Theaters

  • February 28, 2005

    The Heart Theatre Celebrating its 65th Anniversary – FREE Film Festival

    EFFINGHAM, IL — The Lake Land College Arts and Humanities Series and Student Activity Board will partner with The HEART Theatre to host a haunted film festival starting March 2.

    The event starts with a presentation of HAUNTED ILLINOIS by Troy Taylor! Taylor is the author of 33 books about ghosts and hauntings in America, and is the editor of Ghosts of the Prairie magazine, a magazine about the history, hauntings and unsolved mysteries of America. His presentation starts March 2nd, 11 am. in the Lake Land College Theatre, Mattoon, IL.

    The Film Festival kick-off begins March 2nd at 5:30 pm in the LLC theatre after Troy Taylor’s presentation, with the showing of The Black Cat. The Festival will continue with two films being shown at the HEART Theatre on Courthouse Square in Downtown in Effingham on Friday March 4th: The Silence of the Lambs at 6 PM and The Blair Witch Project at 9 PM.

  • February 22, 2005

    Last Shot For LIU Basketball At Brooklyn Paramount

    This NY Daily News story also pays homage to the long-adored borough landmark, the Brooklyn Paramount, as its 40-plus year run as the home for LIU basketball comes to an end.

  • February 21, 2005

    Youngstown, Ohio Theater Photos

    YOUNGSTOWN, OH — Photos of the old Palace Theater are available on my page at Webshots.com. There are also photos of the Powers Auditorium (shown above), along with other old Youngstown theaters.

  • February 18, 2005

    “Picture House” Photography By Steven Rood

    “My name is Steven Rood. I am a Los Angeles based fine art photographer. My work is well collected. Pieces now hang in many private and corporate collections.

    I am a year into my current project entitled Picture House. An homage to classic and vintage movie theaters. A retrospective that started locally and is quickly gathering steam to become a nationwide project. Currently, over 50 theaters have been shot. 27 of these are now represented online, with many more to be added soon. These images are receiving a lot of attention from the entertainment community, the photographic community and theater preservationist groups.

    And that is why I in turn bring them to your attention. America’s classic and vintage movie theaters are vanishing at an alarming rate. Structures that represent a more innocent time in
    our country. And as they fade, so do our memories of a time before urban and spiritual decay.

  • February 15, 2005

    The Rex Cinema Berkhamstead England

    BERKHAMSTEAD, ENGLAND — This is a story well worth looking at from the BBC News. The Rex Cinema in Berkhamstead is a superb Art Deco cinema which has survived a long period of closure and neglect to rise phoenix-like from the ashes. Take a look at their website: www.therexcinema.com.

    Hopefully other UK cinemas can be rescued one day from the clutches of bingo and unsympathetic chains that simply vandalize historic buildings.

  • February 14, 2005

    Large Explosion at the Empire Theatre in Paris

    PARIS, FRANCE — A major explosion of unknown, but probably accidental, cause resulted in considerable damage to the Empire Theatre on Paris' Champs Elysees.

    Full story at: ABC News Online and CTV News.

  • February 9, 2005

    Heights Cinema’s Future in Question

    BROOKLYN, NY — The sale of Screen Arts Corporation’s Park Slope Pavillion may be bad news for Brooklyn Heights Pavillion, the company’s last theater and one of the last duplex theaters in New York City. (Park Slope was sold to Access Intergrated Technologies, which still runs the theater.)

    The Heights Pavillion has had to reduce its hours of operation recently and has had to face stiff competition from the United Artists Court Street Stadium 12 Theater nearby. Screen Arts had to also sell the Flatbush Pavillion recently, which as of now, is still unoccupied.

    The Park Slope Pavillion, though a multiplex, has managed to keep its independent-cinema charm with unique concessions, art cinema film choices and an elegant restaurant upstairs.

  • February 3, 2005

    What’s Up With the Uptown Theatre?

    CHICAGO, IL — There is an article about the Uptown Theatre published in this week’s edition of INSIDE, a north Chicago newspaper, which updates the current legal battle surrounding ownership of the theatre.

    The article mentions a grassroots petition to support the theatre. It can be found at www.compassrose.org along with a history of the Uptown.

  • A Breath of Hope for the AVALON?

    MILWAUKEE, WI —

    According to OnMilwaukee.com, Milwaukee’s long-closed AVALON Theatre of 1929 “may” become a combination movie house/book store.

    Let us hope that this is a breath of real hope for our beloved AVALON Theatre. There have been many hopes dashed and failures noted in the past, we can only hope that it will be different this time. The owner has played disingenuously with potential buyers in the past, according to sources, but perhaps he is now realizing a combined purchasing power that may be able to meet his reportedly stiff price.

  • February 1, 2005

    Greenwich Village’s “Waverly”: Past, Present and Future

    NEW YORK, NY — There was a very interesting article about the past, present and future of Greenwich Village’s Waverly Theater, by David Dunlap, in the New York Times on January 25th: “Past Will Flicker in Village Theater Renovation.”

    The theater, closed since October, 2001, is undergoing an $8 million dollar transformation into a three-theater complex that will house the IFC (Independent Film Channel) Center. Two theaters, a 220-seat main floor theater and a 110-seat upstairs theater will be in the original theater structure, and a 60-seat theater and cafe are planned for an adjacent building.