The latest movie theater news and updates

  • November 2, 2004

    Center Theatre Shows New Face on Main Street

    DOVER-FOXCROFT, ME — With the installation of a new marquee, Center Theatre now proudly presents a new, or is it old, face on Main Street.

    In current terms, one might call it retro. The new fixture was designed by Neocraft Signs of Lewiston, Maine and was installed on the facade on Friday, October 29th. The design is meant to recreate the look of the original marquee erected when the theatre was built in 1943. An official lighting “event” will be planned for the near future.

  • Looking For Theater In NH, VT, Or ME

    I am looking to buy a 2-3 screen cinema in New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine. I want to relocate with my wife and kids.

    Anyone with info please let me know!

  • November 1, 2004

    Cinema Treasures Profiled in Traverse City Record Eagle

    TRAVERSE CITY, MI — The Sunday edition of the Traverse City Record Eagle included an article about the new Cinema Treasures book.

    Since Traverse City is home to the City Opera House, which is one of the many theaters featured in our book, the article includes comments from Ross Melnick and Andrea Fuchs, as well as those involved in preserving the theater.

  • Jordan Theater To Be Demolished

    GREENVILLE, PA — November 8, 2004 is the day set for the classic Jordan Theater to be destroyed.

    The Jordan was opened in 1946 in honor of the first Greenville resident killed in WWII, Cpl. James O. Jordan. This great theater was the finest of Blatt Brothers chain of theaters in Pennsylvania.

    Recently, a bordering church obtained ownership and are scheduling to destroy the building, contents (including both projectors), on November 8th. The bright marquee with illuminated JORDAN across the top will be destroyed as well.

    Another unfortunate demise of history and culture.

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  • October 29, 2004

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  • October 28, 2004

    Des Plaines Theatre to Host Halloween Events This Weekend

    DES PLAINES, IL — The Des Plaines Theatre Preservation Society is hosting Halloween-themed events this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the 1925 Des Plaines Theatre on Miner Street in downtown Des Plaines.

    According to the Daily Herald, the Society will be featuring a 1910 version of “Frankenstein,” live Irish music, and costume contests among the various free events at the theater.

    Society president Bryan Bean says, “It’s a taste of what we’d like to do. It’s an invitation for people to take a new look at an old treasure.”

  • Metro Theatre/Albert Cinemas To Be Demolished

    BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA — Demoliton is due to begin this week on the former Metro Theatre in the centre of Brisbane in Albert St.

    Much altered from it’s Art Deco design from the 30’s in it’s 1972 conversion to a tacky 70’s 3 cinema complex. This complex became known as the Albert Cinemas in 1973. They have been closed for just on three years.

    While the upstairs and downstairs lobby retained the same space after the conversion, I wonder if any old traces of the Metro would be found during demolition. The theatre is to be replaced by an eight story building.

    The Metro is one of a dwindling number of theaters Loew’s built overseas during the 1930s and 1940s under the moniker Metro, emphasizing its then-ownership of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

  • October 27, 2004

    Bijou Theatre To Reopen

    BRIDGEPORT, CT — The former Bijou Theatre, last known as the Downtown Family Cinema, will reopen sometime in 2006 according to developer Philip Kuchma who nows owns the building.

    The Bijou operated from 1908 through 1998 under a number of names. According to The Connecticut Post, the newly renovated Bijou will show artsy films geared toward the more sophisticated audience as well as some live shows.

    Whether a single screen venue can be successful in this day and age in downtown Bridgeport remains to be seen, but if it is maybe there is hope for the magnificent Palace and Majestic theatres down the street.

  • Will San Franciscans Vote For Proposition L?

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Next Tuesday, when voters go to the polls in San Francisco, they’ll be voting on Proposition L.

    The hotly-contested proposition would dedicate fifteen percent of hotel tax surcharge revenue to help preserve classic movie theaters. (More info can be found here and here.)

    Shall 15% of the existing hotel tax surcharge be set aside to acquire, preserve and maintain neighborhood and single-screen movie theaters and promote the local film-making industry?

    Any Bay Area input on this proposition here?