The latest movie theater news and updates

  • April 24, 2006

    Is the Three Penny Next?

    CHICAGO, IL — Recently, a “FOR RENT” sign went up on the Village Art Theatre.

    Now it appears that another Near North Side (Of Chicago) theatre may soon close. I was in the 3 Penny Cinema tonight. I went to see NEIL YOUNG HEART OF GOLD. After the show, I was talking to the owner. He said he will probably have to close down the theatre soon. He is having trouble meeting the outrageously high City of Chicago amusement taxes.

    This is one of the few independently owned cinemas remaining in the City of Chicago. It features a great selection of movies, low prices, reasonable concessions, and even beer and wine! I urge every Cinema Treasures reader and contributor in the Chicagoland Area to get off his/her sofa and patronize this neat little theatre at least once before it closes!

  • April 21, 2006

    Keith Albee gets movie close up in “We Are Marshall”

    HUNTINGTON, WV — After having shown films and hosted stage shows from 1928 until January 2006, the Keith-Albee Theatre, an atmospheric Spanish moorish theatre designed by Thomas Lamb, got a chance for its own ‘close up.’

    On Tuesday, April 18, director McG (“Charlie’s Angels) and other Warner Bros. filmmakers utilized the theatre for the filming of a scene in "We Are Marshall,” which is set for a December release.

    Starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox, as Coach Jack Lengyel and Ast. Coach Red Dawson, the film traces the true story of a plane crash that killed 75 members of the 1970 MU team along with most coaches, atheltic department staff, supporters, media reps and crew.
    Two of the injured team members did NOT make the trip. Instead, they were inside the Keith Albee watching “Student Nurses” (for which Warner Bros. substituted “Kelly’s Heroes”).

    During the showing of the movie, the projector is shut off and the manager takes the stage to announce the tragedy.

    Portions of the movie palace’s design should be seen in the film.

    At this time Marshall University, the Marshall Foundation and the Governor’s office are organizing a fund drive to renovate the Keith as a performing arts center. Although the Marshall Artists Series which offers touring Broadway shows will use the theatre during the Fall of 2006, one of the fundraisers indicated that they may close the Keith in the Spring of 2007 to remove the two ‘mini’ auditoriums and do other structural work.

    This link to the filming of WE ARE MARSHALL inside the theater is:
    http://www.huntingtonnews.net/local/060419-rutheford-wam.html

    This link leads to State Sen. Plymalke and David Tyson say project coming together:
    http://www.huntingtonnews.net/local/060329-rutheford-ka.html

  • Fine Arts hosts “CYXORK 7” theatrical premiere

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The grandly reopened Fine Arts Theatre will host the SAG theatrical premiere of “CYXORK 7” (starring RAY WISE) Saturday, May 20th at 8 PM. Scheduled to appear: RAY WISE, SONYA SMITH, BEATA POZNIAK, JOSEPH CULP, CASSANDRA CREECH, PAGET BREWSTER and GREG PROOPS.

    The dark twisted satire follows a hungry movie crew making yet one more sequel in a burned out sci-fi franchise. How hungry are they? They’re hoping for a predicted cataclysmic earthquake that they can use for free special effects. Directed by John Huff, Cyxork’s original screenplay was co-written by Huff and producer, Andreas Kossak.

    This is a special showing for us,“ Kossak explained. Screen Actors Guild rules require a theatrical ticket performance before sales begin. "We wanted the technology that went into Cyxork to show to full effect in projection and sound. Then our line producer, Warren Smith, recommended Michael S. Hall and the Fine Arts Theatre.”

    A side note: The Fine Arts Theatre has been brought back to life under the scrupulous eye of Michael S. Hall, third generation projection master and restorer extraordinaire. See LA TIMES article.

    “We chose the Fine Arts,” Kossak said, “because Michael’s team offers state of the art, full resolution 2K HD projection from our D-5 master tape.”

  • April 20, 2006

    Looking to re-open classic movie theatres in the Toronto area

    TORONTO, CANADA — Would anyone be interested in stating up a small movie theater bizz or project in and around Toronto and the GTA (Greater Toronto Area)?

    I looking for people that are movie theater buffs and that enjoys taking on tasks and have enough brains and bucks to do it.

    I for one are tired of the Mega-Plex theaters that are going up everywhere, and im sure everyone eles here feels the same way, other wise you would not be on this website. Right?

    Im looking at re-opening classic movie theatres that have been closed for sometime in the GTA, with locations in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville and Toronto.

    I already have lots of great ideas in doing this task, but I need some help in this project.

    If you and interested in this project, please send me an email @ .

    Thank you for you time.

