December 8, 2004
PARK RIDGE, IL — The following was sent by Friends of the Uptown:
“PICKWICK presents ‘Peter Pan’: Special holiday show and sing-along with Jay Warren
If you want to taste the flavor of entertainment that built and sustained the UPTOWN THEATRE and other movie palaces in their prime, come out to the historic PICKWICK THEATRE, 5 S. Prospect Ave., in Park Ridge, Illinois, this Friday, Dec. 10, for a special holiday show.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the program includes the 1924 silent holiday classic “Peter Pan” with live pipe organ photoplay accompaniment by Chicago’s Jay Warren. Jay will add to the program with a special holiday sing-along.
CHICAGO, IL — The following is also from Friends of the Uptown:
“The CONGRESS THEATRE and historic Chicago will be celebrated in a "winter benefit” event for the local historic preservation advocacy group called Preservation Chicago from 6 to 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 9, at the CONGRESS, 2139 N. Milwaukee Ave.
A $35 donation gets you music, food, a building tour, and a chance to bid on historic artifacts and items of interest. Call (312) 255-0015.
November 26, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent in by Howard Haas:
“If you want to see Philadelphia’s last movie palace, then take the TOUR by the nonprofit Friends of the Boyd on December 1. Arrive at the closed Boyd (Sameric) at 1908 Chestnut, before 6 PM (don’t be late, the doors must be locked) for the hour and a half visit.
You will also see the Terrazzo Promenade, the Lobby, the Foyer, and the huge Auditorium with all its Art Deco artwork such as the gorgeous mural painted over the stage. For more than 20 years the Balcony has been closed, but for the tour, the Balcony is open! You will have a rare peak at the elegant ladies & mens facilities and backstage areas never open to the public in the theater’s history.
November 24, 2004
ANN ARBOR, MI—The public radio program “Pipedreams” from Minnesota Public Radio is airing music from the Michigan Theatre’s Barton theater organ this Friday.
You can hear this show on the program’s web site using Real Player. The Michigan Theatre is celebrating this broadcast with a special event. The news release from the Michigan Theatre follows:
November 17, 2004
ASTORIA, NY — A special exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Loews has opened at the Museum of the Moving Image. “From Penny Arcade to Megaplex” includes rare promotional items, over 75 historic photographs, archival film footage of movie premieres, and architectural elements.
According to the museum, “Among the highlights of the exhibition are objects that capture the opulence of the golden age of moviegoing, including an enormous crystal chandelier from the Loew’s Capitol Theater in New York, the smart uniforms worn by doormen and ushers, and many photographs and postcards of Loews theaters across the country, from the baroque picture palaces of the late 1920s to the drive-ins of the 1950s to the "neon-classical” multiplexes of today."
November 16, 2004
JERSEY CITY, NJ — This Sunday afternoon, November 21 at 2:00, the Loew’s Jersey Theatre, at Journal Square in Jersey City, NJ, will be open FREE to the public for a live performance of IOLANTHE by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, presented by the Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company.
This will be the Ridgewood Company’s seventh semi-annual visit to the Loew’s, presenting the comic operas of Gilbert & Sullivan fully staged with costumes, scenery and a 23-piece orchestra playing Sullivan’s original orchestrations.
November 15, 2004
ANN ARBOR, MI — Blues legend B.B. King will be performing at the Michigan Theatre on Wednesday, December 8. The e-mail I received from the Michigan Theatre follows:
Even though we consider the Michigan Theater a palace, it’s not everyday that we have the opportunity to entertain royalty within our walls. This season we have that chance! On Wednesday, December 8 we are fortunate to host a concert by the undisputed King of the Blues, B.B. King.
October 28, 2004
DES PLAINES, IL — The Des Plaines Theatre Preservation Society is hosting Halloween-themed events this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the 1925 Des Plaines Theatre on Miner Street in downtown Des Plaines.
According to the Daily Herald, the Society will be featuring a 1910 version of “Frankenstein,” live Irish music, and costume contests among the various free events at the theater.
Society president Bryan Bean says, “It’s a taste of what we’d like to do. It’s an invitation for people to take a new look at an old treasure.”
October 25, 2004
STATEN ISLAND, NY — Mark your calendars! Dec. 4th, 2004 marks the 75th anniversary of the beautiful St. George Theatre. Those wishing to be on the theater’s mailing list, and for invitations, times and prices, please visit the theater’s web site at: stgeorgetheatre.com
This is a once in a life time opportunity to welcome the St. George Theatre back to Staten Island from a LONG hiatus!
See you there!
October 20, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — It’s the legendary Chicago Theatre’s 83rd birthday and on Saturday, October 23, 2004, between 11 am – 2 pm, free tours of the theater will be available on the hour.
The tours will include historical and architectual highlights of the building including the grand lobby areas, majestic auditorium and backstage space (when possible) where performers through the years have left their autographs on the walls of dressing rooms and corridors.
A photo exhibit just installed in the lower lobby “Chicago: Three Centuries of Theatres” can be viewed.
The MIGHTY WURLITZER THEATRE PIPE ORGAN will also be played live for all tours!