December 13, 2005
MINNESOTA — As a man of only 25, I missed out on all the great cinema-going experiences in the 70s and 80s. Stuck in the multiplex-riddled times of now (at least until we discover time travel), I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me paint a picture of local theaters in my area.
Several theaters around here are not listed on the Cinema Treasures website, but I am interested in anything from way back then. I have no clue what the Jerry Lewis Cinema of Highway 13 and Cedar was like, nor the downtown theaters or even any of the many, many drive-ins.
Any insight or comments can be posted here or emailed to . I appreciate your assistance!
December 12, 2005
I’m looking for pictures of any of the Basil Brothers (Buffalo, NY) theaters. Specifically I’m looking for any of the Apollo, Central Park, Bailey, Strand (or Clinton Strand), Genesee, Victoria, Jefferson, Maxine, Linden, Varsity, Colvin, Star, LaSalle, State, Rainbo, Ridge, Franklin, Hollywood (in Buffalo and Lackawanna), Lafayette, Century, Broadway, Rivera, and Roxy.
December 8, 2005
I am drama critic and theater editor for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City. In checking some of the local theaters' Web sites, there is one that is featuring a photograph of a spectacularly ornate movie palace — a venue that is definitely NOT the theater being promoted on the Web site itself.
I am curious if anyone can determine what theater the interior shot really is. Check out the www.artcityplayhouse.com website, then e-mail me with any input on what and where this theater really is.
(The Playhouse was, until recently, the Villa Theatre in Springville, Utah, and the theater is definitely much smaller and plainer than the one depicted on their Web site.)
Thanks — Ivan Lincoln at
December 6, 2005
I’m looking to purchase a small movie theater in the Long Island area. I would like to know if anyone here has any information that they can pass on to me, whether it be knowledge of any for sale or any mediums through which I can go to find out. Please email me at
Thank you in advance!
December 2, 2005
WINTER GARDEN, FL — The 1935 Garden Theater in Winter Garden, Florida, is currently accepting applications for general manager. The house is undergoing restoration, and is expected to open in Fall, 2006. It will be operated as a performing arts center and part-time classic movie venue. For further information, contact the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation at www.wghf.org
I am writing a book about Grindhouse cinemas and drive-ins that flourished in the 70s and 80s (pre-video of course). The Kon-Tiki in Dayton, Ohio is especially close to my heart as I worked there after it became Salem Avenue Cinemas. If anyone could provide me with information on people who managed, or worked at these sort of cinemas, especially in Dayton, Ohio it would be much appreciated.
I’m a Historic Preservation student working on a project about re-introducing movie theaters to downtowns and was wondering if anybody can share some case studies where this has been successful. Any help would be great!
November 29, 2005
I am looking for a theater for sale in the state of Ohio. If anyone has any information on a theater for sale, post a message or send me an e-mail at .
November 10, 2005
Antoinette and Wayne Stone ask:
We are interested in opening our own Fun Center to include a small DVD/VHS theatre for about 50 people in attendance. Where can we information about vendors for this type of equipment, what type of licensing do we need? We are in Genesee County, in Batavia, NY.
Any information or resources would be greatly appreciated as we put together our business plan and look for financing.
Antoinette & Wayne Stone
P.O. Box 115
7521 Mechanic Street
South Byron, NY 14557
November 9, 2005
I’m searching for any and all newspaper ads pertaining to filmhouses in NYC from March to October of 1984.
Does anyone have any of these? Is there a way to access these online?
Thanks to all!