May 7, 2004
SOMERVILLE, MA — The historic Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, a local entertainment fixture since 1914, will be celebrating its birthday in style this year.
May 11 marks the theater’s 90th anniversary, and in honor of the occasion, the picture palace will host a special presentation of John Ford’s classic film “The Grapes of Wrath”, along with selected vintage short subjects.
May 6, 2004
So, if you have not booked plans for 1pm this Saturday, May 8th, why not ready yourself for an unusual title: “The Italian Straw Hat” starring Rene Clair. This 1927 opus is described as: “A young man on the way to his wedding watches helplessly while his horse eats a lady’s hat.” It sounds like a one-joke play, but it is called ‘funny and elegant.’
But as with all the ‘Silents Please’ monthly series, even if the film is not a classic, there is always the melodious and mellifluous tones of the giant Kimball Theatre Pipe Organ to enthrall your ears.
May 4, 2004
LONDON, ENGLAND — The League of Historic American Theatres is planning a tour of London’s historic theaters!
“A Celebration of London’s Historic Theatres”, planned for July 25 – August 1, 2004, will take tour participants to the heart of London’s theater district, with unique behind the scenes tours of some of the most renowned West End theaters.
Support the League and join us for this unforgettable custom-designed tour. We are now accepting reservations for “A Celebration of London’s Historic Theatres.” For more detailed information, visit our special tour webpage.
April 29, 2004
KANSAS CITY, MO — From June 26 through July 1, 2004, the Theatre Historical Society of America, as part of its 2004 “Heart of America” Conclave, will tour a number of theaters in the Kansas City area.
The tour will include theaters in Lamar, Joplin, Richmond, St. Joseph, and Springfield, Missouri; a theater in Miami, Oklahoma; and these Kansas theaters: the Leavenworth, Kansas City, Emporia, El Dorado, Augusta, Wichita, Hutchinson, McPherson, Salina, Concordia, and Topeka.
Complete details about this year’s Conclave can be found on the THSA Conclave website. A glossy brochure is also available — if you’d like a copy, email , the group’s director, or send a request to the group’s headquarters via standard mail.
April 27, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, LA — In June, the historic Saenger Theatre will bring movies back to this New Orleans movie palace.
According to The Times-Picayne, “Each movie will be preceded by a Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and musical selections played on the theater’s 77-year-old Robert Morton organ. John Hiltonsmith, who is restoring the Saenger’s 778-pipe organ, will play.”
April 16, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — The 20th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival begins today with over 100 films from more than 20 Spanish and Portuguese-speaking nations. Among the Chicago theaters hosting the festival are the Biograph, the 3 Penny, and Facets Multimedia.
The fest runs from today until April 28th, with an opening-night gala at the Art Institute of Chicago tonight, and closing-night fiesta to be held at the Biograph Theatre.
Tickets are $10, and $80 for a festival pass. More information is available in this report from the Chicago Tribune.
April 13, 2004
CHARLESTON, SC — There will be a meeting on Monday, April 26, 2004 at 7pm at the main branch of the Charleston County Public Library (at 68 Calhoun Street) to organize an effort to save the Garden Theater. The meeting will moderated by Ralph Hicks.
Any suggestions or help from the readership of Cinema Treasures would be welcomed and appreciated.
April 9, 2004
MILWAUKEE , WI — The venerable Oriental Theatre will have another of its monthly ‘Silents Please’ series of not-so-silent movies this Saturday the 10th, titled: “The Last Laugh” (1924) starring Emil Jannings and it is an odd opus as this description from Maltin’s Movie Guide makes clear:
“Silent film classic told entirely by camera, without title cards. Jannings plays proud doorman at posh hotel who is suddenly demoted; film details his utter and grievous humiliation. Brilliantly filmed â€¦with a towering performance by Jannings.”
March 30, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent in by Howard Haas from Friends of the Boyd:
“We are a new organization and need your help. The Boyd is not saved yet, nor is an authentic restoration going to happen without your help. And, there will not be a film program if we can’t have a success at our films to save the theater! Please share with your friends, co-workers, neighbors, and your email lists. Thank you!
SEE GRACE KELLY’S LAST FILM AND HELP TO SAVE THE BOYD
Princess Grace’s Niece to Speak Before the Show
On FRIDAY, APRIL 16, the Friends of the Boyd will screen Grace Kelly’s rarely seen last film, the 1956 romantic comedy THE SWAN, at a benefit to raise funds to preserve and restore Philadelphia’s last movie palace, the historic Boyd Theatre (a.k.a. Sameric) at 1908 Chestnut Street. The screening, part of the 13th Philadelphia Film Festival, will take place at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, 7:30 p.m for slide show “The Boyd: 75 years as a movie palace” and 8:00 PM for film.
March 19, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — In anticipation of the big day, the Balboa staff worked hard to clean and get ready for our 78th Balboa Birthday Bash.
With daily construction happening around the theater restoration and handicap upgrades, there was quite a crowd in the lobby and auditoriums each day. Several took on the delicate project of washing the etched glass of our light fixtures while Romero Glass Studios in Oakland was creating replacements for the broken and missing pieces.