May 20, 2008
DANBURY, CT — The Palace Theatre, once a 2000-seat, vintage 1929 downtown venue on Main Street long listed on Cinema Treasures as “abandoned” and with an “uncertain future,” has apparently come back to life. Thanks to the efforts of owner Joe DaSilva, the theater is being renovated.
It will host part of the Connecticut Film Festival on May 20-25 in a portion of the auditorium, which was divided into a triplex in the 1980s. According to DaSilva, once funding is in place for further renovation and repairs, the orchestra and balcony will be reconstituted to the original 2000-seat configuration, and the Palace will be used for live theater, concerts and film.
Cinema Treasures contributor “shoeshoe14” who has posted numerous updates on this site, has written about the Palace for Fairfield Weekly, and there will be coverage on WFSB-TV 3 (Hartford) and in the Hartford Courant as well.
May 16, 2008
CHILDRESS, TX — The Palace Theater was built in 1925 by partners F.M. Phipps and G.S. Layton, one of six theaters to eventually be operated by the partnership and their extended families. The cinematic dynasty in this small west Texas town began when Phipps and an earlier partner puchased the LaGrande Opera House in 1911 and built the Monogram Theater. 1988 saw the end of over three-quarters century of Hollywood on the silver screen in Childress when nephews of Mrs. Phipps closed the Palace doors. The Palace rose from the ashes of two fires, in 1934 and again in 1935. Gene Autry and other cowboy stars performed on her stage, as well as did children of the community, participating in decades of the “Birthday Club” on Saturday mornings.
Childress Theatre Company, a 501©3 corporation, has launched the Palace Restoration Project with plans to restore the Palace to her original Art Deco glory. Costs are estimated to be approximately $2 million. When completed, the Palace, with new sound, projection and lighting systems, will show classic films as well as films for children on Saturday mornings as the “Birthday Club” is revived. She will serve as a cultural center in downtown Childress for citizens of the community and the surrounding area with facilities for live dramatic and musical productions.
April 30, 2008
MT. LEBANON, PA — The Denis Quad is planning to open for movies following upcoming renovations.
Turns out you can’t keep a good theater down. Or dark.
Plans were announced yesterday to raise $3 million to renovate the 71-year-old Denis Theatre in the heart of Mt. Lebanon’s business district. It has been closed for nearly four years and sat vacant along Washington Road, where passersby hoped for a rebirth but peered in the doors and saw mounds of trash.
Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
April 18, 2008
RESEDA, CA — The long shuttered Reseda Theatre is being converted into a live venue for local acts.
CIM Group, a company that operates the Hollywood & Highland complex in Hollywood that includes the Kodak Theatre, has entered into an agreement with the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles to renovate the 60-year-old structure and transform it into a venue showcasing community-oriented entertainment.
The $8.7-million project should be completed this fall, said Shaul Kuba, principal and founder of CIM Group, based in Los Angeles. “The intent is to have a Latino band playing there one day, a Persian band the next day, and the day after that, a little rock band can come in and play,” Kuba said. “The venue will be there for all different sorts of events.”
Get the full story in the Los Angeles Times.
April 11, 2008
CLARKSVILLE, IN — The Greentree Theater was a landmark theater in the Clarksville area for many years starting in the 1960s. After numerous owners and names, the old theater went through many changes including a shift from two large theater houses to four.
In 2003, the theater unexpectedly closed to the public and has been vacant and weather battered ever since. This year the theater is being converted into a haunted attraction called Psychomania – The Theater of Terror. The majority of what was there is being left as is.
There is a link to the local newspaper story here.
April 7, 2008
NEW YORK, NY — A bright future may be in store for the Chelsea West Cinemas. New York’s School of Visual Arts is renovating it to serve as a repertory house.
One of the boldest moves in Gotham exhibition this decade is taking shape along a quiet stretch of West 23rd Street.
The Clearview Chelsea West Cinemas, a somewhat unlikely center of gravity for the film biz in recent years, has been acquired by the School of Visual Arts. The school, which signed a 26-year lease to operate the site, is renaming it the Visual Arts Theater and renovating inside and out under the guidance of noted designer Milton Glaser.
More at Variety.
March 28, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CA — The vacant Vogue Theatre is to become another stop in the chain, Supperclub.
Sure, there are plenty of supper clubs in L.A. (see Ritual, Foxtail, etc.), but only one has the audacity to call itself the Supperclub. Supperclub at the Vogue Theater, a forthcoming 17,000-square-foot restaurant/nightclub inside a historic building (the long-vacant Vogue Theater at 6675 Hollywood Blvd.), is actually part of an international chain called Supperclub. The first Supperclub bowed in Amsterdam 15 years ago and gave birth to locations in Rome and San Francisco. Now, the concept is coming to L.A. (a Singapore outpost is also opening soon).
Read more in the L.A. Times.
March 27, 2008
The Vital Cities Grant has been changed from a cultural center grant to a facade grant. As a result, the grant will pay only for the rebuilding of the theater’s walls facing Main and Park Streets. So the OCP will need to cover the costs of rebuilding the wall adjacent to the West Annex as well as the roof.
March 19, 2008
BROOKLYN, NY — New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a developer and operator for the former Loew’s Kings Theatre.
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in cooperation with the Brooklyn Borough President, is seeking a developer and operator for the former Loew’s Kings Theatre (the “Theatre”). Responses to this Request for Proposals (RFP) must present plans to lease, rehabilitate and operate the theatre.
More in the Press Release
MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA — After the Spectrum closed, the cultural landscape of mid-sized concert venues got that much smaller.
But now a new concert hall is born out of a new ten year partnership between cell phone provider Telus and Groupe Laberge, owners of the popular Quebec City showbar Dagobert.
Rumours have been circulating for awhile that they were going to buy up and fix up the old Berri cineplex on St. Denis Street near Ste-Catherine Street.