    • Chad W. Irish.

    P.S. Im also working on a “Movie Theater Book” and I’m almost finished working on my 1st book. It should be done very soon. I’m now looking for a book deal. Wish me good luck.

  • Renovation of Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The reports of our demise (and demolition) have been greatly exaggerated!

    Since 1998, the Metropolitan Opera House has been undergoing a slow but steady renovations process. The building is currently in use primarily as a worship center (Holy Ghost Headquarters Revival Center at the Met). This center is led by a former member of the last worship center at the Met, Rev. Mark Hatcher.

    HGHRC@The Met established a nonprofit community development center to complete renovations in 1998 and to lead eventual historic renovations. Approximately $4.5 million dollars in basic systems replacement, stabilization and renovations have been completed.

    Phase II renovations currently underway include replacing the retail operations previously installed in the ‘40’s that will create earned income for use in the renovation work. The City of Philadelphia has made a financial commitment to support the creation of these spaces. All previous work has been completed without benefit of any public sector or private foundation funding.

  • April 19, 2006

    Castle Cinema for sale at auction on Friday!

    PROVIDENCE, RI — The Castle Cinema is up for sale again, according to the Providence Journal:

    The Castle Cinema appears headed for another season where the only drama is offscreen.

    The Chalkstone Avenue neighborhood cinema is scheduled to be sold at a public auction at 10 a.m. on Friday.

    The scheduled foreclosure sale comes less than four months after Anthony Gemma and his partners in Chalkstone Realty LLC sold the property to New Concept Entertainment Inc. on Jan. 6 in hopes that the new owners would reopen the three-screen theater.

    As part of the deal, Gemma and his partners loaned the new owners $615,000 to buy the property.
    “We haven’t gotten any payments since then,” Gemma said in a phone interview yesterday. “We’d like for another buyer who’d be willing to keep it as a movie theater.”

    The Castle, built in 1925, was among the last of a generation of neighborhood movie theaters, most of them driven out by shopping mall multiplexes where tickets and popcorn can cost as much as dinner out.

  • Amazing prices

    We have the following items for sale:

    Curtains/Sound Panels: $3K
    Lighting/Light Bars: $2K
    Theater Screen: $1500
    Marquee with Letters: $2500

    If anyone is interested, please contact Mike.
    608-637-3291

  • April 18, 2006

    What impact will Pennsylvania’s recently legalized gambling have on the state’s cinemas?

    PENNSYLVANIA — Back when gambling became legal in New Jersey, many of that state’s longstanding successful businesses collapsed, some literally overnight, and movie theaters were no exception.

    In New Jersey’s case, because the casinos generated far more revenues than traditional businesses could possibly even begin to, once the casinos went into full swing they absorbed so much political attention that it quickly became like New Jersey’s casinos were the only recognized revenue source there was.

  • Hi-Lite 30 Drive-In’s Fate in City of Aurora’s Hands

    AURORA, IL — The popular Hi-Lite 30 Drive-In, which first opened in 1947, remains “Closed For the Season”, when it has usually already opened by now. Owned by Parkside Inc. until recently, the drive-in property was sold to Bigelow Homes which is developing the property that surrounds the Hi-Lite, according to a story in today’s Aurora Beacon-News. Bigelow deeded the drive-in property to the city of Aurora, which now will be deciding the drive-in’s future.

    Nova Cinemas has leased and operated the theater since 1997 and is interested in obtaining a ten-year contact to continue operating the Hi-Lite from the city. Ryan Coltmeyer, Nova’s director of operations, says Nova would like to regrade the parking lot, build a new fence around the theater, and restore a long-unused adjacent indoor theater for live entertainment and concerts. The improvements would be at no cost to the taxpayer, said Coltmeyer. “In its current format, the theater is a profitable business. It is revenue for the city.”

    Not only is Nova Cinemas waiting for a decision, but so are fans of the drive-in, one of only a few in Illinois, and only a couple left in the Chicago suburbs (the other being the Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago). Rose Fromm of Channahon said, “Sure we can see the movies in some big theater, with controlled temperatures and stadium seating, but it just isn’t the same. It will be a sad day if we lose this piece of Americana.”

  • April 17, 2006

    Looking for info on past Pittsburgh Theaters

    Does anyone have any info on any of the following theaters in the Pittsburgh area? (Addresses, when they closed, what they are now, if anything…)

    The Fiesta (Downtown, near Heinz Hall?)
    The Forum (Squirrel Hill area)
    Sewickley
    Parkway
    Cinemette South (Greentree area)
    Fairmont (Braddock) (may be the wrong name. Later became Alexander’s supermarket)
    Airport

    Thank you very much!