• July 22, 2009

    Small town bay area theaters keep tradition alive

    A recent article in the SF Chronicle highlighted the unique experience of seeing a movie in five classic theaters in cities in the Bay area. Mentioned, with pictures, are the Rio in Monte Rio, the Cameo in St. Helena, the Los Gatos, the Del Mar in Santa Cruz, and the Sebastiani in Sonoma.

    In the spirit of loving films and the film-going experience, we’re here to celebrate destination theaters – movie houses in the Bay Area that require a long drive, and are definitely worth the trip.

    Our ideal destination theater has interesting architecture, a rich history and a proximity to other entertainment options. A little bit quirky is a good thing, and so are attractive surroundings. We want to be able to take a long walk after the show and be able to discuss what the hell just happened in the latest “Star Trek” movie.

    Read the full story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • July 17, 2009

    Palace Theatre turns 100

    CANADIAN, TX — A hundred years have gone by but the Palace Theatre is still going strong and recent renovations have made it as strong as ever. This gem of the panhandle even has THX-certification.

    The theater opened in 1909 as the Pastime before it was renamed the Queen Theatre in 1916. The venue received its current moniker, the Palace Theatre, in 1932.

    The theater’s 1998 renovations preserved the venue’s vintage look.

    An art deco style reminiscent of the early 1900s can be seen throughout the theater.

    Read more in the Amarillo Globe News.

    (Thanks to Michael Coate for passing along the story.)

  • July 15, 2009

    Lark Theater celebrates fifth anniverary of reopening

    LARKSPUR, CA — Citizens of Larkspur, California recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Lark Theater’s reopening and refurbishment.

    The once rundown and abandoned Lark Theater opened to much fanfare five years ago on July 9, 2004. That was after the community banded together to refurbish and remodel the beautiful Art Deco building which has been considered a town treasure ever since.

    The Lark- which is the only certified green theater in Marin- hosts Oscar parties, Met opera broadcasts, annual film festivals and is a great place to just come down and see a movie.

    Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • Granite City to get new cinema

    GRANITE CITY, IL — After several years without a local movie theater, Granite City, IL will soon be getting a new theater. The city will provide tax-increment financing and the theater will be operated by the management of a small chain of theaters headquartered across the river in Saint Louis.

    The theater will be paid through tax increment financing funds that can only be used in the downtown area. No general funds will be used for the theater, Mayor Ed Hagnauer said.

    “We want to keep the theater under $4 (million), and I believe we can do that,” Hagnauer said Friday.

    Read the full story inSuburban Journals.

  • July 13, 2009

    Preservation Row: brighter future for Boyd

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — Some positive developments announced last week for the Boyd Theatre.

    Friends and fans of the Boyd Theatre, the faded Art Deco movie palace on Chestnut Street, gathered under the marquee this afternoon to celebrate a double bill of good news:

    • The developer who is planning to restore the theater and build an adjacent boutique hotel is “close to the final acquisition” of the property, announced Howard Haas, president of the Friends of the Boyd organization.

    • And Philadelphia City Council last month finally passed Councilman Bill Green’s measure that would authorize historic designation for building interiors, a bill motivated by the threat to the Boyd.

    Read the full story at Plan Philly.

  • July 6, 2009

    The Wollaston Theater has been sold

    QUINCY, MA — A nonprofit organization is trying to save the Wollaston Theater. The 83-year-old theater has been closed since 2003 and is in need of major repairs.

    The single-screen movie theater, known to locals as “The Wolly,” has been closed since 2003, and is in need of major repairs.

    Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch requested that Street-Works purchase the aging building so it could be preserved, according to the mayor’s office. Koch said the deal will give some time for a nonprofit organization to raise money and secure grants to restore the theater.

    Here’s the full story in The Boston Globe.

  • June 30, 2009

    Drive-in in danger of closing

    GLEN DALE, WV — The Glen Dale Drive-in might close due to poor business.

    The Glendale Drive-In Theater, located in Marshall County, is in jeopardy of closing unless more movie goers start showing up, 7 News learned.

    The owners say they’re doing all they can to keep the drive-in open. Friday night they’re bringing in a live band to begin at 7p.m. and play up until the movie starts and then the band will begin performing again during the intermission between the two movies.

    Read the full story in the State Journal.

  • June 24, 2009

    Due to Boyd Theatre, Philadelphia passes law to protect public interiors

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The movement to save Philadelphia’s last premiere movie palace, the Boyd Theatrea has led Philadelphia to pass a law to protect landmark public interiors!

    City Council yesterday approved two measures that could boldly affect the way the city looks, by establishing a vision for waterfront development and protecting historic buildings' interiors.

    The bills, which would create a 100-foot setback along seven miles of Delaware River waterfront and allow interiors to be designated as historic, passed by overwhelming margins, and Mayor Nutter has indicated he would sign them into law.

    Read the full story in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

  • June 22, 2009

    Historic Georgia Theatre burns down

    ATHENS, GA — The Georgia Theatre in Athens, which has long served as one of the main large music venues in the renowned Athens music scene, was hit by a major fire around 6 a.m. Friday morning, knocking out power for much of the downtown.

    According to reports, the building dates to the late 19th century, when it was built as the south’s first YMCA. It had been heavily remodeled to serve as a theatre, perhaps in the 1940s, judging from its Moderne facade and largely unremarkable interior. The theater had served as a crucial venue for notable Athens acts such as the B-52s, R.E.M, Widespread Panic, and countless others since the 1970s.

  • June 17, 2009

    Music Hall in Portsmouth

    PORTSMOUTH, NH — This year, as part of their Summerfilms program, the Music Hall up in Portsmouth, NH recently screened the great, venerable golden-oldie-but-goody movie/musical classic, “West Side Story”.

    Just a little over an hour north of Boston, Portsmouth, NH is a quaint, picturesque old city with many interresting-looking old buildings and many mom-and pop businesses. However, while the Music Hall doesn’t look like much from the outside, it’s clear from the moment that one enters inside, that it’s a beautiful, real old-fashioned-looking theatre.