July 19, 2005
HAVANA, IL — After almost three months in the dark, the historic Lawford Theatre will reopen July 22 at 7:00 pm with a showing of “War of the Worlds,” according to its new owners.
The 1914 theater was shuttered in April after a former manager was jailed for failure to pay child support in Missouri. In June Mike Novelli, President of Grande Venues, signed a one year lease with an option to purchase the entire theatre building which includes an apartment and storefront.
The theatre manager, Todd Porter, installed sound and projection equipment removed by the former manager over the weekend.
Novelli indicated that concerts and live plays would be featured in the 400 seat theatre. “Concerts, plays, magicians, story tellers, or anyone who would like to produce a show or rent the theatre should contact us,” Novelli said.
Movies will be every night at 7:00 pm with a bargain matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Adults ate $5.00, children are $3.00.
July 18, 2005
BERKELEY, CA — On July 28, the Elmwood Theater is scheduled to reopen, according to a statement by operator Greg King on July 11.
The theater, owned by the Elmwood Theater Foundation, which consists of local merchants and residents, was closed last fall due to sewer damage. Repairs were originaly scheduled to be complete by Thanksgiving, but a series of delays stalled the project. In addition, it was also learned that seismic upgrading was neeeded.
Though not all of the work will be complete by July 28, word is optimistic concerning what patrons wil find in the newly-renovated theater.
“There wiill be new seats, new floors, new carpets,” Elmwood Foundation member John Moriarty said. “When it opens it will be wonderful.”
For more details, checkout this story from the Berkeley Daily Planet.
July 5, 2005
“It’s not fun anymore,” said Peter Spodick. “It should be fun: you make people happy, charge a small price, make a week’s pay. But we’re not able to do it.”
The article also states that the Criterion Cinemas is “struggling to draw audiences”, which is not the case.
July 1, 2005
DUNSMUIR, CA — The California Theater reopened on June 26th with live stage productions and silent films accompanied by the theater’s pipe organ (next year), banquets, weddings, etc. all are welcome at our newly reopened theater.
Silent movies and a Charlie Chaplin impersonator on Fri, July 8th. Silent movies (railroad oriented including the General) on Sat July 9 & Sun 10th. A theater organist is bringing in an electronic theater organ and playing it for those events.
The Pacific-West-Coast Battle of the bands (rock) semi-finals and finals will be held in the theater Dec 9th. & 10th. For entry info, contact Don Kirk .
June 28, 2005
CHICAGO, IL — Time has run out on the Burnham Plaza Theatre , located in Chicago’s South Loop area at 826 S Wabash. According to an article by Haydn Bush in the 6/15/2005 edition of the CHICAGO JOURNAL, the theater will close in August 2005 and be converted to medical offices. The article states that the landlords of the Burnham Plaza blame an inneficient design and a changing real estate market.
The theater was built in 1987 by Cineplex Odeon in the burgeoning South Loop Area. Yet for some reason, it has never been a success, despite being the only theater in the area since 2000. In the eighteen years it’s been open, it has been operated by Cineplex Odeon, Loews Cineplex, Meridien, and finally Village Theatres.
Although Village did try to make the place viable, and cleaned it up somewhat, they did not advertise the theater in the paper.
June 9, 2005
There is an article about the impending Beekman closing in the June 6th edition of the NY Times.
“It’s very sad,” said Beth Simpson Crimmins, a spokeswoman for Clearview Cinemas, which operates the Beekman, on Second Avenue near 66th Street. “It’s a very strong theater for us, but unfortunately the landlord has exercised a lease option to take back the property.”
Definitely worth a read!
June 6, 2005
The Amboy Multiplex Cinemas, the movie theatre known by many Garden State Parkway commuters as the multiplex near the highway, is temporarily closed (I think) due to flooring problems.
The theater, in existence since the late 1970’s, is owned by the same company, National Amusements, who owns the Hazlet, All-Jersey (Newark), and the newer Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas.
June 3, 2005
MILWAUKEE, WI — This Journal news item revealing the demise of the operators of the RIVERSIDE may not be pleasant to read, but at least we might possibly have hope that the venerable Riverside Theatre might still be with us for some time to come.
Now, who would have thought that a tax-supported and much larger facility (the 2004 MILWAUKEE THEATER, which is not a cinema, hence not listed here on CT) would take away a large amount of the buiness that our local theatres had survived upon? Yeah, who??? ;)
Well, maybe, just maybe there is a bright side to all this IF the new management will be more sympathetic to letting Dairyland Theatre Organ Society back in to bring their own Wurlitzer pipe organ (one of the few still playing in its own home) alive again for the public. We can only hope.
May 31, 2005
LYONS, NY — The Opening date for the Ohmann Theatre is July 6.
The 90 year old theatre will be as special as the opening day in 1915. The colors and wood work have been restored, the original design of the curtains has been reproduced and plays, concerts and, of course, movies are being scheduled.
A well known director of theatrical productions will head up the staff. The name to be announced soon.
May 23, 2005
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Last Wednesday night, May 18th, was the last night of operation for the Cecchi Gori Fine Arts Theatre.
Arthouse chain Landmark has been booking the theater since the mid-‘90’s. No word has been issued if this is a decision made by Landmark or by the Cecchi Gori family who own the building, and no further information is available as to what will happen to the theater.