• 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.

  • September 2, 2008

    Woodburn theater help

    WOODBURN, OR — We are trying to restore a theater that has been abandoned for 10 years. The theater has lots of qualities. If anyone has any leads for us to be able to get this theater up and going, our community would be grateful.

  • May 8, 2008

    Looking for seats

    I have a client that needs approx. 400 seats (used or fairly new in good condition)for a very old theatre in Oklahoma.

    Janine Bradford
    Cinema Service
    Dallas, TX
    214-692-7555 #200

  • April 24, 2008

    Digibeta needed for not-for-profit theater

    If anyone has a working Digibeta that they are willing to donate to a NFP theater, please post here and I will forward contact information.


  • March 20, 2008

    Everett faces tough road ahead

    MIDDLETOWN, DE — Until further notice, The Historic Everett Theatre is closed. At approximately 11:30 pm Saturday March 15th, portions of the ceiling collapsed causing extensive damage. The theatre was vacant at the time.

    The theatre will suffer significant financial harm due to the cost of repairs, as well as the loss of revenue for planned movies and performances.

  • March 12, 2008

    Have a seat? We’d like two!

    H-B Woodlawn is an alternative school in Arlington, VA. H-B is consistently ranks one of the best public high schools in the country. In 2006 and 2007 H-B ranked 13th; in 2005, 5th; and in 2003, 10th. H-B has a prolific, student-run theatre program which produces 8 to 12 productions each year, almost all of which are directed and produced by students. The 2007-2008 show schedule includes: Sister Mary Ignatius, No Exit, Lost in Yonkers, One-Act Play Festival, Urinetown, Macbeth, As Bees in Honey Drown, Boys and Ghouls Together, Holes, and the 24-Hour Play Festival.

    Unsafe rigging above the stage needs to be replaced. Most of the wiring is 50 years old. Students have been shocked. The lighting dimmer rack only holds 26 lights. The spotlights at the back of the auditorium are attached to balcony railings. The wooden seating in the school’s auditorium is fifty years old and is literally falling apart; seats have fallen out from under people and are visibly cracked; some seats are missing; several rows of seats have been removed because they were not salvageable; and, some rows of seats are being pieced together by students. WE NEED 475 SEATS, NEW OR USED! The estimated cost is at least $49,100 for new seats. Bake sales are presented at each theatrical event. T-shirts, sweatshirts, and mugs are being offered for sale. Raffles and other fundraising events are being sponsored by the Drama Boosters to raise additional money. We are trying everything. Please let us know if you can be of help, or have any ideas to get us any closer to our goals.

  • 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