• 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.

  • September 25, 2009

    Midnight Movies at Dobie needs sponsors!!

    AUSTIN, TX — The Dobie Theatre is trying to start up a series of Midnight Movies!! However, funds are tight.

    We are in need of sponsors!

    We are looking for sponsors to cover the cost of film screening fees and print rentals.
    In exchange we provide plenty of promotion for your business, some free passes to the Dobie for your business, and a lot of input on the films choosen.

  • September 17, 2009

    Queen Theater hopes for renovation

    EUNICE, LA — The three-screen Queen Theater in Baton Rouge, LA is hoping that the means to renovate the cinema will become available. It’s still operating, but years of deferred maintenance are taking their toll. The theater’s manager describes the theater’s condition in this article.

    Guillory, whose wife’s family, the Kellers, built the original Queen, has written to the state’s historical group to procure a grant, to no avail. A new buyer could be forthcoming, he said, and the current multi-theater owner lives in Florida and told Guillory he could possibly be interested in renovations.

    But nothing is firmed up yet. The costs could run to at least $100,000, Guillory said, hurrying to switch on the air conditioners for that night’s two new films: “Halloween II” and “Final Destination.”

    Read more in the Advocate.

  • July 29, 2009

    Rickshaw Theatre needs a screen and a projector

    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — I am in the process of re-opening the Rickshaw Theatre (formally the shaw) in Vancouver, BC. Currently we are doing live and theater shows but would like to do movies. We need a large screen 40 x 25 and a projector. We have no idea where to start looking, any help would be appreciated.

    Please contact


  • June 19, 2009

    Lebowsky Center rebuilding fund may have reached critical target, but…

    OWOSSO, MI — The slow progress in rebuilding the fire damaged Lebowsky Center may have reached a funding target for a matching grant of $350,000 even though the Owosso Community Players missed a June 1 deadline to raise the funds.

    But it may be too late. As they say, stay tuned. Details from the Argus-Press are in two related articles at here and here.

  • May 26, 2009

    Baltimore Senator Theatre owner Tom Kiefaber deserves our respect

    BALTIMORE, MD — My Opinion piece on the Senator Theatre was printed in the Baltimore Sun on May 23, 2009.

    Nowhere in the world is it easy to continue to operate a single screen movie theater, and too many single screens are just not feasible. For the last few decades, Kiefaber did it with aplomb. He put the Senator Theatre on the worldwide map of historic cinemas. He’s made sure the Art Deco theater is physically maintained and that it glows with excitement. On my visits, the Senator has been a magical place. Moviegoers enjoy the backlit glass blocks of the exterior, the splendid rotunda lobby which often features interesting historic exhibits, the well stocked concession area, and a movie with state of the art sound and perfect projection on the large screen. Unforgettable is a trip to the handsomely decorated men’s room suite, finding that you get to hear the movie through piped in speakers.

    Read more in the Baltimore Sun.

  • February 18, 2009

    Lebowsky Center owner trying to raise $350,000

    OWOSSO, MI — The Owosso Community Players, which owns the fire-gutted Lebowsky Center is trying to raise $350,000 by May 1 in order to qualify for a matching grant from the city of Owosso which it received as part of the Vibrant Small Cities Initiative.

    If the grant money is received, the $700,000 would be used to enclose the theater again and begin interior work. Completing the entire project is expected to cost $3.5 million.

    Additional info from the Argus-Press.

    If you are interested in donating to the OCP, contact Linda Keenan of the Owosso Community Players, P.O. Box 606, Owosso, MI 48867. Their phone number is (989) 723-1488.

  • February 17, 2009

    Theater owner looking for help

    My name is Kyle Thomson, I am in the process of purchasing a theater and need to upgrade the projectors, sound and seating.

    If anyone can help me, I would appreciate it.