• 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