The latest movie theater news and updates

  • August 11, 2004

    Cinema Latino for NYC’s Clearview Broadway & 62nd

    NEW YORK, NY — On Monday, Clearview Cinemas announced via PRNewswire that on Friday, August 27 its 300-seat theatre at 62nd and Broadway will reopen as Cinema Latino — the only all Latino movie house in Manhattan.

    The single-screen will exclusively show first run Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese films with English subtitles imported from 20 different countries.

  • Village Could Decide DuPage Theatre’s Fate Next Month

    LOMBARD, IL — The future of the long-shuttered DuPage Theatre could be decided as soon as next month by the Lombard Village Board, according to this report in the Daily Herald.

    The Board needs to approve the release of $900,000 in tax-increment finance funds already pledged to the restoration of the former movie house. Work on the first phase of the restoration project, estimated at $1.4 to $2.4 million, is scheduled to begin this fall.

    Around $5.3 million in contributions has been pledged already, according to the DuPage Theatre Foundation, of which $200,000 has been received. Lombard’s releasing the $900,000 towards the project is tied to a state grant that has been frozen for over a year due to the State of Illinois' financial troubles.

  • August 10, 2004

    Entire Playbill Collection For Sale

    I’ve decided to sell my Playbill collection. I have pieces from the ‘40s to the '80s. Their conditions range from good to excellent. Each Playbill is preserved in a plastic sheet.

    Though I’m keeping my favorites, I’ve decided to sell the rest to help fund my new business. I’ll be listing most on eBay starting next week, but if there is a Playbill you have been looking for, feel free to inquire.

    Send me an email at . (Remove the x’s for this email to work.)

  • Fire Breaks Out at Detroit Opera House

    DETROIT, MI — A fire broke out on August 4th at the Detroit Opera House’s Cadillac Cafe.

    The damage was confined to the cafe according to this report from Crain’s Detroit Business:

    A small fire at the Detroit Opera House caused only minor damage this morning.

    The fire began shortly before 5 a.m. in the Cadillac Cafe at the opera house when a food warmer caught fire, said Dave Blackburn, public-relations coordinator for Michigan Opera Theatre.

    “This has never been a problem in the past; I don’t know if the food warmer malfunctioned or was left on,” he said.

    Read the full report.

  • August 9, 2004

    Arthur Pryor Bandshell Pavilion Threatened with Demolition

    ASBURY PARK, NJ — The world reknowned trombonist, Arthur Pryor, played and conducted his orchestra for 25 glorious summers in a boardwalk pavilion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, in Asbury Park. In the late ‘60s, a pavilion with a bandshell roof was erected in Pryor’s memory.

    Since then, Asbury Park has hit on bad economic times and sold all of its oceanside structures to a development rights holder who plans to demolish the section of the pavilion housing the bandshell, to replace it with office space.

  • Oldest Continuously Operating Movie Theater?

    PRYOR, OK — My name is Gene Oliver and I am the owner of the Allred Theater in Pryor, Oklahoma. The theater was opened in 1917 by J. F. Allred and my father bought it in 1963.

    It has continuosly operated as a movie theater and never been dark. Nor has it operated as any other business. My interest is in the possibility that it may be the oldest continously operating movie theater in the nation. If not, possibly the oldest small town theater in continuous operation.

    I would appreciate some help with this research.

  • August 6, 2004

    Pop Culture Magazine Features Cinema Treasures

    Pop Culture Magazine recently interviewed Cinema Treasures co-founder Ross Melnick for the webzine’s listing of Cinema Treasures as their “Website of the Week.”

    If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes on in the mind of one of the people that run this place, this is a good opportunity to find out. :)

  • Gateway Hosts Silent Summer Film Festival

    CHICAGO, IL – An annual film series that should not be missed is the Silent Summer Film Festival at the Gateway Theatre, Milwaukee at Lawrence, in Chicago. This Silent Film Society of Chicago presentation continues Friday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 27. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how historic cinemas were used in their halcyon days!

  • Actor Introduces His Latest Film at the Michigan Theatre

    ANN ARBOR, MI — Actor/producer Tom Hulce (Amadeus, Amimal House) will be at the Michigan Theatre on Friday, August 6 to introduce the latest movie he produced, “A Home At The End Of The World” at the 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. screenings.

    The news release follows:


    • SPECIAL GUEST *
    • to appear opening night of *
    • A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD *

    Tom Hulce, the producer of A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD, will be at the Michigan Theater on Friday, August 6th to introduce the movie at both the 7:00pm and the 9:30pm screenings.

  • Battle Continues to Save The Elm Theater

    WEST HARTFORD, CT — A group dedicated to saving the 1947 Elm Theater is racing against time to gain public and private support for their efforts to buy the theater back from a developer hoping to turn the shuttered movie house into a drug store.