October 12, 2015
Portage Theater owner Eddie Carranza will not buy the Patio Theater, the broker handling the sale said Thursday. The 88-year-old former movie palace at 6008 W. Irving Park Road went up for sale in July 2014 for $2.9 million, three months after it closed because of a busted air conditioning system.
October 6, 2015
After it was decided that the Paramount Theatre in Aurora would produce its own Broadway-style shows, Jim Corti was chosen as the theater’s first artistic director.
Several years ago, the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora announced it was going to try something audacious: putting on its own Broadway-style shows.
Many people shook their heads. Still, Paramount officials were confident they could tap the area’s professional theater talent and create musical productions suited for their historic, 1,888-seat theater.
September 30, 2015
For decades, neighborhood cinemas were commonplace throughout the city of Detroit. Today, just a handful remain, and only the Redford Theater in northwest Detroit and the Senate Theater on the city’s west side have been restored and feature regular programming. But if an east side nonprofit group is successful, the Redford and Senate will soon have a cross-town compliment in the Alger Theater.
September 24, 2015
September 18, 2015
The Daily Herald shared a slid show featuring the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL. Designed and funded by Lester Norris, the Spanish influenced theater opened on Labor Day, Sept. 6, 1926. The premiere showcased a film called “The Last Frontier” and Vaudeville acts of Fibber McGee and Molly Lor.
September 8, 2015
The New York Times featured this wonderful image of Rosa Rio, shown in 1934 at the Fox Theater in Brooklyn, where she had performed as the house organist. Ms. Rio died in 2010 at 107, after a career as one of the country’s premier theatre organists.
September 2, 2015
Our Friends in Dallas are working to gain historic landmark status for the iconic Lakewood Theatre. Have you worked on a similar project? Please share you experiences gaining historic landmark status and how your community works with building owners and concerned citizens.
September 1, 2015
The home of the Tabernacle of Prayer Church in Queens is physically divine – one of five incredible “Wonder Theatres” opened by the Loew’s chain in the NYC area in the 1920s. The enormous cinema looks where anyone would feel comfortable kicking back and watching a double feature.
August 28, 2015
When we think of grand theaters, it is the ornate movie house in places like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco that come to mind. This thoughtful issue of our Marquee shifts our focus from the great cities to a small town, the sort of place where most Americans experienced film entertainment.
August 24, 2015
The Michigan Theater was built for the Kunsky circuit in 1926 by Chicago-based firm Rapp & Rapp, in their traditional French Renaissance style, and sat over 4,000 in its cavernous auditorium.
It cost over $5 million and was extravagantly elegant. The Michigan’s four-story lobby was decorated with a set of huge chandeliers, towering columns painted to resemble multi-colored marble, and oil-paintings and sculpture from Europe. Its grand staircase swept up-wards to a mezzanine level complete with a sitting area with antique furniture and another staircase led to the balcony levels.