Theaters

  • December 3, 2004

    Fire Damages Fox Theatre Marquee

    DETROIT, MI — A fire early Wednesday morning caused minor damage to the marquee of the Fox Theatre.

    News reports from local television stations WDIV and WXYZ can be found here and here.

  • December 2, 2004

    Allen Organ Console Arrives At St. George Theatre

    STATEN ISLAND, NY — An Allen organ console was expected to arrive at the St. George Theatre yesterday.

    It is on loan through our friends at the New York Theatre Organ Society (NYTOS). The theater will “borrow” it for about a month until another suitable console can be found.

    In the meanwhile, the Allen will help to “re-open” the theater in time for its gala 75th anniversary on December 4th.

    We look forward to a HUGE attendance for this rare and wonderful theater experience, which includes a red carpet, Klieg lights, entertainment, important notables, AND the “Mighty Allen!”

    Hope to see you there!

  • November 24, 2004

    Fox Theatre Atlanta Celebrates its 75th Anniversary!

    ATLANTA, GA — On Christmas Day, December 25th, 1929, the Atlanta Fox Theatre opened its doors to the public for the very first time. To commorate its 75 years, the Fox Theatre will host a gala open house on Sunday, December 26th from 1pm until 7pm.

    The Fox will open up its auditorium and ballrooms to the public with no admission charge. Many events are planned to take place at the Fox during this celebration. For more information, please visit the Fox’s web site at http://www.foxtheatre.org/

  • November 19, 2004

    Fox Fullerton Reaches Its Fundraising Goal

    FULLERTON, CA — The following email was received from the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation:

    “WE DID IT!!!!

    Thanks to a very generous gift of $1,000,000, we have reached our total fundraising goal of $3.5 million and can open escrow on the Fox this Friday! The donor, who prefers to remain anonymous for the present, presented us with a $700,000 cashiers check late yesterday, and has pledged the remaining $300,000 as a challenge grant for our restoration fundraising needs.

    This generous donation is allowing us to “trigger” our pledge fulfillments, so all checks that have turned in and stored in our bank vault will now be cashed into our special checking account to open escrow.

    Please come by the Fox or our offices through Friday to say hi and help celebrate!

  • November 18, 2004

    The Long Beach Area’s Last Remaining Seats

    LONG BEACH, CA — U Entertainment has written an extensive article on the last remaining Cinema Treasures in the Long Beach area. Featured are the Bay Theatre in Seal Beach, the Warner Grand in San Pedro, and the Art Theatre in Long Beach.

    For a dozen images of these classic theaters, look for the “See the Pictures” link on the U Entertainment page. The article features interviews with Cinema Treasures as well as local theater owners and historians.

  • November 10, 2004

    Fire At Oakland Fox Theatre

    OAKLAND, CA — A blaze Sunday at the Oakland Fox Theatre was believed to have been started by a vagrant, according to this report from the Oakland Tribune.

    The fire was kept to the office space of the Fox Building thanks to the work of over 40 firefighters who responded to the two-alarm fire. Damage to the building is estimated at $300,000 from fire, smoke and water.

    Plans to turn the 3000-plus seat theater into a cabaret-style venue surrounded by retail space and a charter school proposed by Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown are pending the approval of the City Council.

    The project is expected to cost about $24 million.

  • November 4, 2004

    Could Giant Casinos Future Be In England’s Largest London and City Centre Cinemas?

    Ian from England asks…

    Hello from Ian in England. Over the past few weeks there has been much news in the UK at the arrival of big style usa companies coming to the UK to open giant casinos in major cities and on costal resorts.

    This has had much newsprint and television coverage. A football team Leeds has sold space to build a casino on its land amongst other projects been speculated. I’m wondering if anybody else can shed a light on a story I’m certain I heard on TV news about 10 days past (I was half asleep). I’m sure I heard a story on BBC London local news that if the big casinos come to the country a lot of planning consent laws on change of use of existing buildings of leisure would be dramatically reduced and Leicester Square in london home of some of the UK largest cinemas and other large cinemas in the UK could simply be closed as cinemas to become these casinos. The news report continued saying one major UK exhibitor had or was having chats about a such move to one of these casinos in the west end of London?

    Has anyone else in UK seen this report? I’ve looked on many news websites trying to confirm what I have written here for a week or two and not had a lot of luck. Video tape in the early eighties took so many UK cinemas away at the birth of videos in homes – could this be the next threat of some of the UK most wonderful movie palaces? Whilst I’m here, does anyone know any further news of the Paramount/Odeon Newcastle — wonderful closed cinema in Newcastle — I heard Selfridges wanted it?

    • thanks for reading -
      booga aka ian
  • October 21, 2004

    Capitol Theatre Canopy Gets Paint Test

    FLINT, MI — Gary Flinn has sent us another quick update on the status of the Capitol Theatre:

    Formal painting has begun on the Capitol Theatre Building’s arcade canopy and I thank all of you for posting the canopy photo with the gold paint sample in your respective web sites. I don’t think this is worth posting publicly as the color being painted is red metal primer. This was the unfortunate color of the canopy before repairs began. I hope it’s just a primer coat. More updates as I see changes. Thanks again.

  • Enean Theater Saved

    PITTSBURG, CA — The City of Pittsburg is purchasing the Enean Theater to help restore the landmark theater (see previous story).

    The owner Jaime Penuela and Paul Warshauer (of Grande Venues) have joined forces to reopen the Enean.

    The outlook is very good now.

  • October 19, 2004

    Capitol Theatre Update

    FLINT, MI — We’ve received an update on the Capitol Theatre from Gary Flinn:

    Just one minor, but significant update about the Capitol Theatre in Flint MI.  The theater’s arcade canopy facing Harrison Street now has a small sample coat of gold paint which could be the final color of the repaired canopy. A pair of photos (apologies as the sky was overcast) are attached to show the gold color.

    Gary also wanted us to point out his current Flinn’s Journal column on the Michigan preservation site Water Winter Wonderland. The current column includes photos and a history of the Capitol.