The latest movie theater news and updates
February 23, 2006
Allen Windsor, author of “Cruising the Deuce … in Movie Houses on 42nd Street, Times Square, and Greenwich Village in the 1940s to 1980s” (available from http://chelcpress.com), recently gave a reading at the 13th Street Gay Center on 14 Feb 2006 that was televised and will be shown on Channel 34 some time in February.
He describes each grind house on 42nd but also details what went on in upper balconies and toilet areas elsewhere around the city. With him was Willy, the porter in the old Variety Photoplays on 3rd Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets.
The book is filled with many tales of that era, and John Waters asked for and received permission to use the book as a prop in a movie he’s making. Foreword is by a former president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex.
February 22, 2006
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that this year’s set for the Oscars will be a “no-holds-barred return to classic Hollywood glamour, paying homage to old movie theaters.”
“When designing the Oscars, I try to make the current show as different from the year before as possible,” said Christopher. “Last year’s show was distinguished by a hi-tech, ‘cutting-edge’ style. So this year, there’s nothing hi-tech — it’s a no-holds-barred return to classic Hollywood glamour, paying homage to old movie theaters.”
“I wanted to celebrate the movies and to include great movie houses and screens,” said Cates. “So Roy went back to the classic ornate movie houses for his inspiration, which, I think, is superbly reflected in the final design.”
“I have always loved the movie theaters of the ‘30s, '40s and '50s,” Christopher said. “The man who designed many of them was S. Charles Lee, who was remarkably imaginative and architecturally daring, making movie theaters in styles ranging from the ornate Hollywood baroque to the sleek art-moderne. His spaces were exciting places that upon entering made you feel that something extraordinary was going to happen.”
I have an original 1920s art deco movie theatre ticket booth for sale.
It is in remarkable condition!! It has lots of black and white art deco design, and great detailed carved wood. It also features a stained glass window in the back of the booth and a curved glass front. The piece weighs at least 200 hundred pounds and is about 7' tall.
I do not know the history of this piece but it is obviously mid-late 1920s-early 1930s judging by the design. The stained glass pyramid design is consistent with the “Oriental-Egyptian” theatre themes of the period. It must be seen to be appreciated — which can be done by requesting email photos from me.
The booth is most likely unique-doubtful that another one like it exists especially in such great shape. I have it stored in NW New Jersey, about 40 miles west of New York City, and 40 miles east of Pennsylvania, near Interstate Rt 78. Please email me for photos. I’m looking for about $3500 for this most beautiful-and functional-piece of history!
My contact info is or 908-604-4806… I will be happy to send email photos or make arrangements to look at this piece.
ELKHART, IN — The historic 1924 Elco Performing Arts Center in Elkhart is looking for an executive director to oversee all operations of this theater that is now open and operating.
February 21, 2006
I am looking for one of those small double clocks they used to have in the ticket window — shows present time and time the show gets out.
Email me at .
NEW YORK, NY — PLEASE SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. Theater is in the NY metro area. I am looking to retire and WE do make a PROFIT!
Email me @.
February 20, 2006
CALUMET CITY, IL — We are reopening the River Oaks Theatre in Calumet City and need management and staff asap.
We are looking for people with a strong customer service bent who like movies and can offer the best quality movie-going experience.
We are looking for a strong leader with either movie theatre management or retail management experience.
Knowing how to thread a projector is a plus but will train.
Must be service oriented with an eye for detail.
Must have experience in a booth and be able to thread and maintain movie projectors. Must have know how to trouble-shoot and have the ability to build and break down film prints.
Must be a quick learner who is able to give the best customer service under high-volume conditions without getting flustered.
Room for promotion.
Please email your resume to or call 312 560-8437.
I am looking to reopen a theatre in Southeast Kansas that has been closed for several years.
I need information on how to get the movies to show in my theater. I know that sounds like a very basic question, but I can’t seem to get anywhere finding an answer.
I am wanting to show classic and 2nd run movies.
NEW YORK, NY — We’re looking to buy a used window intercom to set up a box office window. Please email if you have one available. Thanks.
February 17, 2006
100 theater seats are for sale out of a theater in El Paso Texas. They have springs and are metal with solid sides and metal backs. They are $11.99 each. Email us at or call Charles at 214.570.1923.