• March 6, 2008

    Help Loew’s Jersey Theatre get Hudson County Grant

    JERSEY, CITY, NJ — Help Friends of the Loew’s, Inc. restore the Loew’s Jersey Theatre as an iconic landmark, as well as FOL’s operation of the Theatre as a non-profit center for the arts serving the people of Hudson County, New Jersey and the entire New York Metropolitan area.

    Your signature will support Friends of the Loew’s application to the Hudson County Open Space — Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund for the year 2008. This grant award will greatly assist FOL in making crucial life safety improvements that are necessary to expand the Theatre’s operations.

    For more information about the Loew’s Jersey and FOL’s restoration efforts, click here.

    (Thanks to wallyg for providing the photo.)

  • February 22, 2008

    Tornado damages theatre

    I own a 1947 single screen theatre in Williamston, Michigan. We had a tornado go through October 2007 and suffered some minor damages. Our marquee and front facade is vintage. With some storm damage, we are unable to find someone to fix and restore the porcelain panels. We also are looking for any grants that might help in restoring the entire front facade.

    Dan Robitaille

  • February 1, 2008

    Hoyts Pennsauken 10

    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

    Drive-in in need of projector

    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

    Restored Ritz Theater seeking photos for exterior restoration

    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

  • November 26, 2007

    La Grange Theatre – needs $3.5 million for restoration

    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

    The Keith-Albee Needs Your Help

    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

    Looking for theatre in need of restoration

    I am looking for a performing arts theatre in need of restoration. No seats-no problem.

  • March 13, 2007

    Capitol Theatre may file for bankruptcy

    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

    Purchase a bulb on our marquee

    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!