The latest movie theater news and updates

  • July 15, 2015

    Pittsburgh’s Cultural Trust at Thirty Years


    Here’s a great perspective on Pittsburgh’s Cultural Trust – a successful cultural and heritage tourism project. “Although he scoffs at the suggestion that he’s an arts czar, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust President and CEO J. Kevin McMahon presides over an empire that embraces cultural events, finance, and real estate. With the Cultural District encompassing a 14-square-block swath of the southern Allegheny River bank, Liberty Avenue to Allegheny Riverfront Park, Stanwix to Tenth Streets, beneath its wide wings the Cultural Trust manages more than a million square feet of property, including galleries, parking, restaurants, and residences. Then there are the theaters—historic Heinz Hall, Benedum, Byham, Harris. And their newer siblings—the O’Reilly, Cabaret, even the lovely little Backstage Bar.”

  • July 14, 2015

    USA Today’s “Silver Screen Nostalgia”


    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 Byrd Theatre in Richmond received a $5,000 grant from the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS)


    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 10, 2015

    From Wired Magazine: Inside the Nuclear Bunker Where America Preserves Its Film History –


    “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

    Some Enchanted Evenings: American Picture Palaces


    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

    Stefanie Klavens Photographs Historic Theatres and Vanishing Drive-ins


    Photographer Stefanie Klavens traveled widely documenting the architectural styles of America’s historic theatres and drive-ins.

  • July 7, 2015

    Richard Grell is the Thomas DuBuque Research Fellowship Winner


    THS is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Thomas DuBuque Research Fellowship: Richard Grell.

  • July 6, 2015

    Dave Hoekstra’s Nocturnal Journal: Preserving Movie Palaces


    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

    Across the New York Area, Restoring ‘Wonder Theater’ Movie Palaces to Glory


    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

    Gary Martinez of Martinez + Johnson Architecture on Historic Theatre Restoration


    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.