• January 26, 2004

    Chicago Theatre Marquee Being Restored

    CHICAGO, IL — I do not have an official story from the theater/management about the renovation of the landmark marquee at the Chicago Theatre, however the activity this week has been amazing.

  • January 22, 2004

    Enean Theatre Under Restoration

    PITTSBURG, CA — Another change of fate for the “Enean Theatre” in downtown Pittsburg. After being anything but a movie theater for over 50 years, the theater will now be restored and brought back to its former use of exhibiting motion pictures and other events.

  • January 9, 2004

    Paramount Center for the Arts Begins Renovations

    PEEKSKILL, NY — The Paramount Center for the Arts will be closed from December 15th, 2003 through February 15th, 2004, for major renovations of the historic landmark theater.

  • 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.”