The latest movie theater news and updates
February 7, 2006
YEADON, PA — The Borough Council of Yeadon has voted 6-1 in favor of razing the 1937 Yeadon Theatre, an Art Moderne movie house which is one of the last John Eberson-designed theaters in the Philadelphia area, according to a story in the Daily Times. A fire on January 8th caused extensive damage to the theater, which was already in poor shape in 2003 when demolition of the Yeadon was halted at the last moment (after a wrecking ball already knocked down the rear wall of the theater).
It was hoped that the facade and lobby of the theater would be salvaged, but according to Borough President Vivian Ford, only a few elements will be saved, including the theater’s name from the marquee, exit signs, and bricks. “Environmentally, it’s not safe,” says Ford, “There’s mold and rodents. It’s an accident waiting to happen. If there’s nothing salvageable, I don’t think we should keep it. For the good of our community, I’d rather see it go.”
Architect Margaret Westfield, a preservation specialist, reported to the Borough that “all significant interior fixtures and finishes” that made the landmark worth saving were ruined in the arson fire in January. Westfield says, “The tangible fabric that illustrated architect John Eberson’s Art Moderne vision for the theater’s interior was completely lost”.
NEW YORK, NY — Given that the Loews State Theatre is now closed (see this NY Post article), does anyone know where I can see Bollywood/Indian films in NYC?
February 6, 2006
I am passionately and energetically pursuing my dream to renovate an historic Times Square movie theater – once called the DeMille – and convert it into an Off-Broadway/Independent Film four-theater complex.
I am looking for additional investors (I have a strong business plan, over 3 million raised already and lots of experience building theaters) and/or theater or independent film companies who would like 10 years of free rent for office space, storage space and theater use in exchange for capital upfront for the buildout fund.
DU QUOIN, IL — The Grand Theater, which has been closed since August 24th when owner Bill Ivy had a stroke, will be sold and reopened according to this story in The Southern Illinoisan. This is one of the few independent theaters in the region as well as one of the last old-time movie theaters. The new owner, who is yet unnamed, plans to continue the theaters low-cost family friendly movies and to make improvements to the 1940s era theater.
YONKERS, NY — New movie theaters were mentioned yesterday in the Phase 1 portion of a major announced downtown renewal plan encompassing the Chicken Island city owned parking lot. Developer Louis Capelli had brought Regal into his nearby New Rochelle, NY New Roc Center project several years ago. That theater is the most successful in the Regal chain.
It will be interesting to see which chains become interested. The official press release appears in yonkerstribune.com but today’s edition of thejournalnews.com makes no mention of the theaters.
February 3, 2006
The following was sent in by Ian Grundy:
“Demolition of the former Leeds Cannon triple is now underway, as the picture taken yesterday (Wednesday 1st February) shows.
The cinema opened as the Ritz in November 1934, designed by the ABC house architect W. R. Glen with 1,950 seats. It was renamed ABC in 1959 and closed in 1969 for an expensive twinning with the circle extended forward. ABC2, in the former stalls, closed in 1974 to be split in two giving a three screen cinema with Screen 1 670 seats, screen 2 474 seats and screen 3 236 seats.
All three closed in 2000 and have been unused since. The cinema was aslso called MGM towards the end."
The Golden State Theatre in Monterey, California is looking for a knowledgeable and creative new manager. We are basically an independent revival house with 1 to 3 shows daily and a few live onstage events every month.
Major work is finished on the restoration, and we need someone to manage day to day operations. I hope to find someone who loves film and live performance, and has experience with film booking practices, projection, lighting — basically the art and craft of presenting a good show.
The position entails ensuring professional film and live theater presentation, working with outside producers, interfacing with the public, supervising advertising and graphics, and pretty much whatever else you want to get involved with. It’s a very challenging job, but Monterey is a great place to live and the Golden State is a beautiful 1926 atmospheric theater with 1000 seats, a 36' screen, and a Wurlitzer pipe organ.
The job is salaried and includes medical benefits. Please see our website and contact Warren Dewey by email at if you are interested.
Single screen independent operating theatre for sale. Located in downtown Paonia on the west slopes of the rockies in Colorado. This theatre was built in 1925 and has been operating (with the exception of a few years in the 80’s) ever since. It has a loyal following of independent film-goers and has shown many hollywood blockbusters on the break in the last few years.
184 seats with a stage for live performances and the origional dance floor along with an old time upright piano are among some of the amenities. Serious inquiries contact stu at or call 970 527 4058.
February 2, 2006
The Lafayette Theatre is proud to announce the start of its 4th year of classic film programs, the most comprehensive schedule anywhere of timeless movie entertainment. The Spring 2006 Season is our most ambitious yet, with over 30 programs of classic films. Our signature event – the Saturday morning Big Screen Classics – begins on February 25th with the The Band Wagon, starring Fred Astaire.
Special film events planned for the Spring:
February 25 through June 17: the Big Screen Classics Saturday morning matinee series.
March 10-12: “The Salute to Movie Musicals” – featuring seven incredible shows including KISS ME KATE presented in double-system polarized 3-D and Dolby Stereo sound.
April 7: “Ben-Hur” – the 1925 silent version with live accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer by guest artist Robert Israel.
April 8 & 9: “The Film Noir Festival” – seven great film programs featuring mysteries, detectives and femme fatales.
April 10-11-12: Special Roadshow Engagement of James Cameron’s TITANIC, presented in Panavision and DTS stereo sound.
FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
MIDDLESBROUGH, UK — Plans to demolish the former Odeon Cinema Middlesbrough, most recently operated as Jumpin Jaks Nightclub, have been revealed in the Teesside Evening Gazette. If approved the cinema building will be replaced by a 30m, 375ft high tower block.