April 12, 2012
RAPID CITY, SD — The Elks Theatre is turning 100 this summer and they’re trying to bring it back to its glory days. It’s taken years to save up the money (they are a discount house), but they plan to bring back original features in the lobby ceiling and concession area.
Read more about these changes and the events celebrating its 100th Birthday in the Rapid City Journal.
March 26, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — A recent concert signifies movement on the restoration of the long vacant Ritz Theatre. The plan is to open the theatre in five years but they’re looking for people to join committees to assist in the efforts.
Read more in the Caller.
(Thanks to jphagan for providing the story and the photo.)
January 27, 2012
PLATTSBURGH, NY — The Charles R. Wood Foundation has awarded the Strand Theatre a $150K grant for its restoration. With these funds, they’re getting closer to reaching their goal. More and more local citizens are getting on board with the idea of this being a new anchor for downtown.
Read the full story at WPTZ
December 14, 2011
CHARLESTON, IL — The new owners of the Will Rogers Theatre don’t want to just reopen, they want to restore it to its grandeur. Vacant since 2010 when AMC left town, the plan is now to take whatever time necessary to install a new large screen after looking at the elements present and decide how to thoughtfully make it a palace again.
Read more of the exciting news in the Daily Eastern News.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
October 24, 2011
Theaters across North Texas are opening up their doors again as the region provides many recent success stories. The Star Telegram looks at some of the highlights along with quotes from Cinema Treasures.
September 30, 2011
August 31, 2011
BROOKLYN, NY — After being chosen to restore the Loew’s Kings last year, ACE Theatrical Group has been inside the theatre investigating how to transform it back to its grandeur. They plan to add spaces to make it more viable for live theatre and have the work done by 2014.
Read the full story in the Wall Street Journal.
(Thanks to lumierefl for providing the pic).
June 30, 2011
BOSTON, MA — The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s blog, Preservation Nation, looks back on Boston’s efforts to preserve and rejuvenate the city’s Paramount, Modern, and the former B. F. Keith Memorial (Boston Opera House) theaters.
“Distinguished in their day,” Wendy Nicholas writes, “the three Boston theaters we designated as endangered in 1995 sat shuttered and moldering in an area of downtown then known as ‘The Combat Zone,’ the city’s adult entertainment district.” Since then, all three theaters have reopened as arts and/or entertainment venues. Emerson College now operates the Paramount, while Suffolk University uses the Modern.
(Thanks to Jack Coursey for the image.)
June 27, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CA — After a $1 million restoration by the Delijani family, which also owns the Los Angeles, State, and Tower theaters, the Palace Theatre has reopened for live shows and occasional film screenings. The theater hosted three sold out screenings of “Sunset Boulevard” yesterday and delighted audiences with its refurbished and restored appearance. Programming will begin on July 28th with a “live circus-burlesque show.”
Developer Ezat Delijani, 34, shares his memories of “running around and playing” in the Los Angeles in the 1980s with the Los Angeles Times: “My dad was so thankful to this country for taking us in [after fleeing the Revolution in Iran]. These four theaters are [his] legacy.”
(Thanks to “Hollywood90038” for the terrific photo)
June 23, 2011