Theaters

  • July 28, 2004

    Chicago Marquee UPDATE

    CHICAGO, IL — Here are my latest photos of the new side boards for the Chicago Theatre marquee. They are replacements of the same size as the most recently seen version.

    I now can only anticipate the installation of the underside of the marquee. I can only assume that the lower version will be reinstalled. Originally this version of the sign was somewhat higher showing more portions of the building, including 4 handing light fixtures.

  • July 27, 2004

    RESTORATION UPDATE: Newbridge Wins Round!

    NEWBRIDGE, UK — The Miners Institute and Memorial Hall in Newbridge won their round in the BBC “Restoration” TV program and will go forward to the final. The winner and the runner up will be allocated the funds to enable a full restoration.

    The Memo is a fully intact 1920s cinema (which is believed to have never been redecorated) on two levels above a dance hall. More info is available on the Restoration website.

  • Astor Plaza Closes Next Thursday

    NEW YORK, NY — With the August 5 closing of the Astor Plaza, The Hollywood Reporter/Yahoo! News takes a look at the state of moviegoing in the Times Square area and the neighborhood’s place in exhibition history.

  • Former Kearsley Theatre Owner Dies

    FLINT, MI — Former Kearsley Schools Superintendent and former Kearsley Theatre owner George Daly died Friday, July 23 at the age of 94, according to this report in the Flint Journal.

  • July 22, 2004

    BBC TV Restoration Vote to Save & Renovate 1920’s Art Deco Cinema

    I would like to draw members attention to BBC Television’s Restoration programme which aired last night.

    For those of you who don’t know it’s a sort of “pop Idol” or “American Idol” for old buildings. The Welsh section of the competition featured the Newbridge Memorial Hall, a Miners institute building, complete with a 1920’s cinema. Some members may recall the interior of the was the setting for the fictional La Scala cinema/bingo hall in the Julian Kemp film “House”

    For more information and some photos of the cinema, check out the Restoration website. The theater’s website also has some good information.

    If you want to see this cinema win a place in the grand final heat to be fully restored, please VOTE NOW on 09011 33 22 22 and choose 2 from the recorded list. (US callers should add 011 44) to this phone number.)

  • July 21, 2004

    Chicago Theatre Marquee Update

    CHICAGO, IL — Late last week, the new front signage for the famed Chicago Theatre was installed. As part of a total replacement of the theater’s marquee, these preview pics (below) show the exact replacement of the front signage.

    What is not known yet, is the height of the side attraction portions of the marquee. Updates ASAP.

    Michael

  • July 16, 2004

    Former Times Square Theatre to Become Retail Space

    NEW YORK, NY — One of the last former Times Square movie houses to remain vacant, the Times Square Theatre at 217 W. 42nd Street, has been acquired by the urban apparel retailer, Ecko, which just a month ago announced the move of its corporate headquarters to a new location in Chelsea.

    According to this report from GlobeSt.com, Ecko expects to open its store in the three-story building by 2006, with construction beginning early next year. More information can be found in the New York Times.

    The Times Square Theatre was opened in 1920 for the Selwyns, and designed by Eugene DeRosa. Ecko plans to keep several historic architectural features of the theater, including its 25 foot-tall proscenium arch, its domed ceiling, and its ornamental plasterwork.

  • July 13, 2004

    Today’s Newsreel

    Boston’s Opera House prepares to reopen, a battle is on to save the Odeon in Christchurch, New Zealand, while the Strand in Plattsburgh, NY looks ready for its comeback — all in today’s newsreel.

  • July 6, 2004

    Boyd Theatre Wins Citation

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following was sent in by Howard Haas, Chairman of Friends of the Boyd:

    “Attached is my photo of the beautiful Commonwealth of PA (House) Citation for the Boyd Theatre.

    I’ve typed the entire citation below:

  • La Cinematheque Francaise Will Move in 2005

    After a long story and conflicts, there will be a new house for La Cinematheque Francaise in Paris.

    The new building, former American center of Paris and designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry in the district of Bercy, was dark for years after a bankrupcy. Part of the building was never settled but there was an auditorium already. With four auditoriums (three added), it will be a must for movie lovers.

    Opening in autumn 2005, it will cause the closing of the historical Palais du Trocadero auditorium and later the auditorium of the “Grands Boulevards.”