The latest movie theater news and updates

  • December 7, 2015

    The Nate Brandt Collection in the THS Archives

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    The Nate Brandt Collection in the THS Archives – by Sean O’Malley

    On December 30, 1903, the Iroquois Theater in Chicago caught fire. Much of the theater was very unsafe and not built with emergency situations such as fires in mind. Among the most glaring of its flaws was the fact that it lacked things like fire exits. As a result, over six hundred people died in the Iroquois Theater fire. This disaster was the single deadliest theater fire in United States history, and the event that spurred the creation of many of the fire and building codes that are in place today. In the aftermath of the fire, there were numerous investigations and trials as the authorities tried to piece together what happened, how it could have prevented, and who (if anyone) was to blame for the fire.

  • December 4, 2015
  • December 2, 2015

    Broadway’s Palace Theatre Will Be Lifted by Four Floors

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    Times Square’s Palace Theatre was once as high as you could get in the world of Vaudeville. Soon, it will get a little higher. Robert Viagas and PLAYBILL reports that Broadway’s Palace Theatre will be lifted by four floors to make room for retail space.

  • November 30, 2015

    Theatre Gems: Here is wonderful news from our friends at CJS Architects!

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    Buffalo Architecture Foundation (BAF) is pleased to announce Dirk Schneider, AIA, Partner at CJS Architects, as the recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Award in Distinguished Service for his remarkable commitment to the historic Chautauqua Amphitheater.

  • November 24, 2015

    The Eric Ellis Collection at the Theatre Historical Society of America Archives

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    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

    Economic Impact of Historic Theatres With Birmingham Landmarks. Inc.

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    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

    Celebrating Iowa’s Historic Theatres

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    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

    Historic Theatre News: A $24.3 Million Plan to Restore Tacoma’s Historic Pantages Theater

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    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

    Theatre Gems: Great News From Classic Cinemas!

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    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.