The latest movie theater news and updates
November 19, 2004
FULLERTON, CA — The following email was received from the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation:
“WE DID IT!!!!
Thanks to a very generous gift of $1,000,000, we have reached our total fundraising goal of $3.5 million and can open escrow on the Fox this Friday! The donor, who prefers to remain anonymous for the present, presented us with a $700,000 cashiers check late yesterday, and has pledged the remaining $300,000 as a challenge grant for our restoration fundraising needs.
This generous donation is allowing us to “trigger” our pledge fulfillments, so all checks that have turned in and stored in our bank vault will now be cashed into our special checking account to open escrow.
Please come by the Fox or our offices through Friday to say hi and help celebrate!
PASADENA, CA — The United Artist Pasadena Marketplace 6 has closed. Ever since Pacific Theatres opened a new 14-plex a few years ago down the street, this theatre has been a ghost town. This doesn’t surprise me because it was very outdated. But then again, it’s right in the middle of Old Town Pasadena.
You would think the area would be busy enough to support the theatre. I don’t know if the lease was up or why Regal Entertainment pulled the plug. Last year, AMC Theatres abandoned its 8-screen theatre across the street. Laemmle Theatres reopened it — showing first-run movies and independent films.
November 18, 2004
YONKERS, NY — The former Kimball Theatre burned to the ground on November 16, 2004, destroying the one time 700-seat movie house. The theatre was being used as a furniture store at the time, but still had the Kimball marquee above the front entrance.
For more information, read this Journal News article
LONG BEACH, CA — U Entertainment has written an extensive article on the last remaining Cinema Treasures in the Long Beach area. Featured are the Bay Theatre in Seal Beach, the Warner Grand in San Pedro, and the Art Theatre in Long Beach.
For a dozen images of these classic theaters, look for the “See the Pictures” link on the U Entertainment page. The article features interviews with Cinema Treasures as well as local theater owners and historians.
November 17, 2004
ASTORIA, NY — A special exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Loews has opened at the Museum of the Moving Image. “From Penny Arcade to Megaplex” includes rare promotional items, over 75 historic photographs, archival film footage of movie premieres, and architectural elements.
According to the museum, “Among the highlights of the exhibition are objects that capture the opulence of the golden age of moviegoing, including an enormous crystal chandelier from the Loew’s Capitol Theater in New York, the smart uniforms worn by doormen and ushers, and many photographs and postcards of Loews theaters across the country, from the baroque picture palaces of the late 1920s to the drive-ins of the 1950s to the "neon-classical” multiplexes of today."
STATEN ISLAND, NY — “I’m posting this message on behalf of the St. George Theatre which is located in Staten Island, New York (http://www.stgeorgetheatre.com/) and, while I’d normally refrain from e-mailing a message such as this, I can’t help but think this might be of interest to some of you on this list.
November 16, 2004
Our new book, “Cinema Treasures,” is mentioned in the current issue of Newsweek in the “Tip Sheet” section (page 77) and is featured in the article “Cinema Paradiso” in the December 2004/January 2005 issue of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine (page 78).
For both articles, co-authors Ross Melnick and Andreas Fuchs selected seven “Cinema Treasures” (Panida Theater in Sandpoint, ID; Senator Theatre in Baltimore, MD; Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA; Cape Cinema in Dennis, MA; Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, NY; Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, WI; and Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, CA) as examples of classic movie theaters still showing films today.
JERSEY CITY, NJ — This Sunday afternoon, November 21 at 2:00, the Loew’s Jersey Theatre, at Journal Square in Jersey City, NJ, will be open FREE to the public for a live performance of IOLANTHE by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, presented by the Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company.
This will be the Ridgewood Company’s seventh semi-annual visit to the Loew’s, presenting the comic operas of Gilbert & Sullivan fully staged with costumes, scenery and a 23-piece orchestra playing Sullivan’s original orchestrations.
November 15, 2004
KANSAS CITY, MO — The Empire Theater has survived another round in an ongoing battle between developers, who control the property, and those interested in saving the historic theater. Only this time, it appears that the battle may be nearing its end.
Preservationists experienced a sigh of relief on Nov. 11. The Kansas City Star reported that a plan to construct a new headquarters for Kansas City Power & Light on the theater’s site had been rejected by city leaders. Developers sought the entire Empire Theater block to erect a new office tower for the utility company, which rents space just two blocks away.
ANN ARBOR, MI — Blues legend B.B. King will be performing at the Michigan Theatre on Wednesday, December 8. The e-mail I received from the Michigan Theatre follows:
Even though we consider the Michigan Theater a palace, it’s not everyday that we have the opportunity to entertain royalty within our walls. This season we have that chance! On Wednesday, December 8 we are fortunate to host a concert by the undisputed King of the Blues, B.B. King.