• April 20, 2016

    The York Theatre Royal (York, UK) Reopens on 22 April After Renovations


    York Theatre Royal will reopen its doors following a £6million redevelopment by architects De Matos Ryan. The 270 year old theatre will launch with the world stage premiere of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel Brideshead Revisited, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Damian Cruden.

  • April 18, 2016

    Tampa Theatre Preservation Receives $500,000 Gift


    Building on what has been a successful year of fundraising for the nonprofit Tampa Theatre, the majestic movie palace is the proud recipient of a half-million dollar gift from the family of Theatre Board Member Anne Arthur Pittman, including her husband, Drew Pittman; her father and stepmother, Tom and Dixie Arthur; her mother and stepfather, Bretta Arthur Sullivan and The Honorable Don Sullivan; and her sister and brother-in-law, Tready and Thayer Smith.

  • April 7, 2016

    The Lorraine Theatre Has Tentative Plans to Open This Year


    Great news from our friends in Hoopeston, IL! The Lorraine Theatre has tentative plans to open this year. Preparations are now in progress to begin work in the auditorium. The heat has been turned on to start work for the first phase of the auditorium renovation, according to Save the Lorraine Foundation Vice President Alex Houmes.

  • April 1, 2016

    How ‘New Blood’ Brought Beverly’s Historic Movie Palace Back To Life


    Great news from our friends in Beverly, Massachusetts and Boston NPR: “Once there were more than 20,000 grand movie palaces in the United States. Think the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, the Somerville Theatre, the Strand Theatre in Dorchester.

    Today, though, the National Trust for Historic Preservation estimates only about 250 survive. The Cabot Theatre in Beverly is one of them.

    Not too long ago it seemed to be on the verge of joining the list of lost classic movie houses. But the community here banded together to save the Cabot for 21st century audiences.

  • March 31, 2016

    The Ohio Theatre Returns to its 1921 Splendor with Renovations Nearly Complete


    The restoration of Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theatre lobby is almost complete, with the space returned to its original grandeur. The May completion will mark the final project on the Playhouse Square theater renovations list.

  • March 22, 2016

    Duluth’s NorShor Theatre Is Ready For Its Makeover


    The long-awaited renovation likely to begin soon on centerpiece of Duluth’s arts district. Duluth has wondered when, or if, the NorShor Theatre, which has served as a vaudeville house, movie theater and strip club, would ever undergo a planned renovation to transform it into a performing arts center.

    The ambitious project dates back to 2010, when the Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA) paid $2.3 million to acquire the property. “It was a strip club and it was run down,” says David Montgomery, chief administrative officer for the city of Duluth. “It was really a blight” in downtown Duluth, he says.

  • March 3, 2016

    Holly Theatre Restoration in Line for $1 Million in State Funds


    The Holly Theatre, shown here in a 2014 file photo, is in line for a $1 million grant from the state Legislature toward the historic building’s renovations. (Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch)

    The Oregon Legislature’s Capital Construction Subcommittee approved a $1 million appropriation during its regular session Thursday morning in Salem. The news follows an announcement Wednesday that philanthropist James Collier will pay for the building’s elevator, a six-figure gift that is the largest single gift to the restoration project.

  • March 1, 2016

    Renovation of Brooklyn’s Historic Kings Theatre


    CBS THIS MORNING reports from inside the Kings Theatre. The Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, opened in September 1929, just over a month before the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression. The movie palace survived until 1977 then lay dormant for nearly four decades. Now, after a massive renovation, the theater has been restored to its former glory and is once again a crown jewel. Anthony Mason reports.

  • February 24, 2016

    Historic Theater Project Gets $5.5 Million Boost From State of Michigan


    The historic Capitol Theater in downtown Flint, Michigan, is inching its way toward renovation after getting $5.5 million from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

    The project includes an 1,800-seat theatre with 21,000-square feet of office space, State Rep. Phil Phelps, D-Flushing, said in a statement.

  • February 18, 2016

    1.8 Million Restoration of The Marion Palace Theatre


    The Marion Palace Theatre in Marion, Ohio is undergoing a $1.8 million restoration of the marquee, blade sign and front facade.

    Built in 1928 and renovated in 1976, this atmospheric theatre surrounds the audience with a Moorish architectural courtyard and the feeling of being entertained under twinkling stars and circulating clouds at dusk. The effect is produced by the original (reconditioned) revolutionary cloud machine in a hidden location.