The latest movie theater news and updates
October 25, 2004
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.
October 22, 2004
TORONTO, CANADA — I’m looking for some help in the Toronto area.
I want to start an all-Canadian movie theater website and I’m looking for some help in this project. I have alot of great ideas and I think if some of you could help me out that would be great.
I myself have been helping out new and old movie theaters in the Hamilton and Toronto area and Cinema Treasures with pictures and infomation about theaters all over Canada. So that’s what I want to do for a new website.
It’s in the part where a guy is on the roof of the theater shooting at zombies. They also show you a seen where they’re inside and outside of the theater.
The Westwood was located in Toronto, Ontario and is now a parking lot unfortunately.
October 21, 2004
FLINT, MI — Gary Flinn has sent us another quick update on the status of the Capitol Theatre:
Formal painting has begun on the Capitol Theatre Building’s arcade canopy and I thank all of you for posting the canopy photo with the gold paint sample in your respective web sites. I don’t think this is worth posting publicly as the color being painted is red metal primer. This was the unfortunate color of the canopy before repairs began. I hope it’s just a primer coat. More updates as I see changes. Thanks again.
PITTSBURG, CA — The City of Pittsburg is purchasing the Enean Theater to help restore the landmark theater (see previous story).
The owner Jaime Penuela and Paul Warshauer (of Grande Venues) have joined forces to reopen the Enean.
The outlook is very good now.
October 20, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — It’s the legendary Chicago Theatre’s 83rd birthday and on Saturday, October 23, 2004, between 11 am – 2 pm, free tours of the theater will be available on the hour.
The tours will include historical and architectual highlights of the building including the grand lobby areas, majestic auditorium and backstage space (when possible) where performers through the years have left their autographs on the walls of dressing rooms and corridors.
A photo exhibit just installed in the lower lobby “Chicago: Three Centuries of Theatres” can be viewed.
The MIGHTY WURLITZER THEATRE PIPE ORGAN will also be played live for all tours!
Enough people have already submitted their experiences of going to the “movies” at the Paradise, one of the greatest movie theaters ever.
Of course, the ceiling in the theater with it’s twinkling stars was magical. Some are too young to know that it originally had stage shows along with the movie in the old days. Very much like Radio City Music Hall. And that gorgeous baroque staircase to the balcony.
Did anyone mention the goldfish? There were pools (3 or 4) of huge goldfish in the lobby.
If The Paradise is not restored and saved it will be the shame of New York, just as the demolition of Penn Station was. So Bronxites, what can we do?
The Drive-In Exchange, Ltd. is preparing to archive all of the “Theatre Catalogs” that were released by Jay Emanuel Publishing starting from their pre-Theatre Catalog of 1939 through the 1970 Theatre Catalog edition of The Motion Picture Exhibitor.
Our purpose is to make the articles, advertisements and features of each individual volume available to everyone in a digital PDF format. Our search for these catalogs over the past 10 years has enabled us to find most of the rare volumes. The volumes that we are currently in need of are the 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967 and 1968 editions.
If anyone out there would like to either sell or donate any of these volumes to use for these archival purposes, we will send you the Theatre Catalog Digital collection (probably on DVD volumes) when they become available for free.
Please contact us ASAP if you can. Thank you.
October 19, 2004
FLINT, MI — We’ve received an update on the Capitol Theatre from Gary Flinn:
Just one minor, but significant update about the Capitol Theatre in Flint MI. The theater’s arcade canopy facing Harrison Street now has a small sample coat of gold paint which could be the final color of the repaired canopy. A pair of photos (apologies as the sky was overcast) are attached to show the gold color.