Renovations

  • March 13, 2006

    Wheaton Grand Theater to Close for Restoration April 1st

    WHEATON, IL — The Wheaton Grand Theatre on Hale Street in downtown Wheaton has set a date of April 1st for the start of its restoration project, and will also be closed starting that date, which means its frequent rock shows will have to find a new host for the time being, according to this article in the Daily Herald.

    The 80 year-old theater will be closed indefinitely while work on the estimated $7 million restoration kicks off. The goal is to bring the Grand back to its original single, 800-seat auditorium configuration. Ray Shepardson, who is the managing director of the restoration project, says, “I did not understand how effective and popular [the theater] was. But if we didn’t close now, the restoration was never going to happen.”

  • February 28, 2006

    Howard Theater Coming Back to Life!

    WASHINGTON, DC — The District of Columbia government, after letting the historic Howard Theatre rot for decades, is finally going to save it and is seeking solicitations. Read this
    press release for more information.

  • February 14, 2006

    Academy Theater Launches Memories Project in Celebration of Renovation

    PORTLAND, OR — Portlanders are invited to join in commemorating the life and times of the historic Academy Theater, a gorgeous Streamline Moderne jewel located on Mt. Tabor, in the Southeast Portland neighborhood of Montavilla. The theater is scheduled to re-open next month for the first time in nearly thirty years.

    In celebration of the grand re-opening, theater owners Ty Dupuis — proprietor of Flying Pie Pizzeria, and his business partners — local husband and wife team Heyward and Julie Stewart – who are currently in the process of renovating the landmark theater, are issuing a “call for memories,” inviting those who still remember the Academy Theater fondly to share their recollections. Amusing memories, reminiscences of first dates, old photos, and more are welcome.

  • February 1, 2006

    Vintage Cinema Sound Equipment Wanted

    I am trying to get together a collection of vintage cinema sound equipment. I need BTH, Vitavox, Western Elecric, Gaumount Kalee, British Acoustical Speakers, Horns, Amplifiers, crossovers, Microphones, valves. Any leads will be appriciated. Please reply to
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  • January 18, 2006

    Fox Theatre Seeks Partner(s)

    CRESTVIEW, FL — Looking for a short term investor or other to help in the renovation of this FOX THEATRE. The name has been retained and is incorportated in the State of Florida.

    Built in 1947, the Fox premiered the movie “12 O'Clock High.” The building location is on Main Street in downtown Crestview, Florida in the center of town. Crestview is located next to Eglin AFB where a lot of the filming was made as well as in Crestview. Gregory Peck was featured in local newspapers and played baseball with some of the local teams while filming here.

    The theatre was closed in 1979 and I obtained it from the second owner. Due to local fire codes etc., I am looking for some help in bringing back to life this historical building. The theatre had a single screen and a larger stage has been added 20'X40'. With hopes of bringing it back to life, I plan on having live shows along with some movies and eats.

  • January 17, 2006

    Tower Theater in Oklahoma City Being Renovated

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The historic Tower Theater on Route 66 in Oklahoma City is currently undergoing renovations. If you have any photos, stories or information about this theater or would like to get involved please e-mail: .

    Thank you,

    Scott Fife
    Uptown Development Group
    (405) 606-8458

  • December 21, 2005

    Freeing the Phoenix

    OLYMPIA, WA — In 1997, Harlequin Productions embarked on an impossible dream.

    With the generous help of our audience and friends, we resurrected the State Theater to create one of the artistic jewels of our community.

    To commemorate that achievement, the lobby ceiling was adorned with a new mural: “Rising Phoenix”. With the opening of the State Theater, the bar was raised. Harlequin Productions met the challenge, delivering high-quality, adventurous theater in a beautiful, intimate setting and serving as a powerful economic driver for Olympia’s downtown.

    Despite superb ticket sales, the combined fiscal pressures of a sluggish economy and the drain of the State Theater mortgage undermined the finances of the company from ‘01 – '03.

    In March, 2004, faced with imminent closure, Harlequin Productions asked the community to determine whether the company was “to be, or not to be.” An overwhelmingly positive response eliminated the crisis and all short-term debt. To ensure the future fiscal health of the company, we must now perform maintenance and upgrades on our home and retire the mortgage.

    For more information, visit this website.

  • October 6, 2005

    Renovation Begun at Garden Theatre

    WINTER GARDEN, FL — Crews began restoration work October 5 on the 1935 Garden Theatre. The movie house, closed since 1963, will become a performing arts facility and part-time movie house for the community.

    The interior of this house was set in a Spanish garden, with “Romeo and Juliet” balconies, greenery, lots of Spanish tile and a twinkling star ceiling. It was used as a warehouse for over 60 years. Plans are to match the original style as closely as possible, while extending the stage forward to give sufficient space for live performances. It will seat about 300, and the theatre is scheduled to open in late 2006.

  • October 5, 2005

    Rivoli Theatre Restoration Benefit – Myrtle Beach, SC

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC — More than 20 local movers and shakers, including Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Dean, Myrtle Beach City Manager Tom Leath, and WEZV general manager Matt Sedota, will auction off pastel paintings they created to benefit the Rivoli Theatre restoration project Thursday.

    7 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2005
    Piane Lakes International Country Club
    5603 Woodside Avenue
    Myrtle Beach, SC

    $75 (includes open bar and hors d'ouvres)
    (843) 267-5845 or (843) 448-4896

    Website here.

  • September 12, 2005

    Providence Plans Renewal For Liberty Theatre/Art Cinema

    A photo-article in the Providence Journal of September 1, 2005 discusses continuing plans to convert the former Bomes-owned Art Cinema (formerly Liberty Theatre) to a neighborhood “community space where arts and culture are displayed and celebrated.”

    The building, opened in 1921 and closed since 1975, is currently owned by the Providence Redevelopment Agency, which takes ownership of abandoned properties.

    The consensus among area residents is to turn the building into the “Liberty Theater Cultural Center, a facility that could serve as a multi-cultural arts and education resource for the South Side and the entire city.” Under the plan, the center would have space for live theater and dance, musical performances, film and culturally diverse performing arts.

    The article reports that plans would likely include gutting the interior and replacing electrical, plumbing, heating and air and sprinkler systems, according to an assessment by the Urban Design Group. Cost estimates range from $2.5 million to $3.5 million.