The latest movie theater news and updates

  • August 12, 2005

    Help Needed: Photos

    NEWARK, NJ — I need photos of the opening of the Stanley-Fabian Theater – May 1927. This theater is presently under preservation/restoration study. Can you help us? Also, there are yet two antique projectors in place. Our contact # is 973 399-2507 Mon. – Fri 9am. to 4pm.

    A.L. Gregory

  • August 11, 2005

    Today’s Newsreel

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  • Des Plaines Theatre Prepares For 80th Birthday

    DES PLAINES, IL — The 1925 Des Plaines Theatre in downtown Des Plaines may soon have Miner Street glowing again with the neon lights of its marquee, according to the Daily Herald. Much-needed repairs on the theater’s marquee are expected to be completed by October 7-9th, when the Des Plaines will celebrate its 80th anniversary. Repairs to the sign include electrical work and a new paint job.

    The Des Plaines Theatre Preservation Society is playing host to the celebration, which will feature one of the first films to play at the theater, W.C. Fields' “Sally of the Big Sawdust”, which will be accompanied by live organ music. (The Des Plaines actually opened with “The Unholy Three” starring Lon Chaney). Ticket prices for the anniversary weekend will be the same as in 1925, a quarter. Since last year, the Society has been presenting classic films and other events, while Bollywood features continue to play on the theater’s second screen.

  • August 10, 2005

    Live In Your Own Theater!

    FLOYDADA, TX — Verlyn Ratzlaff sent us this note:

    I used to be a relief projectionist at the Palace Theater back in the early ‘70s. Lived in Floydada about 6 years during Junior High and High School and sometimes visit the Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon’s online edition.

    Noticed this classified ad in the 8/4/05 edition and thought you’d be interested. I don’t really want to join your site, but did want to share this info.

    “HOUSE FOR SALE—Unique home located inside the former Palace Theatre in Floydada. Includes 2800 sq feet office space; 2500 sq feet, 3 bedroom and 3 bath house; 500 sq. ft self-contained apartment. 5 lots. Could be used for rental or business income. Must see!”

  • 3,000 British Theatre Images to go Online

    Auditoria news reports on August 4th 2005:

    Historic theatre archive to go online
    Theatres Trust awarded grant

    An image database of up to 3,000 British theatres is to be made available to the public for the first time through an online archive being created by the Theatres Trust.

    The organisation has been awarded a GBP50,000 (USD89,000) grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and hopes to upload some 8,000 images on to its website by the end of 2006. These include engravings going back to the early 19th century and photographs and posters from the turn of the 20th. There are also pictures of lost buildings, original plans of existing theatres and up-to-date photographs.

    “We have this huge resource, probably the biggest source of information about theatre buildings in the country, but up until now no one has really known about it,” says Peter Longman, Theatres Trust director.

  • Movie Poster Museum Exhibit

    NEW HOPE, PA — The Michener Museum is currently exhibiting old movie posters through September 4, 2005. This event is being held in their satellite location in NEW HOPE, PA (not the main museum in Doylestown, PA).

  • August 9, 2005

    Woodsfield, Ohio

    This is my first post and I really didn’t know where to put it, so I just picked news. I live in a very small (pop under 3,000) town in East Ohio called Woodsfield. When I was younger, I knew that we had two theaters in town and after some snooping around, I learned that there was three active at the same time. That in itself is hard for me to believe.

    The first was opened by the Shannon Brothers of Sistersville, WVa. on March the 19th, 1930. It was located at 138 South Main Street here in Woodsfield. The first film ever shown in town was called “Desert Song”. The place closed in the early ‘40’s. Then in October of '38, Glen and Mena Flieman opened the Monroe Theater at ao2 North Main Street. It was open till the '70’s. And in 1939, Jesse Shannon opened the New Life Theater. It was open till the '70’s and then Re-opened in the '80’s by Ellis Smithburger who changed the name to Swissland Cinema. The last picture was shown in the mid '80’s. It’s now a church.

    The main reason I am writing this is to get any help on how to save and re-open an old theater. The Monroe Theater still stands today. I can remember it being used as an auction house and then as an antique mall. Now it stands there empty. This town needs something to be excited about again. I think a theater could be just what it needs.

    I would like to know how I might get the ball rolling or at least getting people to care about the theater again.


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  • August 8, 2005

    Downtown Landmark to be Redevloped

    AUGUSTA, GA – According to the Augusta Chronicle, the historic Miller Theater was purchased last week by Augusta businessman Peter S. Knox IV. Opened in 1940 and closed since the mid-1980s, the theater will be repaired and eventually redeveloped either for “renovation” or “mothballing,” according to a statement.

    According to the Chronicle, “The Miller Theater was owned by Martinez resident Homer H. Boyd, who was facing a foreclosure sale today on the property because of more than $5,200 in delinquent taxes from 2003 and 2004 … The theater has been the focus of a grass roots effort to save it from dilapidation and was marketed through the Web page”

    If anybody has any historical media or information that they wouldn’t mind contributing to the Miller Theater website, please visit the official website and use the contact link at the bottom of the page.