February 24, 2005
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Tower Theatre on Broadway, which has been closed since 1988, will host a free lecture by Hollywood film historian Marc Wanamaker called “How West Coast Movie Production Began Downtown” on February 26th.
The S. Charles Lee-designed Tower is not included on the Los Angeles Conservancy’s theater district tour and is rarely open to the public.
It is mainly used for film shoots, according to Jon Olivan, the theater’s manager, who is currently trying to gain public attention of the Tower to convert it into a multi-purpose entertainment venue, like the Orpheum.
February 21, 2005
CHICAGO, IL — Friends of the Uptown volunteers will host brief, monthly socials to talk casually about the history of the Uptown Theatre and other historic venues. The socials are no-frills get-togethers where the dress is casual and the talk is informal.
Come as you are at 6:30 p.m. promptly on the first Monday of each month to the first floor conference room of the Bridgeview Bank building, 4753 N. Broadway, in Uptown. Seating is limited and available only on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Snacks and drinks to share with friends would be appreciated (go ahead and bring them!). We will also pitch in to help share the cost of the room rental.
Friends have scheduled March 7, April 4, and May 2 talks. Future dates may be planned contingent on time, interest and inclination. Any change to the first Monday schedule will be announced only via Uptown Adviser, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/uptownadviser/
February 14, 2005
ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta Preservation Center is having its 3rd annual Phoenix Flies celebration from March 5th to March 15th. There will be many free activities going on around the city. As part of that, they have a weeklong period in which they will be giving free tours of the Legendary Atlanta Fox Theatre. The dates for the free tours are:
Saturday March 5th, 10am and 11am
Monday March 7th, 10am
Wednesday March 10th, 10am
Thursday March 11th, 10am
Saturday, March 13th 10am and 11am
February 8, 2005
HOLLYWOOD, CA — On February 12 & 13 (10:30 AM), the American Cinematique at the Egyptian Theatre hosts a special “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Tour.”
Featuring “tidbits from the life of America’s original Sweetheart, Mary Pickford and her husband Douglas Fairbanks (who were frequent visitors to Grauman’s Hollywood Egyptian Theatre in the 1920s) and some tasty sweets,” the special event offers two tickets for the price of one.
“Highlights of our regular historic tours are included,” the press office assures. “See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history.”
Future dates are March 12 & 13 and April 9 & 10 (10:30 AM). As always, the hour-long documentary “Forever Hollywood” screens on the same days at 11:35 AM; 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM. Tickets $7 Adults. $5 Members/Students/Seniors 65+. Tour & Movie $10. Private group tours available. Call 323.461.2020, ext. 3 for more info.
February 2, 2005
PEEKSKILL, NY — According to the Paramount Center for the Arts website:
“The Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, NY is pleased to invite the public and members of the press to a special reception unveiling the second phase of the Paramount’s restoration project. The open house will take place Wednesday, February 9th, 2005 at 7:30 PM at the Paramount. Light refreshments will be served.
BRADFORD, ENGLAND — ‘How The West Was Won’ is scheduled to be shown in the original 3-strip Cinerama process at the UK’s Bradford Film Festival on 12 March at 2.30pm in Pictureville Cinema at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, located in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.
Other highlights include celebrating the 50th anniversary of Todd-AO. More details of the festival and its Widescreen weekend here: http://www.nmpft.org.uk/bff/2005/.
January 28, 2005
STAMFORD, CT — The beautifully restored, historic Avon Theatre in Stamford, CT is celebrating its' “first anniversary” with legendary director, author, critic, and actor, Peter Bogdanovich on Thursday, February 10th at 7:00pm.
A rare 35mm print of Saint Jack will be screened, followed by a Q&A and book signing with the director.
Tickets are $14 for the general public, $9 for Avon members. Call 203-661-0321 or email to reserve tickets.
The Avon Theatre is a 1939 art deco/neo-colonial movie house that reopened in February of 2004. It now operates as a not for profit art house cinema. Check the website for other great films.
January 3, 2005
ALBANY, NY — Raiders of the Lost Ark will play at the Palace Theatre on Thursday January 26th, 2006 at 7:30 PM.
Tickets are five dollars and seating is general admission.
December 31, 2004
Belleville, IL: Lincoln Theatre Organists Will Ring in the New Year
Charlottesville, VA: First Night’s Venues Expand
Bay City, MI: State Theatre Hosts New Year’s Eve Showing of ‘Gigi’
Boston, MA: Coolidge Corner Hosts The “First Night Film Festival”
Know of an event at a Cinema Treasure in your area? If so, please post it in the comments section.
Whatever you do tonight, be safe and enjoy. :)
December 28, 2004
SAGINAW, MI — Local radio station WHNN Oldies 96 will present “The OldiesPalloza Reunion Concert” featuring Paul Revere & The Raiders and The Contours on Saturday January 22 at the Temple Theatre. Details at http://whnn.com/misc12717.asp