywood. We are also encouraging others who would like to donate to help raise money through a benefit to please contact Friends of the Raymond Theatre at: (818) 541-9522 or
Or make a direct donation to:
Friends of the Raymond Theatre
P.O. Box 91189
Pasadena, CA 91109
or PayPal.com (our account e-mail address is: )
Glitter, glamour, girls, music and comedy — it’s all here in THE BONNIE DELIGHT REVUE
Encore performance to help save Pasadena’s Historic Raymond Theatre
TONIGHT! Saturday, July 9, 2005 at 9 p.m.
California Institute of Abnormalarts
11334 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood CA
June 29, 2005
The following email was sent by the League of Historic American Theatres:
“Dear Historic Theatre Colleague:
Have you registered yet to attend the 29th Annual Conference & Theatre Tour?
The DEADLINE for REGULAR registration is [July 5th]. You can register on-line through our secure server, just go to this link: https://www.lhat.org/conference_theatre/2005/register.asp
Have you made your CONFERENCE HOTEL RESERVATIONS at the Fairmont Kansas City at the Plaza?
The LHAT group rate HAS BEEN EXTENDED BY ONE WEEK but is only guaranteed through [July 5th].
If you have any problems when you contact the hotel to reserve your room(s) — if they say there are no rooms left in the LHAT group block or they say the $119 + tax rate is not available BEFORE Friday — please call J.P. at the League office and he will do his best to straighten the situation out for you.
June 13, 2005
PITTSBURGH, PA — June 19th, 2005 marks the bithplace of the movie theatre. 100 years ago, June 19th, 1905, the NICKELODEON was opened by Harry Davis and his brother-in-law, J.P. Harris. There will be an article in the weekend edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I will visit the site where it once stood; marked by a bronze plaque.
[Editor’s Note: Pittsburgh as the birthplace of the movie theatre is a highly debatable fact. There were certainly theaters showing movies (even exclusively) before Harry Davis coined the term “Nickelodeon” for his famous Pittsburgh movie house. I suspect Newcastle, PA, the site of the Warner brothers' first movie house in 1903, would have something to say about that, as would other towns in the United States and abroad.]
May 30, 2005
ST. LOUIS, MO — On Sunday, June 12, the St. Louis Fox will celebrate Stan Kann’s 55th anniversary of first performing at the theatre’s 4/36 Wurlitzer with a “Stan Kann Celebration.”
The program will be in two parts. First will be the showing of Mike Steinberg’s documentary entitled “Stan Kann – The Happiest Man in the World.” The second half of the program will feature Mr. Kann accompaning the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks film, “The Mark of Zorro.”
Ticket information can be had at www.fabulousfox.com/attractions.asp
May 12, 2005
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Cultural Arts Division of the Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department is planning two exciting cultural excursions to the Orpheum Theater in support of the L.A. Conservancy’s annual “Last Remaining Seats” summer film series on June 22 from 4-11 p.m.
A night of classics with the L.A. Conservancy costs $66 which includes transportation in a deluxe coach, admission to the theater, and dinner at Cuidad.
The evening will start with a self guided walking tour of the majestic downtown buildings that feature classic architecture. Afterwards the journey continues at Cuidad for live Latin jazz and a three course meal.
Then it’s off to the movies. In a time when most movies are viewed on television screens or in the unremarkable box-like spaces of the multiplex, an evening of film in one of Broadway’s opulent entertainment palaces has a magic that transports viewers to another time.
Playing in the shimmering Orpheum Theater, the dashing and debonair Rudolph Valentino stars in The Son of the Sheik (1926). This silent film is Valentino’s last before his tragic death at age 31. Son of the Sheik was a huge success and still stands tall as an enjoyable example of desert romance melodrama. Valentino is superb as both the wizened father and the energetic son. The film will be presented with live organ accompaniment. The deadline to register for this trip is June 10.
For registration information please call registration office at (310) 802-5408 or 5409.
For questions about trip please contact Maya Thomas at(310) 802-5444 or .
May 10, 2005
CEDAR SPRINGS, MI — The Kent Theatre presents “View from the Vault #1 — The Films of Weston Woods”
The Cedar Springs Theatre Association (CSTA) is proud to present “View from the Vault #1 — The Films of Weston Woods.” This presentation is the first installment in a series of programming to be created from our growing classic film archive at the Kent Theatre, located at 8 N. Main St. in Cedar Springs.
The play dates of the show are Sat. June 4th and Sun. June 5th 2005, two showing each day at 2 & 4pm. Tickets for the show are $5.00 each. Funding raised from this event will benefit the Kent Theatre Audio/Visual fund and the Cedar Springs Public Library’s summer reading program. We hope you will join us in what we expect to be a memorial and wonderfully fun event for all.
May 6, 2005
ALBANY, NY — The Albany Director’s Lab Meetup Group will have an industry mixer at Kelsey’s Bar, 7pm, May 25th, at Kelsey’s Bar inside the Crown Plaza Hotel, at State and Lodge Street in Albany.
Meet other filmmakers in the Capital Region. Open to arts presenters and iflm theater buffs as well.
May 2, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following was sent in by Howard Haas:
“Help restore movies to the Boyd (Sameric) & have a great time, by joining The Friends of the Boyd on Friday, May 6 at International House (3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia) for our 1970’s film, the original Rocky!
Tickets for the 7:30 PM film, including After-Party of Italian food & Yards beer, are $15 each. Where else can you get a movie, food, and beer, for only $15 and also benefit a great cause!
Splurge by also including the 6:00 PM VIP Italian buffet, Gallo wine, and Guest Speaker Andreas Fuchs, co-author of Cinema Treasures, for $50 each.
Reserve in advance by www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org or pay at the door."
LOS ANGELES, CA — The following was sent in by Ted Gooding:
“THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Annual Conclave (Convention) and Theatre Tours will take place in Southern California this year. June 21—27, 2005. Headquarters Hotel is the famous Hollywood Roosevelt and for the San Diego Add-on the 1889 Horton Grand in the Gas Lamp District of Downtown San Diego.
The following counties will be traveled into Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, and Ventura. No one tours theatres like THS of A does they go from top to bottom! Fifty (50) theatres are planned if you take all 3 tours. The main tour cost is $395 for members. Cost of membership is $55. Hotels are on your own.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity as the saying goes. For full details go to www.historictheatres.org or or , Theodore R. Gooding Southern California Director and Conclave and Theatres Tours Chairman. FAX 626/356-0388"