The latest movie theater news and updates
May 5, 2005
Currently on sale on eBay are some terrific items from the long gone Oriental Theatre in Portland, Oregon.
I was scanning the eBay listings and found these great items. These are truly an important piece of theater history.
NASHVILLE, TN — How many of us remember running continuous movies from 11:00 am till 12:00 midnight?
With good old carbon arc lamps, and 20 minute changeovers, the booth being hotter than the hinges to the gates of hell. When you could not open a window for fear the air would crack the reflector in the lamp. The daily hike up and down the steps to get to the booth.
We now call them the good old days, and we are right… they were.
Dave Grau (Mungo)
300 Irwin Carousel Rockers for Sale. Seats are brown. Located in Michigan and ready to ship.
Contact Dan at or 410.960.7383 if interested.
May 4, 2005
According to this article,) from the New York Times, Loews Theatres' newspaper and web-based advertisements will soon begin making note that their feature presentations begin 10 to 15 minutes after the show time actually given.
So, now, people who don’t want to watch advertisements will know exactly when they’ll be able to arrive and not find a very good seat. ;)
Dear Fellow Cinema Treasurers:
I came across this image of a magnificent movie marquee at one of the internet commercial photo libraries (CORBIS.COM).
Can anyone tell me where in the world I can find this theater? Something tells me it’s in Las Vegas – but that is just a wild guess.
You can see the image by clicking this photohost link.
THANK YOU for your time and attention.
Jay in Hollywoodland
May 3, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, PA — On last Saturday night, during a live performance about education, an approximately 10 foot wide by 4 foot tall chuck of the plaster ceiling in the center of the auditorium at the Capitol Theatre broke loose and came crashing down on patrons sitting in the audience.
At least one victim was hospitalized and at least one other required medical attention.
Supposedly the building had been inspected just a few days before. The area had experienced severe rain all day but first reports claim the problem had nothing to do with roof leaks.
The theatre plans to make repairs and re-open.
LAYFAYETTE, CA — I noticed the Park Theatre is for sale when driving by it recently.
Listing is by Grubb and Ellis.
Located in bucolic SF suburb where all the homes are more than a million dollars, and all the children are not only above average, but also have their own cell phone…
May 2, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following was sent in by Howard Haas:
“Help restore movies to the Boyd (Sameric) & have a great time, by joining The Friends of the Boyd on Friday, May 6 at International House (3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia) for our 1970’s film, the original Rocky!
Tickets for the 7:30 PM film, including After-Party of Italian food & Yards beer, are $15 each. Where else can you get a movie, food, and beer, for only $15 and also benefit a great cause!
Splurge by also including the 6:00 PM VIP Italian buffet, Gallo wine, and Guest Speaker Andreas Fuchs, co-author of Cinema Treasures, for $50 each.
Reserve in advance by www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org or pay at the door."
LOS ANGELES, CA — The following was sent in by Ted Gooding:
“THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Annual Conclave (Convention) and Theatre Tours will take place in Southern California this year. June 21—27, 2005. Headquarters Hotel is the famous Hollywood Roosevelt and for the San Diego Add-on the 1889 Horton Grand in the Gas Lamp District of Downtown San Diego.
The following counties will be traveled into Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, and Ventura. No one tours theatres like THS of A does they go from top to bottom! Fifty (50) theatres are planned if you take all 3 tours. The main tour cost is $395 for members. Cost of membership is $55. Hotels are on your own.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity as the saying goes. For full details go to www.historictheatres.org or or , Theodore R. Gooding Southern California Director and Conclave and Theatres Tours Chairman. FAX 626/356-0388"
April 29, 2005
- Repairing Well: Fixing Keith-Albee’s Original Cooling System
- Debauchery and Drag in Harvard Square
- The Movie Exhibitor Jabbar Khardum, 59
- East Greenville Zoners OK Flashy Marquee for Grand Theater
- Vaudeville-Style Theater Wins Out
- Curtain About to Go Up on Restored Granby Theater
- Regal to Buy Eastern Federal for $127M