The latest movie theater news and updates

  • December 23, 2004

    Judge Refuses To Block Demolition Of Gaiety Theatre

    BOSTON, MA — A Massachusetts Land Court judge yesterday rejected a request by the Glass Slipper strip club to stop a developer from tearing down the defunct and dilapidated Gaiety Theatre nearby.

    The theater’s owner, Kensington Investment Co., said it will “shortly proceed with demolition of long-vacant buildings” it owns at 659-665 Washington St. near Chinatown. It declined to give a more specific timetable.

    It was unclear last night whether the Glass Slipper would appeal the judge’s decision.

  • 1800 Irwin Theater Seats For Sale

    We have over 1800 Irwin theater seats for sale, in very good to good condition.

    Asking price is $8.00 per seat, not including transportation. Seats must be sold this week and no later than Dec. 28th. Pictures are available. Contact Carl Villanueva Sr. at or call Jim Harder at 602-347-0130 for details.

    Time is of the essence in selling and removing since the theater needs to be renovated into a store.

  • December 22, 2004

    Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Celebrating Its 75th Year!

    ATLANTA, GA — December 26th is the date for the 75th anniversary open house for the Fox Theatre. Go to www.foxtheatre.org for more info!

  • Friends of the Raymond Theatre Receives 2004 President’s Award From California Preservation Foundation

    PASADENA, CA — The California Preservation Foundation has awarded Pasadena-based preservation organization Friends of the Raymond Theatre the 2004 “President’s Award” for their 17-year effort to preserve Pasadena’s Historic Raymond Theatre (aka Perkins Palace). The award is the highest award in the State of California presented in the field of historic preservation.

    Founded in 1987 by the Raymond Theatre’s former manager and concert promoter Gina Zamparelli, Friends of the Raymond Theatre’s mission is to ensure protection, preservation and revitalization of Pasadena’s Historic Raymond Theatre. With more than 7,000 members worldwide, Friends of the Raymond Theatre is one of largest preservation organizations working to preserve a single historic structure in the state of California.

  • December 21, 2004

    Madison Orpheum Damaged In Fire

    MADISON, WI — An early Sunday morning fire at the Orpheum Theatre has caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

    The fire, discovered by a quick thinking employee who tried to put out the fire while instructing others to call 911, was extinguished within minutes of the Madison Fire Department’s arrival.

    Sadly, however, this is not the first blaze to strike the Orpheum. This past April, another fire caused $20,000 in damage. Orpheum owner Henry Doane believes both fires were deliberately set.

    The theater is temporarily closed, awaiting cleanup and restoration.

    Coverage from the Wisconsin State Journal & Capitol Times:
    Second Fire In Year Hits Orpheum
    Fire Hits Orpheum 2nd Time

  • Epitaph For Two Harrisburg-Area Movie Theatres

    HARRISBURG, PA — Over the next few weeks demolition is scheduled for two vastly different Harrisburg Pennsylvania area movie theatres – each of which exemplified theatrical design for the decade in which it opened: the East Park Center and Capital City Mall 6 Plex.

    East Park Center
    Built in 1963, the East Park Center at 4400 Derry Street was the first shopping center theatre in Central Pennsylvania. Dubbed the ‘Airplane Hanger’ (its convex steel shell exterior looked like one), the free-standing building was 130 feet wide yet only 90 foot deep. The East Park had been designed for reserved seat, 70MM roadshow attractions, with 1,200 rocking chair seats (all on one floor), a 45 foot high by 90 foot wide screen, and 6 Track Magnetic Stereo Sound. Whether due to architectural folly or a desire to save costs (perhaps both), the auditorium ceiling was left exposed ‘“ thereby creating horrible acoustic problems.

  • December 20, 2004

    NPR Airs Report On Castro Theatre Firing

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — National Public Radio’s All Things Considered aired a report on Friday about the firing of Anita Monga, the former programmer at the Castro Theatre.

    Since the firing, many fans of the Castro — who believe that Monga’s work was instrumental to crafting the Castro’s legendary film schedule — are planning to protest with boycotts and pickets.

    Listen to the report here. (There’s also some discussion of this issue on the Castro’s page here on Cinema Treasures.)

  • New Poll: Have You Worked At A Theater?

    The latest Cinema Treasures poll is live! This week’s question — have you ever worked at a theater? And, if so, what position?

    Vote now!

  • December 17, 2004

    Casablanca At The California

    SAN JOSE, CA — On Saturday, the California Theatre will begin a six-day run of the film classic Casablanca.

    The screenings — eight in total — will be more than just a movie (not that Casablanca isn’t remarkable all on its own). The theater plans to precede each night’s screening with half-hour organ concert, a short Bugs Bunny cartoon, and a newsreel from F.D.R.’s famous 1943 Casablanca War Conference in Morcocco.

    Tickets, which can be purchased at the California’s box office, are priced at a very modest $5.

    If you’re interested in attending the screenings, don’t miss this report from the Mercury News.

  • The Paramount Center For The Arts Continues Major Renovation Project

    PEEKSKILL, NY — The Paramount Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that it will begin the second phase of a dramatic interior restoration project, from December 20th, 2004 through February 4th, 2005.

    The renovation project will involve the completion of the decorative painting of the theater walls, columns, and lobby by Evergreene Painting Studios, whose impressive resume includes the restoration and preservation of over 100 historic theaters and capitol buildings in over 26 states.