The latest movie theater news and updates
March 1, 2006
The following was sent in by “Clark”:
Hi, my name is Clark and I am doing a school paper on the death of the single screen movie theater and I wanted to know if there is someone I could talk to who has a first hand account of being at the Roxy theater (the one that was located in New York City on the corner of 50th street and 7th avenue and had 6,214 seats). Also someone who might have a good knowledge of the Ziegfeld or New York City cinema. Thanks so much and love the website.
February 28, 2006
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater
2:55 From ‘55—
3 Cinemascope Classics From 1955—
All in The W-I-D-E-S-T Cinemascope (2:55) Ever Filmed!
Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11
BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK—Friday, March 10, 8 PM
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE—Saturday, March 11, 6:15 PM
EAST OF EDEN—Saturday, March 11, 8:45 PM
Admission per film is $6 Adult/$4 Senior or Child. COMBO ticket for 2 FILMS is $10/$6, SUPER COMBO ticket for ALL 3 is $15/$10 PLUS get a FREE popcorn with each ticket.
For more info, please visit www.loewsjersey.org or call 201-798-6055.
February 27, 2006
NEW YORK, NY — Adding to classic film screenings in the area at the Loew’s Jersey and Lafayette Theatre, the Ziegfeld has announced a month of repetrory screenings of classic films such as “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Doctor Zhivago,” and “2001” as well as more contemporary films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
MACON, GA — The Capitol Theatre re-opened to the general public on January 18, 2006 after being closed for 31 years. Thanks to the efforts of countless volunteers, the facility will now operate as a movie house and live entertainment facility.
Friday and Saturday nights are dedicated to movies showing at 7 PM and 10 PM. Thursday nights shall feature live entertainment. Future plans call for the complete restoration of the stage with lighting and sound equipment in place to support both live music and live productions.
As a 501©3, the facility will be available free of charge to school and educational productions on Monday and Tuesday evenings. In March the marquee will again be lit thanks to the generosity of Cox Communications. The marquee is a reproduction of the 1916 original.
February 24, 2006
I apologize if this isn’t quite “news”, but I’d like your opinions. I’m need to get out of Boston for a weekend trip to New York and would love to visit two or three classic theaters there. I’m not going to go this weekend (I’m probably going to be there March 3rd – 5th), so I’ll have time to figure out what I’m going to see and do.
What theaters would you recommend I check out? I might not actually see a movie at each of them, but I’d like to take some pictures look around.
I’d only ask that the theaters are currently open (showing films) and that it is relatively close or walkable from public transportation.
February 23, 2006
Hello, Channel 5 on UK television has a weekly movie program called ‘movielounge’ which airs Wednesday nights at 7-15.
The show is running a feature called ‘The Best Little Cinema in Britain’ where viewers can nominate their favorite websites. To enter a submission, go to the movielounge website.
We want to find ‘The Best little Cinema In Britain’ and we need your help! It doesn’t have to be a stunningly beautiful Grade One listed building – maybe you just love it because it’s NOT just another Multiplex, maybe it’s a bit old and tatty and strange but you saw your first film there or copped your first feel there – it doesn’t matter we want to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts and we’ll come armed with a camera crew to let you show off your favourite cinema to the nation.
This week Giles kicked off proceeding with his own nomination, The Everyman cinema in Hampstead North London. Open since 1933, this luxurious little cinema prides itself on its unusual seating arrangement, its love of quality cinema, good food and wine.
Allen Windsor, author of “Cruising the Deuce … in Movie Houses on 42nd Street, Times Square, and Greenwich Village in the 1940s to 1980s” (available from http://chelcpress.com), recently gave a reading at the 13th Street Gay Center on 14 Feb 2006 that was televised and will be shown on Channel 34 some time in February.
He describes each grind house on 42nd but also details what went on in upper balconies and toilet areas elsewhere around the city. With him was Willy, the porter in the old Variety Photoplays on 3rd Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets.
The book is filled with many tales of that era, and John Waters asked for and received permission to use the book as a prop in a movie he’s making. Foreword is by a former president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex.
February 22, 2006
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that this year’s set for the Oscars will be a “no-holds-barred return to classic Hollywood glamour, paying homage to old movie theaters.”
“When designing the Oscars, I try to make the current show as different from the year before as possible,” said Christopher. “Last year’s show was distinguished by a hi-tech, ‘cutting-edge’ style. So this year, there’s nothing hi-tech — it’s a no-holds-barred return to classic Hollywood glamour, paying homage to old movie theaters.”
“I wanted to celebrate the movies and to include great movie houses and screens,” said Cates. “So Roy went back to the classic ornate movie houses for his inspiration, which, I think, is superbly reflected in the final design.”
“I have always loved the movie theaters of the ‘30s, '40s and '50s,” Christopher said. “The man who designed many of them was S. Charles Lee, who was remarkably imaginative and architecturally daring, making movie theaters in styles ranging from the ornate Hollywood baroque to the sleek art-moderne. His spaces were exciting places that upon entering made you feel that something extraordinary was going to happen.”
I have an original 1920s art deco movie theatre ticket booth for sale.
It is in remarkable condition!! It has lots of black and white art deco design, and great detailed carved wood. It also features a stained glass window in the back of the booth and a curved glass front. The piece weighs at least 200 hundred pounds and is about 7' tall.
I do not know the history of this piece but it is obviously mid-late 1920s-early 1930s judging by the design. The stained glass pyramid design is consistent with the “Oriental-Egyptian” theatre themes of the period. It must be seen to be appreciated — which can be done by requesting email photos from me.
The booth is most likely unique-doubtful that another one like it exists especially in such great shape. I have it stored in NW New Jersey, about 40 miles west of New York City, and 40 miles east of Pennsylvania, near Interstate Rt 78. Please email me for photos. I’m looking for about $3500 for this most beautiful-and functional-piece of history!
My contact info is or 908-604-4806… I will be happy to send email photos or make arrangements to look at this piece.