February 1, 2008
The Hoyts Cinema in Pennsauken, NJ has been closed for six years it’s just sitting here waiting for someone to reopen it. I think I should reopen it. Will it be a good investment even though there’s a AMC/Loews down the road?
December 27, 2007
KEYSVILLE, VA — I am retired and just took over Keysville Drive-in Theater. Last ran in 2001. Very run down and I’m working on it in hopes of opening in Spring 2008. However, due to my small income, I need a 35mm projector that maybe someone has cheap or that they may be able to donate to help in my venture to bring this drive-in back to life.
November 27, 2007
SHEFFIELD, AL — The Ritz Theater is seeking photographs to help restore the exterior of the theatre. The interior was previously restored in 1985. This request was posted on the WAFF48news web site. If anyone has photos of the exterior in the 1940s they can be e-mailed to the TVAA website listed in the article.
Sheffield Mayor Billy Don Anderson is excited about the improvements. Anderson said, “The other monies will be used to make a pedestrian friendly plaza from the theatre to the intersection.” Needed improvements to the sidewalks, and utilities will also be added.
The Tennessee Valley Art Association wants to restore the Ritz Theatre to the way it looked in the 1940’s, but they can’t find a photograph to use as a guide. If you have a photo, please let them know. Their web site is www.tvaa.net
November 26, 2007
LAGRANGE, IL — The La Grange Theatre faces the challenge of many neighborhood theatres today. How do you come up with $3.5 million dollars to restore a theatre that has fallen into hard times?
An article in Suburban Life discusses the dilemma the owners of the La Grange theatre in Illinois face. “How do you find the necessary funds to save a neighborhood theatre that faces the few remaining theatres today?” Also addressed is “how viable it is to return the theatre to its former grandeur if you get the funding?”.
Sadly, in todays economic times, both questions seem near impossible tasks. The $3.5 million estimate entails a complete gutting of the structure, including rebuilding walls, and would require closing the theater for up to nine months. Still, the theater would not be classically restored to its past grandeur.
August 25, 2007
HUNTINGTON, WV — The Keith-Albee Foundation, which has operated the historic Keith-Albee Theatre since August of 2006, is looking for some volunteers to help remove the former movie palace’s concession counters and other items on Tuesday, August 28th, starting at 6 PM. David Tyson, co-president of the Foundation, says to just show up. “We would like to have 100 volunteers”. Tyson recommends those interested in helping out at the Keith-Albee dress in old clothes and bring work gloves. Members of Marshall University’s rugby team have already committed to volunteering.
The work session is the latest of several sessions held over the past year to help convert the Thomas Lamb-designed movie house into a performing arts venue. The theater is located at 925 4th Avenue in Huntington.
See the article in the Herald-Dispatch for further information.
June 14, 2007
I am looking for a performing arts theatre in need of restoration. No seats-no problem.
March 13, 2007
WINDSOR, CANADA — The Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre is on the verge of bankruptcy. It postponed bankruptcy filing Friday while waiting for word on a bail-out loan from the city of Windsor.
The Capitol Theatre on Friday postponed signing of bankruptcy papers after the city held off on a promised bail-out loan.
“We’re not trying to buy time so much as we’re trying to give the city a chance to formally reply to us,” said a frustrated Tom Lynd, the Capitol’s acting general manager.
More details from The Windsor Star.
January 26, 2007
NORWALK, OH — We are currently trying to raise some funds to help purchase some newer projection equipment, restore the marquee, sponsor some live plays and help with operating costs.
We have over 800 bulbs on our marquee and for $50.00, individuals and businesses can “purchase” a bulb. In return, you will get your name or business name listed in our live event programs for one full year.
We have owned the Norwalk Theatre for about two months and need some help to get it off the ground. This is a great way for people who want to see another historic art deco theatre survive, to help out.
Go to our website and check out the pictures of our theatre and the mailing address if you would like to “purchase” a bulb. You can also see the magnificient marquee on our website, too. You may purchase more than one bulb if you would like. Each bulb you purchase can have a separate name listed in our programs.
Thanks for your help!
January 3, 2007
FRANKLIN, TN — As it currently stands, the venerable 1936 Franklin Cinema will close January 7, 2006. This fine little theatre has hosted world premieres and special screenings of several major motion pictures. The theatre is located on one of the most vibrant Main Streets in the United States.
If you have the means and the entrepreneur spirit to keep this institution alive and profitable, please contact the cinema at (615) 790-7122 and leave a message following the recording for the daily show times.
More information is available at the Save the Franklin Site.
(Thanks to John Coursey for providing the photo.)
January 2, 2007
NORTH ADAMS, MA — With the Mohawk Theatre dormant for so long, the community is desperately trying to raise funds to restore it. A new governor should help the process but private donations are still essential to making it a reality.
An estimated $7.7 million theater renovation project, when completed, would likely restore the historical theater to its' place of prominence within the city’s downtown and its' heart.
The renovation plans include an expansion of the stage house, a reconfiguration of a theater parking area, the construction of performer dressing rooms, theater restrooms, and numerous amenities. The project is anticipated to turn the space into a sought-after, star-quality performing venue.
To read more, go to iberkshires.com.