The latest movie theater news and updates

  • 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 Valencia 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.

  • August 31, 2015

    Board vote paves way for Chautauqua Amphitheater demolition

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    The historic Chautauqua Amphitheater outlasted two world wars, the Great Depression and the Great Recession.

    But the National Historic Landmark – the nation’s highest preservation designation – may have met its match at Saturday’s vote by Chautauqua Institution’s board of trustees.

  • August 28, 2015

    Moberly Missouri Restored its Treasured Theatre

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    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 25, 2015

    The Renovated Lamp Theater in Irwin, PA Reopens!

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    The doors of the Lamp theatre reopened today! The renovated Lamp Theater in Irwin, PA reopens following months of renovations by local volunteers, as well as work by previous owners, including the Westmoreland Cultural Trust.

    “The excitment is intense,’’ Irwin manager Mary Benko, who is also a Lamp Theatre volunteer, said of next week’s long-awaited opening.

  • August 24, 2015

    A Great Collection of Old Pictures From the Michigan Theatre in Detroit.

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    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.

  • August 19, 2015

    Macon, GA’s Historic Douglass Theatre Goes Digital!

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    Great News From Our Friends in Macon, GA: The Douglass Theatre has a new digital projector! The success of the Douglass is something for historic theatres to celebrate. The 400 seat venue raised more than $100,000 for the new projector with the support of the community.

  • August 18, 2015

    The Chautauqua Amphitheatre, One of the Nation’s Most Significant Historic Theatres and a National Historic Landmark, is Threatened With Demolition

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    The Chautauqua Institution’s plan to rehabilitate ‘The Amp’ calls for the demolition of every defining element of the Amphitheatre’s character and architectural significance. Theatre Historical Society of America joins with other national organizations like the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation in urging the Chautauqua Institution’s board of directors to reconsider the demolition plan and instead vote for rehabilitation of the historic structure when they meet on 29 August.