November 12, 2007
JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Loew’s Jersey Morton Wonder Organ was removed nearly 40 years ago and has been restored after 10 years of dedicated effort by the volunteers and members of the Garden State Theatre Organ Society. The magic of live organ music returned to The Loew’s Jersey on November 3, 2007.
The Bob Balfour Memorial Robert Morton Wonder Organ, named in memory of the GSTOS member who was instrumental in acquiring and leading the effort to restore an organ to The Loew’s Jersey, was celebrated during a Garden State Theatre Organ Society members event at the classic “wonder palace.” This organ, originally installed at the Loew’s Paradise (Bronx, NY), is a twin to the organ that was removed from The Loew’s Jersey and is currently installed at The Arlington Theatre (Santa Barbara, CA).
This Robert Morton Wonder Organ was only one of five ever built from among the over 6,000 organs the Robert Morton Company produced. It consists of 4 ranks, 23 banks and 1,774 pipes. The console, which rises and rotates from a position on the house left side of the orchestra pit, features 228 stops.
The Paradise Theatre in North Kansas City Missouri has been purchased by Butch Rigby and will become part of his Screenland Theatres operation. It will be completely restored and will be re-named the “Screenland Armour”. The theatre was built in 1928 as the “Armour” and will reopen in 2008. It will seat approximately 320 patrons.
The website is www.screenland.com.
November 9, 2007
BALTIMORE, MD — Deals are being made that could compromise the building of the Mayfair Theater.
The Mayfair Theater site on North Howard Street headlines a list of long-vacant properties set to be redeveloped on the west side of downtown, as the city announced Monday that it has selected developers to help improve the area.
The intersection of Howard and Franklin streets, once at the heart of Baltimore’s retail district, could see more than 30,000 square feet of new retail space and nearly 80 apartments in buildings that are now city-owned, according to the Baltimore Development Corp. This amounts to an estimated $27.5 million in spending between two developers announced Monday by the BDC. Both companies will now have the exclusive right to cut a deal with the city for the properties.
Here is the article on the development plans from the Maryland Daily Record. The article does not clarify if the Mayfair will be restored or used as part of the development plans to add 80,000 square feet of retail and apartments spaces.
GOODWOOD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA — It’s not often on this site that you hear of a theatre in Australia(South Australia), especially suburban, that has survived the onslaught of TV, Multiplexes, DVD’s, Home Theatre and the list goes on.
Check out the Capri in Adelaide South Australia. Truly loved by many, supported by Volunteers and owned by TOSA. If you are visiting S.A., have a peek you will always be made welcome.
November 7, 2007
REGO PARK, QUEENS, NY — The Theater Historical Society of America’s publication, Marquee (2nd quarter 2007) features a detailed history, architectural analysis, and narrative on the Trylon Theater (98-81 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY). It also features interviews with the son of architect Joseph Unger, patrons, community residents, and historians. The author is Michael Perlman, Chairman of the Committee To Save The Trylon Theater.
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November 5, 2007
VICKSBURG, MS — Something is going on within the city of Vicksburg all of sudden. During the summer, the talk of a new cinema died down. Now the talk around town has started again. I’ve been trying to track down what it’s all about but so far—nothing. I had two sources who verified the talk part. But something is going on.
Second former Alderwoman Gertrude Young who frequently adds her commentary on the Live local talk show, “Live from the Klondike,” has frequently been bragging the fact that she has been in touch with new cinema investors. On the last one I heard, she spoke of cinema subsidiary Viacom Inc. I found out that would be Odeon Cinemas in the Northeast. I learned too that Odeon Cinemas wouldn’t open a cinema in this part of the country.
All of sudden she’s dropped off the radar screen on the subject. One more thing: people and I suspect tourists as well are wondering why the city of Vicksburg, with a population of 25,000 doesn’t have a cinema. But talk is increasing and growing.
November 2, 2007
PITTSBURG, KS — The Colonial Fox Theatre is about to be placed on the Kansas Preservation Alliance’s of the ‘Most Endangered Historic Places’.
Then, the Colonial Fox Foundation found out it has been given 501©3 status, meaning it is a not-for-profit organization, which could be helpful in raising funds.
To top it all off, the 400 for 40K campaign, in which 400 people are being solicited to donate $100 each to raise a total of $40,000, is just 31 donors from its goal.
November 1, 2007
CHICAGO, IL — According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, movies are making a return to Block 37, the long-vacant block of the Loop bordered by State, Washington, Dearborn, and Randolph Streets. Almost two decades after the last movie palace on the block, the United Artists, along with almost everything else on the site was razed, Muvico Entertainment LLC has signed a letter of intent to open an 800 seat, seven screen movie complex at 108 N. State Street. The Fort Lauderdale-based Muvico recently opened its first movie theater in the Chicagoland area, in the suburb of Rosemont.
The theater is now the second retail tenant announced for the 108 N. State project, along with David Barton Gym. The block will also include, among other things, the new studios of CBS' Chicago affilate, a residential tower, a hotel tower, and a transit station for the “L”, providing express service to the two major Chicago airports.
October 31, 2007
SAN CLEMENTE, CA — The Miramar Theatre has been purchased by an auto dealer, Marc Spizzirri. It was built in 1937 and has been vacant for over a decade. The previous owner of the theatre had planned to build a 40,000 square foot complex of shops and residences but ran into resistance from local residents who wanted the theatre preserved.
Auto dealer Marc Spizzirri has indicated he plans to demolish the rear of the theatre which once housed a bowling alley while keeping the remainder of the theatre closer to its old design.
A complete article on the purchase can be read in the Orange County Business Journal.(reg rquired)
Let’s hope “closer to its old design” means restoration.
LACONIA, NH — Even with its 500 person capacity, people are still rallying to convert the Gardens Theater into a performance space.
The Gardens Theater should be brought back to life as a performing arts center, even though its 500-person seating capacity may be small for some uses.
That was the consensus on Monday during a public hearing on whether the city should authorize the Laconia Area Community Land Trust to apply for a $12,000 federal grant to do a feasibility study for the theater.
The study would include an appraisal and also identify what might be involved in rehabilitating the theater, located on the second floor of the Pemaco Building on Main Street and most recently used by the Christ Life Center, an independent, non-denominational church, that is moving to Lakeport.
You can read more in the Citizen.