The latest movie theater news and updates
September 21, 2005
FLINT, MI — To celebrate the Flint MI Sesquicentennial, the Capitol Theatre will be showing movies for the first time in more than a decade on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25. More details can be found at The Flint Journal.
I cannot find any information about those old closed circiut presentations that manly were of boxing matches with Muhammed Ali,etc. The Daytona 500 did a closed circuit broadcast as did Evel Knievel with his Snake River Canyon jump. Anybody got photos of the projctors used? Any other backround information out there? Boxoffice magazine has never devoted a piece to this technology. Please respond to
Thank You Much.
September 20, 2005
Urgent Trylon Theater Preservation Event/Community Gathering
DATE: Saturday, September 24th
TIME: 3:00 PM
LOCATION: 68-12 Ingram St, Forest Hills, NY
Food will be served. Special guests: Joseph Nocerino (ran for city councilman), historian Bill Safka, as well as other preservationists, community residents, & possible FH celebrities. Members of The Committee To Save The Trylon Theater will be present, & will discuss methods of saving this ‘39 World’s Fair gem from further demolition, & possible landmarking.
Follow this link for Trylon Theater postings on this site.
My wife Sharon, worked as the projectionist at the Granada Theater, Windsor rd., Slough Berkshire 1977 to 1980. She had recovered a portion of a mural of dancing ladies (24ft. by 3ft.) that had adorned the area above the screen during the renovations to convert the single screen theater to a triple. There was more to the mural, Sharon had described the missing portion as horseman on parade? Does anyone remember this place?
September 19, 2005
Following a report by the Baltimore Business Journal that Clear Channel will be amplifying its corporate sponsorship activities within its theatre division, the question arises once again about the historic preservation community’s position on naming rights for theaters. That is the subject of this week’s poll question and any comments you wish to post in our comments section to this story.
If a corporation or individual pays for the restoration and/or renovation of a theater, is there a responsibility to retain any or all of the original name? Examples of this range from the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City to the Cadillac Palace in Chicago to the American Airlines Theatre in New York. Past issues have also included the switch from Grauman’s Chinese to Mann’s Chinese, etc.
September 16, 2005
Max Einhorn writes:
Thanks to the current owner, who decided if I’m going soon, I may as well go now, the Elks Theatre (one of the oldest continually operating theatres in the country, located in Middletown PA) will be closing by the end of the month of September until the GMEDC is able to replace what he has taken and hire a team of staff members. See the Elks Theatre page here on Cinema Treasures for more information about the theater and the new owners of the theater, the GMEDC.
September 15, 2005
PEEKSKILL, NY — The Paramount Center for the Arts (PCA) continues its acclaimed Music&Film Series on Saturday, October 1st, 2005 at 8PM, with the World Premiere of Dave Douglas & Keystone Project’s original jazz score to the films of Roscoe “Fatty”? Arbuckle. Following the performance, there will be a brief Q&A session with Mr. Douglas.
The Paramount Center for the Arts received a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Commissioning Grant to commission acclaimed jazz trumpeter/composer and Croton, NY-resident Dave Douglas to compose four original scores to accompany four early silent films of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, one of America’s earliest and funniest movie stars.
Dave Douglas' original pieces, performed with his new sextet Keystone, invoke the humor drama, tragedy and hilarity of Arbuckle’s films and his life. The new electric scores performed with Keystone Project are meant to capture the atmosphere of Arbuckle’s early comedies – warm, funny, funky, and experimental in their freshness. Says Mr. Douglas of his decision to score Arbuckle’s earliest works, “Of all the silent films I watched, these films seemed to have the fastest pace, most suited to the modern eye and ear. I could imagine modern music with them, and it seemed they had not been approached much in that way.”?
DETROIT, MI — We are selling authentic rock concert tickets from the historic Michigan Palace (a.k.a. Michigan Theater).
All tickets are in mint or near-mint condition and are selling at dirt cheap prices.
New tickets are added all the time so bookmark the eBay page and check back soon. Featuring tickets for acts such as Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Alex Harvey, Cheech & Chung, Sly and the Family Stone, Bob Segar, Blue Oyster Cult, and a whole lot more. All tickets are from around 1975 and have intact stubs.
Click here for the eBay link. Happy bidding!
September 14, 2005
LAFAYETTE, CA — The owners of the Park Theatre announced yesterday that the single screen cinema would close after business concludes Sunday 9/18/05.
Renaissance Rialto had operated the theater for over 15 years with good success. However, in recent years, the times have changed and attendance appears to have had dropped off.
They will run the Park’s three most popular films during the theater’s final weekend for just $5.00 per person.