June 22, 2007
TEMPLE, TX — I am a Temple resident and want to speak with someone concerning the Arcadia Theatre and the adjoining Hawn Motel. I have been by this location recently and it is not being renovated! This is a historical piece of Temples' history that does not deserve to rot and be forgotten as I believe has already happened!
I on the otherhand have a spectacular vision of what it could be and also help boost the economy of Temple and restore a piece of Texas history!
If anyone has any information or know the person I need to speak with please .
June 21, 2007
MILWAUKEE, WI — On the front of the Astor Theater building, VAUDEVILLE, ASTOR THEATER & VAUDEVILLE just went up in ft high gold letters and trim matching the 1915 prints. Part of the theater is still used: film, post production editing, live theater and music.
(Thanks to James Searles for providing the story and photo.)
May 14, 2007
PITTSBURGH, PA — A grant was awarded to help revitalize the long vacant New Granada Theater in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The grant, awarded by Heinz Endowments, is another step into helping the revitalizaton of the Hill. For further info, read the article at the link below….
Read more about it in the Post Gazette.
April 23, 2007
IRWIN, PA — The Lamp Theatre has begun renovations that started the second week of April of this year. The first phase of replacing the roof is well underway with future phases following close behind with new interior and exterior finishes. Renovation is slated to be completed by the end of the year.
March 7, 2007
WINTER GARDEN, FL — The restored facade and marquee of the 1935 Garden Theatre were revealed at a community event on Thursday, March 1. After being vacant for over 40 years, the house will come to life again in early 2008.
The restoration is being accomplished by the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, with a budget of over 3 million dollars. The theatre will include a 35 foot deep stage, an orchestra pit, and a new building behind the stage containing rehearsal space, dressing rooms and restrooms.
(Thanks to Irv for providing the photo.)
February 22, 2007
Any updated news on Chicago’s Uptown Theatre?
February 8, 2007
OCALA, FL — The Marion Thetare in Ocala is showing us a little piece of her new facelift.
Past the red brick facade, construction crews have gutted the building interior and removed almost every bright yellow and green reminder that this was the former home of the Discovery Science Center.
The new concrete floor is downstairs in the main theater’s future seating bowl. Crews have started to pack down the dirt foundation that will support the raised stage for live performances.
To read more, go to Ocala.com.
February 5, 2007
MILWAUKEE, WI — For Milwaukee’s long-closed, long-deteriorating Venetian Theatre, its roof for years open to sky,rain, and snow, might the darkest hour be preceding a new dawn?
Paul Bachowski of MUSIC LLC, Milwaukee Urban Skyline Investment Company, has announced plans to renovate the 1927-vintage neighborhood movie palace. In a February 1, 2007, posting on the Web site of Milwaukee Renaissance, Bachowski notes that a city official has stated that the city will hold off on plans to demolish the long-vacant theater if Bachowski can produce a “financially supported renovation plan.”
Bachowski states that he plans to raise at least $200,000 toward the first phase of the theater’s renovation, adding that a nonprofit entity will be formed to oversee the renovation of the interior and manage fund-raising. He adds that his partner in the effort, Devon Duke, will oversee operation of a nonprofit lounge in the theater’s lobby to help raise money to “make the theater functional once again.”
January 29, 2007
AUBURN, NY — The Cayuga County Arts Council unveiled the facade at The Auburn Schine Theatre on Friday January 12, 2007. The Auburn Theatre is located at 14 South St, Auburn, NY. The Arts Council owns The Auburn Theatre and continues to work on its renovation and rehabilitation.
The doors and box office have been restored to their original art deco design. The design is a plastic laminate and their colors are very bright and vibrant. The original colors include black, red, white, silver, yellow green, and a rusty terra cotta. The design is accented by ornamental metal work which has been restored to virtually an exact match of the 1939 John Eberson design. The newly refurbished theatre facade will be a bright addition to downtown landscape and will brightly highlight the future possibilities for the theatre restoration.
Following the unveiling, the Cayuga County Arts Council hosted a reception at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
January 25, 2007
OWOSSO, MI — About 100 employees from over a dozen mid-Michigan Home Depot stores volunteered to give the Lebowsky Center a face lift. The Home Depot employees donated 800 to 1000 hours of labor and the company donated $2,500 to $3,000 worth of materials to make the 80-year-old former Capitol Theatre look more like it did during its vaudeville days.
More details can be found in The Flint Journal.