The latest movie theater news and updates
April 18, 2016
Building on what has been a successful year of fundraising for the nonprofit Tampa Theatre, the majestic movie palace is the proud recipient of a half-million dollar gift from the family of Theatre Board Member Anne Arthur Pittman, including her husband, Drew Pittman; her father and stepmother, Tom and Dixie Arthur; her mother and stepfather, Bretta Arthur Sullivan and The Honorable Don Sullivan; and her sister and brother-in-law, Tready and Thayer Smith.
April 14, 2016
The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA, which gained cultural significance when it appeared in the 1958 Steve McQueen movie The Blob, started a new chapter in its storied history last week, when the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT), a non-profit organization that operates the local landmark, held the groundbreaking ceremony for their ‘Bank on the Arts’ project.
April 11, 2016
New Mexico MainStreet Announced Second Annual Historic Theaters Institute in Silver City on April 22
SILVER CITY – New Mexico MainStreet announced on Monday that it will have its second annual Historic Theaters Institute in Silver City on April 22.
The Historic Theaters Institute is open to New Mexico’s community leaders to help them improve the performance of their local theaters and spur economic growth in their downtown MainStreet districts.
April 7, 2016
Great news from our friends in Hoopeston, IL! The Lorraine Theatre has tentative plans to open this year. Preparations are now in progress to begin work in the auditorium. The heat has been turned on to start work for the first phase of the auditorium renovation, according to Save the Lorraine Foundation Vice President Alex Houmes.
April 5, 2016
The Watts Theatre is a recognizable feature on Osage, Iowa’s Main Street. The neon lights with the chrome, pink and teal facade stick out among the more subdued buildings on the street.
April 1, 2016
Great news from our friends in Beverly, Massachusetts and Boston NPR: “Once there were more than 20,000 grand movie palaces in the United States. Think the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, the Somerville Theatre, the Strand Theatre in Dorchester.
Today, though, the National Trust for Historic Preservation estimates only about 250 survive. The Cabot Theatre in Beverly is one of them.
Not too long ago it seemed to be on the verge of joining the list of lost classic movie houses. But the community here banded together to save the Cabot for 21st century audiences.
March 31, 2016
The restoration of Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theatre lobby is almost complete, with the space returned to its original grandeur. The May completion will mark the final project on the Playhouse Square theater renovations list.
March 28, 2016
From the Avalon to the Uptown, Chicago Magazine explored the city’s historic theatres. Enjoy the article and great photos along with notes like these about the Uptown Theatre:
March 24, 2016
Great News From Our Friends in Oregon! The Community Planning Workshop (CPW) is embarking on a dramatic journey, the Oregon Historic Theatres Inventory Project. CPW will explore these incredible cultural gems, once cornerstones of social and economic life, to understand their continued value as community assets.
March 23, 2016
The grand old Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA is getting a touch-up to celebrate its 90th anniversary.
Mike Langer, of the Westmoreland Community Trust, has helped raised more than $10 million to keep it open.
“We had over 75,000 people come in the last year, had over 113 shows, 40-some special events,” he says. “When you put that many people through a building that was built in 1926, you can imagine there’s going to be some wear and tear.”