The latest movie theater news and updates

  • November 11, 2005

    Cinema Treasures will be offline on Sunday

    We’ll be taking Cinema Treasures offline during Sunday, so that we may do some scheduled maintenance on the site.

    Most likely, the site will be offline between 10am and 6pm PST. If you plan to use Cinema Treasures this weekend, try to do so on Saturday.

    Thanks for your understanding.

  • Movie theater in the sky?

    BusinessWeek recently exposed a new trend in the airline industry — designing custom interiors for new, wide-body aircraft (Airbus A340, Boeing 777, etc.) that have come to market recently.

    One concept for these “penthouses in the sky” included a private movie theater:

    theater in the sky

    Pierrejean completed this concept sketch of a 16-person movie theater for an unidentified Middle Eastern client who is considering buying an Airbus A380, the double-decker jumbo jet scheduled for a debut next year.

    Needless to say, here at Cinema Treasures, we plan to purchase several of these.

    BusinessWeek: Penthouses at 30,000 Feet

  • St. Louis International Film Festival

    ST. LOUIS, MO – The 14th annual St. Louis International Film Festival opens today and continues through November 20. True to its name, the fest offers movies from near and far – 50 narrative films, 21 feature-length documentaries and scores of shorts from more than two dozen countries.

    Most of the screenings are at the Historic Tivoli Theatre, with selected events at Webster University (and one rockin' reel at the Pageant).

    For more on the Festival, showtimes, and features can be found at www.cinemastlouis.org

  • November 10, 2005

    Seeking advice about starting a small theater

    Antoinette and Wayne Stone ask:

    We are interested in opening our own Fun Center to include a small DVD/VHS theatre for about 50 people in attendance. Where can we information about vendors for this type of equipment, what type of licensing do we need? We are in Genesee County, in Batavia, NY.

    Any information or resources would be greatly appreciated as we put together our business plan and look for financing.

    Antoinette & Wayne Stone
    P.O. Box 115
    7521 Mechanic Street
    South Byron, NY 14557

  • Sundance eyes Madison for next cinema

    MADISON, WI — IndieWIRE is reporting that Sundance Cinemas plans to open its next arthouse theater in Madison:

    The first theater in the new Sundance Cinemas arthouse chain is set to open one year from now in Madison, WI. The Sundance Cinemas circuit will be a national chain for mainly independent and foreign films, run by the former Landmark Theaters leadership Paul Richardson and Bert Manzari who left the chain about a year ago after working together for nearly 30 years. Oaktree Capital Management is funding the new company.

    The six-screen Sundance Cinemas development is set for the Hilldale Mall in Madison that is being renovated by Joseph Freed and Associates; an architect has not yet been selected.

    IndieWIRE: New Sundance Cinemas Circuit to Launch In Madison, WI

  • Help restore the Star Theater!

    JAMESTOWN, TN — The Star Theater Restoration Committee is restoring the old Star Theater in Jamestown, Tennessee.

    If anyone has any info. or pictures concering the theater, please email me at . Thanks to everyone!

    Jared Copeland
    Chairman- Star Theater Restoration Committee

  • Today’s Newsreel

  • Upstate NY Movie Theater For Sale

    The theater is in Orange County, NY. Long lease, 5 screens, and 800 seats.

    Email me at

  • November 9, 2005

    NYC 1984 Newspaper Film Ads

    I’m searching for any and all newspaper ads pertaining to filmhouses in NYC from March to October of 1984.

    Does anyone have any of these? Is there a way to access these online?

    Thanks to all!

  • SFMOMA Showcases Local Theater Drawings By Timothy L. Pflueger

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA – From October 27, 2005 through May 2, 2006, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (www.sfmoma.org) will present a suite of 14 drawings of California picture palaces by Timothy L. Pflueger, one of the Bay Area’s most important architects.

    Featured drawings include historic plans for San Francisco’s Castro Theater (1922); The Alhambra Theater (1926), the first West Coast cinema to be decorated inside and out in a Moorish theme; and the East Bay’s Alameda Theater (1932), a structure distinguished by its soaring Art Deco facade.

    Also included are drawings for the Central Valley’s Tulare Theater (1927), a desert fortress outlined in glowing neon.