• January 9, 2004

    Paramount Center for the Arts Photos

    Scott Seltzer, at the Paramount Center for the Arts, sent in these shots of the restoration work in progress:

    Painters at Evergreene Painting Studios working on ceiling canvas

    Interior of the theater, with scaffolding

  • January 8, 2004

    Revival for Yeadon Theater Remains Elusive

    YEADON, PA — The restoration of the Yeadon Theater is slowly inching along, according to a new report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Current plans call for short-term stablization of the theater to begin within the next four months. Stablization efforts would first address the back portion of the Yeadon, which has been exposed to the elements since September 2003, when a contractor demolished the theater’s rear wall.

  • Metropolitan Theater To Be Restored

    MANILA, PHILLIPINES — The Metropolitan Theater has been slated for restoration following the signing of “a memorandum of understanding” between the city, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the Government Service Insurance System.

    According to the Manila Times, “the signatories could not stress enough the importance of the edifice as a national and cultural landmark.” Phillipine President Arroyo also noted her “desire for the restoration of the MET to its former grandeur befitting the country’s center of arts and culture for the common masses.”

    (Thanks to Rob Trent for the news.)

  • January 7, 2004

    Colonial Theatre Pics

    CANAAN, CT — As a followup to yesterday’s story about the Colonial Theatre, Roger Katz sent in a few pics of the theater’s restoration. The first shot was taken approximately a year ago (before restoration began), while the other shots were taken within the last few weeks.

  • January 6, 2004

    The Colonial: Slowly Coming Back to Life

    CANAAN, CT — According to a recent report from the Litchfield County Times, restorations are slowly bringing the Colonial Theatre back to life.

  • December 29, 2003

    Flagship Cinemas Sued by State of Maine, May be Forced to Sell Strand Theatre

    ROCKLAND, ME — The Maine Attorney General’s office has filed an antitrust suit against Flagship Cinemas, the present owners of Rockland’s long-closed Strand Theatre, according to a report in the Village Soup.

    The suit charges that Flagship, which purchased the Strand in 2001 with promises of restoration, has kept the theater closed as a means of preventing competitors from using the theater. As a remedy, Maine’s Attorney General is seeking to force Flagship to sell the Strand to an independent third-party.

  • December 19, 2003

    Cla-Zel Investors Look to the Future

    BOWLING GREEN, OH — According to a report in the Toledo Blade, the current owners of the CLA-ZEL Theatre have replaced the theater’s roof, upgraded the lobby, and made many general improvements over the past few years.

    But what’s next? The group plans to create a comprehensive, five-year plan for keeping the CLA-ZEL in good shape. A top priority: the theater’s marquee.

    “It is the landmark of the downtown,” said Paul Yon, director of development of Cla-Zel Theater, Inc. “The marquee is vitally important for the preservation of the facility itself.”

  • December 17, 2003

    Granby in Norfolk Va

    NORFOLK, VA — The old Granby Theatre, which has been closed for several years, is under renovations at this time.

  • November 26, 2003

    Ritz Theater Officially Begins Restoration

    WELLINGTON, TX — Work has officially begun on the Ritz Theater restoration in tiny Wellington, Texas. Historic Wellington Inc., which is spearheading the restoration, received $150,000 in funding from a local foundation and has contracted with an area building contractor to remove 20-plus years of debris and rebuild the damaged roof and interiors of the 1928 mission-revival theater.

  • November 17, 2003

    Reconstruction Underway at the Loew’s State

    EUREKA, CA — The former Loew’s State is in the process of a $2 million reconstruction, according to an article in the Eureka Reporter. Converted into retail space in 1971, it has sat vacant for more than a decade. To be renamed the Historic Sweasey Theatre, the theater will showcase live stage shows, both local and visiting companys will be sought to use this future cultural landmark.