The latest movie theater news and updates

  • September 29, 2015

    Restoration News From the Garden Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA

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    To generations before ours, the Garden was known as a lovingly cared-for theater that thrived as a cultural center for the neighborhood. Three new developments, finally, are pushing the Garden Theater block closer to becoming a source of community pride once again.

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  • September 23, 2015

    The Theatre on Your Street: The Historic Huntridge Theatre in Las Vegas Will Not Get Renovation

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    The Historic Huntridge Theatre is Las Vegas will not get the renovation hoped for by Michael Cornthwaite, Joey Vanas and inspired Vegas residents. It was an ambitious idea that brought the community together. But a plan to buy and renovate the historic Huntridge Theater appears dead. Two years ago, Michael Cornthwaite and Joey Vanas ignited the imaginations of Las Vegas residents when they announced plans to renovate the 71-year-old Huntridge Theater on Charleston Boulevard at Maryland Parkway.

  • September 18, 2015

    Historic Arcada Theatre in St. Charles IL.

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    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 16, 2015

    Historic Admiral Theatre to Get Substantial Makeover

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    When you step inside the Admiral Theatre, it’s as if you’re stepping back in time. That’s because the West Seattle movie house, which sits along California Avenue SW, has gone largely untouched—save for a few tweaks in the ‘60s and '70s—since opening in 1942. (The theater first opened in 1919 as the Portola. You can read more about its extensive history here.)

  • September 12, 2015

    Glendale’s Historic Alex Theatre Celebrates 90th Birthday

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    “Visitors got a sneak peek at the restored beacon of downtown Glendale – the highly visible tower with a spire atop at the Alex Theatre as it was briefly relit about a week ahead of the historic venue’s 90th birthday.

    Redoing the 100-foot-tall neon tower was the latest in a series of restoration efforts over the past several years. “The tower and the spire itself have been kind of falling apart for the last three years,” said Elissa Glickman, chief executive of Glendale Arts, the nonprofit that manages the theater.

    In addition to the neon, there are sequential chase lights that light up vertically along the tower. Those lights were previously incandescent bulbs, which burnt out quickly, she said. LED ones are used now and last longer. “LED has a life span of five to 10 years, not to mention the energy-efficient component,” Glickman said. Four years ago, the marquee and the Alex sign were redone. Last year, a $5-million face lift added expanded dressing rooms. The renovations wrapped up ahead of the Alex’s 90th anniversary of when it first opened its doors on Sept. 4, 1925.

  • September 8, 2015

    Rosa Rio’s Career as one of the Country’s Premier Theater Organists

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    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

    Lakewood Theatre and Historic Landmark Status – Dallas TX.

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    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

    Loews Valenica Movie Palace, now the Tabernacle of Prayer Church, hosted a rare tour this summer.

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    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.