The latest movie theater news and updates
November 24, 2015
Leigh Ann Wilson, a student of Dominican University’s Master of Library Science Program,was inspired by her experience while processing the Eric Ellis Collection at the Theatre Historical Society of America archives. Enjoy her reflections about this wonderful collection!
Capturing the past has high appeal – each photograph, sound recording, or snippet of video footage gives us the opportunity to step once more into times gone by. Classic movie theatres, which by their nature have a whimsical, nostalgic appeal of their own, are intriguing to capture and preserve. The Eric Ellis collection, with its focus on Chicago and New York City, allows the researcher or casual browser to reach back and pull the cities’ past forward. The collection features approximately 2010 35mm color slides in cardboard or plastic mounts. The photographer, Eric Ellis, was a grandnephew to one of the Rapp brothers, Cornelius Ward Rapp (1861-1926) and George Leslie Rapp (1878-1942), who were leading theatre architects in the early 20th century. Combining his interest in his genealogical roots with a desire to preserve the work of Rapp & Rapp, Ellis travelled throughout Chicago taking photographs of movie theatres large and small, and took side journeys to New York City, Washington D.C., and Boston, Massachusetts to document what memories he could.
November 19, 2015
Birmingham Landmarks Inc. has both commissioned and collaborated with several different entities for development of studies and reports addressing the restored Lyric’s economic and artistic impacts upon the City of Birmingham, as well as the economic feasibility of restoration and operation of the future Lyric Performing Arts Center.
November 17, 2015
November 12, 2015
Iowa has a unique and interesting way to celebrate and document their historic theatres, including a gallery of theatre images and a map to locate them around the state. You can also enjoy a great slideshow of over 100 historic theatres in Iowa: http://www.preservationiowa.org/hollywood/
November 10, 2015
A $24.3 million plan to restore Tacoma’s historic Pantages Theater, including exterior work and seismic upgrades, is slated to begin next year and eventually close the theater for 18 months.
November 9, 2015
Classic Cinemas’s Woodstock Theatre received a plaque from the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior for the work on the historic theater, which opened in 1927, Willis Johnson said.
November 6, 2015
A History of the Movies exhibited in Salisbury / Rowan County, North Carolina from JANUARY 1920 – DECEMBER 2014
Here is an interesting record of movie posters and performances in the Salisbury / Rowan County areas of North Carolina from 1920 to 2014.
Did you visit theatres in this area?
November 4, 2015
The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is trying to help maintain historic theatres throughout the state with the West Virginia Historic Theatre Trail. Consisting of 24 theatres in 17 counties, it is looking to expand.
“A key thing about historic theatres is they really do serve as economic anchors, especially in the historic downtowns,” said Kelli Shapiro, with the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia. “If you come to see a movie or a play, you might stay and go shopping in the downtown before that, or you might go have dinner.”
November 3, 2015
Homestead residents celebrate the reopening of the historic Seminole Theatre with a marquee lighting. The theater opened to the public for the first time in nearly 40 years on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.
October 29, 2015