The latest movie theater news and updates
July 14, 2015
What’s on the Screen: Everyone Loves Historic Theatres! Here’s a great article from USA Today, “Silver Screen Nostalgia,” featuring some very special places to enjoy movies and so much more. (by Leif Pettersen, Special for USA TODAY)
July 13, 2015
The grant will be used to fund partial repair the xylophone in the upper left alcove. The news came in today from Wendy Wurlitzer, THS board member and member of the restoration committee for the Byrd’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Ms. Wurlitzer is the great-great-granddaughter of Rudolph Wurlitzer, the German immigrant who started the organ company in 1856.
July 11, 2015
“If the film is rare, highly flammable, and was made before 1951, there’s a good chance it’ll end up on George Willeman’s desk.”
July 9, 2015
We were in Charlottesville, VA for Conclave Theatre Tour 2015 and discovered Mary Halnon’s (UVA American Studies) great site: “Some Enchanted Evenings: American Picture Palaces”
July 8, 2015
Photographer Stefanie Klavens traveled widely documenting the architectural styles of America’s historic theatres and drive-ins.
July 7, 2015
THS is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Thomas DuBuque Research Fellowship: Richard Grell.
July 6, 2015
Listen to Dave Hoekstra’s Independence Day edition of the Nocturnal Journal with a look at the efforts of the Elmhurst-based Theatre Historical Society of America. Executive Director Richard Fosbrink and members Craig Morrison and Dave Syfczak talk about the organization’s efforts to preserve and rehab classic movie palaces, the personal relationships that formed with these neighborhood theaters and the “second-lives” of these architectural treasures.
July 2, 2015
The New York Times' Nathaniel Adams wrote this great article about five amazing theatres in the New York City area. Enjoy a great article and some wonderful photo tours on five'Wonder Theatres' from the Kings Theatre, to the Jersey Loews, the Paradise, the United Palace and the Valencia.
July 1, 2015
From the Preservation Nation Blog: In the upcoming Summer 2015 issue of Preservation, we take a peek behind the curtain at the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Seized during the 1970s in lieu of back taxes, the historic venue idled vacant until the New York City Economic Development Corporation issued a Request for Proposals to restore it in 2008.
A consortium of groups participated in the project, spearheaded by ACE Theatrical Group and Martinez+Johnson Architecture. Here are some excerpts from the national Trusts' wide-ranging conversation with Gary Martinez, president and principal at Martinez+Johnson and a link to the full article.
June 27, 2015
Another busy day in Virginia! Today we visited the Norfolk area and the Attucks Theatre, Chrysler Hall, Roper Performing Arts Center, and the Wells Theatre.