The latest movie theater news and updates

  • December 7, 2004

    Friends of the Boyd Receives $30,000 Grant

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent in by Howard Haas of Friends of the Boyd:

    “The Friends of the Boyd have received news of a generous grant from Arcadia Foundation for $30,000 towards recreation of the missing original Art Deco chandeliers from the Grand Lobby of Philadelphia’s Boyd Theatre.

    The Boyd Theatre was built in 1928 in the French Art Deco style. The original main chandelier and two adjoining pendants were removed during 1953 remodeling. In 1971, a central chandelier not compatible with the Art Deco style was hung. The grant will be sufficient for recreation in its original Art Deco style of the main chandelier, so it will look as it did in historic photos.

  • Movie Theatre For Sale In British Columbia

    HOPE, BC, CANADA — Theater for sale in beautiful Hope, BC, just an hour and a half east of Vancouver. Housing 330 seats, this single screen movie house is the only one in town. In 2000, the theater had a ceiling to floor renovation.

    Originally built in 1945, the theater is currently operating four nights a week and is perfect for someone who wants to live a semi-retired lifestyle. Gross revenue is approximately $150,000 per year. Contact for more info.

  • December 6, 2004

    Electric Cinema in Birmingham, England Re-Opens

    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND — The Electric Cinema on Station Street will re-open this week.

    The cinema was opened in 1909 in the centre of the city and has been showing movies almost ever since. Is the Electric the oldest working cinema in Great Britain? At the moment it seems it is by just a few months.

    In the 1920’s and showing silent films the Electric changed its name to the “Select.” In the 1930’s the old Electric changed its name again and became the Tatler News Theatre. In the 1950’s another name change to the Jacey Cartoon cinema.

  • Southington Drive-In Auctions Off Possessions

    SOUTHINGTON, CT — An auction was held at the Southington Drive-In recently to sell all its possessions. Basically anything that wasn’t nailed down (and even many of things that were) were available for a price. Screen one has already been removed and the speaker poles have fallen.

    Vandals have graffitied the building and broken windows. Water leaks through the ceiling of the former concession stand. The drive-in, even though it was closed for only two years, is already in a state of decay. The town of Southington purchased the property for $1.6 million earlier this year and will use it to expand a neighboring park.

    Screen two and two of the projectors will remain to show movies in the park for free a few times each summer. The drive-in closed not because of lack of business, but because the younger generation of the family that owned it wanted to sell the business.

    For more information, read the Record-Journal article.

  • December 3, 2004

    Theatre Organ Concerts Add To Preservation Efforts At Keith-Albee

    HUNTINGTON, WV — Robert Edmunds, a communications professor at Marshall University, had founded the Huntington Theatre Organ Project in an effort to help galvanize interest of local business in preservation and restoration of the 1928 Thomas Lamb Keith-Albee Theatre.

    The Project has nearly completed installation of a 1927 Wurlitzer EX pipe organ into the Keith that was originally built for the Granada Theatre in Bluefield, WV. The Keith’s original organ (Wurlitzer Model 240 that was used for silent movies) was sold in the 1950s and is own by a private collector.

    Commenting upon the Keith, Edmunds praised the theater as a “palace of splendor.” Edmunds will be playing Christmas selections during intermission of “The Incredibles” this Saturday. In fact, the theater now has the balcony with comfortable loge seats and stadium similar seating open on every weekend.

  • Fire Damages Fox Theatre Marquee

    DETROIT, MI — A fire early Wednesday morning caused minor damage to the marquee of the Fox Theatre.

    News reports from local television stations WDIV and WXYZ can be found here and here.

  • 380 Seat Movie Theater For Sale In Alberta

    DRUMHELLER, CANADA — Movie theater for sale in the heart of Canada’s booming Alberta province.

    Located in Drumheller, Alberta, this independent movie theater business is complete with living quarters.

    • Asking price: $295,000 (including building).
    • Occupancy negotiable.
    • Zoning is CB Central Business.
    • Gross Sales $200,000 – $230,000 per year.
    • Hours of Operation 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
    • Well established business – is the only movie thratre in town.
    • Lighted Neon sign serviced and rewired in October of 2004.
    • Boiler serviced in September 2004.

    Call Bob Sheddy @ 403-823-4141 or e-mail .

    www.osbornecommercial.com

  • December 2, 2004

    Allen Organ Console Arrives At St. George Theatre

    STATEN ISLAND, NY — An Allen organ console was expected to arrive at the St. George Theatre yesterday.

    It is on loan through our friends at the New York Theatre Organ Society (NYTOS). The theater will “borrow” it for about a month until another suitable console can be found.

    In the meanwhile, the Allen will help to “re-open” the theater in time for its gala 75th anniversary on December 4th.

    We look forward to a HUGE attendance for this rare and wonderful theater experience, which includes a red carpet, Klieg lights, entertainment, important notables, AND the “Mighty Allen!”

    Hope to see you there!

  • Could Criterion Cinemas Spell The End Of York Square?

    NEW HAVEN, CT — Could the newly opened Criterion Cinemas spell the end for the nearby York Square Cinemas?

    The York Square, which has been on Broadway since 1970, plays art films and sub run material. The film companies do not give them access to first run product. The York Square has filed a suit against the motion picture industry to attempt to force them to provide first run films, but it likely will fail.

    This month, the five screen state-of-the-art Criterion Cinemas opened in downtown New Haven. It will also play art films. Is there enough of an art film market in a mid-sized city such as New Haven for two art films, or will the new Criterion spell the end of the downtrodden but venerable York Square?

    More on this story from the Business New Haven magazine.

  • Jessica Simpson Video Features Atmospheric Theatre?

    While I was browsing through some music videos on the web, I stumbled upon this music video.

    It seems to have been filmed in a beautiful atmospheric theatre, but does anyone know which theater this is?