The latest movie theater news and updates

  • February 22, 2006

    AMPAS chooses S. Charles Lee design for Oscar set

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that this year’s set for the Oscars will be a “no-holds-barred return to classic Hollywood glamour, paying homage to old movie theaters.”

    “When designing the Oscars, I try to make the current show as different from the year before as possible,” said Christopher. “Last year’s show was distinguished by a hi-tech, ‘cutting-edge’ style. So this year, there’s nothing hi-tech — it’s a no-holds-barred return to classic Hollywood glamour, paying homage to old movie theaters.”

    “I wanted to celebrate the movies and to include great movie houses and screens,” said Cates. “So Roy went back to the classic ornate movie houses for his inspiration, which, I think, is superbly reflected in the final design.”

    “I have always loved the movie theaters of the ‘30s, '40s and '50s,” Christopher said. “The man who designed many of them was S. Charles Lee, who was remarkably imaginative and architecturally daring, making movie theaters in styles ranging from the ornate Hollywood baroque to the sleek art-moderne. His spaces were exciting places that upon entering made you feel that something extraordinary was going to happen.”

  • 1920s movie theatre ticket booth for sale

    I have an original 1920s art deco movie theatre ticket booth for sale.

    It is in remarkable condition!! It has lots of black and white art deco design, and great detailed carved wood. It also features a stained glass window in the back of the booth and a curved glass front. The piece weighs at least 200 hundred pounds and is about 7' tall.

    I do not know the history of this piece but it is obviously mid-late 1920s-early 1930s judging by the design. The stained glass pyramid design is consistent with the “Oriental-Egyptian” theatre themes of the period. It must be seen to be appreciated — which can be done by requesting email photos from me.

    The booth is most likely unique-doubtful that another one like it exists especially in such great shape. I have it stored in NW New Jersey, about 40 miles west of New York City, and 40 miles east of Pennsylvania, near Interstate Rt 78. Please email me for photos. I’m looking for about $3500 for this most beautiful-and functional-piece of history!

    My contact info is or 908-604-4806… I will be happy to send email photos or make arrangements to look at this piece.

    Thanks, Alan.

  • Executive Director Wanted

    ELKHART, IN — The historic 1924 Elco Performing Arts Center in Elkhart is looking for an executive director to oversee all operations of this theater that is now open and operating.

  • February 21, 2006

    Wanted: Old boxoffice double clock

    I am looking for one of those small double clocks they used to have in the ticket window — shows present time and time the show gets out.


    Email me at .

  • Theater for sale

    NEW YORK, NY — PLEASE SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. Theater is in the NY metro area. I am looking to retire and WE do make a PROFIT!

    Email me @.

  • February 20, 2006

    Staff needed for River Oaks Theatre

    CALUMET CITY, IL — We are reopening the River Oaks Theatre in Calumet City and need management and staff asap.

    We are looking for people with a strong customer service bent who like movies and can offer the best quality movie-going experience.

    We are looking for a strong leader with either movie theatre management or retail management experience.

    Knowing how to thread a projector is a plus but will train.

    Must be service oriented with an eye for detail.

    Must have experience in a booth and be able to thread and maintain movie projectors. Must have know how to trouble-shoot and have the ability to build and break down film prints.

    Floor Staff
    Must be a quick learner who is able to give the best customer service under high-volume conditions without getting flustered.

    Room for promotion.

    Please email your resume to or call 312 560-8437.

  • How do I get the movies to show?

    I am looking to reopen a theatre in Southeast Kansas that has been closed for several years.

    I need information on how to get the movies to show in my theater. I know that sounds like a very basic question, but I can’t seem to get anywhere finding an answer.

    I am wanting to show classic and 2nd run movies.


  • Looking for Used Window Intercom

    NEW YORK, NY — We’re looking to buy a used window intercom to set up a box office window. Please email if you have one available. Thanks.

  • February 17, 2006

    100 theater seats for sale

    100 theater seats are for sale out of a theater in El Paso Texas. They have springs and are metal with solid sides and metal backs. They are $11.99 each. Email us at or call Charles at 214.570.1923.

  • 70 Theater Seats (Chairs) for sale

    We pulled several hundred chairs out of a theater in Kansas. Most were sold to another theater owner after we recovered them. We have 70 theater chairs left. $9.99 each. Local pick up only. We are located in Dallas, Texas for more info email us at or call Charles at 214.570.1923.