• January 9, 2009

    Carthay Circle statue coming home

    LOS ANGELES, CA — After being stolen and then rescued, the statue across the street from the site of the former Carthay Circle Theatre is finally coming back.

    The 6-foot bronze miner statue stolen last February from the Carthay Circle area and later recovered from a Los Angeles scrapyard is back on familiar ground, where it will be fully installed in the next two weeks, city officials said today.

    For decades, the gold miner stood in plain view at the busy intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and McCarthy Vista. But sky-high prices for such metals as bronze, brass and copper made the statue too tempting a target to thieves.

    Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

  • Horse became the show when it walked into an English cinema

    A runaway horse startled moviegoers when it found its way into an English cinema.

    A runaway horse unwittingly became a star movie attraction – after bursting into a cinema.

    The animal left film-goers in shock after galloping through the automatic front doors, trotting around the foyer and cantering down a corridor.

    It then turned round and fled through the exit as bewildered couples, friends and families hurried to clear a path.

    Read the full story in the Daily Mail.

  • Cinema Cafe

    I discovered this while doing a search on local restaurants. I have not been to this location personally, Cinema Cafe in Litchfield, CT. The address is: 8 Village Green Dr. in Litchfield. Telephone is: 860-567-9438. Fax is: 860-567-3912. The site said: “Showing Old Movies All Day!”. Some of their menu is named after blockbusters of the past such as “Gone with the Wind”, “Ten Commandments”, and “Terminator”.

    Hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the site. Sounds a bit to me like the way Ground Round restaurants were in the 70’s around here.

  • January 7, 2009

    New Metro to become Urban Outfitters

    NEW YORK, NY — The New York Post reports that the New Metro, vacant since movies ceased, has a new tenant Urban Outfitters, which has a 20 year lease for all 15,000 square feet on three and a half levels.

    The Metro’s owners, who have had it on the sale block since early last year, just signed a big tenant: Urban Outfitters, which is netleasing all 15,000 square feet on 3 and a half levels. It will be the seventh Manhattan location for the teen-oriented clothing chain, which bucked prevailing trends and enjoyed a 31 percent earnings increase last year.

    Read the full story in the New York Post.

  • January 5, 2009

    Mayfair Theatre plans

    SANTA MONICA, CA — The Santa Monica Daily Press announced plans for the Mayfair Theatre, which has been sitting vacant since the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The facade would be preserved, while apartments, ground floor retail and underground parking would take up the space behind it.

    After a years-long process that has involved repeated trips back to the drawing board, back-and-forth discussions with the Architectural Review Board, and even a lawsuit, the long-anticipated construction of a mixed-use project that involves preserving the theater’s ornate facade is expected to move forward.

    The project, which received final approval from the ARB in June, is currently in the plan check phase and could receive its building permit by Jan. 26, according to David Forbes Hibbert, the principal of DFH Architects, the firm overseeing the project. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year and will take roughly two years to complete.

  • December 31, 2008

    Academy Theater wins Preservation in Action Award

    To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the Architectural Heritage Center/Bosco-Milligan Foundation created the “Preservation in Action Award” with the goal of recognizing projects which demonstrate and celebrate the cultural, historic, and economic value of historic preservation in our communities, and thereby inspiring others to do the same.

    A distinguished panel of judges chose 15 projects completed over the past 20 years which they considered to be outstanding works of historic preservation. Among them was Portland, Oregon’s Academy Theater: Visit AHC.

  • December 30, 2008

    Varsity reaches 70

    DES MOINES, IA — Last week, the Varsity Theatre reached its 70th Anniversary and it’s still going strong.

    Bev Mahon still keeps a grainy photocopy of a newspaper advertisement that was published in early 1939. The Varsity Theater had just opened, and the advertorial boasted that it was “not just another theater, but in a setting as picturesque as the locality it represents a charming place to spend your entertainment hours, leisurely, unobtrusively.”

    When one considers that description, the Varsity hasn’t changed all that much during the years. On Christmas Day, the single-screen theater across the street from historic Drake University will reach a milestone of its own — its 70th anniversary.

    Read more in the Des Moines Register.

  • December 24, 2008

    Fabulous Fox Oakland to reopen February 5, 2009

    OAKLAND, CA — After its closing as a movie venue in 1972 the Fox Oakland faced the same threat as many comparable movie palaces. It was scheduled to be demolished in favor of a parking lot in the 1980s. In the 1990s it was scheduled to be sliced up into several smaller theatres. Dedicated preservationists who realized the importance of the theatre rallied to save it at every step and finally, after 20+ years, it has finally been brought back to its original spectacular condition and is scheduled to officially reopen February 5, 2009.

    Bill Graham productions has leased the theatre for the next year and will present live venues only. There are no present plans for any film venues at the theatre.

    To see over 100 photographs of the theatre before, during and after its renovation go to the following site:π=10000&s=14&p=0&a=0&at=0 Once there click new then click Fox Theatre. You won’t be disappointed. The restored theatre is amazing.

    (Thanks to pbo31 for providing the photo.)

  • December 22, 2008

    Second act for Wollaston

    QUINCY, MA — A return could be coming for the Wollaston Theater.

    Shuttered for the past five years, the Wollaston Theatre, a survivor from the golden age of theaters, could be returning as a community centerpiece.

    According to a broker handling the property, a group of individuals and organizations involved in the arts has signed a purchase and sale agreement with the estate of Arthur Chandler. Chandler, who died in April, had owned the theater since 1979 and operated it until its closing in 2003.

    Read the full story in the Boston Globe

  • Orlando gets funds for theater

    ORLANDO, FL — The city council is diverting funds so downtown can finally get a movie theater.

    The Orlando City Council on Dec. 15 approved a deal that would provide $6 million to the owners of the long-awaited downtown movie theater.

    Beverly Hills, Calif.-based RP Realty Partners LLC, which last week told Orlando Business Journal it secured a movie theater operator for its mixed-use The Plaza, will receive the funds through two special assessments levied by the city. The first is a $2.5 million retail assessment to be paid to the city over 15 years, and the second is a $3.5 million parking assessment paid over 10 years.

    Read more in the Orlando Business Journal.