April 30, 2004
NEW LONDON, CT — The New London City Council is going to explore ways to renovate the long-abandoned Capitol Theatre and make it into a cultural attraction for the city, according to a new report in the New London Day.
The Capitol Theatre closed in 1974 after a fire marshall shut the theater down for code violations. It has remained padlocked ever since. Despite the fact that $400,000 was put into stabilizing the theater’s roof in 2000, the building is a wreck and would need millions of dollars of renovations to become a usable theater again.
April 23, 2004
PARIS, FRANCE — The huge capacity of the Grand Rex, a big atmospheric movie theatre with 2800 seats, and the evolution of the movie theater business in Paris (which is shifting to megaplexes) has convinced the owner of Grand Rex to think about the future and consider increasing the number of screens at the Rex (which has six screens in addition to its main screen — four next door and 2 underground).
A new project would add another 12 screens — with stadium seating, large glass corridors, and a lift driving patrons on the top of the building which has a terrace with a view — while preserving the original architecture of the landmarked building.
April 22, 2004
SALINA, KS — The Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, formerly the Fox Watson Theatre, was among five winners of the 2004 Preservation Awards from the Kansas Preservation Alliance.
The Topeka, Kansas based Preservation Alliance is a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing historic preservation. There are 10 projects nominated for the statewide awards and the agency picked the top five.
The Stiefel Theatre was a $2.5 million project to restore the Fox Theatre, a movie theatre that opened in 1931. The awards will be presented April 29 in Wichita, Kansas.
March 28, 2004
The group issued a certificate of appropriateness to the owner of the Capitol Theater to repair part of its sign and to repair or replace deteriorated masonry.
“The tower portion of the sign needs to be repaired and repainted. The neon lights will also be removed,” said building owner Troy Farah.
March 16, 2004
PITTSBURG, CA — Jaime F Penuela sent in an update on the Enean Theatre (including pics of the theater’s restoration):
“Here are some pictures of the ongoing restoration of the Enean Theatre. We are in the early stages, but there are plans to convert it in to a multimedia theater and restaurant, serving the finest cuts of meat and international cuisine, along with a full bar (inside the shell of an old boat!) and a coffee shop.
March 3, 2004
March 2, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD — Ed Dobbins sent in some great shots of the recently reopened Hippodrome Theatre, along with this note:
“I went to a public open house at the Hippodrome last Saturday morning. I got some really nice pictures you can have. You can see in the daylight picture that the new complex takes up the whole block, this place is fantastic! Finally something got done right. Also from what I hear the Town Theater around the corner on Fayette street is being renovated, not sure for what purpose, movies/plays or both. I’ll have to check it out soon.”
February 24, 2004
February 19, 2004
SIOUX CITY, IA — The Riviera Theater is getting ready to re-open. According to Eric Hilsabeck, a co-owner of the Riviera, the theater, which was built in the 1970s, needs a little work before it’s ready for moviegoers.
Hilsabeck managed the Plaza Theater in the Marketplace shopping center before it closed to allow for renovation of that mall. Hilsabeck says the screens will be the second largest in Sioux City — “only the Historic Orpheum is larger”.
The Riviera is scheduled to open on Feb. 27.
February 10, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD — Thanks to Ed Dobbins, we’ve got some shots of the Hippodrome Theatre taken during the final stages of the theater’s renovation. (We’re also close to getting a batch of official shots from the Hippodrome/France-Merrick staff. As soon as we get ‘em, we’ll post 'em.)