September 19, 2005
Following a report by the Baltimore Business Journal that Clear Channel will be amplifying its corporate sponsorship activities within its theatre division, the question arises once again about the historic preservation community’s position on naming rights for theaters. That is the subject of this week’s poll question and any comments you wish to post in our comments section to this story.
If a corporation or individual pays for the restoration and/or renovation of a theater, is there a responsibility to retain any or all of the original name? Examples of this range from the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City to the Cadillac Palace in Chicago to the American Airlines Theatre in New York. Past issues have also included the switch from Grauman’s Chinese to Mann’s Chinese, etc.
September 16, 2005
Max Einhorn writes:
Thanks to the current owner, who decided if I’m going soon, I may as well go now, the Elks Theatre (one of the oldest continually operating theatres in the country, located in Middletown PA) will be closing by the end of the month of September until the GMEDC is able to replace what he has taken and hire a team of staff members. See the Elks Theatre page here on Cinema Treasures for more information about the theater and the new owners of the theater, the GMEDC.
September 13, 2005
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Capri Theatre is a well known place for the arts located in the Northside of Minneapolis.
In collaboration with Universal Dance Destiny, Edna Stevens Talton, has been given the opportunity to teach various styles of dance at the Capri’s dance studio. Her lessons offered are hip hop/funk, breakdance, pop & lock, african, dancehall reggae, latin, & swing.
For more info, check out the UDD website. Come stroll right on in!
September 9, 2005
For those that are interested, the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles is currently being used to tape the television show “Rock Star: INXS” on CBS. There have been some modifications to the auditorium but the Mayan looks great. At first I thought it was a set in a studio but then I found out the show is putting out a CD of music titled “Rock Star At The Mayan”. The show is doing quite well and will be ending within the next few weeks when INXS picks one of the performers to be their new lead singer. www.rockstar.msn.com
September 7, 2005
London has a traditional couple of days where it opens the doors to closed buidings. those that have changed use, or those in use, but allowing you to have a better peak! Dates are 17th and 18th September. Link is here: www.londonopenhouse.org
You will need to get a guide on line, which will cost only a few pounds.. but you wil be able to see..
The former cinemas; the stunning Gaumount State in Kilburn (bingo); the fabulous Tooting Granada (bingo); the Regal, Uxbridge (nightclub); plus many other beauties that are still open as cinemas: East Finchley Phoenix; The Gate Notting Hill; The Ritzy in Brixton; Muswell Hill Odeon; and about another 15 buildings either open as cinemas or other uses.
September 1, 2005
Ed Dobbins sent us this note about the Grand Theater:
I though you might be interested, I finially compiled all of my Grand Theater pictures onto one website.
August 30, 2005
Drive-ins may be continuing to fade away around the country but, as this Los Angeles Times article they’re as strong — and as popular as ever — in the state of Texas.
August 26, 2005
FULLERTON, CA — On Thursday September 1 at 8:30 p.m. the Fox Theatre will screen the 1953 version of “War Of The Worlds.” The movie will be projected on the exterior stage wall, under the stars. Bring your own seating for the space provided in the parking lot on a first-come, first served basis. Popcorn, soft drinks, pizza, and snacks will be available for purchase.
August 25, 2005
LEWISTOWN, PA — The following email was sent by Paul T. Fagley:
“Embassy Theatre Embarks on Architectural and Marketing Studies
With a $15,000 Historic Preservation Grant from the Commonwealth and the same amount from a bequest from the late Helen Price, LewistownÂ¹s Embassy Theatre is ready to take another step toward its eventual rehabilitation and reuse. The Friends of the Embassy Theatre, a Lewistown-area non-profit organization, are completing architectural and marketing studies, which will provide a foundation for future decisions and investments involving theatre preservation, restoration, and maintenance.
Located on Lewistown’s Monument Square, the Embassy was constructed in 1927, designed as a scaled down version of a Broadway “picture palace” theatre. Films were last shown in 1981 and, 10 years later, the Friends of the Embassy purchased it at an auction. The group reached a major milestone in 2003 with the reconstruction and illumination of the theatreÂ¹s magnificent marquee, often referred to as the Marquee of a Thousand Lights.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sean Doherty
Colorado filmmaker Sean Doherty has announced plans to produce a documentary about The Historic Park Theatre in Estes Park, Colorado. The Historic Park Theatre is the oldest running movie theatre west of the Mississippi River. The theatre was built in 1913 with the landmark tower added in 1922 by Ralph Gwynn. Long time locals Richard and Ola Stanger operated the theatre from 1968 until their deaths; Richard in 2003 and Ola from ovarian cancer in 2005.
In recent years the Park Theatre has fallen into a state of disrepair. In order to save the theatre from closure, the Stanger family, along with the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park, have partnered to raise funds to restore the movie theatre to its original 1920’s prime and to continue its operation as the oldest continuous movie theater west of the Mississippi.