The latest movie theater news and updates
October 14, 2003
On September 25 2003, just days after it was host to the Toronto International Film Fest, the Uptown closed its doors forever.
October 13, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — This isn’t news, since this project has been going on since the first of August, but here it is anyway.
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs has come up with an interesting plan for the long-dormant Loop (aka Telenews) Theatre on State and Randolph streets (current address is 8 E. Randolph). The building sits next to the legendary Chicago Theatre.
HAYS, KANSAS — According to reports from the Hays Daily News, Dickinson Theaters has closed the Fox II Theater (in downtown Hays, Kansas) and is in negotiations to donate it to the City of Hays. A committee has been formed by the city, and a few ideas on how to preserve the theater have been proposed. An indoor park has been raised as one idea, and also running art and educational films (which Dickinson does not play in their first run houses).
LEWISTOWN, PA — The continuing restoration of Lewistown’s historic Embassy Theatre will reach an important milestone on October 16, 2003 when the restored Marquee of a Thousand Lights will be illuminated. The Friends of the Embassy Theatre, Inc. the non-profit group that owns the theatre, will hold a “grand illumination party” in front of the theatre on Monument Square from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm that evening.
October 10, 2003
With the new site, it’s now even easier to find your favorite theaters! Incorporating your suggestions, we’ve upgraded our theater guide category pages to make our theater database faster, easier-to-use, and more functional.
The Garden Theater, which opened on January 14, 1918 in Charleston, South Carolina, is for sale. When it opened, one entered across a tile floor, under a huge ornate arch, into a garden of hanging flower baskets, caged singing canaries, trellises and crystal chandeliers.
October 9, 2003
As you may have noticed, we’ve given our theater news section a complete overhaul, with many improvements and new features (see full list below). But probably the biggest change of all is that we’re counting on your help to make Cinema Treasures THE place for theater preservation news.
Here’s a quick list of some of the new features & improvements in our theater news area.
• Add your theater news (see above)
• Discuss interesting stories with other Cinema Treasures users
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• Use our printer-friendly layout if you need to print a copy of an article
• Use our news categories to keep track of specific topics
• Search our theater news archives using our search tool (we’ll be posting older stories over the next few weeks)
• Browse our news archives by category or month
The word was the Grand Theatre here in Baltimore was to come down this fall, and they have been busy working to get the entire block ready for the wrecking ball. This was one of Baltimore’s surviving theatres into the 1980’s, and it’s a shame to see it go. (It shows up in several John Waters films.) One a better note, they finished up the Patterson Community Center (AKA Patterson Theatre) to the West of the Grand, complete with a new vertical marquee.