Events

  • August 18, 2005

    Visit the Uptown Theatre in Chicago This Saturday!

    CHICAGO, IL — Don’t forget! 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.

    The goal of the “Uptown Community Portrait 2005” is to create a high-quality color photograph of the event, duplicating historical views of the theater’s opening day in 1925 and the “Uptown Community Portrait 2000.” More than 300 neighbors and fans turned out for the event in 2000. Sponsored by the Uptown Chicago Commission, the Uptown Community Development Corporation, Friends of the Uptown, and Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads, the 2005 community portrait will be used in publications and advertisements to represent the people and buildings of the now-ascendant district. Noted Chicago architectural photographer Bob Nick will capture the picture from a perch on a scaffold across the street from the theater.

  • August 12, 2005

    LHAT Seminar Announced

    The following email was sent from the League of Historic American Theatres:

    “REGISTER NOW for the next League of Historic American Theatres stand-alone professional development seminar:

    FINANCING HISTORIC THEATRE REHABILITATION PROJECTS

    Wed., September 7th — 8:45 AM – 4:00 PM (registration at hotel begins at 7:30 AM) Thurs, September 8th — 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

  • August 10, 2005

    Movie Poster Museum Exhibit

    NEW HOPE, PA — The Michener Museum is currently exhibiting old movie posters through September 4, 2005. This event is being held in their satellite location in NEW HOPE, PA (not the main museum in Doylestown, PA).

  • July 20, 2005

    Uptown Community Portrait Set For Saturday, Aug. 20

    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

    TONIGHT: Benefit To Help Save Raymond Theatre!

    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.

    at

    California Institute of Abnormalarts
    11334 Burbank Boulevard
    North Hollywood CA
    818-506-6353
    www.ciabnormalarts.com

  • June 29, 2005

    LHAT 29th Annual Conference & Theatre Tour

    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 — “Birthplace of the Movie Theatre”

    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 Fox to present “Stan Kann Celebration”

    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

    Journey To The Orpheum For A Night Of Classic Movies

    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

    Kent Theatre Set To Host Films of Weston Woods

    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.