The latest movie theater news and updates

  • February 17, 2006

    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.

  • February 16, 2006

    Hawthorne Cinema installs Christie digital projector

    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — The small three screen Hawthorne Cinemas (in the Brisbane suburb of Hawthorne) recently installed a Christie Series 2 projector in Cinema 1. The Cinema itself dates from the 1940’s and was converted into a 3plex some years ago.

    Cinema 1 has 510 seats and a massive 56 foot screen. The digital image looks very good on this screen. The first movie screened in digital was ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ at Christmas time. On Valentines Day, ‘Casanova’ opened in digital.

    It was quite a feat for this small independent cinema chain to invest in this technology. Further details of all of their cinemas may be found at

  • Interesting article about repertory programming

    Here is an article about the Oak Street theater in Minnesota, but the problems detailed in the article are those faced by other repertory theaters like the Brattle in Cambridge.

    I’d be interested to hear others opinions about how these kinds of old theaters showing older movies can survive and even thrive in the new marketplace.

    You can read the article here. Thanks.

  • February 14, 2006

    Winterbottom film continues “day and date” trend

    Following in the steps of the recent Landmark Cinemas release of Steven Soderbergh’s film ‘Bubble’, which was released on DVD and in theaters on the same day, British director Michael Winterbottom will also be pushing distribution boundaries with his next film.

    According to a report from the Guardian, ‘The Road to Guantanamo’ is set to debut on television, DVD, in theaters, and now online — all at the same time.

    The Road to Guantanamo, the story of the three British Muslims who were held at the US military base for two years without charge or trial, premieres today at the Berlin film festival. It will then be shown on Channel 4 on March 9. The day after, the film will be released online, on DVD and in cinemas.

    “With a film like this that’s starting with what would traditionally be the last outlet – a television broadcast – we thought it would be better to go with everything else at once,” said the film’s producer, Andrew Eaton. The film-makers are planning to release the film in 30 UK cinemas and are finalising an agreement with an internet company.

  • Academy Theater Launches Memories Project in Celebration of Renovation

    PORTLAND, OR — Portlanders are invited to join in commemorating the life and times of the historic Academy Theater, a gorgeous Streamline Moderne jewel located on Mt. Tabor, in the Southeast Portland neighborhood of Montavilla. The theater is scheduled to re-open next month for the first time in nearly thirty years.

    In celebration of the grand re-opening, theater owners Ty Dupuis — proprietor of Flying Pie Pizzeria, and his business partners — local husband and wife team Heyward and Julie Stewart – who are currently in the process of renovating the landmark theater, are issuing a “call for memories,” inviting those who still remember the Academy Theater fondly to share their recollections. Amusing memories, reminiscences of first dates, old photos, and more are welcome.

  • February 13, 2006

    Chicago Shubert Renovations Turn Up Lost History

    CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that renovation work at the Shubert Theatre (now known as the LaSalle Bank Theatre) has uncovered original interior plaster decoration, as well as brass fittings that were “hidden” to prevent their removal during the World War II era.

    The story includes photos and more details about the renovation of this gorgeous playhouse in Chicago’s Loop.


  • Used Red Act Curtain For Sale

    CANTON, OH — The Canton Palace Theatre has recently finished our stage curtain project with the addition of our new Red Grand/Act curtain.

    We are selling a used red pleated plush curtain approximately 24'h x 50"w, which we replaced with a 27' curtain. This curtain still has a lot of use for the right theatre. For more information see our website or contact Robbie Sees: .

  • Theater for rent / lease / sale

    I am interested in theaters for rent, lease (with option), or possibly for sale.

    Will be doing this on a tight budget so property must be currently equipped to show films or quickly able to be brought back to doing so. Older theaters are fine as long as condition is at least fair. Prefer little to no competition and a stage that would allow for some live performances as well.

    Would appreciate COMPLETE INFORMATION on any available properties. Email is: .

    Thanks and God Bless, Jimmie

  • February 10, 2006

    Fairborn Performing Arts Center to Sell off Old Seats

    The Fairborn Performing Arts and Culture Center near Dayton, OH is in the process of renovating a 1948 movie theatre into their new home. We are selling off our “Bodiform” seats by American Seating to raise money for the new seats. We have rows of up to eight seats available.

    Seats are in good mechanical condition with some wear and fading to the fabric. We are asking for a $5 donation per seat. Interested parties are asked to contact us at 937-233-7368 or 937-469-1691. Email at . Photos upon request.

  • Thomas W. Lamb

    I am the great-grandson of Thomas W. Lamb. I happened upon this wonderful website today, and am amazed at the information available here. Many thanks to the site founders for putting (and keeping) this site together.

    For now, I will be gathering information on TW’s prodigious work portfolio, as well as any stories that may have been handed down by those who knew him. From what my father remembers, he was quite a character. If you have anything to contribute on the topic, or have worked on (or in) one of his theaters, I would be very grateful to hear from you.

    Best, Tom