The latest movie theater news and updates

  • September 2, 2005

    Hurricane Katrina Damages LA/MS Theaters

    NEW ORLEANS, LA — It appears that several theaters in Southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi were damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

    PlayBill: Saenger Theatre, the New Orleans Home for Broadway Tours, Among Thousands of Buildings Impacted by Hurricane

    A spokesperson for Clear Channel Entertainment, which programs legit tours at the Saenger — a palatial 2,800-seat house that was built for movies and stage shows in 1927 — told Playbill.com, “No one can get near the theatre — we have no idea how bad it is.”

    Hattiesburg American: How our community and neighbors fared

    At the historic Saenger Theater downtown, the wind had blown pieces of a traffic light through the lobby windows. Shattered glass covered the sidewalks outside.

    The theater’s manager, Philip Tapia, and a production technician, Joshua Williams, came out about 7 a.m. to put up plywood to keep any more water from getting into the building if it rained before they could get the windows replaced.

    Our hearts go out to everyone in New Orleans and other affected areas. If you haven’t made a donation, please consider doing so.

    Donation websites:
    Amazon.com: American Red Cross Hurricane Relief
    American Red Cross — Donate!

  • “Before” Photos Of Trylon Theater

    And, today, we’re bringing you “before” shots of the Trylon Theater from Michael Perlman. Thanks again, Michael!

  • September 1, 2005

    Photos Of Trylon Theater Alterations

    Michael Perlman has sent us some heart-breaking pictures of the Trylon Theater:

    I’m sending you some “before” & “after” photos, indicating the state of the theater, as to when it closed on Dec 31, 1999, & current photos showing how much has been demolished/altered as of Aug 10, 2005.

    (Note: we’ll show the “before” shots tomorrow.)

  • Grand Theater Photos

    Ed Dobbins sent us this note about the Grand Theater:

    I though you might be interested, I finially compiled all of my Grand Theater pictures onto one website.

    http://community.webshots.com/album/434147730wZxctG

    Thanks
    Ed Dobbins
    Baltimore, MD

  • August 31, 2005

    Southern California Drive-In Movie Society

    Lanna writes:

    Join the newly launched Southern California Drive-In Movie Society. For more info, contact Chris at:

    “Preserving the classic drive-in movie experience in Southern California” is our mission!

    The next Membership Outreach event is Saturday, September 24th, 2005 at 6:30 PM. The event will be held at the Pacific Vineland Drive-In, 443 N. Vineland in the City of Industry (91715) — in the San Gabriel Valley — the only remaining operating drive-in theater in Los Angeles and Orange Counties!

    We usually meet by the snack bar! Look for our signs inside!

  • ‘Recent Comments’ Feature Offline

    As many of you have noticed, we have temporarily removed the ‘Recent Comments’ feature from our homepage.

    Unfortunately, this action was necessary because the number of comments on Cinema Treasures is growing so greatly that our database is being overwhelmed. (We’re adding approximately 5000 comments a month.) As a result, the rest of the website was sluggish or even inaccessible.

    This feature will return, of course. But not until we can safely insure that the rest of Cinema Treasures will not be negatively impacted.

    As always, thanks for your patience and support.

    Ross Melnick and Patrick Crowley
    Co-Founders, Cinema Treasures

  • Empire Theatres Expands Across Canada

    Mike Rivest sent us this press release about Empire Theatres expansion in Canada. (He also mentioned that a list of the theaters involved can be found here.

    TORONTO, ONTARIO—(CCNMatthews – Aug. 22, 2005) – Cineplex Galaxy LP (“Cineplex”) (TSX:CGX.UN) announced today that it has agreed to sell 27 theatres with 202 screens located in Ontario and Western Canada to Empire Theatres Limited (“Empire Theatres”) based in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. The transaction is valued at approximately $83 million and is expected to close September 30, 2005, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

    “We are delighted to announce that we have an agreement to sell the Ontario and Western Canada locations to Empire Theatres,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex Galaxy. “The acquisition of Famous Players was completed on July 22, 2005 and we are delighted to have an agreement to sell the vast majority of the theatres that we are required to divest less than 30 days later” said Jacob.

    Cineplex entered into a consent agreement with Canada’s Commissioner of Competition in connection with the Famous Players acquisition requiring the sale of 34 theatres with a total of 282 screens located in Ontario, Western Canada and Quebec.

    Stuart Fraser, President and CEO, Empire Theatres Limited said “we are very pleased with this acquisition as it enables us to further expand our presence across Canada beyond our core group of theatres located in Atlantic Canada. We look forward to operating these theatres and introducing the Empire Theatres brand to Ontario and Western Canada.” As part of the agreement, Empire Theatres will offer employment to all staff currently employed in these theatres.

  • August 30, 2005

    Seeking Information About Ann Arbor Movie Theaters

    Laura Wallace asks:

    Hello! I hope you may be able to help me.

    My fraternal grandmother, Cecilia Brahm, sang in an Ann Arbor movie theater approximately from 1910 – 1915. She was accompanied on the piano/organ by Ms. Allie Tice. I am looking for more specific information if there are any records from this time.

    Being totally optimistic, I would like to obtain some memorabilia that may advertise their performances. Note of interest: Cecilia Brahm’s uncle was composer Johannes Brahms.

    I hope someone can help with my search. Thank you so very much!!

    Laura Wallace

  • Exhibitor Magazines

    I have a small collection of Exhibitor magazines and and several other theater magazines for sale.

    Exhibitor:
    • December 16, 1953, 35th Anniversary Edition
    • March 31. 1954
    • February 13, 1963
    • April 1, 1959, Theatre Catalog Edition
    • April 4, 1962, Theatre Catalog Edition
    • June 16, 1965
    • January 19, 1966
    • April 6, 1966, Section One
    • April 6, 1966, Section Three, Theatre Catalog Edition
    • August 17, 1966

    Odd Magazines:
    • July 1965, Greater Amusements and International Projectionist
    • August 31, 1959, Box Office
    • March 3, 1966, Showmen’s Trade Review

    All Magazines are $ 2.00 each, plus shipping or $ 20.00 for all, plus shipping. The condition of each magazine may vary. Email for information.

    Thanks,
    Johnn

  • Drive-In Theatres Still A Big Deal In Texas

    Drive-ins may be continuing to fade away around the country but, as this Los Angeles Times article they’re as strong — and as popular as ever — in the state of Texas.