The latest movie theater news and updates

  • December 3, 2004

    Fire Damages Fox Theatre Marquee

    DETROIT, MI — A fire early Wednesday morning caused minor damage to the marquee of the Fox Theatre.

    News reports from local television stations WDIV and WXYZ can be found here and here.

  • 380 Seat Movie Theater For Sale In Alberta

    DRUMHELLER, CANADA — Movie theater for sale in the heart of Canada’s booming Alberta province.

    Located in Drumheller, Alberta, this independent movie theater business is complete with living quarters.

    • Asking price: $295,000 (including building).
    • Occupancy negotiable.
    • Zoning is CB Central Business.
    • Gross Sales $200,000 – $230,000 per year.
    • Hours of Operation 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
    • Well established business – is the only movie thratre in town.
    • Lighted Neon sign serviced and rewired in October of 2004.
    • Boiler serviced in September 2004.

    Call Bob Sheddy @ 403-823-4141 or e-mail .

  • December 2, 2004

    Allen Organ Console Arrives At St. George Theatre

    STATEN ISLAND, NY — An Allen organ console was expected to arrive at the St. George Theatre yesterday.

    It is on loan through our friends at the New York Theatre Organ Society (NYTOS). The theater will “borrow” it for about a month until another suitable console can be found.

    In the meanwhile, the Allen will help to “re-open” the theater in time for its gala 75th anniversary on December 4th.

    We look forward to a HUGE attendance for this rare and wonderful theater experience, which includes a red carpet, Klieg lights, entertainment, important notables, AND the “Mighty Allen!”

    Hope to see you there!

  • Could Criterion Cinemas Spell The End Of York Square?

    NEW HAVEN, CT — Could the newly opened Criterion Cinemas spell the end for the nearby York Square Cinemas?

    The York Square, which has been on Broadway since 1970, plays art films and sub run material. The film companies do not give them access to first run product. The York Square has filed a suit against the motion picture industry to attempt to force them to provide first run films, but it likely will fail.

    This month, the five screen state-of-the-art Criterion Cinemas opened in downtown New Haven. It will also play art films. Is there enough of an art film market in a mid-sized city such as New Haven for two art films, or will the new Criterion spell the end of the downtrodden but venerable York Square?

    More on this story from the Business New Haven magazine.

  • Jessica Simpson Video Features Atmospheric Theatre?

    While I was browsing through some music videos on the web, I stumbled upon this music video.

    It seems to have been filmed in a beautiful atmospheric theatre, but does anyone know which theater this is?

  • Cinema Treasures Appears in LA Times

    Cinema Treasures was briefly mentioned in this report from yesterday’s edition of the Los Angeles Times.

  • December 1, 2004

    New History Channel Series Seeks Active Theater Restoration Projects

    Back to the Blueprint, a new restoration program now airing on The History Channel is looking for current theater restoration projects for an upcoming episode. Entire program will be filmed over the course of a week in either January or February.

    The program is a hands-on, interactive look at the hard work involved in restoring historic homes and properties. We try to give background into why homes and structures were built as they were, the materials and tools used, and what we can do to restore and renew these structures for the future.

    Our host, Marty Dunham, himself comes from a contracting background, and we have him work side-by-side taking 2-3 projects, or portions of, from start to finish. Prior episodes have focused mainly on residential styles including NY Brownstones, Chicago Bungalows, Sears Catalog Homes and Shotgun Homes. We’re very interested in expanding the scope of the show with an episode on theaters.

    I would love to speak with any owners, architects or contractors who are working on projects that might fit in with our format and filming schedule. I can be reached , and I look forward to speaking with you all.

    Also, the series airs Saturdays at 5:00 PM ET/PT, 4:00PM CT & 3:00 MT, if you’d like to get a visual idea of the format!

    Thank you,

    Barbara Maranzani
    A & E Television Networks/HTV Productions

  • November 30, 2004

    Bijou Cinema In Worcester Closes

    WORCESTER, MA — The Bijou Cinema closed on November 20th to make way for road construction and revamping of the Worcester Common Outlets. One of the films shown on the last weekend, free to the public, was “The Last Picture Show.”

  • Memories Of Newsreel Theaters?

    Does anyone have any memories of newsreel cinemas?

    I’m a graduate student at Brown University and I’m working on a project about newsreels in the United States. I’m particularly interested in how people remember these specialized theaters.

    I’d be interested to hear anecdotes or specific memories, but i’d also be interested to hear about the more mundane details of visiting these cinemas. When and how often would you go? How much did it cost? Did you go to see films of specific news/sports events? Which ones?

    Please email me your memories directly at .

  • November 26, 2004

    Today’s Newsreel