Theaters

  • May 14, 2015

    Did you know the THS Archives can help you research your theatre?

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    You can find information for architectural restoration, to help gain landmark status, or document performances and the history of a theatre in your community.

    The American Theatre Architecture Archive (ATAA) are currently home to over 100,000 items documenting over 18,000 theatres in America.The largest holding of its kind, the resources available in our collections document the architectural heritage of theatres in America from the 1880s to present day.

    Browse our ‘Finding Aides’ to learn about the collections in the archive and how they can help you. For example, you can learn about the Paul S. Moore Collection, the Michael Miller Collection, and the Chicago Architectural Photographing Company Collection.

  • May 13, 2015

    Inside the King’s Theatre Renovation

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    Would you like a tour of King’s Theatre after its extensive renovation? Thirty THS members joined Executive Director Richard Fosbrink for a very special visit. https://youtu.be/ynGUJ-RHSOo

  • May 12, 2015

    On the Screen: The Roxy!

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    Explore the Ben Hall collection’s selection of stage show photos from the Roxy Theatre. When Samuel Lionel “Roxy” Rothafel built the Roxy Theatre in Times Square, he set out to make the most awe-inspiring viewing experience imaginable. This extraordinary movie palace featured more than the luxuries of an elaborately decorated auditorium and an expansive plush lobby (though it had those as well!). http://www.historictheatres.org/archival-collections/

  • May 11, 2015

    Celebrating Theatres: The Lunt-Fontanne

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    Watch an engaging video about the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre with story tellers Andrew Dolkart, Architectural Historian at Columbia University, Jeffery Eric Jenkins, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Historian, and composer Alan Menken. “The theatre is a living, breathing entity. There’s all these invisible artistic threads linking us to the people who came before us.” http://www.spotlightonbroadway.com/theater/lunt-fontanne

  • May 8, 2015

    Performances & Programs – Two great San Francisco Historic Theatres are Leading a New Life

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    Two great San Francisco Historic Theatres, the Grand Theatre and the New Mission Theatre, are leading a new life as part of their community.

  • May 7, 2015

    Historic Theatre Postcards: Treasures From the THS Archives

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    Besides being fun and interesting to browse, the THS archives can help you document the architectural, social and cultural history of the theatres you love! Information and materials in the archives can be used to help gain historic landmark status, accurately restore buildings to their former splendor, and provide a look at the cultural and social history of an era. Here’s a peak at the postcard collection in the THS archives.

    The Postcard selection is an important one, because it illuminates a few issues related to theatre history research and archiving. For most of the 20th century, the postcard was a popular tourist purchase. Postcards were both a quick way for a traveler to share news of their journey, and a handy way for localities to advertise their attractions. Many of these towns saw their theatres as memorable locations and used their images to promote and memorialize their towns.

    Many, if not most, of our postcards are from the latest era of postcard production, known as photochrom-style postcards. Photochrom-style postcards are the color cards with photographic appearance that most of us are familiar with today. From 1939, when photochrom-style postcards were first sold in Western gas stations, to the 1990s, when the popularity of email led to an overall downturn in postal communication, these colorful postcards were one of the easiest and most popular ways for travelers to share the sights of their latest journeys, like these postcards showing Oakland, California’s Grand Lake Theater.

    While postcards are often praised for their self-contained, single card design, they could also reach high levels of complexity. This postcard, with its self-closing printed envelope, accordion-folded images, and full text backing, is a small feat of postcard engineering.

  • May 6, 2015

    The Theatre on Your Street

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    Happy 100th Birthday to the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown! ‘The Maryland Theatre was built in 1915, at a cost of about $200,000 by the Potomac Realty Company. Designed by Harry E. Yessler of Hagerstown, who also designed the Colonial Theatre across the street, and renowned Thomas W. Lamb of New York. Mr. Lamb is recognized for his work on The Hippodrome Theatres as well as Madison Square Garden Theatre in NYC along with theatres in England, Egypt, India and South Africa.’ Maryland Theatre website

  • January 18, 2015

    “Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre regulars believe in the joy of movies” From Santa Monica, CA.

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    Amelia Jordan was 13 when she and her family moved from El Paso to Santa Monica.

    “I didn’t really have any friends or knew what to do around town,” said Jordan. But then one day the family was driving on Montana Avenue and saw the marquee of the vintage Aero Theatre.

    “We saw that Charlie Chaplin was playing,” she noted. “We started going to the Aero, and we haven’t stopped since then. It’s more than just a theater. It’s more of a community. People who go there make bonds, friendships and relationships.”

    The 19-year-old college sophomore has worked at the Aero for several years in various capacities. For the last year, Jordan has been the manager of the single-screen theater, which has been operated by the American Cinematheque — which also owns and operates the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood — for the last decade.

    Read the entire article online at latimes.com

  • “AMC counting on pulled-pork panini (and such) to stem moviegoing decline in Chicago” From Lombard, IL.

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    Would you like a side order of “Birdman” the movie with that pulled pork panini? Sound tempting?

    Well, it’s entirely doable now at the AMC Yorktown 18 multiplex in west suburban Lombard. And that panini looks to be part of a growing trend to make in-theater dining just as much of a main attraction at the multiplex as the films themselves.

    Though the Yorktown 18 has been around for a while, AMC has just completed converting the entire 18-theater complex into a facility where moviegoers can watch a movie on one of 18 screens while chowing down on a menu of food prepared in a kitchen inside the movie complex.

    Read the entire article online at Chicago Business Journal.

  • January 7, 2015

    “‘Show House’ Offers Big Movies At Small Town Prices” From Elroy, WI.

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    Elroy and its surrounding communities are delighted that its classic, old movie theatre has been rescued by Kari Preuss and her children, Paige and Dane, just when screens all over the country are going black due to the rise of the digital cinema experience.

    Since Preuss purchased the theater in 2005, she has been renovating the interior and upgrading the projection system, including the digital improvement.

    Preuss initially invested in updating the building, including a new roof, updated electrical system, replacing all the theater seats, repairing the marquee, insulating the building, and installing new lobby carpeting, and air conditioning.

    At that time, she also purchased new theatre equipment, including a new sound system, projection lenses, movie screen and, perhaps most importantly, a new popcorn maker.

    Read the entire article at swnews4u.com.