December 15, 2008
Karen Noonan, president of the Theatre Historical Society, has sent the following sad news:
The theater world has lost a tremendous historian, researcher and friend. Former THS President and Marquee editor STEVE LEVIN passed away suddenly on Saturday (Dec 13) after a short illness. Steve was also very active in ATOS as well. This leaves a deep void in our lives, an important voice is gone.
We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and to our friends at THS during this difficult time. He will, indeed, be sorely missed.
December 5, 2008
This ends former owner Craig Spencer’s 6 years of operating the single screen, 2nd run theater.
The Heights has continually screened films since 1949 except for the 2 years prior to Spencer renovating in 2002.
December 3, 2008
ORLAND PARK, IL — Marcus Theatres has installed a new 70-foot-wide UltraScreen at the Orland Park Cinema. It was unveiled November 26th in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
It was installed in a 400-seat auditorium that has been renovated from the ground up.
In addition to the UltraScreen, the hall is using Crown Digital D-Chain amplifiers and JBL ScreenArray speakers.
November 26, 2008
PARK RIDGE, IL — The Pickwick Theatre will celebrate its 80th anniversary by playing the same silent film it played when it opened: “Lilac Time” with Gary Cooper and Colleen Moore.
The theater, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is distinctive for its 100-foot art deco tower. It has been in continuous operation since 1928 without any modification to the original auditorium and has been owned by the same family since 1967.
Read more about the history of the theater in the Norridge-Harwood Heights News.
November 21, 2008
ANCHORAGE, AK — To drum up some business, the Fireweed Cinemas has lowered their admission to $3 for all shows. While this normally wouldn’t be too surprising, the fact that it’s owned by Regal stands out. Could they do this in other markets?
Regal Entertainment Group, the nation’s largest movie theater operator, recently premiered the bargain ticket sales at the Fireweed, evidently as a way to draw in more customers to the venerable movie house at the corner of Fireweed Lane and Gambell Street.
Before the change, an evening show cost $9.75 and a matinee $6.75.
Theater workers are telling patrons that films at the Fireweed won’t be first-run. Rather, they’ll be films that have been in release for a few weeks.
Read the full story in the Anchorage Daily News.
November 18, 2008
FORT MYERS, FL — The amateur acting troupe Theatre Conspiracy has begun showing an independent film series at their 50-seat blackbox theater between theatrical productions.
The move comes as donations have dropped by 50% although tickets to their performances are selling well.
The troupe is negotiating directly with filmmakers' agents to obtain the films on DVD. They will be projected on a 16-foot by 8-foot screen in the makeshift movie theater.
November 14, 2008
TACOMA, WA — The Blue Mouse Theatre is celebrating its 85th birthday this week as a single-screen, 221-seat cinema.
For the past 15 years, it has been run by a collective of 32 investors who put together $170,000 in 1993 to buy the theater, refurbish it and reopen it under its original name.
It is the oldest continuously run movie theater in Washington state and one of the oldest in the country. It got its name from a lounge in Paris that showed films.
November 13, 2008
POMONA, CA — With the city behind the restoration of the Fox Theatre, downtown is looking brighter.
In 1982, Pomona civic leaders officially gave up on the Fox Theater.
Given the chance to buy the vacant Art Deco theater for civic use, a divided City Council rejected the idea. Councilman Clay Bryant memorably declared downtowns to be “anachronisms.”
Two decades of blight later, the theater was bought in 2002 by a new generation of city leaders during a renewed focus on the downtown’s potential. They bided their time before selling the Fox to a developer now in the midst of restoring the theater to its 1931 glory.
Read more in the Daily Bulletin.
November 12, 2008
SAIPAN, MARSHALL ISLANDS — The economic downturn, which forced the only cinema on the islands to close two days a week, has led to the only branch of Blockbuster video being closed.
When word leaked out, bargain-hunters descended on the store, and by 7 pm, people were no longer being allowed inside because it was full.
Last month, the seven-screen Hollywood Theatre-Saipan Megaplex started closing its doors two days a week because of poor economic conditions and rising costs. Last April 18th it closed completely, re-opening May 23rd only after overwhelming complaints from the public.