The latest movie theater news and updates
February 17, 2005
The following email was sent in from Daniel Trisi:
“I came across your website on a search for an old theater marquee. My name is Danel Trisi, I am a theater student at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA.
I am currently working with a group of students from CalArts on our final theater production before we graduate. We are doing an original production called “Narrow Escape.” The production is a cinematic thriller about an old film director that escapes from jail and comes back to the movie theater where his movies once played.
Does anybody know if old movies such as “Citizen Kane” or “Metropolis” have been digitised and are able to be distributed and screened digitally?
February 16, 2005
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Plans have just been lodged with Edinburgh City Council for a scheme that involves the demolition of the B-listed New Victoria / Odeon cinema. The plans can be viewed online here in detail: http://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=DC&appNumber=05/00327/LBC.
In summary though, only the facade is to be retained, and that is to be extended by an extra glass floor above current roof level. The auditorium is to be totally swept away.
CHICAGO, IL — “Inland Real Estate Auctions, Inc. to auction Mercury Theatre, Strega Nona and Cullen’s Bar & Grill
Circuit Court of Cook County orders auction
On Thursday, December 23, the Circuit Court of Cook County ordered the auction sale of 3741-47 N. Southport Ave., home to the Mercury Theatre, Strega Nona (a Carlucci restaurant) and Cullen’s Bar & Grill. Inland Real Estate Auctions, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction companies, has been retained by a court-ordered receiver to sell the property.
I am searching out information on Mr. Oscar A. Doob who was the advertising executive for Loew’s Inc. for 26 years. This time period would be back in the 1920’s or when Loew’s Inc. started.
February 15, 2005
WAIKIKI, HI — Hot off the press, the Pacific Business News reports that Greg Swendelson, VP of Robertson Properties, has announced that the Waikiki Theatre will be demolished in the next few weeks. Replacing the historic Art Deco theatre will be a Footlocker.
Construction of the Footlocker is to begin in Spring 2005.
BERKHAMSTEAD, ENGLAND — This is a story well worth looking at from the BBC News. The Rex Cinema in Berkhamstead is a superb Art Deco cinema which has survived a long period of closure and neglect to rise phoenix-like from the ashes. Take a look at their website: www.therexcinema.com.
Hopefully other UK cinemas can be rescued one day from the clutches of bingo and unsympathetic chains that simply vandalize historic buildings.
February 14, 2005
ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta Preservation Center is having its 3rd annual Phoenix Flies celebration from March 5th to March 15th. There will be many free activities going on around the city. As part of that, they have a weeklong period in which they will be giving free tours of the Legendary Atlanta Fox Theatre. The dates for the free tours are:
Saturday March 5th, 10am and 11am
Monday March 7th, 10am
Wednesday March 10th, 10am
Thursday March 11th, 10am
Saturday, March 13th 10am and 11am
February 11, 2005
BALTIMORE, MD — Ed Dobbins has sent us these wonderful three-dimensional renderings of the now demolished Grand Theater.