January 20, 2004
DES PLAINES, IL – Aldermen in Des Plaines have decided to hold off on providing up to $60,000 in funds to study the viability of converting the historic Des Plaines Theatre into a performing arts venue until they learn if the theater’s new owner, Dhitu Bagwakar, plans to follow the study’s recommendations.
According to a report in the Daily Herald, Bagwakar is currently screening East Indian features at the twin theater. Many of the alderman have issues about giving funds to a private business, as well as the need for another performing arts center in the area, after the new Metropolis Theater in nearby downtown Arlington Heights failed.
That venue is currently in the midst of a debate over whether the city of Arlington Heights should take over the Metropolis or it should be taken over by another private organization.
January 15, 2004
ST. LOUIS, MO — The Orpheum Theatre has been purchased by Mike and Steve Roberts, who also own the Roberts Mayfair Hotel, an historic Wyndham Hotel (adjacent to the Orpheum), and the historic “Roberts Lofts” (former Board of Education building, designed by I. Taylor, located across the street at 9th and Locust).
Although still in the planning stages, I believe this will be another fine renovation. In St. Louis, the Roberts brothers are well-known patrons of the arts, who’ve gained much respect for the thoroughness of all their various endeavors. As a native of this historic city, I look forward to attending the Orpheum Theatre’s grand re-opening… without a doubt!
January 6, 2004
SAN ANTONIO, TX — When the Mission Drive-In opened in 1948, it was one of less than 100 outdoor theaters in Texas. By the golden years of the drive-in, the 50s, Texas had more than 500.
December 31, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — On the hundredth anniversary yesterday of the blaze that killed more than 600 people at the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago’s Loop area, a plaque was unveiled by Chicago Fire Commissioner James Joyce and alderman Ed Burke. The plaque memorializes the Iroquois tragedy, which killed more than twice as many as the city’s Great Fire of 1871.
December 26, 2003
The Uptown Theatre demolition continues in Toronto, the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA moves forward with its restoration plans, and the Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady willl spend $22.5 million in a 2005 expansion effort — all in today’s newsreel.
- Proctor’s To Close For Work In 2005
- Making Pictures Come Alive
- Contractor Hired To Evaluate Colonial Theatre Options
- Theatre Demolition Continues After Killer Accident
- Party on: Remember When The Paramount Was Party Central?
- Public Plaza Proposed For Theater Site
- Landmark Theater To Close In January
- Future Of Allentown Movie Palace In Doubt
- Byrd Theatre’s Opening Was A Gift 75 Years Ago
December 22, 2003
December 19, 2003
December 17, 2003
SUFFERN, NY — We are proud to announce the 3 DAYS OF 3-D Film Festival at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York, on February 27-28-29, 2004.
3 DAYS OF 3-D will present 10 of the best classic films made during the 1950s in the miracle of Third Dimension, including KISS ME KATE, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, DIAL “M” FOR MURDER, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, GORILLA AT LARGE, INFERNO, MISS SADIE THOMPSON, ROBOT MONSTER, GUN FURY and HOUSE OF WAX.
December 16, 2003
According to Steve Davis, volunteer publicity chairman for Standing Room Only, a nonprofit organization that has leased the Buchanan, “The biggest impact is that something is regularly opened after most businesses have closed. It brings a lot of people in from a large geographical area.” Much of the theater’s success can be attributed to its programming which includes first and second run movies, opera, bluegrass and rock concerts, sports broadcasts, children’s matinees, benefit performances and church services.