The latest movie theater news and updates
July 26, 2004
Friends of the Raymond Theatre has issued an urgent appeal that we wanted to share with all of you:
“Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:
In the weeks that have transpired since our last newsletter, we have continued to focus on our greatest need to carry this project through to fruition: fundraising.
We are pleased to say that we have had an outpouring of support to continue our efforts to save the Raymond. However, we are still in critical need of donations.
KANSAS CITY, MO — I have a ticket stub dated August 2, 1958 from the Missouri Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri which I assume was a movie theater. I see no information on the Cinema Treasures site about it and I can find nothing searching Internet… is it gone, or does anyone know of it?
I purchase and restore old theaters. If you know of any theaters that are closed down and are for sell, please contact me as I am always buying theaters to restore and re-open. If you would like to see your old home town movie theater re-opened, please drop me a line. I also am always purchasing theater equipment. If you have any projectors, platters, popcorn machines, or any other theater equipment, please contact me.
July 23, 2004
SUFFERN, NY — The SPECTACULAR SCIENCE FICTION Film Festival comes to the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York – Nine classic science fiction films to be screened on September 10-11-12, 2004.
The SPECTACULAR SCIENCE FICTION Film Festival at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York, presents nine unique and entertaining science fiction films from the Golden Age of Hollywood, all on the Lafayette Theatre’s giant silver screen. Screening will be films from directors such as Stanley Kubrick & Robert Wise, special effects artists such as Ray Harryhausen & Douglas Trumbull, stars such as Charlton Heston, Patricia Neal, and even Abbott & Costello! All of these films are showing in the finest prints available from the studio vaults. Celebrity guests will introduce several of the films and there will be a lobby display of rare original posters and advertising materials for the films.
Festival Dates: September 10-11-12, 2004.
ANDALUSIA, AL — Near the turn of the century, a young, petite girl said to have been near 18 years old, with blond hair, was said to have been killed by a fire in the theater in Andalusia, Alabama. I’m not sure what the theater was named back then, but it was later renamed as the Martin Theatre and then as the Clarke.
This young girl has been seen by many employees and her face can be seen peering out of the projection room in cinema 3, upstairs, late at night while the staff cleans after shows.
A gentleman around 50 or 60 was said to have had a heart attack or stroke in the old office, which was transformed 6 years ago into the ladies restroom during remodeling and restoration. This gentleman has also been seen peering out from the projection rooms.
Thought everyone might want to know that today is the birthday of Cinema Treasures co-founder (and all-around great guy) Ross Melnick!
July 22, 2004
I would like to draw members attention to BBC Television’s Restoration programme which aired last night.
For those of you who don’t know it’s a sort of “pop Idol” or “American Idol” for old buildings. The Welsh section of the competition featured the Newbridge Memorial Hall, a Miners institute building, complete with a 1920’s cinema. Some members may recall the interior of the was the setting for the fictional La Scala cinema/bingo hall in the Julian Kemp film “House”
If you want to see this cinema win a place in the grand final heat to be fully restored, please VOTE NOW on 09011 33 22 22 and choose 2 from the recorded list. (US callers should add 011 44) to this phone number.)
July 21, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — Late last week, the new front signage for the famed Chicago Theatre was installed. As part of a total replacement of the theater’s marquee, these preview pics (below) show the exact replacement of the front signage.
What is not known yet, is the height of the side attraction portions of the marquee. Updates ASAP.
July 20, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — The Biograph Theatre, long a Chicago movie-going landmark, will close to moviegoers in September of this year, after being sold to the Tony-award winning Victory Gardens Theatre. (More info details in this report from the Chicago Tribune.)
While its interior will be gutted, the facade will be preserved. The theater company plans two theater spaces, one will be a 299-seat main stage and the other will be a more intimate 130-seat studio theater.
While this may be a good outcome for the Biograph, it represents the loss of yet another neighborhood theater in Chicago Without a car, it becomes evermore difficult to catch a show in the city.
July 19, 2004
BINGHAMTON, NY — Here in Binghamton, earlier this year we lost the Art Theatre, our last operating old-style theater, in a devastating fire (see previous story).
We are attempting to come back from the ashes. It won’t be the 90 year old theater, but we hope to bring the atmosphere and ambiance that you would have been able to find there. We’ve been showing art films in a local space to raise money and keep awareness up.
We have a wonderful opportunity to boost our efforts, but are lacking one vital piece. Does anyone know of a source for a working, reasonably priced 35mm projector? We’re scurrying and searching, but coming up empty locally. My hope is that someone out there will have what we need!
Thanks for the support and information we’ve received from the members of this site!