July 1, 2005
I am looking for box office software to make reservations for my theater and to sell tickets. (it is a theater but not showing movies anymore) it is now a music hall. If you know of a inexpensive software that someone may have or don’t need anyone that has one could you contact me. I want an in-house program not an online software. Thanks.
ANNA, IL — The following email was sent by Kurt Petrich:
“I am writing you today to ask for your assistance in preserving one of Anna’s most prized historic buildings, the Rodgers Theatre. The Rodgers is in danger of being razed at taxpayers expense for someone elses personal gain. There are councilmembers that are bending to the every whim of two local business owners and are completely ignoring the historic value of our building. This letter is to inform you of the importance of preserving the Rodgers Theatre.
To understand our small theatre’s importance, we must first understand its creator. Isaac Walter Rodgers was born just north of us near Neoga, IL in 1875. He was born with show-business in his blood and started his career early in his life traveling the Midwest with a phonograph machine. He opened his first movie house in New Orleans in 1896 where he charged 10 cent admission and the films were only about a minute long. He then purchased a gas powered projector and again traveled the Midwest showing his films at opera houses, churches, schools, or wherever else he could darken the house. Rodgers was the first man to try and trade films with other exhibitors, although he was laughed at and told that moving pictures were a “passing fancy” and that nothing would be heard of them in years to come.
June 30, 2005
ALAMEDA, CA — The following email was sent in by Jennifer V:
“City Officials are endorsing a development deal to partially rehabilitate the historic Alameda Theater, and attach a new 2-story 7-screen multiplex with a 6-story parking garage.
As details of the plans have been made available, many citizens are horrified to learn that the Alameda Theater will not be completely renovated: the balconies will be inaccessible, the exterior will not be painted, the main theater will house stadium seating, and a historical mural that was painted over will not be restored. Futhermore, at least 3 holes will be made to connect the old theater to the new cineplex.
Citizens for a MegaPlex-Free Alameda has been formed, and our website, www.stopalamedamegaplex.com has the latest artist rendering, as well as additional information about the project and our concerns. There are also links to petitions, letters, and flyers.
June 1, 2005
OWATONNA, MN — A task force associated with Owatonna’s Main Street program is searching for a way to save one of the city’s landmarks. The State Theater in downtown Owatonna is an Art Deco building that opened in 1935 as a movie theater, but has been vacant since 1996. The building is in danger of being lost to deterioration if it is not put back into use soon.
Interested persons with the skills, resources, and passion necessary to “Save the State” are encouraged to contact the task force with their ideas.
April 22, 2005
PITMAN, NJ — Chamber of Commerce Helping to Save Vaudeville Era Gem. Broadway May Become Performance Venue, Courier-Post Reports
“The projector at the Broadway Theatre has likely flickered for the last time,” reports Tim Zatzariny in the Courier-Post online edition on April 21, 2005. “But there’s a good chance the bankrupt, 79-year-old former vaudeville house will live on as a performance venue, a court-appointed trustee said Wednesday.”
After a sheriff’s sale was averted by a consent order given by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the trustee has 90 days to find a buyer. “I’ve had a couple of people look at it,” the Courier-Post quotes the attorney in charge. “The two that have shown the most interest are looking at it as a live theater. It will no longer be a movie theater. That doesn’t seem to be a consideration.”
March 24, 2005
MILWAUKEE, WI — The Miramar Theatre is in urgent need of funding to keep its doors open. We are facing foreclosure and need a minimum $70,000 by May 1st to paydown back mortgage payments and taxes.
This crisis comes on the eve of an agreement with a major local client prepared to enter into a 5-10 year rental of the building, and along with us still presenting shows this will make enough money to keep the Miramar open for many more years. We have an agreement in place but nothing can be finished until the building is secured.
I have owned the 360-seat theatre for 7 years and have hosted many wonderful productions, concerts and have worked with many community-based theatre companies and performers. We have a full liquor license and are looking for sponsors, angels or investors we are offering naming rights,product placement or any other type of benefit for the investor or sponsor (auto dealers sponsor theaters in Chicago).
Please contact us at or 414-839-0916. Check out our website at themiramartheatre.com and also our listing in the theater guide.
January 19, 2005
CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH — I know of a classic one screen theater in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio that sits empty in need of an owner. I would like to be that owner but don’t have the money to refurbish it. I am having trouble finding any type of grant or other money source.
Built in 1925 as a silent movie theater with a piano for backgorund music, it was fitted for sound a few years later. The theater closed around 1983 and has been empty ever since.
The city of Cuyahoga Falls currently owns the property but has not maintained it very well. It has two apartments above it and small store fronts on each side that are included with the building.
September 14, 2004
Can anyone help this man dedicated to opening a vintage screenings venue for local college kids? His registered non-profit “Brady Street Film Center” is a conversion of portions of his Brady Street Pharmacy which prior to 1954 was the Astor Theater, a 1912 cinema.
If you are ever in Milwaukee, you must stop by the pharmacy on Brady St. at Astor St. and see the unusual transformation! Contact him directly via his email address if you can be of help.
We finally got an occupancy permit. The sound system is operational. The screen frame is up.
We need a small perforated snow white screen – used. We can re-cut to fit our frame – about 10 x 20'. Please pass this on. Perhaps some one knows of a theater that is about to come down.
July 19, 2004
BINGHAMTON, NY — Here in Binghamton, earlier this year we lost the Art Theatre, our last operating old-style theater, in a devastating fire (see previous story).
We are attempting to come back from the ashes. It won’t be the 90 year old theater, but we hope to bring the atmosphere and ambiance that you would have been able to find there. We’ve been showing art films in a local space to raise money and keep awareness up.
We have a wonderful opportunity to boost our efforts, but are lacking one vital piece. Does anyone know of a source for a working, reasonably priced 35mm projector? We’re scurrying and searching, but coming up empty locally. My hope is that someone out there will have what we need!
Thanks for the support and information we’ve received from the members of this site!
May 3, 2004
BLYTH, ENGLAND — Unfortunately, due to lack of demand, Northumberland’s historic cinema, the Wallaw, has drawn its curtains for the last time. Despite many attempts to get a lot of public support behind the small, but comfortable theater house, the owners have decided to close.