• 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.


  • February 9, 2009

    Rendering of Philadelphia’s Boyd Theatre

    Friends of the Boyd are pleased to share with you our link to this
    wonderful rendering of what Philadelphia’s historic Boyd Theatre’s
    Chestnut Street frontage would look like restored to its original 1928 exterior (albeit without the vertical sign).

    Friends of the Boyd link

    Thanks to architects Martinez and Johnson of Washington D.C. for the incredible work they have done on this project over the years, originally for Clear Channel and currently for Philadelphia developer Hal Wheeler. As to the vertical sign, Gary Martinez has stated they will design so the vertical could later be installed. Because the 1928 photos are black and white, the proposed colors for the Boyd frontage were derived from original Art Deco colors discovered at the Boyd Theatre.

  • February 2, 2009

    State Theatre revival help

    I’m looking for investors to bring this theater back in bussiness. I have all the vendors in place with cost of property and cost to retool. I’m asking for anyone that would like to help.

    I can be reached at:

    Chris Hammontree
    650 Windsor
    Kingman, AZ 86409

    10 am-1pm M-F

    Chris H.

  • January 15, 2009

    Spielberg inspired by movie seen at Boyd Theatre

    On Sunday’s Golden Globes telecast, Steven Spielberg described how he was inspired to become a director after his father took him to see “The Greatest Show on Earth” at a Philadelphia movie theater. As many of you know from our historic photos, it was the Boyd Theatre that showcased that film.

    The 1952 movie was not wide screen, but unusual for any movie, had a wide screen special effect showing a train crash. After seeing the movie, Spielberg crashed his model trains at home so many times that his father told him he would take away the trains if he kept it up. Spielberg borrowed his father’s 8 mm camera and filmed the train crash, so he could watch the trains crashing on film.