The latest movie theater news and updates
March 7, 2006
The Cinema Treasures website now features over 13,000 theaters and counting!
Thanks to everyone for continuing to add and/or update our growing theater database.
15,000 here we come!
— The Gang at Cinema Treasures
CHICAGO, IL — Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Kerasotes has dropped long-standing plans to build a multiplex atop a Target store in the large development now underway at Wilson Yard in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
It does plan on entering the Chicago Market through suburban multiplexes and seeks to acquire the City North 14 and Webster Place theaters, which are being sold by AMC as a result of their merger with Loews.
March 6, 2006
March 3, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CA — The UCLA Daily Bruin is reporting that the much beloved Mann National Theatre may close in July:
“Though the lights of the Mann Village and Bruin movie theaters will continue to vibrantly flash on the corner of Broxton and Weyburn avenues, the static lights of the Mann National Theatre may soon go dim. Come this July, Westwood may be one theater short, as Mann Theatres will not renew its lease for the National Theatre, located on Lindbrook Drive.”
I’m asking for help here. There was a theatre in Bedford, Ohio, on Broadway that I remember going to as a child. I remember seeing “The Sound of Music” there. It was beautiful inside. It closed and eventually became a car dealership. I have not lived in the area for over 20 years. Does anyone remember the name of the theatre and any history? It is not listed on your website, but I think it would be a good candidate.
PASSAIC, NJ — NJ Schools Construction Corporation runs out of money for demolition of the Montauk Theater and the Hotel Passaic which are in the school zone of a new elementary school. City concerned that parents will refuse to send their children to the new school if buildings remain open and operating, the Montauk is now run as an adult theater.
Link to NY Times article.
March 2, 2006
I am a UK cinema enthusiast and I am currently developing a collection of photographs of cinemas from across Britain.
I have recently set up a website – Picture Palaces of Yesteryear – which can be found at www.picturepalaces.fotopic.net
I would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to contribute photos or information to the site.
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March 1, 2006
DU QUOIN, IL — The Grand Theater will be purchased by a father and son team. The son had been an employee there in his teen years and continued to help when needed until the theater closed in August of 2005.
Work has already started on repairs and clean-up on the theater and the owners hope to reopen soon. To read the article and see a great picture of the theater, visit The Southern Illinois.
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.