The latest movie theater news and updates

  • June 1, 2005

    Community Seeks Investor to Restore Art Deco Theater

    OWATONNA, MN — A task force associated with Owatonna’s Main Street program is searching for a way to save one of the city’s landmarks. The State Theater in downtown Owatonna is an Art Deco building that opened in 1935 as a movie theater, but has been vacant since 1996. The building is in danger of being lost to deterioration if it is not put back into use soon.

    Interested persons with the skills, resources, and passion necessary to “Save the State” are encouraged to contact the task force with their ideas.

  • Theatre Books For Sale

    I have a small collection of Film Daily Yearbooks and International Motion Picture Almanacs for sale. The Film Daily Yearbooks are $25.00 each plus shipping and the International Motion Picture Almanacs are $10.00 each plus shipping. Condition does vary, so email me for information on a specific volume. Listed below are the available volumes.

    International Motion Picture Almanac
    1957,1959,1965,1966,1967,1970,1971,1972,1973,1974,
    1975,1976

    Film Daily Yearbooks
    1948,1949,1951,1952,1953,1954,1959,1960,1961,
    1962,1963

    I also have 5 old boxoffice magazines I am selling for $ 1.00 each plus shipping. They are November 1988, June 1990, October 1988, January 1993,September 2001.

    If anyone is interested in any of these issues or needs more information, please email at

    Thanks, Johnn

  • May 31, 2005

    Ohmann Theatre Reopens Following Restoration

    LYONS, NY — The Opening date for the Ohmann Theatre is July 6.

    The 90 year old theatre will be as special as the opening day in 1915. The colors and wood work have been restored, the original design of the curtains has been reproduced and plays, concerts and, of course, movies are being scheduled.

    A well known director of theatrical productions will head up the staff. The name to be announced soon.

  • Where Was This Theatre?

    Yesterday’s New York Times has an article about The Sound of Music, accompanied by this photo:

    The caption reads:
    The sound of protest: college students in Minnesota in 1966 saying “enough” to “The Sound of Music.” The photo is credited to 20th Century Fox.

    Anyone recognize this theatre? Where was it? Is it still standing and operating?

  • 800 Plus Theater Seats For Sale in California

    Irwin theater seats in EXCELLENT CONDITION, new coverings, very comfortable, and in two colors. MAROON AND BLACK. These seats are the best looking seats I have seen in a very long time. email me at for pictures and prices. Transportation is not included and price will depend on shipping location from California. These seats will sell fast, once they are seen by any buyers.

    AGAIN, THEY ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND VERY VERY COMFORATABLE WITH NEW COVERING. SEATS WILL BE SOLD AS AN ENTIRE LOT FOR THE PRICE, WE ARE NOT SELLING SEATS AT 2 OR 5 EACH OR 20 EACH. SEATS WILL BE SOLD AS A LOT OF 800 PLUS ONLY.

    SERIOUS BUYERS PLEASE CONTACT ME -CARL- AT 480-710-5360 OR AT These seats are ready for shipment and have been removed and are in storage ready to go.

  • May 30, 2005

    URGENT – DuPage Theatre to Face Demolition Vote

    LOMBARD, IL — The following was sent in by the “DuPage Friends”:

    “Lombard Trustee Proposes Resolution to Demolish Historic DuPage Theatre and Shops

    While the Village of Lombard is busy reviewing a proposal to restore the historic DuPage Theatre and Shops in its downtown, District 4 Trustee Steven Sebby has requested that
    Village Manager Bill Lichter place on the June 2, 2005 Village Board Agenda a resolution to demolish the theater and existing buildings.

    The revitalization plan now under review by the village includes the complete restoration of the DuPage Theatre as an arts and cultural center, as well as the development of upscale condominiums, restaurant and retail space and parking.

    The plan, proposed by architectural firm Daniel P. Coffey & Associates, a nationally renowned architectural firm specializing in theater restoration, and RSC & Associates, highly credentialed condominium and commercial developers, compelled the Village Board at a special meeting on April 27, 2005 to refer the plan to Village Staff.

  • St. Louis Fox to present “Stan Kann Celebration”

    ST. LOUIS, MO — On Sunday, June 12, the St. Louis Fox will celebrate Stan Kann’s 55th anniversary of first performing at the theatre’s 4/36 Wurlitzer with a “Stan Kann Celebration.”

    The program will be in two parts. First will be the showing of Mike Steinberg’s documentary entitled “Stan Kann – The Happiest Man in the World.” The second half of the program will feature Mr. Kann accompaning the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks film, “The Mark of Zorro.”

    Ticket information can be had at www.fabulousfox.com/attractions.asp

  • May 27, 2005

    Carolina Theatre & Grille Business For Sale

    State-of-the-art first-run movie/dinner theatre and restaurant built in 1946 for sale!

    Located in historical, beautiful downtown coastal Carolina city less than 45 mins. to Outer Banks and Virginia. 1 block from waterfront in a town experiencing tremendous growth. Business, equipment, and inventory included in sale.

    Unbelievable lease with 8 years remaining. Wonderful landlords who care about the property and community.

    Single screen, Dolby Digital Surround Sound auditorium with 100 dining seats (each table wired to digital phone system and low-voltage lighting), 168 traditional theater seats, and full service concession stand.

    Also included is a full service restaurant, with 51 seats, that adjoins the theater. All equipment and furnishing in excellent condition. Tremendous growth and franchise opportunities.

    For more information, contact Bryan:

  • Theater Marquee For Sale

    AMHERST, MA — I am offering a marquee from a closed theater in Amherst. It measures 4 ½' tall x 8' feet wide and about 1 foot deep.

    It has about 100 light bulb sockets that surround the message board. I believe it’s from the 70s and has a great look.

    Email me for pictures .

  • May 26, 2005

    Rent/Buy Historic Theater For Just $1.00

    NEW LONDON, CT — This Historic Theater, in the heart of New London’s Downtown. a National Register Historic District, is “desperately seeking” a Developer with Imagination and Resources to bring her back to life! PRICE IS NEGOTIABLE.

    If you have a good idea and the ability to put idea into action, we will talk to you. The Capital is a former 100-seat vaudeville theatre. Named by National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the USA’s most significant historic theaters in need of development! Building is owned by City of New London. Sale contingent upon proposed use, and must be approved by New London City Council. Interior and facade need extensive renovation. New Roof installed in 2000. Main floor and balcony; stage; three floors and lobby.

    Become a part of Downtown New London’s Exciting Rebirth!

    For more info, visit:
    http://www.fastfacility.com/ct/FactSheet.asp?7805

    ABOUT NEW LONDON, CT:

    **“New London, Conn., best-priced U.S. city
    Survey ranks it 1st when costs, jobs, pay are combined” (See this report from the San Francisco Chronicle.)

    **“New London topped our list with salary ranges above the national average, a low cost of living, and a low unemployment rate.” (See Salary.com’s Salary Value Index.)