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December 12, 2005
I’m looking for pictures of any of the Basil Brothers (Buffalo, NY) theaters. Specifically I’m looking for any of the Apollo, Central Park, Bailey, Strand (or Clinton Strand), Genesee, Victoria, Jefferson, Maxine, Linden, Varsity, Colvin, Star, LaSalle, State, Rainbo, Ridge, Franklin, Hollywood (in Buffalo and Lackawanna), Lafayette, Century, Broadway, Rivera, and Roxy.
MEADOW GROVE, NE — On June 10, 1925 for the first time anywhere in the world a motion picture was projected on the outside of a building (City Hall) in Meadow Grove, Nebraska. The businessmen of the community thought it would be a great idea to draw business into this small Nebraska village and it did. In 1925, this was several years before the Drive-In Theater developed by Holingshead in New Jersey in the early 30’s. The original place where these movies were shown is still there and the original arc-light projector is still there. An essay documenting this story has been entered in the, “Help Us Tell America’s Story” in Parade Magazine. The free outdoor movies were discontinued in Meadow Grove, Nebraska in 1967.
December 9, 2005
Hello everyone! After having aquired a nice old 500 seat theatre and rescuing it, I have wanted to buy some more.
If any of you have any for sale, let me know. I would love to again restore a older theatre and welcome the chance to see if we can come to terms on the buying or leasing of it. Let me know.
December 8, 2005
TheaterBuff1 ponders the future of the movie theater:
There once was a time when people placed all faith in the movie palaces, believing they would always be. But such proved not to be the case, which is not the same as saying that the strong desire for them ever went away. Just as it was before they were built, while they existed, and after so many of them were demolished, the widespread wanting for them very much remained. And not just with regards to movie palaces, but also, regular neighborhood movie theaters where everyday folks could go between the big epics. So it’s to say of the ideal theater of the future it should come in two types — that is to say, tomorrow’s movie palace and its regular neighborhood theater. But in order for such theaters to exude a sense that they’re of the future and not of the past, they must have an overwhelming sense of solidity to them. Yet at the same time this solidity should fall far short of anything that could be describable as outright obnoxious. Regarding the latter, they must instill a great sense of hope in people from many varied walks of life, rather than, “We’re invading your world whether you like it or not.”
But in order for that to be achieved, they must exude that which everyone can positively identify with. And especially those whom the theater is built in closest proximity to.
I am drama critic and theater editor for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City. In checking some of the local theaters' Web sites, there is one that is featuring a photograph of a spectacularly ornate movie palace — a venue that is definitely NOT the theater being promoted on the Web site itself.
I am curious if anyone can determine what theater the interior shot really is. Check out the www.artcityplayhouse.com website, then e-mail me with any input on what and where this theater really is.
(The Playhouse was, until recently, the Villa Theatre in Springville, Utah, and the theater is definitely much smaller and plainer than the one depicted on their Web site.)
Thanks — Ivan Lincoln at
December 7, 2005
On Sunday, the New York Times published a story about New York City’s remaining movie palaces and how the majority of them have been converted into places of worship.
With a little divine intervention, however, many of the Roxy’s contemporaries have survived the decline of the cinema age and the turnover of their neighborhoods gloriously intact, even if gospel-choir lofts have replaced orchestra pits and Bible verses have replaced “Coming Soon” posters in their opulent lobbies.
The article also includes a nice photo gallery with recent shots of the Hollywood, Regent, Loew’s Valencia, Loew’s 175th Street, and Rainbow theaters.
Cinema Treasures got a nice little mention, as well.
New York Times: Now Showing: God
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December 6, 2005
I’m looking to purchase a small movie theater in the Long Island area. I would like to know if anyone here has any information that they can pass on to me, whether it be knowledge of any for sale or any mediums through which I can go to find out. Please email me at
Thank you in advance!
MILLTOWN, WI — Old movie theater for sale in small Wisconsin town 60 miles from Minneapolis, MN. It has not played movies since 1957. The approximate capacity is 300. Building is 110 feet long by 36 feet wide. There are some pictures of it at www.thehall.info . The building has a projector room, male and female bathrooms on the main floor and one upstairs. Building is stucco and brick on the outside. It also currently has a beer and wine license. The floor has been built up to accommodate a bar. It could be removed and the theater could be restored to original state without too much work. There are no seats or projector equipment in place. The price is under $140,000. Please email us at or visit the web site www.thehall.info Phone 218-927-5458