The latest movie theater news and updates
September 6, 2005
WANYNESVILLE, NC — The Asheville Citizen Times has reported that the long closed Strand Theatre in Waynesville, NC has been purchased by Joey Massie who plans to renovate and reopen the old theater which closed in 1981.
Highland Forest, a land developer, has signed a lease to use the front space to promote its projects. The funds paid for the lease will allow Massie to refurbish the marquee, facade and lobby area. The citizens of Waynesville are thrilled to see this old theater be renovated because it has been an eye sore and has been deteriorating since it closed.
I will have between 500 and 800 Irwin Marquee chairs from the Blue Man Group Theater in the Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, USA on 9/19.
I am removing them as the act is leaving the hotel, and we gear up for a new act at the Luxor.
The chair is an Irwin Marquee, with a rocking back, and cupholder armrests.
I am selling all or part. The price is $65.00 per chair if purchased as is.
My company can also refurbish the chairs, with new fabric, foam, hardware and even plastic. This would make the price vary, so if this is your desire, please contact me directly for a quote.
I will have the chairs in Utah. If you would like a quote from me for delivery, assembly and installation, please contact me.
September 5, 2005
Cinema Treasures is closed today in observance of Labor Day.
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
September 2, 2005
NEW ORLEANS, LA — It appears that several theaters in Southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi were damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
A spokesperson for Clear Channel Entertainment, which programs legit tours at the Saenger — a palatial 2,800-seat house that was built for movies and stage shows in 1927 — told Playbill.com, “No one can get near the theatre — we have no idea how bad it is.”
Hattiesburg American: How our community and neighbors fared
At the historic Saenger Theater downtown, the wind had blown pieces of a traffic light through the lobby windows. Shattered glass covered the sidewalks outside.
The theater’s manager, Philip Tapia, and a production technician, Joshua Williams, came out about 7 a.m. to put up plywood to keep any more water from getting into the building if it rained before they could get the windows replaced.
Our hearts go out to everyone in New Orleans and other affected areas. If you haven’t made a donation, please consider doing so.
And, today, we’re bringing you “before” shots of the Trylon Theater from Michael Perlman. Thanks again, Michael!
September 1, 2005
Michael Perlman has sent us some heart-breaking pictures of the Trylon Theater:
I’m sending you some “before” & “after” photos, indicating the state of the theater, as to when it closed on Dec 31, 1999, & current photos showing how much has been demolished/altered as of Aug 10, 2005.
(Note: we’ll show the “before” shots tomorrow.)
Ed Dobbins sent us this note about the Grand Theater:
I though you might be interested, I finially compiled all of my Grand Theater pictures onto one website.
August 31, 2005
Join the newly launched Southern California Drive-In Movie Society. For more info, contact Chris at:
“Preserving the classic drive-in movie experience in Southern California” is our mission!
The next Membership Outreach event is Saturday, September 24th, 2005 at 6:30 PM. The event will be held at the Pacific Vineland Drive-In, 443 N. Vineland in the City of Industry (91715) — in the San Gabriel Valley — the only remaining operating drive-in theater in Los Angeles and Orange Counties!
We usually meet by the snack bar! Look for our signs inside!
As many of you have noticed, we have temporarily removed the ‘Recent Comments’ feature from our homepage.
Unfortunately, this action was necessary because the number of comments on Cinema Treasures is growing so greatly that our database is being overwhelmed. (We’re adding approximately 5000 comments a month.) As a result, the rest of the website was sluggish or even inaccessible.
This feature will return, of course. But not until we can safely insure that the rest of Cinema Treasures will not be negatively impacted.
As always, thanks for your patience and support.
Ross Melnick and Patrick Crowley
Co-Founders, Cinema Treasures
Mike Rivest sent us this press release about Empire Theatres expansion in Canada. (He also mentioned that a list of the theaters involved can be found here.
TORONTO, ONTARIO—(CCNMatthews – Aug. 22, 2005) – Cineplex Galaxy LP (“Cineplex”) (TSX:CGX.UN) announced today that it has agreed to sell 27 theatres with 202 screens located in Ontario and Western Canada to Empire Theatres Limited (“Empire Theatres”) based in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. The transaction is valued at approximately $83 million and is expected to close September 30, 2005, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
“We are delighted to announce that we have an agreement to sell the Ontario and Western Canada locations to Empire Theatres,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex Galaxy. “The acquisition of Famous Players was completed on July 22, 2005 and we are delighted to have an agreement to sell the vast majority of the theatres that we are required to divest less than 30 days later” said Jacob.
Cineplex entered into a consent agreement with Canada’s Commissioner of Competition in connection with the Famous Players acquisition requiring the sale of 34 theatres with a total of 282 screens located in Ontario, Western Canada and Quebec.
Stuart Fraser, President and CEO, Empire Theatres Limited said “we are very pleased with this acquisition as it enables us to further expand our presence across Canada beyond our core group of theatres located in Atlantic Canada. We look forward to operating these theatres and introducing the Empire Theatres brand to Ontario and Western Canada.” As part of the agreement, Empire Theatres will offer employment to all staff currently employed in these theatres.