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.
April 8, 2005
SUFFERN, NY — The SOUNDS OF SILENTS Film Festival comes to the historic Lafayette Theatre . Nine silent film programs with LIVE musical accompaniment to be screened April 8-9-10, 2005.
The SOUNDS OF SILENTS Film Festival at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York, presents nine unique and entertaining silent film programs from the golden age of cinema, all on the Lafayette Theatreâ€™s giant silver screen – and all with live musical accompaniment. Screening will be films with stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Lon Chaney, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Lillian Gish. All of the films are showing in the finest archive prints available and all will feature live musical accompaniment. Selected short subjects will also be a part of several shows. Festival Dates: April 8-9-10, 2005.
Among the musicians playing with the films will be the renowned silent film accompanists Dennis James playing â€œRobin Hood,â€? Robert Israel playing â€œThe Thief of Bagdadâ€? and â€œGrandmaâ€™s Boy,â€? Jeff Barker, John Baratta, and, making his United States debut, Michael Holmes of Great Britain playing â€œThe Italian Straw Hatâ€?.
CHICAGO, IL — Film critic Roger Ebert will be honored June 23rd with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A couple weeks later, on July 12th, the Illinois native will be also honored in Chicago, with Mayor Richard Daley declaring that day “Roger Ebert Day” and also with the dedication of a plaque in the sidewalk in front of the landmark Chicago Theatre on State Street.
At the sixth annual Chicago Outdoor Film Festival at Grant Park, which also kicks off on July 12th, Ebert will debut the first of several films he has selected to be shown each Tuesday during the seven week-long event. Among Ebert’s choices are “E.T.”, “Star Wars”, “Citizen Kane”, “Annie Hall”, and “The Hustler”.
Read more in this report from the Chicago Sun Times.
April 4, 2005
CHICAGO, IL — This month’s Friends of the Uptown social, Monday, April 4, will feature an illustrated tour of the Uptown Theatre building through the use of color and black & white slides. The historic landmark will be shown in its exquisite 1925 beginnings, in rare color views from the 1960s and in more contemporary surveys.
If you have ever been curious what is behind those attractive plywood board-up panels that are spray-paint stenciled “HISTORIC UPTOWN THEATRE — POST NO BILLS,” then this is the night for you.
Friends of the Uptown volunteers are hosting brief, monthly socials to talk casually about the history of the UPTOWN THEATRE, Chicago, and other historic venues. The socials are no-frills get-togethers where the dress is casual and the talk is informal.
April 1, 2005
PASADENA, CA — This coming weekend, the Friends of the Raymond Theatre will be having a rummage sale to support the preservation of the Raymond Theatre.
Read on for a larger version of this flyer.
March 18, 2005
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The following email was sent by the Friends of the Loew’s:
“Back in the 1950s when television was new, one of the ways the movie studios tried to compete was to change the size and shape of the movie image. But in addition to widening the aspect ratio the moviemakers made much greater use of color. This seemed a natural combination that truly helped set the movies apart from what was then the small, drab monotone television screen: glorious hues combined with panoramic views.
But a select number of widescreen movies were made in black and white. The effect of sharp contrast and subtle differences in grey scale writ across an enormously wide screen is one of the most distinct, if relatively rare, experiences in cinema. On April 1 and 2, the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre will present three of the best of these movies made in glorious black and W-I-D-E.