The latest movie theater news and updates

  • February 8, 2005

    “Sweetheart Tour” of Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre

    HOLLYWOOD, CA — On February 12 & 13 (10:30 AM), the American Cinematique at the Egyptian Theatre hosts a special “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Tour.”

    Featuring “tidbits from the life of America’s original Sweetheart, Mary Pickford and her husband Douglas Fairbanks (who were frequent visitors to Grauman’s Hollywood Egyptian Theatre in the 1920s) and some tasty sweets,” the special event offers two tickets for the price of one.

    “Highlights of our regular historic tours are included,” the press office assures. “See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history.”

    Future dates are March 12 & 13 and April 9 & 10 (10:30 AM). As always, the hour-long documentary “Forever Hollywood” screens on the same days at 11:35 AM; 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM. Tickets $7 Adults. $5 Members/Students/Seniors 65+. Tour & Movie $10. Private group tours available. Call 323.461.2020, ext. 3 for more info.

  • February 7, 2005

    MoMA’s Titus Theaters Receive Major Upgrade

    NEW YORK, NY — The February edition of Film Journal International reviews the biggest facelift since 1984 and latest technology upgrades to the famed Roy and Niuta Titus auditorium on the lower level of the Museum of Modern Art.

    The article includes comments from senior curator Laurence Kardish, Mary Lea Bandy, the Celeste Bartos chief curator of film and media, and by Charlie Kalinowski, chief projectionist since 1987 and recently appointed Audio Visual Department head.

    “When New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) reopened the doors to its expanded and gorgeously redesigned home, not only were Matisse and Míro seen in an all-new and column-free gallery light, but also the likes of Mamoulian and Mizoguchi…”

    Read the full article.

  • Report on New Cinema Venues

    The February 2005 issue of Film Journal International also reviews some of the newest theaters worldwide that opened during the past holiday season:

    “Not so long ago, reports about new theatre construction could be summed up with two words: "still standing.” These days, however, exhibitors are moving again and building up and out.

    From the Cinemark Savassi in Brazil to My Theatre in Ratchaburi, Thailand, from Vancouver, Canada, to Khimki, Russia, unique locations and designs to match are expanding our views of service and experience.

    Bright new KinoStars illuminate Heavenly Villages, and CineStars are rising above more than one Belo Horizonte. From the German side of Lake Constance to South Lake Tahoe, California, to Solomons Island Road in Annapolis, Maryland, theatres everywhere are committed to bringing the best possible film experience to their customers."

    Read the full article.

  • February 4, 2005

    Coronet Theatre Will Close On Feb 10th

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Earlier this week, the staff of the Coronet was told that the theater would be closing its'doors forever on Feb 10, 2005. The Coronet, which opened in 1949, has been operated by United Artists since some time in the late 1980’s or early 90’s.

    According to the San Francisco Examiner, in 2000, the owners of the building sold it to The Goldman Institute On Aging, who plan to tear it down and construct a senior citizens center on the site. The 1,200-seat Coronet is one of the last single-screen 70mm movie houses (with good sound and projectionst) to actually to run 70mm prints on a regular basis. There are one or two other single screen SF movie houses with 70mm capibility- -but they haven’t run 70mm in years.

    JimC/San Francisco

  • Mishawaka’s Tivoli Succumbs to Wrecking Ball

    MISHAWAKA, IN — The Tivoli Theatre, Mishawaka’s 1925 movie palace, gave one last show February 2nd to a crowd of about 75, who watched the decrepit theater withstand several blows by a wrecking ball before it finally gave in and crumbled in a cloud of dust.

    According to the South Bend Tribune, for one of the bystanders, Jeremy Unruh, whose theater company might have been one of those to have used a restored Tivoli, seeing the wrecker’s ball slam through the arched window framed by terra-cotta on the brick facade gave him mixed emotions. “I’m sad to see it torn down, but at this point, it’s like seeing a dying animal being put out of its misery.”

  • Gas vs Oil For Heating A Movie Theater???

    I was recently told that a theater I once knew of had the oil tanks removed from the lot it was on. This was done when it closed because the tanks were on a lot owned by another business.

    How much could it cost to hook up gas and install it into a theater with about 11,000 square feet. How cost efficient is it compared to oil??? Thanks for your help, this is in effort to get the theater up and running again.

  • February 3, 2005

    What’s Up With the Uptown Theatre?

    CHICAGO, IL — There is an article about the Uptown Theatre published in this week’s edition of INSIDE, a north Chicago newspaper, which updates the current legal battle surrounding ownership of the theatre.

    The article mentions a grassroots petition to support the theatre. It can be found at www.compassrose.org along with a history of the Uptown.

  • A Breath of Hope for the AVALON?

    MILWAUKEE, WI —

    According to OnMilwaukee.com, Milwaukee’s long-closed AVALON Theatre of 1929 “may” become a combination movie house/book store.

    Let us hope that this is a breath of real hope for our beloved AVALON Theatre. There have been many hopes dashed and failures noted in the past, we can only hope that it will be different this time. The owner has played disingenuously with potential buyers in the past, according to sources, but perhaps he is now realizing a combined purchasing power that may be able to meet his reportedly stiff price.

  • Starting an Indie Cinema in Omaha

    Hey everyone —

    A friend of mine is starting an independent cinema in Omaha, from the ground up. She is looking for any advice/resources/guides she can find? Does anyone have any of these things?

    Thanks so much!

  • February 2, 2005

    Paramount Center for the Arts Unveils Renovations

    PEEKSKILL, NY — According to the Paramount Center for the Arts website:

    “The Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, NY is pleased to invite the public and members of the press to a special reception unveiling the second phase of the Paramount’s restoration project. The open house will take place Wednesday, February 9th, 2005 at 7:30 PM at the Paramount. Light refreshments will be served.