April 15, 2004
LOS ANGELES, CA — “Most of the great movie houses have disappeared. Even in Los Angeles, capital of the American movie industry, scores of grand theaters have been carved up, bulldozed away or converted into churches or 99-cent stores. A few are shuttered in the hope that someday they will be saved. The few lucky ones like the Pantages and the Wiltern have gone back to the future as live theaters or music venues.
But scattered around Southern California are a few remaining single-screen cathedrals of cinema where for $10 or so you’re transported to another world even before the opening credits roll by…"
(Thanks to Jim Rankin for sending this in.)
LAKE ELMO & COTTAGE VIEW, MN — The Pioneer Press reports on the continued success of the Vali Hi Drive-In in Lake Elmo and the Cottage View Drive-In in Cottage View. These two Minnesota drive-ins are two of the roughly 550 in operation around the country.
According to our friends at Drive-Ins.com, there are five drive-ins operating in Minnesota.
(Thanks to Dennis Huber for sending this in!)
April 14, 2004
Demolition was halted last fall when preservationists discovered the theater was a possible landmark. A formal application to the state asking to have the theater nominated for the historic-places register is in the process of being completed.
April 13, 2004
I have compiled a list to create awareness of groups of awareness for theaters (AKA “Friends of” groups). In alphabetical order, here are the ones I can find… let’s preserve and save some theaters!
If you have any more groups feel free to post them in another comment! [Ed — you can also submit links to our Link Directory.]
April 8, 2004
PARK RIDGE, IL – The landmark 76 year-old Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, which is a symbol of this Chicago suburb, is finding itself in the midst of a struggle between the City of Park Ridge, its owners, the Vlahakis family, and the Pickwick Theatre Council, according to the Mount Prospect Journal.
The Art Deco-style former vaudeville house (and one of the largest movie palaces in the Chicago suburbs) needs extensive repairs and renovations according to Pickwick Theatre Council president Catherine Kenney.
April 7, 2004
The partnership would make the theater the new home of local community radio station WYCE and allow TV broadcasting classes to be held at the theater alongside its existing theater classes.
April 6, 2004
BINGHAMTON, NY — Roger Katz sent in these photos of the Art Theatre (pre-fire).
March 23, 2004
Wes Reeves sent in this pic of the Luna Theatre (in Clayton, NM):
“I was cleaning out some files and found this photo of another small town theater in my area — the Luna Theater in Clayton, New Mexico. I thought you’d like it. I love the marquee.”
UPDATE: Wes also sent us this link to a recent story about the Luna in American Profile magazine.
March 22, 2004
March 18, 2004
LOS ANGELES, CA — Restoring a long cherished Westwood tradition that ended when the Mann Plaza stopped hosting midnight screenings of classic films in 1999, the historic Crest Theatre has begun showing midnight screenings on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Crest now joins the Nuart, the Rialto, the Alex, the New Beverly Cinema, the Egyptian Theatre, the Bing Theater at the Los Angele County Museum of Art, the Bay Theatre, the Silent Movie Theatre, Arclight Cinemas, the Old Town Music Hall, the Warner Grand, and campus theaters at UCLA, USC, and CSUN, all of which have revival screenings as part or all of their programming.
This weekend, the Crest will show Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1971 film, “A Clockwork Orange.” General and reserved seats are onsale at the box office and online.