The latest movie theater news and updates
October 7, 2005
I operate a fanpage to the 1965 film ‘Village of the Giants.’ I have been compiling all sorts of trivia and such on this film since February, but there’s one setting that is proving truly enigmatic. During part of the film, there’s an interior of a theater. The imges of the seating and theater deco interior can be found here.
This was shot somewhere in California, and the tassles over the girl’s head are from something draped over a balcony-like area where the camera is set up. There isn’t that much information to go off of, but I kind of think this could have been a community theater somewhere in LA or Hollywood (the main segments of the film were shot at the WB Ranch and Universal Studios).
If anyone can help, It’d be greatly appreciated, and I will acknowledge your help on my site.
October 6, 2005
WINTER GARDEN, FL — Crews began restoration work October 5 on the 1935 Garden Theatre. The movie house, closed since 1963, will become a performing arts facility and part-time movie house for the community.
The interior of this house was set in a Spanish garden, with “Romeo and Juliet” balconies, greenery, lots of Spanish tile and a twinkling star ceiling. It was used as a warehouse for over 60 years. Plans are to match the original style as closely as possible, while extending the stage forward to give sufficient space for live performances. It will seat about 300, and the theatre is scheduled to open in late 2006.
Newly renovated Regent Theater for sale in Wellington, Kansas. Renovated in 2002. Currently using as Dinner Theater/Resturant. Also has a 3 bedroom apartment in the back. Selling because of poor health. Email for more information.
October 5, 2005
MYRTLE BEACH, SC — More than 20 local movers and shakers, including Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Dean, Myrtle Beach City Manager Tom Leath, and WEZV general manager Matt Sedota, will auction off pastel paintings they created to benefit the Rivoli Theatre restoration project Thursday.
7 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2005
Piane Lakes International Country Club
5603 Woodside Avenue
Myrtle Beach, SC
$75 (includes open bar and hors d'ouvres)
(843) 267-5845 or (843) 448-4896
MONTREAL, QUEBEC — I walked by Eaton Centre Cnemas 6 in downtown Montreal and found a sign “FERME PARAMOUNT OU PARISIAN” on the windows. This Famous Players theatre opened in December 1990. In 1999, this cinema was demoted as a “move-over” house for the Paramount.
It was sold to Cineplex Entertainment in June 2005 and the last day of business for this cinema was September 29, 2005.
October 4, 2005
NEW YORK, NY — Well, I visited the “Astor Plaza” Theater last night, although of course it is now the Nokia Theatre. (I know it may hurt, but I believe in keeping with the policy of this website, the name may have to be changed on the site, and Unfortunately, “Astor Plaza” may now have to become the secondary name).
Well, last night was the second night of the new theater. (The Nokia Theater opened Saturday Oct 1, 2005 with Social Distortion playing in the new venue. The new marquee was beautiful. My visit there was sort of bittersweet, as it’s a shame that it is no longer the Astor Plaza…but it is attractive. “Social Distortion” was the first band to open up the new Nokia Theatre, and that’s who I went to see. (they are also playing Tuesday and Wed of this week there).
The escalators look similar to the way it always was, but that’s where it ends. Everything is new, and nothing really remains of the old Astor Plaza. At the bottom of the escalators, is a bar area. Once inside the auditorium, it has been completely redone. The seats have been completely ripped out, and the front two tiers now has hardwood floors. This concert was general admission, so those two tiers are standing room, like most of this type of concerts are.
The book, “The Chicago Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz” by David Balaban is now available for pre-order from all major online booksellers including Amazon.com and BN.com at special pre-release prices. The cover of the book features the beautiful Uptown Theatre. The expected delivery date listed is October 31st, 2005.
For more information please visit www.balabanandkatzfoundation.com or email me at .
October 3, 2005
MILWAUKEE, WI — It is a pleasure to announce that Milwaukee’s AVALON THEATRE is being reborn, but just as what is not now known. Two days ago, a conference among community of Bay View, the neighborhood in which the Avalon sits, met at the theatre under the invitation of new owner, Lee Barczak, to discuss the future of the building in the minds of its neighbors.
It was related to me that the goal was to get the word out to the locals to get their input, and to that end, half sheets of paper were handed out to be distributed, titled: “THE AVALON THEATRE, Projected Opening — 2007.” Responses were asked for in writing to three questions about the use of the former movie palace, and if one wanted to be notified of future events/developments, one’s name, address, and E-mail address were asked for.
Significant to all of this is the appearance of the theatre’s new web site: http://www.theavalontheatre.com/. Go to its page: “About Us” > “Feedback” and there type in your suggestions for a successful future, as well as any other suggestions you might have. Let us hope this charming atmospheric (stars ‘n’ clouds) theatre will soon sing again, available parking or not.
September 30, 2005
NILES, IL — After a five-year absence, after the 2000 closing of the Golf Mill Theater, which had enjoyed a nearly 40-year run and has since been converted into a gym, a theater may soon be returning to the Golf Mill Mall in the Chicago suburb of Niles, according to this report from the Niles Herald-Spectator.
Kerasotes Showplace Theatres is currently negotiating with the mall to open a 14-to 16-screen movie theater at Golf Mill. The theater is tentatively scheduled to open during summer of 2006.
While Kerasotes operates over 70 theaters around the Midwest, including Illinois, it is only now beginning to break into the Chicagoland market. The chain has plans to open theaters in Vernon Hills, Naperville, Lake in the Hills, Aurora, and Chicago.
Unlike the old Golf Mill Theater, which stood apart from the mall itself, the new theater will be attached to the mall, and will be able to be entered from outside as well as from inside the mall. In addition to the former Golf Mill Theater, the mall once had a stand-alone live playhouse as well, the Mill Run Theater, which was closed and demolished years ago.
BROOKLYN, NY — I have approx. 500+ Irwin Citation seats available for sale.
The parts are black and the fabric is burgundy. Cupholders on all standards. Backs have a very thick cushion. Available for pick-up, delivery, and installation, if you need help.
Leave a message for Lillian at (718) 802-0137. Photos are available.