• July 3, 2007

    Lebowsky Center to be rebuilt!

    OWOSSO, MI — The Owosso Community Players' Board of Directors have decided to rebuilt the fire gutted and now partially demolished Lebowsky Center. The theater was gutted by a fire blamed on arson on February 13.

    At the press conference held Wednesday, June 27, OCP President John Morovitz said the group will go ahead with Phase One of the rebuilding which involves demolishing unusable parts of the theater, cleanup, building new exteriors walls, a new roof, a n ew rooftop heating unit, basic lighting, restoration of electrical systems, new exterior doors along Park Street and replacing damaged portions of the adjacent Hoddy Building.

    OCP officials hope to recycle some of the bricks salvaged during the demolition for use in reconstructing the wall along Park Street. Phase One rebuilding costs are estimated at $476,000, all but $100,000 covered by insurance. The OCP will launch a fundraising campaign to raise the $100,000.

  • New heating and a/c for Rhode

    KENOSHA, WI Lakeside Players Inc., thanks to the city of Kenosha and Mayor John Antaramian for the much needed funding, are currently renovating the heating & air conditioning at the Rhode Opera House. Lakeside Players are currently installing a brand new system that should be completed just in time for the start of the 2007-08 season!

    The system is using much of the original ductwork from the original 1927 heating and cooling system. The original blower fan will be used as well. Unfortunately the original heating and cooling system was too far gone to restore, so a new, energy efficient system is being installed. However, these upgrades will be done without any further damage to the classic building. It should also mean more regulated temps year round in the facility.

  • June 26, 2007

    Decorative painting free

    Decorative Painting Apprenticeship Program (DPAP) is an organization devoted to restoring or painting new, interior decorative finishes while at the same time training students by nationally and internationally known artisans that are masters in there trade/art. We welcome theaters and are experienced in theater re-paints. We can save you tens of thousands of dollars in labor.

    If you have a building or just want more info, please go to our web site or also here.

  • June 22, 2007

    Help for Arcadia Theater

    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

    Work on Astor Theater

    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

    Heinz to grant money to revitalize Pittsburgh’s New Granada

    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

    Lamp Theatre Renovations

    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

    Garden Theatre facade revealed!

    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.

    Irv Lipscomb

    (Thanks to Irv for providing the photo.)

  • February 22, 2007

    Chicago Uptown update?

    Any updated news on Chicago’s Uptown Theatre?

    South Australia

  • February 8, 2007

    City gets sneak peek at theatre renovations

    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