• November 18, 2003

    Gila Theatre Still Shuttered, El Sol Theatre To Become Performing Arts Center

    SILVER CITY, NM — After a protracted battle with Town officials over the safety of the building, the Gila Theatre was shuttered last summer, perhaps forever.

    Town of Silver City building and fire safety officials first cited the owners of the Gila Theatre in the winter of 2001-02, after a complaint by a theatre patron that they had nearly been hit by a piece of falling material from the auditorium ceiling.

  • November 14, 2003

    Now That’s a Theater!

    Thanks to Justin from Open Air Cinema for sending in this photo of their mobile outdoor cinema. Pretty cool!

  • November 13, 2003

    Des Plaines Theater May Get Second Chance

    DES PLAINES, IL — According to a story in today’s Daily Herald, the 77-year old Des Plaines Theater has been bought by a former manager of the theater. The theater’s previous owner, a local bank, had planned on razing most or all of the former vaudeville house.

  • November 12, 2003

    Portage Park Theatre Struggles to Open

    CHICAGO, IL — According to the Chicago Sun Times, Paul Warshauer, the new owner of the Portage Park Theatre (located in the Chicago neighborhood of the same name), is attempting to reopen the theater as a venue for classic and family-friendly films, but it would seem that the city’s revenue department has other plans.

  • November 10, 2003

    Theater Marquee Sparks Downtown Fire

    AVENAL, CA — According to a report by local television station ABC 30, the marquee of a historic movie theater was responsible for starting a blaze on Saturday evening that damaged several downtown buildings.

  • November 5, 2003

    Chicago and the Movies

    CHICAGO, IL — Monday’s issue of the USA Today took a look at all things cinematic in the Windy City. The profile includes a list of Chicago’s contributions to film history, prominent film festivals, famous movie moments, and a few of the city’s better known movie houses (like the Biograph and Gene Siskel Film Center).

    What are your favorite Chicago movie moments? (Comment below.)

  • November 4, 2003

    Chicago’s Music Box Theatre to Get New Management

    CHICAGO, IL — According to the Chicago Tribune, the Music Box, one of Chicago’s best-loved art house theaters, will soon be under the management of its current owner, lawyer William Schopf. The miniature movie palace is currently managed by Chris Carlo and Robert Chaney, who are seeking an early termination of their lease to pursue other interests.

  • October 30, 2003

    Coconut Grove May Return to Movie House Roots

    MIAMI, FL — According to this article in the Miami Today News, Miami’s famous Coconut Grove Playhouse is planning on adding a movie screen and projection equipment to show films while the theater is not being used for stage productions. The Coconut Grove was originally opened as a movie house in 1926. Says the theater’s executive director Laura Calzolar, “It’s a return to our history. In many respects, we are coming back to our roots”.

  • October 27, 2003

    Halloween Arrives Early at Theater

    SOMERVILLE, MA — According to this article in Sunday’s Boston Globe, the Somerville Theatre is haunted by a former patron, dressed in a flapper outfit from the 1920s.

    “She moves the seats. One of the first nights I was working here alone I was up in the balcony, right by the railing. There was nobody else in the theater; all the movie people had left. All of a sudden I heard all these seats, as if there were several people getting up. I ran downstairs as fast as I could, but there was nobody there. No one had exited. I kind of took it as the ghost’s way of saying, ‘Welcome.’”

  • October 6, 2003


    Cinema Treasures will not being publishing any news today. And, in a few hours, you’ll see why…