The latest movie theater news and updates
November 17, 2005
PASADENA, CA — After a tireless effort to save the majestic Raymond Theatre by the Friends of the Raymond Theatre, the Pasadena Star News is reporting, “The city’s Design Commission has given Gene Buchanan the green light to convert the historic Raymond Theatre into condominiums and office space, dealing a heavy blow to those who want to see the 1921 theater restored.”
Although the panel voted to approve Buchanan’s plan 5-3, an appeal can still be filed.
November 16, 2005
November 14, 2005
While yesterday’s upgrades were quite substantial, Cinema Treasures continues to remain rather sluggish.
We had hoped the upgrades would end the slowdown issue once and for all, but it’s now clear we will need to take additional steps to improve the performance of the website so that it can handle the large amount of traffic we’re now receiving.
Until the site is fixed, everyone should expect the website to be slow (or even inaccessible) at times. You may wish to limit your use of Cinema Treasures to evening or other non-peak hours, or even take a few days off from using the site.
As always, we thank you for your support and continued patience. We’ll post another update on our progress in a few days.
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — A planning application has been lodged with Edinburgh City Council to radically alter the Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh. Under the plans the current bar area would be converted to a small 31-seater screen, and the current 250-seat Screen 1 – the original, largely unaltered and never subdivided 1914 original auditorium – is to be converted to a large bar and restaurant.
You can see a full history of the building – and lots of photos of the stunning interior here.
Despite that this is quite clearly a change of use from a cinema with bar attached to primarily a bar with a cinema attached, the applicants appear to be hoping to get it through under their existing licenses. Unfortunately the cinema itself is not listed; however the surrounding buildings are C(s)-listed. We are writing to Historic Scotland to ask them to consider spot-listing the cinema itself.
WILDWOOD, NJ — Good sources relate that the long-awaited razing of the former Hunt’s Shore (1939) and Blaker (circa 1900) theatres at 3500 Atlantic Avenue will begin shortly. The former Hunt’s offices were situated between the theatres. Vintage seats still remain in the Shore balcony and bottom portion of Blaker ground floor, condition at this point precarious. Projectors were said to still be up in Blaker but good luck getting up there.
November 11, 2005
We’ll be taking Cinema Treasures offline during Sunday, so that we may do some scheduled maintenance on the site.
Most likely, the site will be offline between 10am and 6pm PST. If you plan to use Cinema Treasures this weekend, try to do so on Saturday.
Thanks for your understanding.
One concept for these “penthouses in the sky” included a private movie theater:
Pierrejean completed this concept sketch of a 16-person movie theater for an unidentified Middle Eastern client who is considering buying an Airbus A380, the double-decker jumbo jet scheduled for a debut next year.
Needless to say, here at Cinema Treasures, we plan to purchase several of these.
BusinessWeek: Penthouses at 30,000 Feet
ST. LOUIS, MO – The 14th annual St. Louis International Film Festival opens today and continues through November 20. True to its name, the fest offers movies from near and far – 50 narrative films, 21 feature-length documentaries and scores of shorts from more than two dozen countries.
Most of the screenings are at the Historic Tivoli Theatre, with selected events at Webster University (and one rockin' reel at the Pageant).
For more on the Festival, showtimes, and features can be found at www.cinemastlouis.org
November 10, 2005
Antoinette and Wayne Stone ask:
We are interested in opening our own Fun Center to include a small DVD/VHS theatre for about 50 people in attendance. Where can we information about vendors for this type of equipment, what type of licensing do we need? We are in Genesee County, in Batavia, NY.
Any information or resources would be greatly appreciated as we put together our business plan and look for financing.
Antoinette & Wayne Stone
P.O. Box 115
7521 Mechanic Street
South Byron, NY 14557
MADISON, WI — IndieWIRE is reporting that Sundance Cinemas plans to open its next arthouse theater in Madison:
The first theater in the new Sundance Cinemas arthouse chain is set to open one year from now in Madison, WI. The Sundance Cinemas circuit will be a national chain for mainly independent and foreign films, run by the former Landmark Theaters leadership Paul Richardson and Bert Manzari who left the chain about a year ago after working together for nearly 30 years. Oaktree Capital Management is funding the new company.
The six-screen Sundance Cinemas development is set for the Hilldale Mall in Madison that is being renovated by Joseph Freed and Associates; an architect has not yet been selected.