The latest movie theater news and updates

  • January 10, 2005

    Photos of Park Slope’s 16th Street Theater?

    BROOKLYN, NY — I grew up across the street, looking directly at the marquee of the 16th Street Theater in Park Slope. It closed when I was around 10 years old. I am now 59 and I would love to have a picture of it.

    Is there anyone out there that can help me find one? My email is . Thank You, Joe G.

  • January 7, 2005

    Boyd Theatre To Be Restored & Reopened

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent in by Howard Haas:

    “The Boyd Theatre’s Future!

    The great news is that the historic Boyd Theatre will be restored & in late 2006 reopened. Clear Channel will invest much money in the Art Deco showplace. Money won’t be asked from Philadelphia or PA taxpayers. As we have said before, the Friends of the Boyd will continue to fundraise for restoration of Art Deco features, and to assist with a film program, public tours, exhibits of the theater’s history, and in other ways.

  • State Theatre Closes Down in Jewett City, CT

    JEWETT CITY, CT — The State Theatre, which reopened last May, has closed down again. The owner’s brother confirmed that even though the marquee has stated that it was temporarily closed for the last few months that the closure is permanent. For more information, read The Day article.

  • “Cinema Treasures” Book Reviewed By Los Angeles Times

    LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan recently reviewed our new book, writing: “Handsomely produced and extensively illustrated, ‘Cinema Treasures’ is detailed without being dull and thoroughly at home with this often neglected subject matter.”

    The full review is available to Los Angeles Times subscribers.

    For more information about the book, please visit our book website.

  • January 6, 2005

    Cinema 1, 2, 3 Also Set To Close

    NEW YORK, NY — Following on the heels of the announcement of the Beekman’s closure, New York Post Film Critic Lou Lumenick reports that the Cinema 1, 2, 3 will be gutted this spring and converted into retail space.

    Meanwhile, the theater’s owners have already placed a stucco facade over its signature blue tiles “apparently” to prevent the building from being placed on the landmark list — something akin to the “work” done on the Sutton Theater before its closure.

  • Aero Theatre Reopens Tonight!

    SANTA MONICA, CA — The Aero Theatre reopens tonight! Closed since April 2003, the Aero has undergone a $1 million renovation effort by its new operators, the American Cinematheque, who will bring their programming prowess to this popular Santa Monica staple.

    According to Variety, “Besides renewing the projection and sound systems, the single-screen theater’s capacity was reduced from 600 seats to 400 in order to install bigger, more comfortable seats. The new screen, which is 44 feet wide and 17 feet high, is three times the size of the original. A new concession stand was also installed.”

    Director Paul Weitz will be on hand tonight for the theater’s first show: a screening of Weitz’s new film, “In Good Company,” starring Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, and Scarlett Johansson.

    For more information on upcoming events at the Aero, please visit the new Aero Theatre calendar.

  • Arson Damages Rapp & Rapp’s Orpheum Theatre

    MADISON, WI — After weeks of investigation, the capitol city of Wisconsin has determined that its Orpheum Theatre was indeed a victim of arson, not once, but at least twice, and a third time is suspected. Read the account here from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

    Film reports were shown on Milwaukee’s WTMJ-4, channel 4 TV, which showed only the exterior of the closed theatre with notices on the doors promising reopening. The Fire Marshall asks for any tips and a reward of $5,000 is being offered.

    It would seem that not everyone appreciates theatres, but at least most Wisconsinites must like them or else a city 80 miles from Madison wouldn’t have run the story, possibly to be repeated at later broadcasts.

  • January 5, 2005

    Breaking News Announcement Expected For Boyd

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following was sent in by Howard Haas:

    “Many of you are reading news accounts today in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News which report that there is an announcement expected today at 1 PM.

  • Confirmed — Beekman Theatre To Close In June

    NEW YORK, NY — Clearview Cinemas has confirmed that the owner of the Beekman Theatre, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, plans to end the exhibitor’s lease at the end of June 2005.

    For an impassioned commentary on the plight of the Beekman and historic movie houses around New York City, please read New York Post Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick’s commentary in today’s New York Post.

    The Beekman is not only a landmark movie house, but a symbol of the city. It must be saved.

  • Kon-Tiki Theatre Demolished

    TROTWOOD, OH — After nearly 37 years, the Kon-Tiki Theatre is no more.

    The theater opened in 1968 as the Kon-Tiki. It featured a South Pacific decor, which included conch shells for restroom sinks, illuminated tiki faces on the facade and volcanic and abalone shells in the walls.

    In the late 1980s, it became the Loews Salem Ave. It closed in 1999 and sat vacant until this week when it was demolished by the city of Trotwood to make way for future developement. The theater is unique, because I am not aware of any other that has a South Pacific decor.

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