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’.
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.
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