The latest movie theater news and updates
July 15, 2005
DUNSMUIR, CA — On June 26th, the three-story California Theater held its first live performance in many years; and on July 8th & 9th, it was home to several silent movies that were accompanied by a three-manual Allen Theater Organ. The original 1926 Wurlitzer Pipe Organ is being restored; and will be reinstalled, come Jan 2006.
The web address is http://institutearts.org and there’s a lot to read. My job is Gen Mgr. of Media and I’m licensing and installing an FM radio station and a UHF television station inside the theater. I’m also installing an audio/visual recording/production facility in conjunction with the radio & TV stations.
We’re also talking with an official of New London, CT about acquiring and doing a major refurbishing of the 1200+ seat Capitol Theater the city owns, which has been closed for 28 years. A new roof was put on in 2000, but MAJOR damage had already been done. If you’re in that area, and would like to help us refurbish it, please contact me.
July 14, 2005
July 13, 2005
LEXINGTON, KY — I would like to let you know of a documentary about the Kentucky Theatre. The film follows the eighty year history of the theater through archival photos and interviews, the battle with suburban multiplexes as seen in news film reels, and the devastating fire which led to the theater’s closing.
A love for the theatre led a group of citizens to rise up and resurrect and refurbish the theatre which is very much alive today.
The film not only shows what a shining treasure the theatre is to the downtown of a small southern city, but its influence on generations of patrons, as shown throughout the film. As director of the film, it is my hope that this story can act as a model for other cities wishing to bring back their own downtown treasures.
You can see a photos and a clip from the film at:
July 12, 2005
STRETFORD, MANCHESTER, UK —
Essoldo Video Tour
A rare opportunity to acquire a video taken of the Essoldo Cinema located in Stretford, Manchester. Originally known as the Longford Cinema (super-cinema) built in the ‘30’s, b/w photo published here taken in 1936. The Essoldo circuit took ownership in the '50's
In the '70’s, converted to Top Rank Bingo Club. It stands today, abandoned as a bingo hall, but with much of the cinema still intact.
July 11, 2005
SAN MATEO, CA — The Palm Theater on Palm Avenue could be having a date with the wrecking ball as early as today, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The Palm is to be demolished to make way for a 19-unit condominium complex. The theater, which closed this past spring, was the last single-screen movie house remaining in San Mateo.
Since the 70s, the Palm had been operating as an adult cinema. There is little sorrow for many who live and work near the theater in its demise. “We don’t want it, and we don’t need it,” said City Council member John Lee. Bob Reed, who owns a gas station across the street from the theater, says “I’m ready for it to go.” Victoria Ortiz, who lives near the Palm, recalled taking her children to matinees there before it switched to what she calls “that stuff”.
According to a news report published by a Chinese language newspaper in Hong Kong, the city will have a commercial IMAX theater to be operated by UA next year. The theatre will be converted from an existing UA theatre. The measurement of the screen is 11m X 11m.
July 9, 2005
PASADENA, CA — The Friends of the Raymond sent us a note about tonight’s benefit for the Raymond Theatre. If you live in or near the Los Angeles area, don’t miss this event!
Friends of the Raymond Theatre have worked 17-years and gathered 7,000 people around the world to stand behind preservation of Pasadena’s historic Raymond Theatre. With just a month or more left to preserve the theatre, entertainment organizations are artists from all over Los Angeles are setting up benefits to help raise much needed funding to do what is legally possible to stop demolition.
The first event is being produced by promoter Richard Becker for Friends of the Raymond Theatre is on July 9th at C.I.A in North Hollywood. We are also encouraging others who would like to donate to help raise money through a benefit to please contact Friends of the Raymond Theatre at: (818) 541-9522 or
Or make a direct donation to:
Friends of the Raymond Theatre
P.O. Box 91189
Pasadena, CA 91109
or PayPal.com (our account e-mail address is: )
Glitter, glamour, girls, music and comedy — it’s all here in THE BONNIE DELIGHT REVUE
Encore performance to help save Pasadena’s Historic Raymond Theatre
TONIGHT! Saturday, July 9, 2005 at 9 p.m.
California Institute of Abnormalarts
11334 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood CA
July 8, 2005
NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING
HEARING THIS MONDAY, JULY 11, 2005
WE NEED YOUR ATTENDANCE!
DATE: Wednesday, July 11, 2005
START TIME: 6:30 P.M. sharp!
PLACE: Pasadena Conference Center Building (next to Pasadena Civic Auditorium) 300 East Green Street, Room 211, Pasadena
Please attend Monday’s hearing and comment on the following:
Request that interior demolition of the theatre STOP, because no building permits have been issued for demolition and the Raymond Renaissance project has not passed final design review.
Request the Design Review Commission conduct Design Review of the exterior facade of the Raymond Theatre. Work has commenced with no Design Review or public participation.
Give your views about the exterior design of the new building and the fly loft.
Ask that interior review of the Raymond Theatre not be left till final Design Review.
If you would like to speak and need talking points, please let us know BEFORE this Saturday.
If you can’t attend, please write the Design Commission a letter:
• Add your full name, address and phone
• Ask your letter be submitted to the public record for the Raymond Theatre.
• Send us a blind copy of your letter.
I have been storing approximately 40 sets of cast row ends. They were designed and signed Heywood Wakefield. I used what I needed for a personal theatre project.
The original gold leaf is about 90+ percent intact. It is covered over by white and orange paint most of which flaked right off).
Where the legs met the floor, it is gone due to wear and tear of cleaning, etc. They are intricately designed and the arms are maple. The backs and seats were long gone when I purchased them.
If you are interested in acquiring them for your project, email
Now, it’s movie time!
July 7, 2005
Our hearts go out to any Cinema Treasures users in the United Kingdom (which experienced a terrorist attack this morning).
May all of your loved ones be safe and sound!