The latest movie theater news and updates
January 12, 2005
BOSTON, MA — A Massachusetts state supreme court judge has refused to reverse a lower court’s ruling allowing demolition of Boston’s Gaiety Theatre. Since no legal impediment remains, demolition could start at any time.
The Glass Slipper strip club, an abutter of the Gaiety, tried to prevent demolition of the century-old theater until pending lawsuits were resolved, but the club’s attempts were denied in the Land Court, Appeals Court and now the state’s Supreme Judicial Court.
Associate Justice Francis X. Spina made his decision on Tuesday afternoon, January 11, stating that the Glass Slipper has “failed to show that they will suffer irreparable harm if an injunction does not issue.” Spina also said that the Glass Slipper lacks standing.
Howard Haas has sent us this news about the impending closing of Cinema 1 on Wisconsin Ave.
I know your readers will want to know this sad news.
Somebody emailed me that the single screen Cinema 1, located at 5100 Wisconsin Ave in Washington DC, operated by Loews Cineplex, will close by next month. I telephoned today the theater, and the employee stated that Jan. 27 is the last day. He thinks the current movie “A Very Long Engagement” will be the last one.
Robert Headley’s book “Motion Picture Exhibition in Washington, D.C.” states the Cinema opened in 1965 with 826 seats. Many of us know it as the K.B. Cinema.
The theater’s ad in the Washington Post has stated that it has Washington D.C.’s 2nd largest screen. Apparently the competing new multiplexes are not matching its screen size. The Uptown has the largest screen in Washington.
January 11, 2005
As many of you may have noticed, member profile pages on Cinema Treasures have been missing member comment histories for the past week or so.
This unfortunate bug was the unexpected result of a recent upgrade to our website. Given the size of Cinema Treasures and our limited resources, sometimes these things happen.
We are, however, working on a solution and will have this feature restored as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone who has brought this to our attention!
Ottakers in the UK are quite a good size chain – Waterstones only had 2 copies – 1 in Oxford Street, London and 1 in York. Borders couldn’t find it at all on any of their databases.
Ok, so Atlanta’s High Museum of Art doesn’t really show films…but… in the first Hannibal Lecter movie, “Manhunter” (re-made as Red Dragon) the sinister Dr. Lecter is housed in the landmark museum.
Irrelevant, but intriging.
January 10, 2005
TROTWOOD, OH — After nearly 37 years of showing movies, the Kon-Tiki Theatre is no more.
The theater opened in 1968 as the Kon-Tiki. It featured a South Pacific decor, which included conch shells for restroom sinks, illuminated tiki faces on the facade, and volcanic and abalone shells in the walls.
In the late 1980s, it became the Loews Salem Ave. It closed in 1999 and sat vacant until 2005 when it was demolished by the City of Trotwood to make way for future developement.
The theater is unique because I am not aware of any other theater that has a South Pacific decor. Visit www.daytondailynews.com for the full story.
BROOKLYN, NY — I grew up across the street, looking directly at the marquee of the 16th Street Theater in Park Slope. It closed when I was around 10 years old. I am now 59 and I would love to have a picture of it.
Is there anyone out there that can help me find one? My email is . Thank You, Joe G.
January 7, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent in by Howard Haas:
“The Boyd Theatre’s Future!
The great news is that the historic Boyd Theatre will be restored & in late 2006 reopened. Clear Channel will invest much money in the Art Deco showplace. Money won’t be asked from Philadelphia or PA taxpayers. As we have said before, the Friends of the Boyd will continue to fundraise for restoration of Art Deco features, and to assist with a film program, public tours, exhibits of the theater’s history, and in other ways.
LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan recently reviewed our new book, writing: “Handsomely produced and extensively illustrated, ‘Cinema Treasures’ is detailed without being dull and thoroughly at home with this often neglected subject matter.”
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