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!
October 13, 2004
YORK, ENGLAND — If you are a fan of 70mm then get ready for the biggest festival of 70mm the UK has seen in years. City Screen York will be holding the following screenings in its main stadium seated THX auditorium:
Poltergeist – Sat Oct 30 at 11pm presented in 70mm
Lawrence Of Arabia – Thur Nov 4 at 1pm presented in Super Panavision 70
Edward Scissorhands – Fri Nov 5 at 11pm presented in 70mm
October 12, 2004
BROOKLYN, NY — The following email was sent in by “Theatre Lectures”:
Cezar Del Valle will be a guest speaker at: “REMEMBERING JAZZ AT THE BROOKLYN PARAMOUNT”
Conference, Concert, Photo Exhibition — Friday October 15th, 2004
October 1, 2004
Volunteering to save and restore Philadelphia’s last movie palace, the Friends of the Boyd present the Disney classic “The Happiest Millionaire” at International House (3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia) on Friday, October 1.
The 1967 musical comedy is about the comic misadventures of an immigrant butler who takes a job with eccentric Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle. Biddle’s mansion was at 2104 Walnut Street. Starring Fred MacMurray, Greer Garson, Lesley Ann Warren, and Geraldine Page, the film will be shown in a rare 35 MM print straight from the Disney vault. The film had its local premiere at the Boyd (aka Sameric) Theatre in 1967.
September 30, 2004
ANN ARBOR, MI — Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson will be performing on Monday, October 4th at the Michigan Theatre.
He is expected to play songs from his new CD, “SMiLE” which is the reconstructed lost Beach Boys album he had planned to release in 1967 and is considered his masterpiece.