The latest movie theater news and updates
April 6, 2004
BINGHAMTON, NY — Roger Katz sent in these photos of the Art Theatre (pre-fire).
SALFORD, UK — It’s official (from the demolition crew anyway): the Ambassador Super Cinema is to be demolished.
The sad end to a wonderful era of cinema on Langworthy Road in Salford. I have pictures of yesterdays work and will be going today to see how they are doing today at lunchtime.
April 5, 2004
BINGHAMTON, NY — The Art Theatre burned down on February 9, 2004 due to a fire sparked by a faulty 75 watt lightbulb.
The theater went up quickly since its 1924 roof was covered with oil-based paints. The Art’s owner, Richard Krus, who bought the former “adult” theatre in 1987 and turned it into the county’s only venue to see art films, wants to rebuild the theater using the walls that remained.
However, the city has said remains of the structure are unsafe and has ordered it demolished by the end of April. Krus, who lacked insurance on the theater, has become so frustrated with the city’s lack of support that he’s decided to look elsewhere for a location for his theater.
Photos of the fire are available at the City of Binghamton Professional Fire Fighters website.
HUNTINGTON, WV — During a town meeting, several townspeople expressed their concerns that the federally funded Pullman Square development with its 16 screen movie theatre would have an adverse impact on the 1928 Thomas Lamb Keith-Albee theater, according to a report in the Herald Dispatch.
The Transit Authority which will receive rent money from the new theatre seemed glib. Vicki Shaffer, President of the Transit Authority, admitted the Keith had not been properly considered under federal historic preservation laws. “The devil is in the details,” she admitted. Keith lovers should be working the emails and phone lines to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Advisory Council for Historic Preservation. The Herald Dispatch finally ran a story about the Keith’s “cloudy” future.
April 2, 2004
ANCHORAGE, AK — Today, the Anchorage Daily News takes a look at the effectiveness of the MPAA rating system.
Designed in 1968 by MPAA head Jack Valenti, the system has been used by Hollywood for decades to help parents have more informed choices about the movies they’re children are watching. But, in today’s media environment, is the system still an effective tool for reducing childrens' exposure to sex and violence?
With lax enforcement policies at theaters, video chains that don’t check for age, and cable television channels that serve up popular (and violent) content like the “Sopranos”, are we really protecting children from things they haven’t seen?
April 1, 2004
PATERSON, NJ — The U.S. Theatre was located in the heart of downtown Paterson, New Jersey. In the early 1900s, Paterson was the textile center of the United States and the bustling city proudly built the U.S. Theatre, Fabian Theatre, Garden Theatre, Rivoli Theatre, State Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, and Majestic Theatre. The two most outstanding, both in architecture and elegance, were the U.S. Theatre and the Fabian Theatre.
As one entered the lobby of the U.S. Theatre, the coming attraction display cases were encrusted in gold leaf. The main auditorium glistened with its burgundy velvet, oil paintings on silk twelve feet in height, and clouds on the theater ceiling that slowly drifted by as one awaited the beginning of the show.
March 31, 2004
The Majestic Theatre hosts the premiere of “The Alamo”, the Sebastiani Theatre gets a fundraising boost, and an excavation team examining the Glen Cinema finds itself a ladder short — all in today’s newsreel.
- Lighting up the theater
- Theater restoration may receive state grant
- Sunrise’s Hall Named for Rice
- Whiteside sale in jeopardy
- The end of the classic movie theatre?
- Man Shoots Self At Times Sq. Movie Theater
- Developer’s Proposal to Convert Clayton, Mo., Movie Theater Advances
- San Antonio goes all out for premiere of ‘The Alamo’
- Kingfisher Recovering From Downtown Fire
- Experts in plea for a ladder
March 30, 2004
LAS VEGAS, NV — Coverage of last week’s ShoWest convention, a gathering of exhibitors, vendors, and other industry personnel, is covered by the following media:
“ShoWest is the largest annual convention for the motion picture industry. As the only international gathering devoted exclusively to the movie business, it attracts as a matter of course the most powerful people in filmmaking: the stars, directors, producers, and studio executives responsible for creating the most successful motion pictures in the world. It is also the single largest international gathering of motion picture professionals and theatre owners in the world, with delegates from more than 50 different countries in attendance each year.” — www.showest.com
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent in by Howard Haas from Friends of the Boyd:
“We are a new organization and need your help. The Boyd is not saved yet, nor is an authentic restoration going to happen without your help. And, there will not be a film program if we can’t have a success at our films to save the theater! Please share with your friends, co-workers, neighbors, and your email lists. Thank you!
SEE GRACE KELLY’S LAST FILM AND HELP TO SAVE THE BOYD
Princess Grace’s Niece to Speak Before the Show
On FRIDAY, APRIL 16, the Friends of the Boyd will screen Grace Kelly’s rarely seen last film, the 1956 romantic comedy THE SWAN, at a benefit to raise funds to preserve and restore Philadelphia’s last movie palace, the historic Boyd Theatre (a.k.a. Sameric) at 1908 Chestnut Street. The screening, part of the 13th Philadelphia Film Festival, will take place at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, 7:30 p.m for slide show “The Boyd: 75 years as a movie palace” and 8:00 PM for film.
March 29, 2004
SACRAMENTO, CA — The City of Sacramento is giving a corporation millions of dollars to construct a multiplex in downtown, which may force the Tower Theatre, Crest Theatre, and other Sacramento theaters out of business.
You can find a lengthy cover story about the multiplex project in the current issue of the SN&R (Sacramento News & Reviews) paper, which is distributed throughout the Sacramento area free of charge. The story is also available on the SN&R website.