Theaters

  • January 21, 2005

    From Live Theater to Movie Theater to Live Theater Again

    CHICAGO, IL — The former Water Tower movie theaters at the Water Tower Place shopping center on Michigan Avenue and Chestnut Street, which closed in summer of 2003 after a brief stint as an art house under the Village Theatres chain, will be opening around April as a single auditorium, 549-seat live theater venue.

    The Drury Lane Theatre at Water Tower Place’s first production will be Terrence McNally and David Yazbek’s “The Full Monty”. Drury Lane originally was part of the shopping center when it opened in 1976, but later closed, and the space turned into a movie theater under Plitt Theatres, then Cineplex Odeon, and finally Meridian Theatres before closing in 2001.

    Screens 5-7 reopened in 2002 under Village Theatres, while 1-4 were turned into additional retail space. The cost of the renovation back to a live theater space cost around $9 million. It will be the second new live theater to open on Michigan Avenue in recent years, with the Lookingglass Theatre company opening its new space in the historic Water Tower Water Works just across the street from Water Tower Place in 2003.

    For more information, read the Chicago Tribune article.

  • January 13, 2005

    Theater Hopper

    I just bumped across Theater Hopper, an online comic book that’s all about going to the movies. Pretty funny stuff, actually.

  • January 6, 2005

    Arson Damages Rapp & Rapp’s Orpheum Theatre

    MADISON, WI — After weeks of investigation, the capitol city of Wisconsin has determined that its Orpheum Theatre was indeed a victim of arson, not once, but at least twice, and a third time is suspected. Read the account here from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

    Film reports were shown on Milwaukee’s WTMJ-4, channel 4 TV, which showed only the exterior of the closed theatre with notices on the doors promising reopening. The Fire Marshall asks for any tips and a reward of $5,000 is being offered.

    It would seem that not everyone appreciates theatres, but at least most Wisconsinites must like them or else a city 80 miles from Madison wouldn’t have run the story, possibly to be repeated at later broadcasts.

  • January 5, 2005

    Breaking News Announcement Expected For Boyd

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following was sent in by Howard Haas:

    “Many of you are reading news accounts today in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News which report that there is an announcement expected today at 1 PM.

  • January 4, 2005

    Ziegfeld Theater Sticks To Single Screen

    NEW YORK, NY — The New York Daily News recently published an article on the Ziegfeld Theater and how it continues to defy multiplex trends and remain a single screen venue.

    Thanks to “saps” and “br91975” for submitting this article.

  • December 29, 2004

    An Art House Flourishes In Pleasantville (and Peekskill)

    PLEASANTVILLE, NY — The success story that is the Jacob Burns Film Center is discussed in this recent New York Times article. [Reg. Req.]

  • December 24, 2004

    Seasons Greetings From Retrovisions

    Larry Grossman, the wonderful artist who we profiled a few months ago, sent us this beautiful Christmas card.

  • December 22, 2004

    Friends of the Raymond Theatre Receives 2004 President’s Award From California Preservation Foundation

    PASADENA, CA — The California Preservation Foundation has awarded Pasadena-based preservation organization Friends of the Raymond Theatre the 2004 “President’s Award” for their 17-year effort to preserve Pasadena’s Historic Raymond Theatre (aka Perkins Palace). The award is the highest award in the State of California presented in the field of historic preservation.

    Founded in 1987 by the Raymond Theatre’s former manager and concert promoter Gina Zamparelli, Friends of the Raymond Theatre’s mission is to ensure protection, preservation and revitalization of Pasadena’s Historic Raymond Theatre. With more than 7,000 members worldwide, Friends of the Raymond Theatre is one of largest preservation organizations working to preserve a single historic structure in the state of California.

  • December 21, 2004

    Madison Orpheum Damaged In Fire

    MADISON, WI — An early Sunday morning fire at the Orpheum Theatre has caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

    The fire, discovered by a quick thinking employee who tried to put out the fire while instructing others to call 911, was extinguished within minutes of the Madison Fire Department’s arrival.

    Sadly, however, this is not the first blaze to strike the Orpheum. This past April, another fire caused $20,000 in damage. Orpheum owner Henry Doane believes both fires were deliberately set.

    The theater is temporarily closed, awaiting cleanup and restoration.

    Coverage from the Wisconsin State Journal & Capitol Times:
    Second Fire In Year Hits Orpheum
    Fire Hits Orpheum 2nd Time

  • December 20, 2004

    NPR Airs Report On Castro Theatre Firing

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — National Public Radio’s All Things Considered aired a report on Friday about the firing of Anita Monga, the former programmer at the Castro Theatre.

    Since the firing, many fans of the Castro — who believe that Monga’s work was instrumental to crafting the Castro’s legendary film schedule — are planning to protest with boycotts and pickets.

    Listen to the report here. (There’s also some discussion of this issue on the Castro’s page here on Cinema Treasures.)