• September 9, 2005

    See the Mayan Theatre on CBS

    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.

  • September 7, 2005

    Open House London Cinemas

    Hi Folks,

    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:

    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.

    good luck

    kev p

  • September 1, 2005

    Grand Theater Photos

    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.

    Ed Dobbins
    Baltimore, MD

  • August 30, 2005

    Drive-In Theatres Still A Big Deal In Texas

    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

    Fox Theatre Free Screening

    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

    Embassy Embarks on Architectural and Marketing Studies

    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, Lewistown¹s 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 theatre¹s magnificent marquee, often referred to as the Marquee of a Thousand Lights.

  • Filmmaker to Produce Documentary About Historic Movie Theatre

    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.

  • August 22, 2005

    Balaban and Katz Historical Foundation has been formed!

    The Balaban and Katz Historical Foundation has been formed to collect and preserve historical data pertaining to the Balaban and Katz theater corporation. We have a new website and blog at The foundation’s first project, a book entitled,“ The Chicago Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz.” is scheduled for release from Arcadia Publishing in December of 2005.

    We are working on an extremely detailed Balaban and Katz television documentary featuring Hollywood personalities, former Balaban and Katz employees and family members … to be released soon.

    Please visit our site and share any Balaban and Katz memories or wisdom. Contact David Balaban at Stay tuned for details.

  • More Movie Theatre Stories Emerge

    The national coverage of moviegoing continues with new articles from New York Times and Time Magazine. Both articles examine the recent trend towards “luxury” moviegoing and the amenities offered by circuits such as Muvico, Pacific (Arclight), and National Amusements (Cinema de Lux).

    Where is moviegoing and theater construction headed? Can older theaters remain viable? Is the “crisis” at the box office another bit of media hype? What does the future hold for the movie theater?

    Sound off in our comments section.

  • August 16, 2005

    Entertainment Weekly Names Top 10 Theaters

    In the Aug. 8 edition of Entertainment Weekly, the magazine named its ‘Top 10’ theaters in the United States.

    No. 1 on the list was the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas.

    Also making the grade (in no particular order):

    • The Kennedy School in Portland, OR
    • The Muvico Paradise 24 in Davie, FL
    • The Oriental in Milwaukee, WI
    • The Castro in San Francisco, CA
    • The Senator in Baltimore, MD
    • The Film Forum in New York, NY
    • The ArcLight in Hollywood, CA
    • Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA
    • Cable Car Cinema in Providence, RI