• December 22, 2003

    Paramount Theatre Deeded to Paramount Arts Center

    ASHLAND, KY — According to the Herald Dispatch, the Paramount Arts Center, the long-time tenant of the 1932 art deco Paramount Theatre has now become its owner, with the Foundation for the Tri-State Community transferring the venue’s deed to the group.

  • December 19, 2003

    Future of Des Plaines Theater Still Uncertain

    DES PLAINES, IL — While the Des Plaines Theater has been spared from the wrecking ball for now, with its November purchase by Dhitu Bhagwakar, the future of the 79 year-old movie house is still cloudy, according to the Des Plaines Times.

  • December 17, 2003

    3-D Film Festival Comes to the Lafayette Theatre!

    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

    Buchanan Theatre Lights Up Main Street

    BUCHANAN, VA — The Roanoke Times reports that the Buchanan Theatre, which was reopened in 2002 after a 17-year hiatus, has become the heartbeat of this small Virginia town.

    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

    Another Update on the Von Lee

    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.

  • Festival Centre: New Home for the Toronto International Film Festival

    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

    BREAKING NEWS: Uptown Theatre Collapses, Killing At Least 1 Person

    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,, 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.)

  • New Des Plaines Theater Owners Consider Restoration

    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.

  • December 3, 2003

    Castle Theater Builds on its Success

    Since the long-shuttered Castle Theater reopened half a year ago, it had proved to be a resounding success, according a report from the Pantagraph.

    According to it’s owner, Ben Slotky, “It’s bigger than anyone thought it would be. It took off so quickly.” The brew and view-style movie house was restored over the past couple years and was opened in May of this year after being closed since 1988.

    Now, Slotky is expanding his vision of what he wants the Castle to become, an entertainment complex filling each of the 86 year-old building’s five floors, beginning with the second story, which he plans on turning into a pool hall. “After or before the movies,” Slotky says, “people are going other places. I want them to stay here.”

  • November 25, 2003

    Palm Theater To Go Legit?

    SAN MATEO, CA — According to the San Mateo Daily Journal, the Palm Theater, which has been operated as an adult film since the mid 1970s, may be eligible for historic status. Should the theater win such status, it would slow efforts by a local developer to destroy the theater and develop an apartment building in its place.