• 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?

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  • 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

  • February 5, 2007

    Milwaukee’s Venetian Theatre center of new renovation effort

    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 Schine Theater

    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

    Volunteers from Home Depot give the Lebowsky Center a makeover

    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.

  • January 24, 2007

    New life at the Rex Cinema

    Members will be interested in the restoration of the Rex Cinema in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. The theater currently shows first and second run films.

    To see more, go to the Rex Cinema Site.

  • January 18, 2007

    Green Theater’s search for identity

    LAPLATA, MO — The Green Theater Restoration committee is busy raising funds and looking for a purpose for the long closed movie theater.

    The Green Theater Restoration committee has been busy since first buying the 1935 theatre in 2006. They have raised more than $32,000 through various fundraisers and took possession this week of an adjacent building that shares a door with the theatre.

    They have also hired an architect, Linda Derrick, who met with the group Monday night at the Depot Inn and Suites. She told the 20 supporters they need to agree on a direction and a purpose and they need to put it in writing.

    To read more on this story, go to theKirksville Daily Express.

  • January 1, 2007

    Hollywood Theater – Pittsburgh, PA renovation

    PITTSBURGH, PA — Today’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review includes an article with photos on the current renovation of the Hollywood Theater in the Dormont neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

    “The theater will draw in people from all over the South Hills,” said Garry McGrath, chief financial officer for the Bradley Center, which has campuses in Mt. Lebanon and Robinson. “It’s too much of an asset to remain closed.”

    McGrath said the theater will seat about 300 patrons — 250 in large theater seats and an additional 50 or so in a coffeehouse-style setting. The interior has been repainted, and a concessions stand has been installed that will be run by teenagers from Bradley.

    For more, go to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

  • December 29, 2006

    Re-opening of Pulaski Theatre draws near

    PULASKI, VA — With new seats and refurbished walls, The Pulaski Theatre is on pace to reach its ideal spring 2007 reopening date.

    Passers-by on the town’s Main Street can see one big sign of visible progress: the new marquee made by Sign Systems of Radford to resemble the old and long-gone marquee the building sported when it last housed a movie theater.

    The new marquee was lit for the first time for Pulaski’s Christmas parade. And the theater’s outside brick work is cleaned up. New poster cases are on the walls.

    For more on this story, go to the Roanoke Times.