The latest movie theater news and updates
September 2, 2005
NEW ORLEANS, LA — It appears that several theaters in Southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi were damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
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.
And, today, we’re bringing you “before” shots of the Trylon Theater from Michael Perlman. Thanks again, Michael!
September 1, 2005
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.)
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.
August 31, 2005
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!
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
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
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!!
I have a small collection of Exhibitor magazines and and several other theater magazines for sale.
• 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
• 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.
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.