The latest movie theater news and updates
July 22, 2005
Bradley D. Cook asks:
I am hoping your organization may be able to help me in my search for photographs of the now razed theatre that used to be located at the Town & Country Shopping Center in Mishawaka, Indiana. Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s it was owned by the Plitt Theatre chain. If you do not have any photograph, do you have any information on who the architect was and when it was built?
Bradley D. Cook
Curator of Photographs
Indiana University Archives
KANSAS CITY, MO — The Kansas City Business Journal has a report on a plan by AMC and the Cordish Company to create an $850 million dollar entertainment district in Kansas City.
The project, which plans to use the Midland and Empire theaters as anchors, will be centered in Kansas City’s downtown area. It will include a six-screen movie theater, residential condominiums, a restaurant, a bar, and a performance schedule that boasts “300-and-some days” of planned entertainment.
Interestingly, the project is a local one for AMC, as the company’s headquarters is actually in Kansas City.
We have 5,000 Irwin Carousel Movie Theater Seats for Sale. We are selling in groups of 100 seats. Price is $10 per seat. Please contact me for pictures and additional information. Seats are 1995 – 1998.
July 21, 2005
Joel Shepard asks:
Hello. OK, I know this may sound strange…but I’m trying to find photographs of porno theaters, with the marquee included in the shot. These would, of course, be older photos since porn theaters don’t really exist anymore. Ideally I’d like actual photo prints. I’m sure you’ve got better things to do, but if you have any advice or information on finding such things – I’d really appreciate hearing back from you. Thank you.
SAYRE, OK — I spoke with Main Street in Sayre today and the Stovall Theatre remains vacant. There is grant money to purchase the theatre and to repait the roof.
There are many theatres in the west that I would like to help restore. Does anyone know of a group that saves old theatres?
They did it with Light houses – why not our entertainment venues. If anyone would like to contact me on such an organization- and or starting one, I would appreciate it.
Telephone: (719) 328-0644
I’m Bill Riseman’s daughter-in-law and I know how to get in touch with people who know the locations of many of his theaters, know the history of his firm, have some photographs, and perhaps have plans as well.
If anybody has the time and interest to do the research, please contact me at .
PS: One theater I do recall is Fresh Pond Cinema, Fresh Pond Mall, Cambridge, MA. It’s still there, after having been remodelled at least twice.
July 20, 2005
CHICAGO, IL — Uptown neighbors and fans of the Uptown entertainment district are encouraged to help make history by posing for a classic photograph in front of the neighborhood’s namesake historic theater at noon Saturday, Aug. 20, at Broadway and Lawrence.
Marc Smith, internationally acclaimed poet and creator of the Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, will emcee the event. Actors from the Quest Theatre Ensemble and the Annoyance Theatre Company are scheduled to entertain passersby on the street.
The free, rain-or-shine “Uptown Community Portrait 2005” event celebrates the community and the 80th anniversary of the historic Uptown Theatre, 4816 N. Broadway. The theater has been closed since 1981 and is in serious need of significant private investment for it to be renovated as an entertainment venue.
While exterior repair work is ongoing and development prospects continue to express interest in renovating the Uptown Theatre, no definitive project or plan for the privately owned building has been announced. A court-appointed receiver and local officials continue to monitor its condition and marketing. Several state and local incentives are available — including city tax-increment financing — for a feasible plan that meets civic criteria and expectations for the multi-venued Uptown Square National Register Historic District. However, the search for a viable entertainment prospect continues.
July 19, 2005
Cinema Treasures is looking for a volunteer editor (or two) to help us with our daily theater news.
If you’re passionate about movie theaters, a good writer, and have a few hours a week you’d like to contribute, please get in touch.
Extra points to those with blogging experience!
DEVONPORT, AUCKLAND — Hello, I am an indie movie maker producing a video history of The Vic on Auckland’s North Shore.
It was started by a chap named Benwell in 1912. He was an American who returned to California and struck oil (literally). He never returned and the cinema and been running ever since – it is the southern hemisphere’s oldest operational cinema.
If you have any old photos, momentos or anecdotes you would like to share, then please get in touch. Production will end on October 31 2005 and the video will be released in December 2005.