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  • May 2, 2005

    Theatre Historical Society of America Conclave

    LOS ANGELES, CA — The following was sent in by Ted Gooding:

    “THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Annual Conclave (Convention) and Theatre Tours will take place in Southern California this year. June 21—27, 2005. Headquarters Hotel is the famous Hollywood Roosevelt and for the San Diego Add-on the 1889 Horton Grand in the Gas Lamp District of Downtown San Diego.

    The following counties will be traveled into Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, and Ventura. No one tours theatres like THS of A does they go from top to bottom! Fifty (50) theatres are planned if you take all 3 tours. The main tour cost is $395 for members. Cost of membership is $55. Hotels are on your own.

    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity as the saying goes. For full details go to www.historictheatres.org or or , Theodore R. Gooding Southern California Director and Conclave and Theatres Tours Chairman. FAX 626/356-0388"

  • April 29, 2005

    Today’s Newsreel

  • See Rare Views of the Uptown, Chicago!

    CHICAGO — SEE RARE VIEWS OF THE UPTOWN!

    This month’s Friends of the Uptown social, Monday, May 2, will feature more rare color and black & white slides of the historic UPTOWN THEATRE, Chicago. Noted designer and theatre historian Joseph R. DuciBella will share slides from his personal photographic archive that show vintage views of the theatre from the 1920s and the 1960s.

    You will be surprised to see how much of the UPTOWN’s art, furniture and lighting was intact in the 1960s from its original, 1925 decorative scheme. Mr. DuciBella’s images of the UPTOWN from the 1960s are the best color views known to exist of the theatre in operation.

    If you have ever been curious to see the UPTOWN in its best light (and in color!), then this is the night for you.

  • Looking for One Night in a Historic NY Theatre

    We’re a small group of filmmakers & artists looking to rent space in a historic closed theater in the NYC area for one night.

    The object is to do a film night in a venue that is historic but not generally open to the public, such as a theater slated for demolition or subject to renovations. Deterioration is a plus. We will handle all logistical aspects of the evening and will get event insurance for that night. We can even bring in our own equipment.

    Any tips, please send me an email. I’m offering a finders fee of $200 for information that will lead us to have a film night in such a venue. Thanks.

  • April 28, 2005

    Art Cinema in Charlottesville, VA for sale

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — The founding owners of the Vinegar Hill Theatre have placed the theatre on the market. A 1976 reprogramming of a 1949 Modern-style Studebaker auto dealership, the 219-seat single-screen theater is not historic per se, but has had a great influence on the cultural life of Charlottesville.

    A 1997 addition to the building houses a 42-seat restaurant with a 20-seat patio.

    The theatre is currently operating as Charlottesville’s only exclusive first-run art cinema, as it has since its opening. It has two 35mm projectors with manual changeover. The restaurant is also currently operating. For more information, please visit www.vinegarhilltheatre.com/gallery.

  • Village 4 Theatre Closes Its Doors

    ANN ARBOR, MI — The Village 4 Theatre closed its doors this past Sunday, April 24th, 2005. All passes and gift books will be honered at the newly opened (October 2004) Village 7 Theatre, located inside Briarwood Mall also in Ann Arbor. For more information, visit the Village Theatre website.

  • April 27, 2005

    Hawaii’s Waikiki Theatre Demolished

    HONOLULU, HI — The following was written by Lowell Angell:

    “Honolulu – April 22, 2005

    Demolition began last week of the 1936 Waikiki Theatre in Honolulu. Designed in a unique Tropical Moderne style, it was regarded by many as Hawaii’s most beautiful theatre.

    Located on Kalakaua Avenue, the famed Waikiki resort area’s main thoroughfare, the 1353-seat theatre was designed by Hawaii architect C.W. Dickey and built by the local Consolidated Amusement Company as its deluxe flagship theatre. It opened August 20, 1936 with the movie “Under Two Flags.”

    The theatre featured a lush garden forecourt with a large fountain, a lobby with ornate Moderne wall murals and ceiling fresco, and an atmosheric auditorium lined with artificial tropical vegetation including two full size coconut palms, a proscenium in the shape of a rainbow, and a corps of smartly-dressed usherettes. A 4-manual 16-rank Robert Morton organ was added soon after the theatre opened and enjoyed by generations of island residents and visitors. The organ has been removed and portions will be reinstalled in the local Hawaii and Palace theatres.

  • April 26, 2005

    Boston’s Gaiety Theatre Is Being Demolished

    BOSTON, MA — The battle to save Boston’s Gaiety Theater has been lost. Demolition started earlier this week, on the La Grange Street side. (Some demolition photos, taken Friday, April 22.)

    Although the theatre can no longer be saved, litigation is likely to continue on the subject of whether Boston’s Midtown Cultural District zoning requires the developer to build a replacement theatre, or to make a monetary contribution towards restoring some other nearby theatre.

  • ART DECO Theater Seats for SALE!

    South Central Pennsylvania.

    These seats came from a theater that was originally designed to present vaudeville and silent films in the early 1920’s. The theater just went under major renovations, and performs now as one of the leading arts presenter in south central Pennsylvania.

    There are about 200 seats, in decent condition. The original Spanish leather was replaced at some point in time with a beautiful antique light olive velvet. Fabric still looks very good. They are individual seats with wooden arm rests. The Art Deco motiff is predominantely present through all the metal work and base. They come in sets of 4-5 seats. They are definitely a jewel! Pictures available upon request. They need to go fast!

    If you are interested, please contact me at

  • April 25, 2005

    Hoosier Theatre Plans Expansion

    WHITING, IN — The Hoosier Theatre continues to fuel community passion for the arts as plans for development emerge…

    Read more in this report from the Northwest Indiana Times.