February 10, 2014
HUNTINGTON PARK, CA — The gorgeous Warner Huntington Park, sister theatre to the Warner Grand and Warner Beverly Hills, is in danger. A new owner is in place whose intentions are unclear. The theatre has been dormant since the 1980’s.
A Friends of the Warner has been established on Facebook. Check it out for more news and some great vintage photos.
(Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)
February 4, 2014
ARLINGTON, WA — Today could be the final screening at the Olympic Theatre due to their inability to continue without a digital projector. Norma Pappas has owned it and ran it seven days days a week since 1977 but their efforts to secure a future for it have not panned out.
Read more about how this one lady has given her life to this theatre in the Arlington Times.
(Thanks to Lost Memory for providing the photo.)
January 25, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — A crucial moment is upon us where the fate of the beloved Boyd Theatre could be decided. The owner is going in front of the Philadelphia Historical Commission Tuesday to receive approval on demolishing the interior historic elements of the 1928 theatre. The plan is to build a new location for the luxury chain, iPic. An appeal could always follow and delay the project, but this Tuesday will certainly be telling in seeing the city’s support on this matter.
Read more at Philly.com.
(Thanks to Porcelain Doll for providing the photo.)
January 21, 2014
TIPTON, IA — The Hardacre Theatre may have closed in August but the locals haven’t given up yet. The Hardacre Theater Preservation Association wants to purchase the theatre from it current owners but they need to raise almost $100K by the end of the month. And that doesn’t even include purchasing new equipment.
Read more about how they got to this point and their vibrant film festival in the Press Citizen.
(Thanks to Hosehead_Jones for providing the photo.)
January 17, 2014
NEW CASTLE, PA — With less than two weeks left to reach its goal of $23,128, the Warner Film Center (soon to be renamed The Historic Warner Cascade Theatre) is reaching out to everyone to contribute to their re-ceation/restoration project of the Warner Brothers first ever nickelodeon. The 5-cent theatre was located on S. Mill Street in New Castle, PA, a then thriving industrial city near the brothers' home in nearby Youngstown, Ohio.
January 13, 2014
TAMPA, FL — The Tampa Pitcher Show could close in 90 days if they don’t raise an additional $30K for a digital projector. The 32-year-old has launched a Kickstarter campaign and will host an evening fundraiser where they showcase locally produced short films on January 24.
Read more in the Tampa Tribune.
January 8, 2014
SAN JOSE, CA — San Jose’s Historic Landmarks Commission is meeting tomorrow to discuss landmarking the Cedntury 21. A dedicated preservation group has been fighting for this for awhile. The 50 year-old dome is still operating despite talks of redevelopment.
Read more at ABC.
(Thanks to neeb for providing the photo.)
December 20, 2013
DAGSBORO, DE — They still have over $30K raise but the owners of the Clayton Theatre are optimistic they’ll raise enough for a new digital projector. This last remaining single-screen theatre in Delaware has been presenting classic films each Monday night as a fundraiser too.
Read more in Delaware Online.
(Thanks to JackCoursey for providing the photo.)
December 13, 2013
December 4, 2013
BERWICK, PA — The Berwick Theater in Berwick Pennsylvania is facing a dilemma. It must convert to a digital projection system within the next year or so. If it does not it will no longer be able to show movies because Hollywood will no longer distribute films on..film.
This same situation is being repeated all over the United States as small town theaters and drive in movies must either “go digital or go dark”. Quite often the local citizens will rally around the theater and work with its owner to raise the 60 – 100 thousand dollars that is needed for a digital conversion. Sometimes though a solution cannot be found and theaters do go dark and, when that happens, we all lose a piece of our history.