The latest movie theater news and updates

  • December 28, 2005

    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?



  • December 27, 2005

    Seeking info on Percival “Patty” Roberts

    NEW YORK, NY — Hello, I am looking for information on my great-grandfather, Percival “Patty” Roberts who died on Staten Island in the early 1960’s.

    My great-grandfather was the stage manager/electrician at the Palace Theater, I assume on Staten Island, but could be the one in Manhattan?? Possibly at the turn of the century, 19-twenties? I have old photos of him at a switchboard backstage which looks to be about six feet wide by eight feet tall, lots of “Frankenstein” switches.

    I remember him smoking cigars and calling me “wildwoman” when I was about three. He died shortly after that. He knew a lot of vaudeville stars, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, etc.

    My grandmother, Florence Adelaide Roberts, would fill in between acts singing opera on stage as a little girl.

    Thank You!

    Florence M. “Rennie” (Castle) Miller
    1060 Rock Road
    Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

  • December 26, 2005

    Oceanside Twin Closed For Good?

    LONG ISLAND, NY — Just before Thanksgiving, a fire was intentionally set to an old abandoned supermarket. The building burned down. Unfortunately, this building was connected the the Oceanside Twin movie theater.

    The theater itself sustained no fire damage. It did however sustain heavy smoke and water damage. But the main damage was done by the fire department ripping the ceilings and walls open.

    The theater is currently closed. All indications from the ownwers are that the theater will never re-open.

    Long Island loses another of it’s oldtime movie houses.

  • Harem Theatre in NYC?

    Up until the revitalization on West 42nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue, there was a porno theater called The Harem, located at what looks like where the BB King now stands.

    I need some assistance finding out what The Harem was known as before its life as a porno theater.

    I know it must have had a life before porn.

    Thanks again,

  • December 23, 2005

    Loews and AMC to Sell 10 Theaters

    Loews and AMC have agreed to each sell five theaters as a condition for the government to approve their merger next year. From the official press release:

    “Five theaters from each circuit have been selected by the [uS Department of Justice and various state attorneys general] for sale as a condition to enable the companies to proceed with their transaction. The theaters are as follows:

    AMC Fenway 13 (Boston)
    AMC City North 14 (Chicago)
    AMC Union Station 9 (D.C.)
    AMC Kabuki 8 (San Francisco)
    AMC Van Ness 14 (San Francisco)
    Loews Webster Place 11 (Chicago)
    Loews E-Walk 13 (New York City)
    Loews (Cineplex Odeon) Meridian 16 (Seattle)
    Loews Keystone 16 (Dallas)
    Loews (Cineplex Odeon) Wisconsin Ave. 6 (D.C.)

    It is anticipated that the sales process could take at least four months.

  • 8th Avenue Theatre?

    NEW YORK, NY — What theatre was located on 8th Avenue between West 50th and West 51 streets? I remember they demolished this theatre when they erected the Longacre Apartments. This was sometime in the late 90’s.

    It was one block over from the old Madison Square Garden, which was demolished in the late ‘60’s / early 70’s and became the Worldwide Plaza and home to the Cineplex Odeon Worldwide Cinemas (now the Dodger Stages).

    I recall the entrance as being on Eighth Avenue closer to West 50th Street. Please help me figure this out, its been on my mind.


  • WANTED: General Cinema’s trailer theme for my cell phone

    Does anybody have the classic General Cinema trailer theme that can be downloaded into my cell phone?

    Please reply to : .

    Thank You Much

  • December 22, 2005

    Producer seeks help on History Channel series

    I am working on a 12-hour series for The History Channel titled “Mega Movers” which looks at extraordinary moves taking place around the world. I am currently looking for moves taking place between now and February 2006 to profile on the show. Specifically, I would like to document the move of a theatre – are you aware of any that have been moved or are to be moved in the next few months? If so, I would like to hear more about the move and when it is scheduled to begin.

    Additionally, I am looking for historic, very large, iconic or just unusual structures moving before Feb 2006 and welcome your suggestions. Please feel free to pass my contact information along to anyone else who may know about other upcoming moves.
    Thank you.

    Lara Vizcarra
    818/760-4442 x174

  • Historic Theater Needs New Doors

    OLYMPIA, WA — As a followup to yesterday’s story… The State Theater, built in 1949, is currently undergoing an Enhancement Campaign to restore some much needed areas of the building.

    One area desperately in need of help is the beautiful front doors. Several of them no longer lock properly and are unable to be repaired.

    Any help in finding a company that make old style ‘brass & glass’ movie theater doors would be much appreciated.

  • December 21, 2005

    Freeing the Phoenix

    OLYMPIA, WA — In 1997, Harlequin Productions embarked on an impossible dream.

    With the generous help of our audience and friends, we resurrected the State Theater to create one of the artistic jewels of our community.

    To commemorate that achievement, the lobby ceiling was adorned with a new mural: “Rising Phoenix”. With the opening of the State Theater, the bar was raised. Harlequin Productions met the challenge, delivering high-quality, adventurous theater in a beautiful, intimate setting and serving as a powerful economic driver for Olympia’s downtown.

    Despite superb ticket sales, the combined fiscal pressures of a sluggish economy and the drain of the State Theater mortgage undermined the finances of the company from ‘01 – '03.

    In March, 2004, faced with imminent closure, Harlequin Productions asked the community to determine whether the company was “to be, or not to be.” An overwhelmingly positive response eliminated the crisis and all short-term debt. To ensure the future fiscal health of the company, we must now perform maintenance and upgrades on our home and retire the mortgage.

    For more information, visit this website.