July 29, 2004
ST. LOUIS, MO — To celebrate its 75th birthday, the “Fabulous Fox” in St. Louis is recreating, as nearly as possible, its opening night program on January 31, 1929 this coming Sunday, August 1st.
The huge C. Howard Crane-designed palace on Grand Boulevard is showing the first movie it played, the silent Janet Gaynor film “Street Angel”, accompanied by the Fox’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. The stage acts which preceded and followed the movie, including a “living tableau” of St. Louis' history, a chorus line, opera, ballet and even a “Neapolitan festival”, will also be put on again, by local celebrities and talent.
Furthermore, during the festivities, from 2 to 7 pm, the price for admission will be the same as in 1929, 75 cents at the box office. Mary Strauss, the Fox’s owner, will be an “extra” in the stage show, and is encouraging visitors to dress up in 20s-style clothing for a parade onstage before the show.
Read the full report in the River Front Times.
July 23, 2004
SUFFERN, NY — The SPECTACULAR SCIENCE FICTION Film Festival comes to the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York – Nine classic science fiction films to be screened on September 10-11-12, 2004.
The SPECTACULAR SCIENCE FICTION Film Festival at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York, presents nine unique and entertaining science fiction films from the Golden Age of Hollywood, all on the Lafayette Theatre’s giant silver screen. Screening will be films from directors such as Stanley Kubrick & Robert Wise, special effects artists such as Ray Harryhausen & Douglas Trumbull, stars such as Charlton Heston, Patricia Neal, and even Abbott & Costello! All of these films are showing in the finest prints available from the studio vaults. Celebrity guests will introduce several of the films and there will be a lobby display of rare original posters and advertising materials for the films.
Festival Dates: September 10-11-12, 2004.
July 2, 2004
“Fahrenheit 9/11”’s Lila Lipscomb will appear at the 6:00 pm showing on Sunday, July 4 at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor, MI. She will answer questions from the audience after the showing.
May 28, 2004
BERWYN, PA — This evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., InPrints Gallery will be hosting an opening for artist George Rothacker, who has created a series of beautiful paintings depicting classic movie theaters (see gallery below).
May 26, 2004
PORT ST. JOE — On Friday, May 28th, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, the Port Theatre will host a live “Fiddle” celebration with Aisha Moughrabi playing her awesome violin music.
Admission is FREE to the public, as this will be during the Auction preview for our weekly auction in the old Port Theatre. Since the Port Theatre was built with great acoustical engineering, we are planning to begin to host live events that will excite the local population about the future of this building in the center of downtown.
May 25, 2004
The film, shot by University of South Florida students, is a 30-minute documentary about the history of the Tampa Theatre and its contribution to the local community.
May 24, 2004
ST. LOUIS, MO — The Fox Theater will celebrate its 75th anniversary this coming August 1st (a bit of a stretch as the theater opened 1/31/29).
The celebration will include a stage show as well as a showing of the film which opened the house, “Street Angel,” starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell. Accompanying the film will be Stan Kann at the 4/36 Wurlitzer.
Admission will be priced the same amount as patrons were charged on the theater’s opening night: 75Â¢.
May 21, 2004
DES PLAINES, IL — The Des Plaines Theatre Preservation Society has been fighting to save the Des Plaines Theater, a former vaudeville house in downtown Des Plaines, for over a year and a half. During that time, the theater has been saved from planned demolition and declared eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
Furthermore, the society has collected signatures (and money) in support of their drive to convert the 1926 theater into a performing arts center. However, a proposed feasibility study approved by the City Council last summer is now on hold. Meanwhile, the city awaits the finalization of a deal between the preservation society and the theater’s owner (who is now using the theater for Indian films and live concerts).
May 18, 2004
ESSEX, VT — A Vermont couple has tied the knot in their favorite place to have dates—a movie theater!
Renee Bleau and Travis Vigneau, who often spent dates watching movies together, were married yesterday in a local Essex multiplex. The wedding, attended by fifty guests, included tickets, popcorn, and even movie previews (‘The Day After Tomorrow’ and ‘Spiderman 2’).
The full account of the wedding can be found in this report from ChannelOklahoma.com.
May 17, 2004
Starting in June, the Music Hall will be adding “movie weekends” to it schedule. The first such weekend, planned for June 25 through 27, will include the films ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘Cinema Paradiso’, ‘Some Like It Hot’, and ‘The Wizard of Oz’.