September 9, 2003
Mountain View Theater For Sale
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Nick Perry writes in with news about the Mountain View Theater:
I don’t know if this qualifies for your news section, but the Mountain View Theatre building in Downtown Mountain View just went up for sale. The building housed the theatre from 1926 to the mid-1980s, and since then has been used by a series of nightclubs.
I think a lot of people in town are crossing their fingers hoping that someone will come and bring the movies back to Downtown (instead of another nightclub or restaurant…we have PLENTY of those).
The theater has been extensively remodeled since it started being used as a nightclub in the mid 1990s, but the basic layout of a theatre is still there. Maybe someone reading your web page has the drive and $$$ to bring this important piece of our Downtown back to life.
If anyone out there wants more info they can email . While I’m not affiliated with the theatre’s owners, I do know a lot about its history and have some contacts within the city that may be helpful.
September 8, 2003
VANCOUVER, CANADA — Sean Jung writes in with an update on Vancouver’s Pantages Theater:
Today, the Pantages Theater at 144 East Hastings Street in Vancouver lies surrounding by urban blight. Its neighbors are drug addicts, derelicts and homeless citizens.
But the area known as Downtown Eastside was once the entertainment and business core of Vancouver. Many vaudeville theaters were built here which included the Imperial, Avenue, Savoy, the majestic Rex and the opulent Beacon Theater (which was the 2nd Pantages Theater built here).
Last used as a chinese language cinema, it has been dark since 1994. Although the facade has lost much of its original appeal, the interior remains largely intact. Original wood flooring, fixture, ceiling are all still there. There is a renewed effort to resurrect the theater and restore it in hopes that it will also revitalize the area. Much of the area retains many of its historic structures including the beautiful Carnegie Library, the Bank of Montreal and Royal Bank buildings and the Ford Building.
Much red tape holds back its redevelopment but conservationist hope to reopen this grand theater in 2004.
SYRACUSE, NY — “Central New York’s Picture Palaces,” a 90-minute documenary on classic movie theaters in Central New York, will air this evening, at 8 p.m. on location station WCNY (Channel 24).
Co-hosted by Karen Colizzi Noonan, president of the Theatre Historical Society of America, the documentary will profile the Stanley Theatre in Utica, the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, and the Schine Theater in Auburn, and others.
If you live in the Syracuse area, don’t miss this special!
July 23, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — The Tivoli Theatre located in Downers Grove, Illinois is featured in the August issue of Chicago Magazine’s “Best of Chicago”. The Tivoli Theatre is featured with a gorgeous full page color photo of the theatre under the category of “Best Golden Age-Silver Screen” on page 99.
The Tivoli Theatre also receives several mentions in the July/August Western Suburban Living Magazine, which has a feature story on Downers Grove.
View Chicago Magazine website
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Thanks to longtime Cinema Treasures user and contributor Paul Salley for this one!
June 19, 2003
LEBANON, PA — The following was sent in by Jonathan M. Crist:
The Harrisburg Patriot News carried a blub that the former abandoned Howard Theatre in Lebanon PA will be razed as part of the rejuvenation of the aging Lebanon Plaza Mall by its new owners.
The theatre opened in 1969 as the Trans-Lux. It was a typical upscale single screen shopping center theatre with seating for about 800. In the late 70’s it was twined into two side-by-side auditoriums of about 350 seats each by the then operator Fox Theatres of Reading PA who renamed the theatre the Howard after his deceased grandson.
Fox sold to Carmike in the early 90’s who proceeded to run what was left of the Howard into the ground. The Howard closed in 1998 following Carmike’s bankruptcy. By the time that it closed the roof leaked so badly the interior walls were stained.
Another shopping center theatre bites the dust.
June 5, 2003
Thanks to all of our users and our tireless theater editor and contributor, Bryan Krefft, we’re proud to announce that we recently added our 3,000th U.S. theater.
We’re slowly reaching the 4,000 theater mark and we can’t thank you enough for your continued support!
May 30, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — The following email was sent in by the Friends of the Uptown. The Central Park was Balaban & Katz' first movie palace and, according to Douglas Gomery’s “Shared Pleasures,” the first theater in America cooled by air conditioning for the sweltering summer months.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to assist in some house chores and heavy lifting, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at the former Central Park Theatre, on the West Side, in the North Lawndale neighborhood, at 3535 W. Roosevelt, east of Central Park Avenue. Look for the large sign that reads House of Prayer.
We will work until approximately 2 p.m. Please come and work for any amount of time that you can. Meet the group in the vestibule/lobby of the theatre/church building itself. RSVP by email to: .
Work clothes, gloves, a bottle of water and a snack are good things to bring along. Surplus cleaning supplies, brooms, mops, trash bags, light bulbs, etc. are always are appreciated.
We will meet and work with the Rev. Dr. Lincoln Scott and his staff. You may meet Mr. Butler or Mr. Roosevelt first if you choose to use the fenced parking lot adjacent to the building to the immediate west.
Home to The House of Prayer COGIC since the 1970s, this important Chicago venue will be featured on a special Chicago: Three Centuries of Theatres tour, July 8 through 13. A little work from Friends of the Uptown this Saturday will make for a better tour and will show our support for this very special landmark.
Theatre historians recall that the 1916 CENTRAL PARK is the fountainhead of movie palace design and the second successful venue of Balaban & Katz (following the CIRCLE). Its success led B&K to build later landmark venues and its design influence can be seen in other important theaters. After the RIVIERA came the TIVOLI, the CHICAGO, the UPTOWN, the ORIENTAL … from B&K and the same architects, C.W. and George L. Rapp!
Thank you for your time and attention. You will definitely enjoy this unique opportunity to experience the combination of historic theatre, appreciative owner-operator and vested constituency! Apologies for the impromptu notice. This was arranged to fit the venue’s schedule and needs.
The Friends' effort is in anticipation of the upcoming Theatre Historical Society of America conclave, “Three Centuries of Theatres,” to be held from July 8 -13, 2003 in Chicago.
For more information on the conclave, visit THSA’s website.
Have a great weekend everyone and see you on Monday!
May 27, 2003
May 26, 2003
Cinema Treasures is closed for the Memorial Day holiday, but will return tomorrow.
May 23, 2003
LONDON, UK — According to Yahoo News, EasyInternetCafe and Easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou has opened Easycinema, a new low-cost, no-frills movie theater.
How low-cost, you ask? Well, since Easycinema uses the same pricing technique first pioneered by its intercafe sibiling, EasyInternetCafe, ticket prices will be based on demand.
So, if you buy early, tickets will be as cheap as 33 cents. But as demand fluctuates, the price will be raised or lowered, depending on availability. If a movie becomes very popular, patrons will be charged a full-ticket price (approximately $8 in the UK).
In addition to the cheap tickets, Easycinema will do away with both box offices and concession stands…
“We’re keeping it as simple as possible,” said James Rothnie, an easyGroup spokesman, adding he believed it was the first such scheme in the world. “There’ll be no rip-off popcorn, no catering of any sort. If you want to eat and drink, bring your own.”
So far, not surprisingly, response from film distributors has been less than supportive, with some refusing to book blockbusters with Easycinema. But, regardless, the new company will certainly prove to be an interesting experiment for the exhibition industry.