• February 9, 2004

    Great Website for Historic Theater Research!

    I found this site by accident while searching for general theater information. There seems to be plenty of information, though most of it is general. I spend a few hours on it a day and still haven’t gotten to the end of it.

  • February 6, 2004

    City Council Revives $6.5 Million Tax Break Plan for Sameric/Boyd

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia’s City Council is reviving plans to give the Goldenberg Group a $6.5 million tax break for restoring the Sameric/Boyd theater, according to this report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

  • February 2, 2004

    Wheaton’s Grand Theatre Rocks On

    WHEATON, IL — The Wheaton Grand Theatre has found a new calling, as a rock venue drawing bands and their fans from across the western suburbs of Chicago, according to a report in the Wheaton Sun.

  • January 26, 2004

    Bloor Cinema Closes for Repairs After Partial Ceiling Collapse

    TORONTO, CANADA — Last Friday, January 16, during the premiere of the film ‘The Corporation’, a small portion of the ceiling of the Bloor Cinema fell on patrons, according to a report in the Toronto Star.

  • January 21, 2004

    Dealey Center Theater Photos

    Roger Katz sent in some photos of the Dealey Center Theater:
    “I saw an item on the Dealey Center Theater on today’s newsreel on Cinema Treasures. Here are some photos of the theater. If you do post these, credit them to Liz Katz as she actually took them and sent them to me.”

    (For more information, read the original story in “The Dolphin”.)

  • January 20, 2004

    Des Plaines Theatre Study Funding Temporarily on Hold

    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

    Saving The Yeadon Theater

    YEADON, PA — An application for a grant to study the stabilization and preservation of the Yeadon Theater was approved at a January 5 reorganization meeting of Yeadon Borough Council, according to a report in the News of Delaware County.

  • Orpheum Theatre Gets New Owners

    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’s Last Drive-In Survives and Thrives

    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

    Iroquois Theatre Disaster Remembered

    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.