• August 24, 2007

    Kansas City’s restored Midland, Mainstreet Theaters will reopen

    KANSAS CITY, MO — The Kansas City Star recently published an article stating that the restored Midland and Mainstreet (formerly the Empire) theaters are slated to reopen in Spring, 2008.

    Both theaters are currently undergoing restorations as part of the new $3 billion Power & Light entertainment district being constructed in the convention hotel area of Kansas City’s downtown loop. More than $60 million will be spent refurbishing the two venues. The Power & Light District retail shops and restaurants are scheduled to begin opening in January, 2008.

    The Power & Light District is a 9-square block redevelopment in the south loop of the downtown business district. It takes its name from the former Kansas City Power & Light Building, a landmark art deco skyscraper that was Missouri’s tallest building for decades.

  • July 24, 2007

    Ritz Theatre restoration almost complete

    WELLINGTON, TX — A five-year restoration effort to save the Ritz Theatre is almost complete. Historic Wellington, Inc., a local preservation group, obtained nearly $2.5 million in private funds to rebuild the 1928 mission-revival building in this small Panhandle town.

    The facility is now operated by Wellington Ritz Theatre, Inc. and will be open for movie showings by mid August. The Ritz also will play host to a concert series, and will be one of two satellites of the $30 million Globe-News Center for Performing Arts in Amarillo, Texas, about 100 miles distant.

    The theater was featured recently in the Amarillo Globe-News

  • July 20, 2007

    Hollywood Theatre to undergo restoration

    PORTLAND, OR — According to this article in the Salem, Oregon Statesman-Journal, the Hollywood Theatre, once both a vaudeville and a Cinerama house, will be rehabilitated thanks to grants awarded to its current owner, Film Action Oregon.

    Hollywood Theatre’s interior architectural history has been under cover for years. But as Film Action Oregon begins a comprehensive preservation plan for the theater, what’s behind the curtains moves into the spotlight.

    The organization, which has owned the theater since 1997, just grabbed a $36,500 commitment from the Kinsman Foundation.

    The money, along with a $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a $3,500 grant from the Architecture Foundation of Oregon, will be used for seismic assessment and an architectural study of the building’s interior.

    You can read the full story at the Statesman Journal.

  • May 24, 2007

    Olympic Theatre restoration

    CICERO, IL — The Olympic Theatre is currently being restored to its original splendor.

    Additionally, it will have state of the art audio and lighting. It will be used for a playhouse, concert hall and for special cinema showings.

    Please share your knowledge of the theatre’s history.

    I will post photos shortly.

    If anyone has any fond memories of this classical theatre please post them or to share your memories or to inquire about the Olympic’s status and offerings.

  • May 16, 2007

    Final tour of Fox Theatre before restoration

    POMONA, CA — This past weekend, the Pomona Fox opened its doors to the public one last time for a tour of the theatre before its upcoming renovation. The theatre should be ready by next year.

    They lined up early, cameras – and memories – in hand. The Fox Theater opened its battered doors on Saturday afternoon for a sneak peek, a chance to give the historic landmark one last look before work begins to restore it to its former glory.

    Except for the art-deco ceiling, the gilt is mostly gone. So is some of the plaster. Caution tape is everywhere, and so is graffiti from the Fox’s late, not-so-great rave days.

    For more, go to the Daily Bulletin.

  • April 27, 2007

    Garden Theatre restoration receives high score

    WINTER GARDEN, FL — The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation announced a landmark achievement Tuesday, April 10th when the Garden Theatre was awarded the highest grant score ever given to an arts organization and $250,000 in funds by Orange County. WGHF received a 98.7 out of a possible 100 points, beating their previous top score which earned them $500,000 for the Garden Theatre Restoration Project in March of 2006.

    To date the Garden Theatre Restoration Project has been granted the largest amount of funding awarded to any one organization by Orange County for a total commitment of $750,000.

  • February 20, 2007

    Southtown facade restoration

    SPRINGFIELD, IL — Restoration has begun on the Southtown Theatre!

    Although slow due the cold weather, the top of the facade is finished. The marquee is in the process of being dismantled and removed to the sign shop for new sheet metal, wiring and neon. This should be complete by late spring of ‘07.

  • January 23, 2007

    Star Theater in Utah is rescued, to be restored

    GUNNISON, UT — The Star Theatre has been rescued by Lori Nay and Diana Spencer. They had been trying for 20 years to rescue the theater which opened in 1912. A potential one million dollar restoration is planned for the Beaux Arts theater. A unique feature of the theater is a well in the basement which was used for cooling and heating the theater.

    To read more, go to the Desert News.

  • November 7, 2006

    Granada theater restoration

    SANTA BARBARA, CA — The Granada Theatre is being renovated/expanded into a performing arts center which will include cinema showings.

    They will be restoring the loge and balcony sections along with acoustic improvements. The lighting and backstage equipment will be updated as well.

    For more information, check out their website at

  • November 10, 2005

    Help restore the Star Theater!

    JAMESTOWN, TN — The Star Theater Restoration Committee is restoring the old Star Theater in Jamestown, Tennessee.

    If anyone has any info. or pictures concering the theater, please email me at . Thanks to everyone!

    Jared Copeland
    Chairman- Star Theater Restoration Committee