The latest movie theater news and updates
April 5, 2006
An opulent movie theater that has been an Anchorage icon for almost 60 years is facing what could be its final drama.
The 4th Avenue Theatre — elegant yet strong enough to withstand North America’s greatest earthquake unscathed — is on the market and could fall victim to the wrecking ball.
Anchorage voters will decide Tuesday whether to authorize issuance of a $2 million (all figures U.S.) bond to help the city pay for the $4 million sought by theater owner Robert Gottstein.
Gottstein, 51, a lifelong Alaskan who grew up watching movies there, said the 40,000-square-foot theater’s survival may depend on finding a buyer.
WEST BABYLON, NY — Taking a cue from the recent run at the Ziegfeld Theater, the operators of the South Bay Cinemas have decided to experiment with some revival and are going to play the 70mm DTS Version of “Lawrence of Arabia” beginning this Friday, April 7th for at least one week.
The theater is one of the few houses left
on Long Island ready to play 70mm at any given moment. The management team led by James Kern and Bruce Latten are taking the opportunity to try and build some interest into making this a regular feature and keep bringing in some more 70mm.
Wouldn’t a NY based 70mm FAN CLUB that met once a month and showed a film be a terrific thing? Maybe it’s only pipe dreaming to some but with enough interest, anything is possible. And don’t worry about MAG soundtracks. This theater is equipped to handle it.
So, spread the word around and try to visit the theater in the coming week. Tickets are a reasonable $7.00 for Adults. Shows will be daily at 2pm & 7:30pm except for Friday when it will only run at 7:30pm.
April 4, 2006
GOLDSBORO, NC — After a fire destroyed the historic Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro in February of 2005, leaving little more than the shell of the 124 year-old structure, there was immediately talk of rebuilding the theater. However, recently those plans have come to a standstill, according to News 14 Carolina. It is estimated that it will cost over $12 million to rebuild the Paramount, which opened in the 1920s and was being used as a performing arts center before its destruction.
Some city officials are saying that there isn’t enough support for the Paramount to rebuild it and say that other downtown projects should take priority over the Paramount. However, Charlie Gaylor of the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation says that the city can’t afford not to rebuild the theater. “Hundreds of people came into Goldsboro every single weekend for performances at the Paramount and when you have children involved in those performances, you’re probably looking at folks coming in from out of town, they’re spending money here by eating dinner or lunch or breakfast and they’re staying in the hotels.”
The Goldsboro City Council hasn’t yet voted on whether or not to restore the Paramount.
RUSSELL, KS — The Dream Theatre has found new life with its March 8th listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Owned by the Russell Arts Coucil, the Dream Theatre is operated as a movie theatre on weekends by volunteers and rented out for events.
Russell County Historical Society members Aldean Banker and Kay Homewood helped the Arts Council apply for state membership which automotically qualified the theatre for national register consideration.
The Dream Theatre was privately owned until 2000, when the arts coucnil purchased it. More than 170 Russell citizens and organizations raised money to renovate the theatre. With the national reigister designation the Dream Theatre is eligible for state and federal grants and tax credits for renovation and maintenance.
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April 3, 2006
YORK, ENGLAND — After over 2 years of uncertainty, the owners of the 1937 art deco Odeon York, have confirmed that the building is to close in August this year.
This is despite a rigorous campaign by local residents, which produced a petition of over 13,000 signatures in just over 9 weeks, and celebrity support by Dame Judi Dench, who was born and raised in the city.
Since it was announced that the cinema was being assessed for ‘economic viability’ the condition of the interior has been allowed to deteriorate, which carpets held together with tape, roped off seating, disgusting toilet facilities and naked light bulbs hanging from light fittings.
Investment in the property has been lacking for a number of years and they seem to have deliberately run it into the ground.
QUEENS, NY — On Tuesday, April 4th from 1 PM – 5 PM, the City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks has scheduled an oversight hearing at Queens Borough Hall (120-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 213, Kew Gardens, NY) to discuss the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation activities in Queens. Public testimony will be taken and the LPC is scheduled to be present. The Landmarks Preservation Commission also intends to discuss what it means by “its criteria” in identifying & designating landmarks in Queens.
The Trylon Theater (one of many issues) will be addressed as a case in point, documenting the LPC’s failure to hold a hearing at the very least, which violates the architectural and historical provisions of the landmarks law established in 1965. This ties in directly with other landmark-worthy theaters, & other potential individual landmarks and historic districts in Queens that are consistently being ignored by the LPC. A general consensus among the community and preservationists is that we should have a greater say. Queens must stop getting the backdoor!!!
April 1, 2006
CEDAR SPRINGS, MI — The Kent Theatre has had a long 120 year history in Cedar Springs Michigan, but that is soon to change. The Cedar Spring Theatre Association announced tuesday that the Kent Theatre has been sold to the Japanese Investment Company IBPC OSAKA, located in Tokyo Japan. The company has long strives to improve U.S. and Japanese relations and feel this move is beneficial to both countries.
The sale of the Kent Theatre will be finalized April 20th 2006. The final movie to be show will be April 15th 2006 with the Dustin Hoffman Classic “Little Big Man” All resident attending will receive a * free egg rolls in celebration of the final showing. *(Limit one per paid admission)
After the sale the Kent Theatre , it will be disassembled and all pieces number and shipped to its new home in city of Osaka Japan. The Theatre will be lovingly reassembled in its new home and the residents are delighted with the prospects. The theatre will feature the American silent movies of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.
Len Allington, President of the Cedar Springs Theatre Association was instrumental in the negotiation of the sale. Speaking from a phone in Osaka Japan , Len expressed how proud he was of the sale stating “I am very impressed with the amount of respect the Japanese people have for this classic theatre, I feel this is the best move available for the true preservation of this theatre. Adding, "We will also make about $10.000 profit in this deal and that will be added bonus!!” Mr. Allington also stated “Under the June 2001 agreement between Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and President George W. Bush, the governments of Japan and the United States have jointly held seminars in order to promote better understanding of foreign direct investment, and facilitate investment in Japan at the local level. Both sides have been emphasizing the very real investment opportunities that exist in Japan, made even more appealing by the recent upturn in the Japanese economy. This sale is a direct response to President Bush’s ideas, a man I hold in high regard!”
March 31, 2006
FOREST HILLS, NY — The Landmarks Preservation Commission has decided that the 66 year-old Trylon Theatre does not meet its designation criteria, according to this story in today’s New York Daily News.
In a letter to City Councilwoman Melinda Katz, Chairman Robert Tierney said, “[The Trylon] will not be recommended to the full commission for further consideration as an individual landmark”. Since last summer, the former movie house has been in the process of being converted into the Education Center for Russian Jewry, serving the area’s Bukharian Jewish populace.
Michael Perlman, founder of the Committee to Save the Trylon Theatre, maintains that as one of the few remaining structures built in homage to the World’s Fair of 1939-40, the theater does have architectural and cultural significance. Perlman said of the commission, “They don’t give a damn about the opinions of the people who inhabit their communities. They are the ones who know their communities best.”
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