The latest movie theater news and updates
November 1, 2004
GREENVILLE, PA — November 8, 2004 is the day set for the classic Jordan Theater to be destroyed.
The Jordan was opened in 1946 in honor of the first Greenville resident killed in WWII, Cpl. James O. Jordan. This great theater was the finest of Blatt Brothers chain of theaters in Pennsylvania.
Recently, a bordering church obtained ownership and are scheduling to destroy the building, contents (including both projectors), on November 8th. The bright marquee with illuminated JORDAN across the top will be destroyed as well.
Another unfortunate demise of history and culture.
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October 29, 2004
- “Cinema Treasures” Feted at Paramount Center for the Arts
- Groups Make Pitches To Run Hennepin Ave. Theaters
- It’s Final Curtain For Historic Tivoli
- Restoring Early Stories of Pitt’s Theatre
- Curtains Rise on Movie Theater Expansion
- Blaze Rips Waukegan Theater
- Colonial Theatre Celebrates 80 Years
- Union to Defend Odeon and UCI Staff
- Double Standards: Sony’s New 4K Projector
October 28, 2004
DES PLAINES, IL — The Des Plaines Theatre Preservation Society is hosting Halloween-themed events this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the 1925 Des Plaines Theatre on Miner Street in downtown Des Plaines.
According to the Daily Herald, the Society will be featuring a 1910 version of “Frankenstein,” live Irish music, and costume contests among the various free events at the theater.
Society president Bryan Bean says, “It’s a taste of what we’d like to do. It’s an invitation for people to take a new look at an old treasure.”
BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA — Demoliton is due to begin this week on the former Metro Theatre in the centre of Brisbane in Albert St.
Much altered from it’s Art Deco design from the 30’s in it’s 1972 conversion to a tacky 70’s 3 cinema complex. This complex became known as the Albert Cinemas in 1973. They have been closed for just on three years.
While the upstairs and downstairs lobby retained the same space after the conversion, I wonder if any old traces of the Metro would be found during demolition. The theatre is to be replaced by an eight story building.
The Metro is one of a dwindling number of theaters Loew’s built overseas during the 1930s and 1940s under the moniker Metro, emphasizing its then-ownership of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
October 27, 2004
BRIDGEPORT, CT — The former Bijou Theatre, last known as the Downtown Family Cinema, will reopen sometime in 2006 according to developer Philip Kuchma who nows owns the building.
The Bijou operated from 1908 through 1998 under a number of names. According to The Connecticut Post, the newly renovated Bijou will show artsy films geared toward the more sophisticated audience as well as some live shows.
Whether a single screen venue can be successful in this day and age in downtown Bridgeport remains to be seen, but if it is maybe there is hope for the magnificent Palace and Majestic theatres down the street.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Next Tuesday, when voters go to the polls in San Francisco, they’ll be voting on Proposition L.
Shall 15% of the existing hotel tax surcharge be set aside to acquire, preserve and maintain neighborhood and single-screen movie theaters and promote the local film-making industry?
Any Bay Area input on this proposition here?
October 26, 2004
October 25, 2004
STATEN ISLAND, NY — Mark your calendars! Dec. 4th, 2004 marks the 75th anniversary of the beautiful St. George Theatre. Those wishing to be on the theater’s mailing list, and for invitations, times and prices, please visit the theater’s web site at: stgeorgetheatre.com
This is a once in a life time opportunity to welcome the St. George Theatre back to Staten Island from a LONG hiatus!
See you there!
Renovation of the Rivoli Theatre in Chicopee, MA continues, the Friends of the Loew’s in Jersey City, NJ finally get their lease, and films are set to return to the State Theatre in Uniontown, PA — all in today’s newsreel.