The latest movie theater news and updates

  • January 5, 2006

    Any other ‘Urban Outfitters’ theaters?

    The Garden Theatre in Charleston, SC has been “converted” into an Urban Outfitters retail store.

    Does anyone know of other theatres that have been reused or converted by Urban Outfitters?

    John Coles

  • January 4, 2006

    Need suggestions for grants, etc., to renovate Missouri Movie house

    I am looking to buy and renovate a 1945 theater in small town Missouri. It is still in operation but is severly run down.

    Looking for suggestions for sources for grants,special financing, etc. Also looking for ways to find seats, and other items from the era.

    Hope to hear from some people. Email or call 314-252-9955 x107.

  • Looking to buy a Theater

    I am looking to buy a theater in Atlanta. If anybody has any information on a theater being available here please contact me on my cell (646) 327 9785 or email me at .

  • Comments are working again

    Our apologies for yesterday’s comment outage. Due to a database issue, the comments weren’t loading correctly, but it’s all fixed now. :)

  • January 2, 2006

    Happy New Year!

    Cinema Treasures would like to wish everyone who uses our site a Happy New Year!

  • Pictures of the Ambassador Theater?

    RALEIGH, NC — I’m currently working on a story which features the Ambassador Theater… for historical accuracy I’m wondering if anyone has pictures or where I can find them?… Any help would greatly be appreciated.


  • December 30, 2005

    ABC News: No Happy Ending in 2005 For Hollywood

    ABC is reporting the bad news that everyone has been pretty much expecting… ticket sales continued to drop this year:

    The bad news is that audiences did not exactly go ape over the rest of 2005’s cinema offerings, making this the third straight year of decline in Hollywood ticket sales — the first such stretch of bad news in 40 years. Because of the continued falloff — sales are down 12.6 percent from 2002 — a growing number of analysts are wondering whether America’s movie habits are changing permanently.

    “The industry has to consider whether or not American audiences are sending a message about the quality of the movies they are getting — or just the way and the place in which they get them,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations, a firm that analyzes box-office trends. “You can bet that producers, writers, directors and studio heads are all huddling intensely to consider what this means and change their behavior to keep it from continuing.”

  • December 29, 2005

    Buy the State Theatre in South Bend

    SOUTH BEND, IN — The State Theatre in downtown South Bend is closed and is available for sale.

    Most recently operated as a night club featuring live music, the 34,000 plus square foot building is awaiting renovation. South Bend’s downtown is experiencing growth as a restaurant and entertainment destination with the Morris Performing Arts Center being the main attraction.

    Check out these two sites for South Bend’s potential:

    Contact the Prudential One Realty Commercial Division for more info… e-mail .

  • December 28, 2005

    ‘Palace Treasure’ author to read at Chicago’s Uptown

    CHICAGO, IL — Selections from “Palace Treasure,” a screenplay by Jerry Vasilatos, will be read by the author at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, in Uptown.

    The venue is the Golden House Restaurant/Pancake House party room, 4744 N. Broadway. Write for more information. Seating is limited.

    Based on memories of Chicago’s Uptown and Granada theatres and the legends of the buildings' owners and caretakers, “Palace Treasure” is Vasilatos' tribute to the Chicago of his youth and to the spirit of such historic buildings. The story features community-minded underdogs who race against the clock to thwart a planned demolition and real-estate development of a historic theatre. Their adventure includes looking for a valuable-but-lost silent film that is thought to be hidden somewhere within the palatial 1920s movie palace.

    Vasilatos, who now calls Hollywood home, is an indepedent film writer, editor, director and producer. He is visiting Chicago friends and family for the holidays and has volunteered to host this special “Friends of the Uptown” night.

    A synopsis of “Palace Treasure” can be read on Vasilatos' Web site,

    Friends of the Uptown, Uptown Theatre, Chicago.

  • Gilt mirrors from New York’s Paramount Theatre

    My family has 2 large gilt mirrors from the Paramount in NYC (1501 Broadway) that were rescued prior to the demolition.

    We are trying to value the mirrors. Any ideas about how to do this? Or where I could find pictures of the original interior showing the mirrors?