The latest movie theater news and updates
April 19, 2004
PLEASANT GROVE, UT – The Grove Theatre has been in financial peril since August 2003, when a cast member and a journalist reported the theater to copyright monitor Samuel French, Inc. for planning to perform Neil Simon’s play “Rumors” without profanity.
After being told that she “must present the play as written or not at all,” owner Gayliene Omary decided to cancel the play rather than go against community standards. The journalist then wrote a column on the situation he helped create, saying, “How Samuel French learned of the alterations is a mystery worthy of Agatha Christie…”
PASADENA, CA — The Friends of the Raymond reports that the Pasadena City Council will meet tonight to review the design concept for the Raymond Theatre site. According to Gina Zamparelli, this could be the last chance to save the Raymond!
Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:
The project has been moving so fast, we regret we have not had time to send out a newsletter on the last hearing.
And now, we have just learned that Councilman Chris Holden is calling the up the latest motion made by the Design Review Commission on April 12. This means that at THIS MONDAY’S Council Meeting, the council could OVERRIDE the Design Commission’s motion, and allow the developer to move ahead with his project.
THIS MAY TRULY BE THE LAST CHANCE THAT WE HAVE TO SAVE THE RAYMOND THEATRE.
April 16, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — The 20th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival begins today with over 100 films from more than 20 Spanish and Portuguese-speaking nations. Among the Chicago theaters hosting the festival are the Biograph, the 3 Penny, and Facets Multimedia.
The fest runs from today until April 28th, with an opening-night gala at the Art Institute of Chicago tonight, and closing-night fiesta to be held at the Biograph Theatre.
Tickets are $10, and $80 for a festival pass. More information is available in this report from the Chicago Tribune.
April 15, 2004
LOS ANGELES, CA — “Most of the great movie houses have disappeared. Even in Los Angeles, capital of the American movie industry, scores of grand theaters have been carved up, bulldozed away or converted into churches or 99-cent stores. A few are shuttered in the hope that someday they will be saved. The few lucky ones like the Pantages and the Wiltern have gone back to the future as live theaters or music venues.
But scattered around Southern California are a few remaining single-screen cathedrals of cinema where for $10 or so you’re transported to another world even before the opening credits roll by…"
(Thanks to Jim Rankin for sending this in.)
LAKE ELMO & COTTAGE VIEW, MN — The Pioneer Press reports on the continued success of the Vali Hi Drive-In in Lake Elmo and the Cottage View Drive-In in Cottage View. These two Minnesota drive-ins are two of the roughly 550 in operation around the country.
According to our friends at Drive-Ins.com, there are five drive-ins operating in Minnesota.
(Thanks to Dennis Huber for sending this in!)
April 14, 2004
Demolition was halted last fall when preservationists discovered the theater was a possible landmark. A formal application to the state asking to have the theater nominated for the historic-places register is in the process of being completed.
HILLSBORO, OH — I have started a nonprofit preservation group, HCPG, whose purpose is to own, restore, and operate the 1895 Bells Opera House. We currently are seeking ownership, funding, and nonprofit status, working with our local congressman, and state representative in Ohio. It’s been a nine month track for me of dreaming, learning, and working on a business concept.
Sometime between the 1920s and 1940s, the Opera turned into a theater… but we want to take it back to its origins. Any links or advice we could use? Any Angel money out there for our group? What a great website… it’s nice knowing others are going through the same process.
FLORA, IL — The Town Theater opened last spring and is thriving by playing first run movies. Showtime Cinemas purchased the theater and has renovated it into two screens instead of one — to bring viewing pleasure to all.
The theater is currently opened Friday-Monday. Come check us out. And as always, we hope to see you at the movies…
April 13, 2004
CHARLESTON, SC — There will be a meeting on Monday, April 26, 2004 at 7pm at the main branch of the Charleston County Public Library (at 68 Calhoun Street) to organize an effort to save the Garden Theater. The meeting will moderated by Ralph Hicks.
Any suggestions or help from the readership of Cinema Treasures would be welcomed and appreciated.
I have compiled a list to create awareness of groups of awareness for theaters (AKA “Friends of” groups). In alphabetical order, here are the ones I can find… let’s preserve and save some theaters!
If you have any more groups feel free to post them in another comment! [Ed — you can also submit links to our Link Directory.]