November 30, 2011
FLINT, MI — While in Flint to promote his latest book “Here Comes Trouble”, which was on sale to benefit the Flint Public Library, Michael Moore talked about trying to restore the long-shuttered Capitol Theatre at his appearance at Whiting Auditorium on Tuesday, November 22. Moore said that he went over there to see them to see when they could get it open. He offered his assistance in fundraising to restore the John Eberson designed atmospheric theater based on his experience in restoring the State Theatre in Traverse City, MI.
Read more in the Flint Journal.
(Thanks to steelbeard1 for providing the photo.)
FOREST CITY, IA — The Compston’s have been running the Forest Theatre for almost forty years but have been trying to sell it for the past three. Without a buyer in site or a local group in place to raise funds, it is set to close soon.
Read more in the Globe Gazette where they also discuss other local projects.
November 16, 2011
October 27, 2011
October 12, 2011
SOUTH PASADENA, CA — A student from South Pasadena High School could have created a documentary on anything but chose to highlight the state of the Rialto Theatre. Following up on the history and the future of the theatre has become a passion for her and the film was presented at a town meeting the other week.
Read more in the South Pasadena Patch.
(Thanks to Dean Terry for providing the photo.)
October 11, 2011
COTTAGE GROVE, MN — The Cottage View Drive-In has had many close calls before but this past summer might finally have been its last. Developers have been talking for a while about new uses for the land but filling the vacant spaces in town continues to be a higher priority.
Read the full story in the SWV Bulletin.
September 28, 2011
OAKLAND, CA — Now closed for two and a half years, the Parkway Theatre is starting to look like it won’t reopen anytime soon. What started off as an aggressive campaign with enthusiastic supporters has slowed down as roadblocks with their landlord emerged.
Read the full story in the East Bay Express.
(Thanks to katerw for providing the photo.)
September 20, 2011
SEAL BEACH, CA — After being on the market for three years, the city of Seal Beach is trying to ensure the future of the Bay Theatre by getting the owner to preserve it as a historic landmark. Doing this would give it some stability by getting it funding for a restoration along with a tax break.
Read the full story in the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch.
(Thanks to Ross Melnick for the photo.)
August 22, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, IL — After less than two years, the relatively new owners of the Art Theatre have not been able to make ends meet. While they’re open to any suggestions, they’re recommending it become a co-op so the community can take responsibility for it.
Read more in the News Gazette.
(Thanks to dreameatergore for providing the photo.)
July 19, 2011
LAKEWOOD, OH — McDonald’s is working to purchase the historic Detroit Theater, which closed on January 30, 2011, and demolish it in order to build a new fast food outlet on the site, according to Cleveland’s TV station, Fox 8. Save The Detroit Theater has just been established to fight the corporation’s plan and raise the necessary funds to purchase the theater instead.
McDonald’s similarly tore down the Haleiwa Theater in Haleiwa, HI and residents are still mourning the loss many years later. The town is now without a single movie house.