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.
December 11, 2003
BLOOMINGTON, IN — The Indiana Daily Student takes another look at the history of the Von Lee Cinema and its prospects for the future in today’s issue of the Indiana University student paper.
TORONTO, CANADA — A new theater complex will be built in downtown Toronto to house the various departments and programming of the Toronto International Film Festival. Details can be found here.
The festival — including this year’s event — had been previously held at the Uptown Theatre, which collapsed earlier this week during a planned demolition.
December 8, 2003
TORONTO, CANADA — The ongoing demolition of Toronto’s historic Uptown Theatre took a deadly turn today as the theater collapsed, trapping at least five people. For more details, visit CNN, Canada.com, or ABC News for updates throughout the day.
(Thanks to Ashley Winnington-Ball, Mike Rivest, Phantom, edward, Dustin Revin, and others for letting us know about the Uptown.)
CHICAGO, IL — According to the Chicago Tribune, brothers Dhitu and Dharmesh Bhagwakar, who purchased the Des Plaines Theater last month from Mount Prospect National Bank, and who previously managed the theater until its closure this past spring, intend to reopen the former vaudeville house soon, showing a mix of first-run East Indian and second-run Hollywood films on the theater’s two screens.