November 22, 2013
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA — This could be the final weekend of films at the Holllywood Theatre as the owner entertains new plans for the space. A preservation group, Save the Hollywood has sprung up to protect the building. If you’re nearby, check out “You Can’t Take it With You” on Saturday before it possibly closes for good.
November 20, 2013
LAPEER, MI — The Pix Theatre reopened Wednesday, November 20 with an afternoon concert by Rich Eddie’s Rockin Oldies Band. They will perform two additional concerts on Friday, then the theater will close for repairs for three weeks as water damage from the fire that struck downtown Lapeer last week was more extensive than thought. Water was still seeping from a wall adjoining the fire gutted apartment building and the roof. Because of the repairs a planned Christmas show by the Lapeer Community Players will be moved to Lapeer East High School.
Details including video are available at WJRT.
November 11, 2013
SACRAMENTO, CA — The Tower Theatre is 75 today and they’re having a day full of screenings today culminating with one of “Algiers,” the film that opened the Tower in 1938. The Modesto Bee published an informative article on the event and some of the more popular engagements over the years.
(Thanks to JohnRice for providing the photo.)
October 29, 2013
GREENFIELD, MA — Throughout the twentieth century theaters have played a vital role in both American society and culture. Greenfield, Massachusetts had several theaters which contributed immensely to both the Greenfield community and Franklin County. Two of the theaters, the Lawler and the Victoria, both opened in the year 1913 and were the first two buildings to be constructed specifically as theaters in the town of Greenfield, as well as in Franklin County. Sadly, neither of these theaters exists today as the auditorium to the Lawler was demolished in 1963 and the Victoria was entirely demolished in 1998. If both buildings still existed and were in use today, they would be celebrating their 100th Birthday this year.
On Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11:00am, the Greenfield Public Library will do just that as it holds a 100th birthday celebration and multi-media presentation honoring the legacies of the Lawler and Victoria. The presentation, compiled by Film and Theater Historian Jonathan A. Boschen, is an Apple Keynote slide show which explores the rich history of these two iconic buildings through the use of photographs, building blueprints, and newspaper articles. In addition, information on Greenfield’s other theaters (Washington Hall, the Bijou, the Garden, and the Starlight Outdoor Drive-in) will be briefly discussed. Admission to the presentation is free and complimentary freshly popped popcorn and cake will be served.
Facebook Page for Jonathan A. Boschen Film History Multimedia Presentations
October 25, 2013
JERSEY CITY, NJ —
HORROR On Screen at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 Tel. (201) 798-6055 Fax: (201) 798-4020 Web: www.loewsjersey.org
The Landmark Loew’s Jersey is a historic movie palace now operating as a non-profit, multi-discipline performing arts center.
Friday, October 25 8PM “Black Sunday” Starring Barbara Steele. Directed by Mario Bava. 1960, 83mins, B&W Not to be confused with the 1970s Blimp/Superbowl movie of the same name, this is one of the most influential horror films NOT made on Universal’s sound stage; it helped to reinvigorate the Gothic horror genre for a new generation. A woman who is gruesomely executed as a witch in the 1600s vows revenge on the family who killed her and returns from the grave two centuries later to keep her promise. Considered the greatest example of Italian Gothic Horror, the film is far less concerned with exploring its characters' psychologies as were American horror films of the same era. Instead, it creates an extraordinary visual experience for its audiences with an atmosphere so heavy and imagery so dense that the sheer, ghastly beauty of it all is entrancing.
Admission: $7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Children (12 & younger).
October 22, 2013
PORTLAND, OR — ‘The Show Must Go On’ at the historic Academy Theater
- Montavilla landmark will roll out the red carpet to raise funds for digital projection upgrades –
WHAT: Attention all hip chicks and cool cats: The Academy Theater’s indiegogo campaign may just have ended, but the show (and the fundraising) must go on! So muster up some mid-century mojo and travel back in time to the Swinging ‘60s! Sample some of Portland’s finest food and drink while enjoying live theater, local fashion, and the Rat-Pack-tastic musical stylings of Portland’s own Tony Starlight! And if you play your cards right, luck may be your lady at our silent auction and raffle!
Mid-century attire is encouraged, but not required.
October 3, 2013
NEW CASTLE, PA — The Warner Film Center unveiled its floor plan for a museum commemorating the Warner Brothers’ historic first theatre at 18 S. Mill St. yesterday.
Cass Warner, CEO of Warner Sisters Inc. and granddaughter of Harry Warner, one of the original four founding members of the Warner Brothers entertainment empire, addressed approximately 100 well-wishers at the site of the old Cascade Theatre in downtown New Castle.
The inaugural event displayed the museum’s first-completed attraction, a mural depicting old New Castle, by local artist Ken Cole, which covers one wall in the entryway.
October 2, 2013
CULPEPER, VA — Like art deco movie theaters? What about classic films presented in them? If you said yes to either of those questions and will be near Culpeper in the next month, check out their “Library of Congress Presents” series, featuring titles from the National Registry. The State and Mt. Pony theaters are teaming up for this exciting series with $6 admission that starts tonight.
Read more in the Daily Progress.
(Thanks to nitratefury for providing the photo.)
September 25, 2013
EAST GREENVILLE, PA — The Grand Theater, the Upper Perkiomen Valley’s fully restored 1924 landmark, presents another outstanding silent film lineup for the 2013 season. Come enjoy entertainment the way movies were first seen at the Grand – SILENT!
On Sunday, September 29th at 3PM we will be present the 1921 movie that defined heartthrob Rudolph Valentino in “The Sheik”.
On Sunday, October 27th at 3PM we present the horror masterpiece “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) starring ‘The man of 1000 faces’, Mr. Lon Chaney.
September 24, 2013
NEW CASTLE, PA — Cass Warner, granddaughter of the late Harry Warner, will visit the developing Warner Film Center in downtown New Castle and hold a press conference there Thursday, Sept. 26, at 11:00 a.m.
Ms. Warner, CEO of Warner Sisters, Inc., will help to inaugurate the Film Center’s historical and educational facility at the site of the Warner Brothers’ first theatre, the Cascade nickelodeon, at 18 South Mill Street. She will be greeted by cinema consultant, writer, film historian, and major contributor to the Warner project, Mr. Jack Oberleitner, in the front of a replica of the original theatre facade.
At this event, WFC will unveil its floor plan for the museum on this site and the mural in the entryway by local artist Ken Cole. Rita Dorsch, Community Development Trustee, will release details about the WFC’s first major fundraising campaign.