The latest movie theater news and updates
December 2, 2004
STATEN ISLAND, NY — An Allen organ console was expected to arrive at the St. George Theatre yesterday.
It is on loan through our friends at the New York Theatre Organ Society (NYTOS). The theater will “borrow” it for about a month until another suitable console can be found.
In the meanwhile, the Allen will help to “re-open” the theater in time for its gala 75th anniversary on December 4th.
We look forward to a HUGE attendance for this rare and wonderful theater experience, which includes a red carpet, Klieg lights, entertainment, important notables, AND the “Mighty Allen!”
Hope to see you there!
The York Square, which has been on Broadway since 1970, plays art films and sub run material. The film companies do not give them access to first run product. The York Square has filed a suit against the motion picture industry to attempt to force them to provide first run films, but it likely will fail.
This month, the five screen state-of-the-art Criterion Cinemas opened in downtown New Haven. It will also play art films. Is there enough of an art film market in a mid-sized city such as New Haven for two art films, or will the new Criterion spell the end of the downtrodden but venerable York Square?
More on this story from the Business New Haven magazine.
While I was browsing through some music videos on the web, I stumbled upon this music video.
It seems to have been filmed in a beautiful atmospheric theatre, but does anyone know which theater this is?
Cinema Treasures was briefly mentioned in this report from yesterday’s edition of the Los Angeles Times.
December 1, 2004
Back to the Blueprint, a new restoration program now airing on The History Channel is looking for current theater restoration projects for an upcoming episode. Entire program will be filmed over the course of a week in either January or February.
The program is a hands-on, interactive look at the hard work involved in restoring historic homes and properties. We try to give background into why homes and structures were built as they were, the materials and tools used, and what we can do to restore and renew these structures for the future.
Our host, Marty Dunham, himself comes from a contracting background, and we have him work side-by-side taking 2-3 projects, or portions of, from start to finish. Prior episodes have focused mainly on residential styles including NY Brownstones, Chicago Bungalows, Sears Catalog Homes and Shotgun Homes. We’re very interested in expanding the scope of the show with an episode on theaters.
I would love to speak with any owners, architects or contractors who are working on projects that might fit in with our format and filming schedule. I can be reached , and I look forward to speaking with you all.
Also, the series airs Saturdays at 5:00 PM ET/PT, 4:00PM CT & 3:00 MT, if you’d like to get a visual idea of the format!
A & E Television Networks/HTV Productions
November 30, 2004
Does anyone have any memories of newsreel cinemas?
I’m a graduate student at Brown University and I’m working on a project about newsreels in the United States. I’m particularly interested in how people remember these specialized theaters.
I’d be interested to hear anecdotes or specific memories, but i’d also be interested to hear about the more mundane details of visiting these cinemas. When and how often would you go? How much did it cost? Did you go to see films of specific news/sports events? Which ones?
Please email me your memories directly at .
November 26, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent in by Howard Haas:
“If you want to see Philadelphia’s last movie palace, then take the TOUR by the nonprofit Friends of the Boyd on December 1. Arrive at the closed Boyd (Sameric) at 1908 Chestnut, before 6 PM (don’t be late, the doors must be locked) for the hour and a half visit.
You will also see the Terrazzo Promenade, the Lobby, the Foyer, and the huge Auditorium with all its Art Deco artwork such as the gorgeous mural painted over the stage. For more than 20 years the Balcony has been closed, but for the tour, the Balcony is open! You will have a rare peak at the elegant ladies & mens facilities and backstage areas never open to the public in the theater’s history.
November 25, 2004
Cinema Treasures is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
See you soon!