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  • April 28, 2005

    Art Cinema in Charlottesville, VA for sale

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — The founding owners of the Vinegar Hill Theatre have placed the theatre on the market. A 1976 reprogramming of a 1949 Modern-style Studebaker auto dealership, the 219-seat single-screen theater is not historic per se, but has had a great influence on the cultural life of Charlottesville.

    A 1997 addition to the building houses a 42-seat restaurant with a 20-seat patio.

    The theatre is currently operating as Charlottesville’s only exclusive first-run art cinema, as it has since its opening. It has two 35mm projectors with manual changeover. The restaurant is also currently operating. For more information, please visit www.vinegarhilltheatre.com/gallery.

  • Village 4 Theatre Closes Its Doors

    ANN ARBOR, MI — The Village 4 Theatre closed its doors this past Sunday, April 24th, 2005. All passes and gift books will be honered at the newly opened (October 2004) Village 7 Theatre, located inside Briarwood Mall also in Ann Arbor. For more information, visit the Village Theatre website.

  • April 27, 2005

    Hawaii’s Waikiki Theatre Demolished

    HONOLULU, HI — The following was written by Lowell Angell:

    “Honolulu – April 22, 2005

    Demolition began last week of the 1936 Waikiki Theatre in Honolulu. Designed in a unique Tropical Moderne style, it was regarded by many as Hawaii’s most beautiful theatre.

    Located on Kalakaua Avenue, the famed Waikiki resort area’s main thoroughfare, the 1353-seat theatre was designed by Hawaii architect C.W. Dickey and built by the local Consolidated Amusement Company as its deluxe flagship theatre. It opened August 20, 1936 with the movie “Under Two Flags.”

    The theatre featured a lush garden forecourt with a large fountain, a lobby with ornate Moderne wall murals and ceiling fresco, and an atmosheric auditorium lined with artificial tropical vegetation including two full size coconut palms, a proscenium in the shape of a rainbow, and a corps of smartly-dressed usherettes. A 4-manual 16-rank Robert Morton organ was added soon after the theatre opened and enjoyed by generations of island residents and visitors. The organ has been removed and portions will be reinstalled in the local Hawaii and Palace theatres.

  • April 26, 2005

    Boston’s Gaiety Theatre Is Being Demolished

    BOSTON, MA — The battle to save Boston’s Gaiety Theater has been lost. Demolition started earlier this week, on the La Grange Street side. (Some demolition photos, taken Friday, April 22.)

    Although the theatre can no longer be saved, litigation is likely to continue on the subject of whether Boston’s Midtown Cultural District zoning requires the developer to build a replacement theatre, or to make a monetary contribution towards restoring some other nearby theatre.

  • ART DECO Theater Seats for SALE!

    South Central Pennsylvania.

    These seats came from a theater that was originally designed to present vaudeville and silent films in the early 1920’s. The theater just went under major renovations, and performs now as one of the leading arts presenter in south central Pennsylvania.

    There are about 200 seats, in decent condition. The original Spanish leather was replaced at some point in time with a beautiful antique light olive velvet. Fabric still looks very good. They are individual seats with wooden arm rests. The Art Deco motiff is predominantely present through all the metal work and base. They come in sets of 4-5 seats. They are definitely a jewel! Pictures available upon request. They need to go fast!

    If you are interested, please contact me at

  • April 25, 2005

    Hoosier Theatre Plans Expansion

    WHITING, IN — The Hoosier Theatre continues to fuel community passion for the arts as plans for development emerge…

    Read more in this report from the Northwest Indiana Times.

  • Help!

    I’m a masters student in urban planning and we are doing a project or rennovation in urban environments.

    I would like to renovate an old theater into a either a jazz club type setting or another musical-type use.

    Does anyone know of any projects or have any ideas for a transformation?

    Thanks for your help.

  • April 22, 2005

    Donations Accepted for Broadway in Pitman, NJ

    PITMAN, NJ — Chamber of Commerce Helping to Save Vaudeville Era Gem. Broadway May Become Performance Venue, Courier-Post Reports

    “The projector at the Broadway Theatre has likely flickered for the last time,” reports Tim Zatzariny in the Courier-Post online edition on April 21, 2005. “But there’s a good chance the bankrupt, 79-year-old former vaudeville house will live on as a performance venue, a court-appointed trustee said Wednesday.”

    After a sheriff’s sale was averted by a consent order given by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the trustee has 90 days to find a buyer. “I’ve had a couple of people look at it,” the Courier-Post quotes the attorney in charge. “The two that have shown the most interest are looking at it as a live theater. It will no longer be a movie theater. That doesn’t seem to be a consideration.”

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  • Transforming a Historical Theatre into a Performing Arts Center

    The following was sent in by “focus”:

    “Performing Art Centers Of Indiana, LLC. was established to work with historical theatre owners and communities, to restore classical downtown theatres into state of the art performing art centers.

    ‘Restoration of a historical theatre is an important contribution to the theatre culture of each community they serve,’ said Mr. Monde President of the company, ‘but the success of the theatre goes beyond the restoration phase.’