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"
April 29, 2005
CHICAGO — SEE RARE VIEWS OF THE UPTOWN!
This month’s Friends of the Uptown social, Monday, May 2, will feature more rare color and black & white slides of the historic UPTOWN THEATRE, Chicago. Noted designer and theatre historian Joseph R. DuciBella will share slides from his personal photographic archive that show vintage views of the theatre from the 1920s and the 1960s.
You will be surprised to see how much of the UPTOWN’s art, furniture and lighting was intact in the 1960s from its original, 1925 decorative scheme. Mr. DuciBella’s images of the UPTOWN from the 1960s are the best color views known to exist of the theatre in operation.
If you have ever been curious to see the UPTOWN in its best light (and in color!), then this is the night for you.
April 15, 2005
SANTA MONICA, CA — The following press release was sent in by the American Cinematheque which operates the Aero Theatre:
“The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre will present an exclusive four night return engagement of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962, Columbia, 216 min.) in 70 mm!, May 5 – 8, 2005. Peter O'Toole (GOODBYE MR. CHIPS) stars as the tortured, near God-like Lawrence in director David Lean’s (A PASSAGE TO INDIA) absolute masterpiece. An epic film that takes place during World War I and Lawrence’s adventures in North Africa.
The film features one of the finest casts ever assembled in a motion picture: including, in his first major English-speaking role, Omar Sharif (DR. ZHIVAGO), Anthony Quinn (ZORBA THE GREEK), Jack Hawkins (LORD JIM), Claude Rains (CASABLANCA), and Alec Guinness (THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI) as Prince Feisal. Freddie Young’s 70 mm. photography is considered to be a work of genius, as is the screenplay written by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. Maurice Jarre’s moving score and John Box’s production design only serve to add more layers of excellence to the film. Winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. “When you’re in the desert, you look into infinity … It makes you feel terribly small, and also in a strange way, quite big.” – David Lean.
April 12, 2005
CEDAR SPRINGS, MI — “The Cedar Springs Theatre Association and the Cedar Springs Public Library are very pleased to announce that international concert pianist Waleed Howrani will be returning to the area to perform a concert of classical and jazz music. The concert is scheduled for Sunday afternoon May 15, 2005 at 4:00 p.m., at the Kent Theatre, located in the heart of Cedar Springs at 8 North Main Street.
There is an afterglow reception following the concert at the Cedar Springs Public Library located at 43 West Cherry Street. We hope that many residents in the north Kent County and south Montcalm County areas will come to hear this fine artist.