• February 20, 2003

    News and Events

    Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts to Hold Benefit Gala
    CHICAGO, IL — This just in from the UTCA:

    The Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts (UTCA) is pleased to announce “Bring Back the Brilliance,” a gala benefit, Friday, March 21, at 7 pm at Thorne Auditorium. Proceeds from the event will support programming and operational expenses during the year.

    For more information, visit the UTCA website and go to ‘events’.

    See “Glory” at the Lafayette Theatre This Weekend!
    SUFFERN, NY — “Glory” (1989), the civil war epic starring Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington, will be shown this Saturday, February 22nd, at 12 noon at the Lafayette Theatre as part of the Big Screen Classics series. Tickets are $6.00.

    Doors open at 11:30 with Jeff Barker playing the Ben Hall Memorial Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ before the film starts!

    For more information, visit the Big Screen Classics website.

    Thanks to Pete Apruzzese of Galaxy Theatres for the update!

    Help Wanted at the St. George Theatre
    STATEN ISLAND, NY — With renovations continuing at the St. George Theatre, Stephanie Gilmore, who is helping to restore the 75-year-old, 2,800 seat movie palace, is looking for photos and blueprints. Gilmore is looking for interior and exterior images to enable workers to more accurately and quickly restore the St. George.

    More information on the theater
    Email Stephanie Gilmore at

    Thanks to Jean Siegel for the continued St. George Theatre updates!

  • February 18, 2003

    More Villa Theater News

    For more information on the closing of the historic Salt Lake City movie house, please see Grant Smith’s Villa Theater site, which contains a number of new stories.

    Over the weekend a protest was held to save the theater and efforts are underway to try and convince the new owner to save the Villa.

    Visit the Villa Theatre news section

    Thank you to Grant Smith for keeping up the vigil.

  • February 17, 2003

    Closed For President’s Day

    Cinema Treasures is closed for the American President’s Day holiday, but we’ll return tomorrow with more movie theater news.

  • February 12, 2003

    More On The Imminent Closure of the Villa Theatre

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News have confirmed KSL-TV’s story of the imminent demise of the 54-year-old Villa Theatre.

    We’d like to implore the new owners of the Villa to consider preserving this theater, wholly or at least its signature facade, marquee, and sign, for the city of Salt Lake. Preserving cultural landmarks is a tremendous goodwill gesture and a hallmark of community service.

    The Villa, which has delighted area audiences for over five decades, is a part of the city. Please make it part of the city’s future as well.

    Read the Salt Lake Tribune story

    Read the Deseret News article

    Thanks to Grant Smith and Bryan Krefft for the updates.

  • February 10, 2003

    Raymond Theatre Battle Goes To Court Tomorrow

    PASADENA, CA — The Friends of the Raymond Theatre will appear in court tomorrow in an attempt to block the Raymond’s owners from gutting the old movie house and converting it into apartments and commercial space.

    This was just sent in from Gina Zamparelli:

    Our long-awaited court date is this Tuesday, February 11th. We hope you will consider attending. We need to show the Judge just how many people support this project. So please see if you can make an exception, rearrange your day and spend an hour with us to lend your support.


    Where: Los Angeles Superior Court
    Address: 111 N. Hill Street
    8th Floor
    Room 834
    Time: 9:30 am
    Judge: Dzintra Janavs
    Parking: Public parking is available near the courthouse.

  • February 3, 2003

    Photos Wanted of St. George Theatre

    This has been sent in from Jean Siegel who is working on the restoration of the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, NY:

    We are asking the public to email Ms. Stephanie Gilmore at if they have any photos of the St. George Theatre available.

    The theater needs those who may have outside photos or inside photos. These photos will enable the volunteers to do research with regard to the theater’s restoration.

    We are located on the North shore of Staten Island at:
    31 Hyatt Street
    Staten Island, N.Y. 10301

  • Reminder! Cinema Theatre Threatened With Demolition

    Preservation Alert Cinema Theatre Threatened With Demolition
    BERKELEY, CA — This is from the website:

    ALERT!! Landmark Hearing scheduled for this Monday, February 3rd at 7:30 PM, at the North Berkeley Senior Center, corner Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Hearst Street. The public is urgently needed to attend. Please speak out about preserving Berkeley’s cultural landmarks! If we don’t get a good turn-out, we WILL lose this precious Cinema Treasure!

    As you are reading this, the Cinema Theatre, currently called The Fine Arts, is in grave danger of being demolished, not for being derilict ( the building is sound and well-maintained ), but for being in the way of a planned development.

    If you are anywhere near the area, we urge you to attend and lend your support for the Cinema.

    Read more about the Save The Cinema effort

  • January 29, 2003

    Big Screen Classics Come to New York!

    The Big Screen Classics series, which took place last year at the Galaxy Theatre in New Jersey, will unspool at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York with 35mm prints of such classic films as Sunset Boulevard, The Quiet Man, and many more, as well as contemporary classics like Glory and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    According to the website: “Just over the border from northern New Jersey, the Lafayette is a fully-functional vintage 1920’s movie palace,” which is now operated by the Galaxy Theatre Corporation. “The Lafayette features a huge capacity of 1250 seats, state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment and the Ben Hall Memorial Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.”

    “With plenty of free parking and an easy-to-access location, the Lafayette will be the premiere venue for classic cinema in the tri-state area. For more information about the Lafayette, visit the official website.”

    For more information, read the Journal News article

    Thanks to Pete Apruzzese for the news!

  • Fox Theatre In Detroit Voted #1 In The Country

    DETROIT, MI — The historic 5,000-seat Fox Theatre has been voted #1 by Pollstar, the leading concert trade publication. According to an Olympia Entertainment press release, the company which operates the theater:

    This is the first No. 1 nod given to the Fox by Pollstar who ranked Detroit’s fabulous Fox Theatre No. 1 in 2002 ticket sales among the Top 50 Theatre Venues with 642,162 tickets sold.

    The Fox claimed the top spot by beating out a list of the who

  • January 27, 2003

    Chicago Theater News

    Theater Restoration Aims to Revitalize Downtown Waukegan

    Read the Daily Herald article

    Blagojevich Freezes Funds for Projects (Including the DuPage Theater)

    Read the Daily Herald story

    Thanks to Bryan Krefft for both of these alerts.