The latest movie theater news and updates

  • November 22, 2004

    Metro Theatre Set To Reopen!

    NEW YORK, NY — The New York Times is reporting that the Metro Theatre in Manhattan’s Upper West Side will reopen on December 3rd as an independent movie house after several tense months in which its future was the subject of numerous rumors (including that it would be converted into a supermarket).

    The theater, operated by Peter Elson (of the famed Embassy theaters), will now be known as Embassy’s New Metro Twin and will cater to foreign and independent films, joining other Upper West Side staples as Lincoln Plaza, the Thalia, and Loews Lincoln Square. Its location, 30 blocks from its chief competitors, will give it some breathing room for bookings.

  • Colonial Theater Set To Be Demolished

    ALLENTOWN, PA — In what can only be considered a death watch at this point, Allentown officials moved ahead with their plans to raze the Colonial Theater, according to The Morning Call.

    Eric D. Weiss, director of building standards and safety, noted that because of its structural issues, “The building will be taken down slowly and carefully, perhaps even in bucketfuls.” The cost to demolish the building is estimated at under $300,000.

  • November 19, 2004

    Fox Fullerton Reaches Its Fundraising Goal

    FULLERTON, CA — The following email was received from the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation:

    “WE DID IT!!!!

    Thanks to a very generous gift of $1,000,000, we have reached our total fundraising goal of $3.5 million and can open escrow on the Fox this Friday! The donor, who prefers to remain anonymous for the present, presented us with a $700,000 cashiers check late yesterday, and has pledged the remaining $300,000 as a challenge grant for our restoration fundraising needs.

    This generous donation is allowing us to “trigger” our pledge fulfillments, so all checks that have turned in and stored in our bank vault will now be cashed into our special checking account to open escrow.

    Please come by the Fox or our offices through Friday to say hi and help celebrate!

  • Closing of UA Pasadena Marketplace 6

    PASADENA, CA — The United Artist Pasadena Marketplace 6 has closed. Ever since Pacific Theatres opened a new 14-plex a few years ago down the street, this theatre has been a ghost town. This doesn’t surprise me because it was very outdated. But then again, it’s right in the middle of Old Town Pasadena.

    You would think the area would be busy enough to support the theatre. I don’t know if the lease was up or why Regal Entertainment pulled the plug. Last year, AMC Theatres abandoned its 8-screen theatre across the street. Laemmle Theatres reopened it — showing first-run movies and independent films.

  • November 18, 2004

    Former Kimball Theatre Goes Up In Smoke

    YONKERS, NY — The former Kimball Theatre burned to the ground on November 16, 2004, destroying the one time 700-seat movie house. The theatre was being used as a furniture store at the time, but still had the Kimball marquee above the front entrance.

    For more information, read this Journal News article

  • The Long Beach Area’s Last Remaining Seats

    LONG BEACH, CA — U Entertainment has written an extensive article on the last remaining Cinema Treasures in the Long Beach area. Featured are the Bay Theatre in Seal Beach, the Warner Grand in San Pedro, and the Art Theatre in Long Beach.

    For a dozen images of these classic theaters, look for the “See the Pictures” link on the U Entertainment page. The article features interviews with Cinema Treasures as well as local theater owners and historians.

  • November 17, 2004

    Loews Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

    ASTORIA, NY — A special exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Loews has opened at the Museum of the Moving Image. “From Penny Arcade to Megaplex” includes rare promotional items, over 75 historic photographs, archival film footage of movie premieres, and architectural elements.

    According to the museum, “Among the highlights of the exhibition are objects that capture the opulence of the golden age of moviegoing, including an enormous crystal chandelier from the Loew’s Capitol Theater in New York, the smart uniforms worn by doormen and ushers, and many photographs and postcards of Loews theaters across the country, from the baroque picture palaces of the late 1920s to the drive-ins of the 1950s to the "neon-classical” multiplexes of today."

  • St. George Theatre In Need of an Organ ASAP!

    STATEN ISLAND, NY — “I’m posting this message on behalf of the St. George Theatre which is located in Staten Island, New York (http://www.stgeorgetheatre.com/) and, while I’d normally refrain from e-mailing a message such as this, I can’t help but think this might be of interest to some of you on this list.

  • November 16, 2004

    “Cinema Treasures” in Newsweek and Budget Travel

    Our new book, “Cinema Treasures,” is mentioned in the current issue of Newsweek in the “Tip Sheet” section (page 77) and is featured in the article “Cinema Paradiso” in the December 2004/January 2005 issue of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine (page 78).

    For both articles, co-authors Ross Melnick and Andreas Fuchs selected seven “Cinema Treasures” (Panida Theater in Sandpoint, ID; Senator Theatre in Baltimore, MD; Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA; Cape Cinema in Dennis, MA; Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, NY; Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, WI; and Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, CA) as examples of classic movie theaters still showing films today.

  • Free Event at Loew’s Jersey This Sunday

    JERSEY CITY, NJ — This Sunday afternoon, November 21 at 2:00, the Loew’s Jersey Theatre, at Journal Square in Jersey City, NJ, will be open FREE to the public for a live performance of IOLANTHE by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, presented by the Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company.

    This will be the Ridgewood Company’s seventh semi-annual visit to the Loew’s, presenting the comic operas of Gilbert & Sullivan fully staged with costumes, scenery and a 23-piece orchestra playing Sullivan’s original orchestrations.