The latest movie theater news and updates

  • February 15, 2005

    The Rex Cinema Berkhamstead England

    BERKHAMSTEAD, ENGLAND — This is a story well worth looking at from the BBC News. The Rex Cinema in Berkhamstead is a superb Art Deco cinema which has survived a long period of closure and neglect to rise phoenix-like from the ashes. Take a look at their website:

    Hopefully other UK cinemas can be rescued one day from the clutches of bingo and unsympathetic chains that simply vandalize historic buildings.

  • February 14, 2005

    Free Tours of the Atlanta Fox Theatre

    ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta Preservation Center is having its 3rd annual Phoenix Flies celebration from March 5th to March 15th. There will be many free activities going on around the city. As part of that, they have a weeklong period in which they will be giving free tours of the Legendary Atlanta Fox Theatre. The dates for the free tours are:

    Saturday March 5th, 10am and 11am
    Monday March 7th, 10am
    Wednesday March 10th, 10am
    Thursday March 11th, 10am
    Saturday, March 13th 10am and 11am

  • Large Explosion at the Empire Theatre in Paris

    PARIS, FRANCE — A major explosion of unknown, but probably accidental, cause resulted in considerable damage to the Empire Theatre on Paris' Champs Elysees.

    Full story at: ABC News Online and CTV News.

  • February 11, 2005

    Grand Theater 3D Renderings

    BALTIMORE, MD — Ed Dobbins has sent us these wonderful three-dimensional renderings of the now demolished Grand Theater.

  • February 9, 2005

    Heights Cinema’s Future in Question

    BROOKLYN, NY — The sale of Screen Arts Corporation’s Park Slope Pavillion may be bad news for Brooklyn Heights Pavillion, the company’s last theater and one of the last duplex theaters in New York City. (Park Slope was sold to Access Intergrated Technologies, which still runs the theater.)

    The Heights Pavillion has had to reduce its hours of operation recently and has had to face stiff competition from the United Artists Court Street Stadium 12 Theater nearby. Screen Arts had to also sell the Flatbush Pavillion recently, which as of now, is still unoccupied.

    The Park Slope Pavillion, though a multiplex, has managed to keep its independent-cinema charm with unique concessions, art cinema film choices and an elegant restaurant upstairs.

  • February 8, 2005

    Watts Theatre Receives Local Media Attention

    OSAGE, IA — Our good friends at the Watts received some well-deserved recognition after being profiled in our book and listed as one of USA Today’s 10 Great Places.

    The local CBS television affiliate ran a segment quoting manager Earl Kennedy, “It’s a very, very short list. It’s just awesome to me to be included on the list. It is wonderful, it’s a one of a kind experience and I consider it a huge honor.”

    To Mary Peiper’s article in The Globe Gazette he added, “In the age of the multiplex it seems small town theaters are going out the door. But the Watts has always been one to buck the trend.”

    Keep up the good work, guys!

  • “Sweetheart Tour” of Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre

    HOLLYWOOD, CA — On February 12 & 13 (10:30 AM), the American Cinematique at the Egyptian Theatre hosts a special “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Tour.”

    Featuring “tidbits from the life of America’s original Sweetheart, Mary Pickford and her husband Douglas Fairbanks (who were frequent visitors to Grauman’s Hollywood Egyptian Theatre in the 1920s) and some tasty sweets,” the special event offers two tickets for the price of one.

    “Highlights of our regular historic tours are included,” the press office assures. “See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history.”

    Future dates are March 12 & 13 and April 9 & 10 (10:30 AM). As always, the hour-long documentary “Forever Hollywood” screens on the same days at 11:35 AM; 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM. Tickets $7 Adults. $5 Members/Students/Seniors 65+. Tour & Movie $10. Private group tours available. Call 323.461.2020, ext. 3 for more info.

  • February 7, 2005

    MoMA’s Titus Theaters Receive Major Upgrade

    NEW YORK, NY — The February edition of Film Journal International reviews the biggest facelift since 1984 and latest technology upgrades to the famed Roy and Niuta Titus auditorium on the lower level of the Museum of Modern Art.

    The article includes comments from senior curator Laurence Kardish, Mary Lea Bandy, the Celeste Bartos chief curator of film and media, and by Charlie Kalinowski, chief projectionist since 1987 and recently appointed Audio Visual Department head.

    “When New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) reopened the doors to its expanded and gorgeously redesigned home, not only were Matisse and Míro seen in an all-new and column-free gallery light, but also the likes of Mamoulian and Mizoguchi…”

    Read the full article.

  • Report on New Cinema Venues

    The February 2005 issue of Film Journal International also reviews some of the newest theaters worldwide that opened during the past holiday season:

    “Not so long ago, reports about new theatre construction could be summed up with two words: "still standing.” These days, however, exhibitors are moving again and building up and out.

    From the Cinemark Savassi in Brazil to My Theatre in Ratchaburi, Thailand, from Vancouver, Canada, to Khimki, Russia, unique locations and designs to match are expanding our views of service and experience.

    Bright new KinoStars illuminate Heavenly Villages, and CineStars are rising above more than one Belo Horizonte. From the German side of Lake Constance to South Lake Tahoe, California, to Solomons Island Road in Annapolis, Maryland, theatres everywhere are committed to bringing the best possible film experience to their customers."

    Read the full article.

  • February 4, 2005

    Coronet Theatre Will Close On Feb 10th

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Earlier this week, the staff of the Coronet was told that the theater would be closing its'doors forever on Feb 10, 2005. The Coronet, which opened in 1949, has been operated by United Artists since some time in the late 1980’s or early 90’s.

    According to the San Francisco Examiner, in 2000, the owners of the building sold it to The Goldman Institute On Aging, who plan to tear it down and construct a senior citizens center on the site. The 1,200-seat Coronet is one of the last single-screen 70mm movie houses (with good sound and projectionst) to actually to run 70mm prints on a regular basis. There are one or two other single screen SF movie houses with 70mm capibility- -but they haven’t run 70mm in years.

    JimC/San Francisco