August 16, 2004
DETROIT, MI — For years now, there has been graffiti in the windows of the former United Artists Theater here in Detroit, and it has spawned a debate between historians, preservationists, and the art community. Is graffiti urban blight or is it art?
The graffiti has been on the building since the late 1990s, when owner Mike Illitch left the building and theater open for months — an opportunity seized by vandals and graffiti artists.
August 13, 2004
MONTEREY, CA — The 1926 Golden State Theatre is in the process of being sold. The new owner, who is from the Los Angeles area where he has owned a recording studio, expects to own the theater sometime in mid-to late September 2004.
Immediate plans call for the balcony triplexing (added in 1976) to be removed, allowing the auditorium to return to one space. New seats on the main floor, and possible some in the balcony will take place as well.
August 11, 2004
The Board needs to approve the release of $900,000 in tax-increment finance funds already pledged to the restoration of the former movie house. Work on the first phase of the restoration project, estimated at $1.4 to $2.4 million, is scheduled to begin this fall.
Around $5.3 million in contributions has been pledged already, according to the DuPage Theatre Foundation, of which $200,000 has been received. Lombard’s releasing the $900,000 towards the project is tied to a state grant that has been frozen for over a year due to the State of Illinois' financial troubles.
August 10, 2004
DETROIT, MI — A fire broke out on August 4th at the Detroit Opera House’s Cadillac Cafe.
The damage was confined to the cafe according to this report from Crain’s Detroit Business:
A small fire at the Detroit Opera House caused only minor damage this morning.
The fire began shortly before 5 a.m. in the Cadillac Cafe at the opera house when a food warmer caught fire, said Dave Blackburn, public-relations coordinator for Michigan Opera Theatre.
“This has never been a problem in the past; I don’t know if the food warmer malfunctioned or was left on,” he said.
August 5, 2004
Curzon Cinemas are this year celebrating our 70th year of showcasing the best in Independent Cinema and to celebrate this we are screening a number of special seasons throughout the year at both Curzon Soho and Mayfair. Here is a brief history of both cinemas from our company director Roger Wingate:
August 4, 2004
OLYMPIA, WA — The historic Avalon Theatre, which had lately served as a retail store for Griswold’s Office Supplies, was gutted by a four-alarm fire on July 31.
First alarm was turned in around 11:00 am by a fire/medic crew on their way to another fire call. The fire appears to have started in the rear portion of the building and soon shot into the roof, completely destroying it.
Local TV stations KIRO-TV7, KING-TV5, and KOMO-TV4 carried live coverage of the fire on their five o'clock news programs.
July 30, 2004
MT RAINIER, MD — The New Horizon Christian Faith Outreach Center (NHCFO), formally known as the Kaywood Theater, is now open and operating as a facility that offers a variety of Christian programs, performances, plays, concerts, educational and cultural events.
Together, hand-in-hand through the word of God, the NHCFO Center is a place where our events encourage people to change their lives. As a venue available for community use, the NHCFO Center is conveniently accessible to Washington DC residents and its rich structure and remarkable beauty makes it an inspirational community gathering all.
July 28, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — Here are my latest photos of the new side boards for the Chicago Theatre marquee. They are replacements of the same size as the most recently seen version.
I now can only anticipate the installation of the underside of the marquee. I can only assume that the lower version will be reinstalled. Originally this version of the sign was somewhat higher showing more portions of the building, including 4 handing light fixtures.
July 27, 2004
NEWBRIDGE, UK — The Miners Institute and Memorial Hall in Newbridge won their round in the BBC “Restoration” TV program and will go forward to the final. The winner and the runner up will be allocated the funds to enable a full restoration.
The Memo is a fully intact 1920s cinema (which is believed to have never been redecorated) on two levels above a dance hall. More info is available on the Restoration website.
NEW YORK, NY — With the August 5 closing of the Astor Plaza, The Hollywood Reporter/Yahoo! News takes a look at the state of moviegoing in the Times Square area and the neighborhood’s place in exhibition history.