The latest movie theater news and updates
January 19, 2006
For sale — contents of two theaters: 2 Ballantyne pro 35s, 2 Xetron lights with power supplies, 2 super platters, seating, screens and other misc related items all in working order. In Michigan, please email: .
“Preserving Motion Picture Palaces”
Alice Carey, owner and founder, Carey & Co. Inc.
Michael Crowe, author and historic preservation consultant
Katherine Petrin, architectural historian, Architectural Resources Group
February 09, 2006
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Phyllis Wattis Theater
The golden age of motion pictures saw the development of opulent single-screen movie houses whose exotic architectural styles helped transport audiences to faraway places. Architect Timothy Pflueger’s projects of the 1920s and 1930s include some of the Bay Area’s best examples â€" the Paramount, Castro, Alhambra, and Alameda theaters. This program examines Pflueger’s enduring contributions and chronicles the rise of single-screen theaters, their subsequent decline, and ongoing efforts to preserve them. Pflueger’s architectural drawings are currently on view in The Art of Design. A hosted reception in The Schwab Room follows.
$10 general; $8 SFMOMA members and National Trust for Historic Preservation members, students, and seniors. Includes reception. Tickets are available at the Museum (no surcharge) or online.
This event is cosponsored by the Western Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
For more information or to purchase tickets online please visit: www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/exhib_detail.asp?id=134
January 18, 2006
CRESTVIEW, FL — Looking for a short term investor or other to help in the renovation of this FOX THEATRE. The name has been retained and is incorportated in the State of Florida.
Built in 1947, the Fox premiered the movie “12 O'Clock High.” The building location is on Main Street in downtown Crestview, Florida in the center of town. Crestview is located next to Eglin AFB where a lot of the filming was made as well as in Crestview. Gregory Peck was featured in local newspapers and played baseball with some of the local teams while filming here.
The theatre was closed in 1979 and I obtained it from the second owner. Due to local fire codes etc., I am looking for some help in bringing back to life this historical building. The theatre had a single screen and a larger stage has been added 20'X40'. With hopes of bringing it back to life, I plan on having live shows along with some movies and eats.
January 17, 2006
As many of you noticed, we had a small comments outage earlier today.
The problem has now been fixed.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The historic Tower Theater on Route 66 in Oklahoma City is currently undergoing renovations. If you have any photos, stories or information about this theater or would like to get involved please e-mail: .
Uptown Development Group
WILLOW STREET, PA — Galaxy Theatres has been operating the Kendig Square 6 since Dec. 2002. Citing continuing and mounting losses, the operators closed the theatres on Jan. 2, 2006. The shopping center management allowed them to get out of the remaining two years of their lease.
The theatres initially opened in 1992 and had numerous operators until Galaxy. At one time, it was even operated as a $1.00 admission reruns. Galaxy Theatres is based in New Jersey and operates other theatres in Pa, NY, NJ, and Mass. The shopping center owners have not announced what will happen to the theatres.
January 16, 2006
SPRINGFIELD, MA — The former Regal Cinemas is now closed. What happened? Someone buy this awesome theater and reopen it for me. :) I loved catching the 12 noon show for $5 and being the only one there. But maybe that’s why they are closed.
Loews Cineplex theatres will close at the end of the business day on Thurs. 1/26 and on Friday 1/27 will re-open as AMC Theatres. This will effectively relegate the Loews name, probably the oldest name in exibition, to the trash heap.
Marcus Loew, a furrier, opened a nickelodeon on the second floor of a commercial building in Cincinnati in 1905, and the rest, as they say, is history. He went on to establish Loew’s, Inc., building some of the most opulent and ornate vaudville-movie theatres ever seen. “We sell tickets to THEATRES, not movies”, he was quoted as saying. Loew also formed the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios through a series of aquisitions and mergers, to supply product to his theatre empire.
January 13, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Brattle Theater is in the middle of its largest and most serious fundraising campaign in its 53 year history. You can read about the campaign and the history of the theater here: http://www.brattlefilm.org
In October 2005, the Brattle initiated the “Preserve the Legacy” campaign. The goals of the fundraising drive was to raise $400,000 by the end of 2005 and an additional $100,000 by the end of 2006. Due to strong community support for this non-profit theater, the response and media converage has been overwhelming. Although they did not meet this lofty goal by the end of the year, the good news is that the Brattle was given a 1 year lease extension and now has all of 2006 to raise the remaining money.
As of January 1st 2006, the Brattle has raised $200,000, but they need to raise $300,000 more before February of 2007. If you love old theaters and preserving classic venues, please contribute whatever you can via the Brattle website. They could use all of the help they can.