• April 21, 2010

    Mack Theatre renovation

    IRVINE KY — The historic Mack Theatre was an intricate part of many peoples lives in Irvine, KY. Unfortunately the once popular movie theatre has not been functioning for more than 20 years and is currently being used as a storage facility. Nonetheless it has an excellent location and can once again be a pillar for the community.

    The early stages of the renovation are underway, but we need estimates on all relevant material. We are also willing to accept any donated material. Please help the community of Irvine, KY.

  • April 16, 2010

    Saved from fire, Hemet Theatre in need of restoration funds

    HEMET, CA — The 1921 single-screen Hemet Theatre, which was saved in January from a fire that destroyed three next door businesses, is closed and its re-opening likely to be delayed for quite some time. Fund-raising events are in progress, and the owner is selling his vintage film poster collection.

    The single-screen movie house on Florida Avenue in downtown Hemet suffered smoke and water damage in the Jan. 20 fire that destroyed three adjacent businesses. The concrete used in its construction in 1921 prevented the flames from consuming the theater, but the screen and many of the seats were damaged.

    A second fundraiser to benefit the theater is planned for May 16 at Sweet Baby Janes, a barbecue restaurant at 124 S. Harvard St. in Hemet. The restaurant donated 30 percent of its proceeds from a fundraiser in March to the effort to restore the theater.

    The full story is in the Press-Enterprise.

  • April 13, 2010

    Need transportation help ASAP for salvaged historic screen

    TUCSON, AZ — A non-profit organization has been able to save a historic screen from the closed DeAnza Drive-In (formerly Cactus Drive-In started in 1951) and needs transportation help to relocate the dismantled screen to a storage location. They are working with city government officials and supportive businesses and a neighborhood organization to secure a new location for a walk-in, bike-in, drive-in location in Tucson. We hope to enable future generations of Tucsonans to have the “drive-in” experience. The screen has been dismantled and we are in need of a transporter to haul the pieces to a storage location until we get the new property secured and prepared. This is a recent news story about the situation.

    Tucson Citizen

    Arizona Daily Star

  • April 12, 2010

    ISO: FM transmitter for drive-in theater by 5-1-2010


    I’m looking for a working fm transmitter set up( complete with antenna…ready to go) for my drive-in theater …please call 865-406-6082


  • March 26, 2010

    Pollock Theater needs 35mm projectors

    SANTA BARBARA, CA — The University of California at Santa Barbara is about to open the brand new Pollock Theater. It will be a great venue for film students to learn. We will also have amazing film events at night.

    I am in need of 2 35mm Projectors. I cannot do a platter system, so I will be going old school and doing changeovers.

    does anyone have 35mm projectors? And does anyone know of a consultant that would like to help install?

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  • February 17, 2010

    Save the Watson Theatre!

    WATSONTOWN, PA — Save the Watson Theatre, a non-profit initiative is running a Kickstarter campaign soliciting monetary pledge donations to purchase and preserve the 70 year-old, single-screen movie theatre in Watsontown, Pennsylvania. From February 15 – March 15, 2010, donors can make pledges on (search: Watson Theatre) or directly through This is a pledge drive, and donors are not required to issue any funds unless the entire project goal is achieved. With less than 300 single-screen movie theatres remaining in the United States, it is vital to small cities and towns across the country to preserve the legacy of the theatre as a cultural cornerstone of the community.

    The Watson Theatre is located at 131 Main Street, Watsontown, Pennsylvania, a location that has been home to a theatre since 1912. The current Watson Theatre opened in 1940 and closed in September 2009. The Save the Watson Theatre project was launched by area native, Matthias Sundberg in February 2010 to raise funds to purchase the theatre and its equipment to establish The Watson Theatre Foundation, a non-profit community organization. Future projects include special programming such as a featured filmmaker series, midnight movies, and a local filmmaker showcase, as well as film festivals, and community film classes on history and technique.

  • February 16, 2010

    Historic renovation of Masonic Lodge

    Nestled in the quiet downtown of the historic town of Enfield North Carolina has sat a relic of a prior life. Unobtrusive to passers by for many years, the beautiful art deco Masonic Temple of Enfield, built in the early 20’s, will soon become the home of a cultural arts center.

    A masterpiece of architectural significance and the tallest building in Enfield, the former Masonic Temple will be renamed “The Lodge at Roanoke Valley” and will be a multi media entertainment and dining establishment unrivaled in Eastern North Carolina.

    The Lodge will utilize existing features of the building to introduce a new and exciting reuse that will feature theatre, dance, yoga and health programs, film retrospectives, film and video soundstage facilities, studio space for artists and dancers, a museum dedicated to the history of the long lived Masonic Temple and its leaders, lecture hall, and dinner theater. It will be a prominent addition to the live music scene that is burgeoning in the region.

  • December 14, 2009

    Old film reels in Oregon

    Since I was a small boy I wanted to one day own and run my own cinema. Well, now I have ‘free’ one… in my quite large garage at home for family and friends.

    I’ve installed 24 genuine theater seats, projector, 5'x8' screen, two sets of traveler curtains, foot lights and a Hammond organ.

    My design theme is simple like the L.A. subway station at Hollywood & Vine; a cinematic layout of old projectors, film reels and photos of movie palaces and great stars.

  • October 30, 2009

    The Drive-In Theatre Museum needs your help!

    The Drive-In Theatre Museum is a not for profit 501 © (3) organization.

    We are looking for seats, screens and a Strong X 60B lamphouse power supply.

    We just moved into our new location, a 17 year old 5 plex theatre in a mall and have a big opportunity to be able to show movies in the winter. In the summer we show movies on a 1924 Band Shell, weather permitting. We need seats and screens for 2 of the theatres.

  • October 16, 2009

    Seymour’s Strand Theater needs a helping hand

    SEYMOUR, CT — The Strand has been lighting up Main Street in Seymour for many decades, but the old girl is beginning to look a little shabby. The townspeople are looking for low and no cost ways to spruce up this treasure, one of the increasingly few single screen theaters operating in America today. In addition to film, the theater also hosts live performances.

    “Starting on the outside of the building, the marquee is starting to fall apart,” Simpson noted. “The paint is peeling, birds are nesting in the fallen ceiling panels and it continues to leak even a day or two after the rains have stopped.”

    Simpson said the marquee is one of only a few left in the country, and the theater itself is one of last few single screen movie houses in Connecticut.

    Read more in the New Haven Register.