January 9, 2004
HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation will present noted architectural historian Alfred Willis speaking about “Sid Grauman and the Courtyard Theatres of California.”
FTHF is a non-profit organization raising funds to purchase and restore the Fox Fullerton Theatre which will be featured in the talk along with other Meyer and Holler theaters including the Egyptian and Chinese theaters in Hollywood.
December 15, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — Plans are underway to host “Within Our Gates,” the famous 1919 silent film by Oscar Micheaux, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at the historic Central Park Theatre, 3535 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. This will be the first film to be shown in the theater since 1971.
December 12, 2003
PARK RIDGE, IL — According to a Pioneer Local story, Buster Keaton’s silent classic, “The General” is being shown tomorrow, December 13th at 8 PM at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, accompanied with the Pickwick’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ to benefit the restoration of the Des Plaines Theater.
Both the Pickwick and Des Plaines are former vaudeville houses which later became movie houses, and are both long-time landmarks of the downtowns of neighboring Park Ridge and Des Plaines. The event is presented jointly by the Des Plaines Theater Preservation Society and the Silent Film Society of Chicago.
December 5, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — To mark the 100th anniversary of one of Chicago’s worst tragedies, the December 30, 1903 blaze at Iroquois Theatre in the Loop, which claimed more than 600 lives, the Pioneer Press Online is seeking information from anyone who might have had stories of the fire handed down to them by relatives who survived or were at the scene in some capacity.
December 4, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Friends of the Boyd (Sameric) Holiday Film Screening is “The Philadelphia Story” at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia on December 5th. The film starts at 8 PM with a 6:30 PM VIP reception with Edmund Bacon.
Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart in his Academy Award winning performance star in “The Philadelphia Story,” the 1940 sparkling romantic comedy from MGM nominated for 6 Oscars. All tickets include a party after the movie with food, drink and 1940’s music by DJ Jay Schwartz, better known as Secret Cinema.
November 25, 2003
November 24, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — More than 30 historic Chicago theatre buildings are featured in “Chicago: Three Centuries of Theatres,” an ongoing interpretive display of vintage photographs in the Richard J. Daley Center pedway gallery, 55 W. Washington St., Chicago.
November 14, 2003
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — On November 20th, there will be a 20th Anniversary screening of “A Christmas Story” at Edwards Big Newport to benefit Toys For Tots. Both members of the original cast and the film’s director will be on hand for the festivities. More information is available on the OCshowbiz website.
November 11, 2003
NEW YORK, NY — Last Friday’s star-studded premiere of the new British romantic ensemble comedy, “Love Actually”, was held at the historic and stylish Beekman Theatre, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Among the film’s stars walking the red carpet were Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Martine McCutcheon, and Laura Linney. The film, which had a so-so sixth place opening this weekend, was directed (and written) by Richard Curtis, the screenwriter behind two of Grant’s most successful movies, “Notting Hill” and “Bridget Jones”. It was Curtis' directorial debut.
November 5, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — The 15th annual Polish Film Festival in America, the world’s largest Polish film event, is currently taking place in Chicago, and running from November 1-16. The three venues hosting the event are the Gateway Theatre, at the Copernicus Center (5216 W. Lawrence Ave.), the Gallery Theatre (1112 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and the Beverly Arts Center (2407 W. 111th St.). The award-winning film festival also will be hosting satellite screenings in cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis and Boston. The opening gala on November 1st at the Gateway featured the U.S. premiere of the Acadamy Award-nominated director Jerzy Hoffman’s “When the Sun Was God”.