The latest movie theater news and updates
December 27, 2004
RICHMOND, VA — The John Eberson-designed Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1928 as the Loew’s Richmond Theatre, is closing for about two years while it is renovated and modernized to include a new larger stagehouse to accomodate Broadway musicals and an expanded lobby space.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the $25 million project will begin in January or February and events usually hosted by the Carpenter Center will be held at the Landmark Theater, which will be renovated itself at a later date as part of the downtown arts center’s second-phase.
The Carpenter Center, as the Loew’s Richmond, closed as a movie house in 1979, and was reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, thanks to a $1.5 million gift by the Carpenter Foundation.
The Optic Theater formerly located on Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles can be seen extensively in the 1913 Mack Sennett comedy “Mabel’s Dramatic Career”. Sennett himself is seen inside and outside the then Nickelodeon known as Woodley’s Optic. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is also seen inside.
You can see the postercases and the floral design walkway leading from the sidewalk to the entrance doors but the marquee is never shown. Inside, the entire auditorium is seen including the piano being played by an unidentified woman. A large poster outside proclaims the next change to be another Sennett film “At Twelve O'clock” and a large board behind it advertises “Big Amateur Contest every Tues. & Thurs. nights..two shows”.
December 24, 2004
Happy holidays to all of our Cinema Treasures users! Best wishes for the holiday season.
(And, for those of you still looking for a stocking stuffer, don’t forget about our new book. Copies are available at your local bookstore and many online retailers.)
Larry Grossman, the wonderful artist who we profiled a few months ago, sent us this beautiful Christmas card.
LOS ANGELES, CA — Keith Gordon’s 2003 theatrically released (and beautifully photographed) remake of the mid-1980s British television production “The Singing Detective” contains a brief night shot of the south side wall and the lighted rooftop marquee of the Highland Theatre in the Highland Park district of Los Angeles.
The view is from a side street across Figueroa Street from the theatre, and the front of the building is obscured, but the bright lights of the rooftop sign are a splendidly evocative sight standing out in the mostly dark scene, perfect for the Noir atmosphere of the movie.
December 23, 2004
ST. LOUIS, MO — The former Moolah Shriners Temple opened yesterday with an array of entertainment.
The 92 year old landmark structure will house the single screen Cinema, a bowling alley, apartments and offices.
Harman Mosley is taking a real chance on a single screen theater but has been successful both with the Chase Park Plaza Cinemas and the Galleria Cinemas. This will be the third theater in his St. Louis Cinema Chain.
The Moolah Temple has been restored to its original Arabian Nights design and the theater section will even feature a balcony. The opening feature will be “Meet the Fockers.” Harman had bid on “Phantom of the Opera” but was out bid by the Hi-Pointe.
More details are in the full article from the A&E section of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
BOSTON, MA — A Massachusetts Land Court judge yesterday rejected a request by the Glass Slipper strip club to stop a developer from tearing down the defunct and dilapidated Gaiety Theatre nearby.
The theater’s owner, Kensington Investment Co., said it will “shortly proceed with demolition of long-vacant buildings” it owns at 659-665 Washington St. near Chinatown. It declined to give a more specific timetable.
It was unclear last night whether the Glass Slipper would appeal the judge’s decision.
We have over 1800 Irwin theater seats for sale, in very good to good condition.
Asking price is $8.00 per seat, not including transportation. Seats must be sold this week and no later than Dec. 28th. Pictures are available. Contact Carl Villanueva Sr. at or call Jim Harder at 602-347-0130 for details.
Time is of the essence in selling and removing since the theater needs to be renovated into a store.
December 22, 2004
Friends of the Raymond Theatre Receives 2004 President’s Award From California Preservation Foundation
PASADENA, CA — The California Preservation Foundation has awarded Pasadena-based preservation organization Friends of the Raymond Theatre the 2004 “President’s Award” for their 17-year effort to preserve Pasadena’s Historic Raymond Theatre (aka Perkins Palace). The award is the highest award in the State of California presented in the field of historic preservation.
Founded in 1987 by the Raymond Theatre’s former manager and concert promoter Gina Zamparelli, Friends of the Raymond Theatre’s mission is to ensure protection, preservation and revitalization of Pasadena’s Historic Raymond Theatre. With more than 7,000 members worldwide, Friends of the Raymond Theatre is one of largest preservation organizations working to preserve a single historic structure in the state of California.