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September 23, 2005
FOREST HILLS, NY — URGENT note from the Committee To Save The Trylon Theater (98-81 Qns Blvd, Forest Hills, NY):
To save Trylon from further demolition, please write letters/e-mails to Councilwoman Melinda Katz ASAP. In addition, please spread the word by informing as many people as you can to do so: (I think writing e-mails would be more spontaneous, but of course it’s your preference)
Councilwoman Melinda Katz
104-01 METROPOLITAN AVE
FOREST HILLS, N.Y. 11375-6735
KARLSRUHE, GERMANY — During October 7th – 9th a festival called “50 YEARS OF TODD – AO” will be held at the SCHAUBURG Cinerama cinema in Karlsruhe, Germany.
New 70mm prints of HELLO DOLLY, THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES, PATTON, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 2001 – A SPACE ODYSSEY and vintage 70mm prints of RYANS DAUGHTER, MY FAIR LADY and AIRPORT will be shown during the festival.
The SCHAUBURG Cinerama goes back to 1906 and still has the curved screen and the ambiente from the 1960’s, when it was reconstructed to a single lens Cinerama theatre.
All films are shown in the Original English versions, except the vintage prints, which were German dubbed language versions.
September 22, 2005
FLEMINTON, NJ — The former Hunterdon Theater building in Flemington might be razed according to a Hunterdon County Democrat article. On October 5, Walgreen’s will propose a new building on the site before the town’s planning commission. The Hunterdon closed September 16, 1993 and was renovated into Coat World. The building has been vacant for several years. Potentially, the Church Street landmark could be restored to its former use.
BRONX, NY — The Bronx Museum of the Arts will be hosting discussions on the Grand Concourse as well as walking tours of the area this Saturday. The closing reception will be held at the Loew’s Paradise theatre (The Bronx NYC). It will be fantastic. I shall be there with friends and neighbors.
Saturday, September 24
All day: Presentation of community charrette results at the Bronx Museum.
11:00 – 12:30 pm
The Bronx Museum
Topic: LIVING TOGETHER AND APART: RACE AND HOUSING ON THE GRAND CONCOURSE
While the Grand Concourse symbolized hope and achievement for some, for others it signified exclusion. Hear the stories of how Jews, Blacks, and Latinos have lived together and struggled on the Grand Concourse.
September 21, 2005
FLINT, MI — To celebrate the Flint MI Sesquicentennial, the Capitol Theatre will be showing movies for the first time in more than a decade on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25. More details can be found at The Flint Journal.
I cannot find any information about those old closed circiut presentations that manly were of boxing matches with Muhammed Ali,etc. The Daytona 500 did a closed circuit broadcast as did Evel Knievel with his Snake River Canyon jump. Anybody got photos of the projctors used? Any other backround information out there? Boxoffice magazine has never devoted a piece to this technology. Please respond to
Thank You Much.
September 20, 2005
Urgent Trylon Theater Preservation Event/Community Gathering
DATE: Saturday, September 24th
TIME: 3:00 PM
LOCATION: 68-12 Ingram St, Forest Hills, NY
Food will be served. Special guests: Joseph Nocerino (ran for city councilman), historian Bill Safka, as well as other preservationists, community residents, & possible FH celebrities. Members of The Committee To Save The Trylon Theater will be present, & will discuss methods of saving this ‘39 World’s Fair gem from further demolition, & possible landmarking.
Follow this link for Trylon Theater postings on this site.
My wife Sharon, worked as the projectionist at the Granada Theater, Windsor rd., Slough Berkshire 1977 to 1980. She had recovered a portion of a mural of dancing ladies (24ft. by 3ft.) that had adorned the area above the screen during the renovations to convert the single screen theater to a triple. There was more to the mural, Sharon had described the missing portion as horseman on parade? Does anyone remember this place?
September 19, 2005
Following a report by the Baltimore Business Journal that Clear Channel will be amplifying its corporate sponsorship activities within its theatre division, the question arises once again about the historic preservation community’s position on naming rights for theaters. That is the subject of this week’s poll question and any comments you wish to post in our comments section to this story.
If a corporation or individual pays for the restoration and/or renovation of a theater, is there a responsibility to retain any or all of the original name? Examples of this range from the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City to the Cadillac Palace in Chicago to the American Airlines Theatre in New York. Past issues have also included the switch from Grauman’s Chinese to Mann’s Chinese, etc.
September 16, 2005
Max Einhorn writes:
Thanks to the current owner, who decided if I’m going soon, I may as well go now, the Elks Theatre (one of the oldest continually operating theatres in the country, located in Middletown PA) will be closing by the end of the month of September until the GMEDC is able to replace what he has taken and hire a team of staff members. See the Elks Theatre page here on Cinema Treasures for more information about the theater and the new owners of the theater, the GMEDC.