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December 5, 2005
Hello, I am selling off my entire Playbill collection spanning from 1948 to present.
Each piece will be listed on my Yahoo Auction page at http://auctions.yahoo.com/user/natevelasquez.
Please note, I also have other items on there but I will also have listed over 50 Playbills at a time.
December 2, 2005
Back in the era when movie theaters were in their prime, it amazes me that the Academy Awards never thought to hand out a special award to the best run movie theater or the best run movie theater chain. For all the work and love and dedication that movie theater operators poured into running their theaters in the best possible way, it must have been terribly disheartening each year when the Academy Awards rolled around that they never got any sort of acknowledgment, let alone an Academy Award. It’s as if that aspect of the artistry and presentation was nonexistent, or so it must have felt to the movie theater operators. And today, many in Hollywood wonder why their films don’t fare well at the theater, such as director Ron Howard in recent times wondering what went wrong with his “Cinderella Man” theater-wise.
So if Hollywood hopes to enter an exciting new age of cinema, it could start up the process by giving strong recognition to where it has failed to before.
WINTER GARDEN, FL — The 1935 Garden Theater in Winter Garden, Florida, is currently accepting applications for general manager. The house is undergoing restoration, and is expected to open in Fall, 2006. It will be operated as a performing arts center and part-time classic movie venue. For further information, contact the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation at www.wghf.org
RICHMOND, VA — The Historic Richmond Foundation is currently considering plans to sell the National Theater. Contracts are currently being considered with restrictions as to reuse of this historic structure. One potential reuse includes the addition of a 120 room hotel above the current structure.
The National Theatre in downtown Richmond has several potential buyers, including a group looking to purchase it and hold it for the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation.
The Historic Richmond Foundation, which owns the theater at 700 E. Broad St., has sent copies of a draft contract to several suitors and is looking for responses by Wednesday, said John Owen Gwathmey, the group’s president.
The National is listed for sale at $1.55 million, but the contract has a space for a price to be added, Gwathmey said. It also includes significant restrictions on how the historic theater could be altered.
Groups Step Up to Acquire The National
I am writing a book about Grindhouse cinemas and drive-ins that flourished in the 70s and 80s (pre-video of course). The Kon-Tiki in Dayton, Ohio is especially close to my heart as I worked there after it became Salem Avenue Cinemas. If anyone could provide me with information on people who managed, or worked at these sort of cinemas, especially in Dayton, Ohio it would be much appreciated.
I’m a Historic Preservation student working on a project about re-introducing movie theaters to downtowns and was wondering if anybody can share some case studies where this has been successful. Any help would be great!
December 1, 2005
JERSEY CITY, NJ — Come to The Landmark Loew’s Jersey next Saturday and Have an Old-Fashioned Visit with Santa. Then, Enjoy Classic Movies for The Whole Family!
Saturday, December 10
12 PM to 3 PM: Santa returns for the 11th season to the Grand Lobby of the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre to hear Holiday wishes from boys and girls. A visit with Santa is free. A digital photo with him is just $2.00 — but if you bring a new, unwrapped toy for a needy child, the photo is free as our thank you. (Toys will be distributed by the St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity/Secular Franciscan Order of Jersey City.) Plus — every kid who sees Santa will get a $1.00 discount for either of our two movie screenings later that day.
3:30 PM to 6:20 PM DOUBLE FEATURE! Plus A Classic Holiday Cartoon: Laurel & Hardy’s
“Babes In Toyland” — a.k.a. “March of the Wooden Soldiers” — (1934) is a Holiday tradition in the Metropolitan Area. It will be screened in a rare, uncut 16mm print that includes the seldom-seen original opening sequence. It will be followed at 4:55 PM by another perennial favorite of the season, Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” (1938) starring Reginald Owen as Scrooge, shown in a near-mint 35mm print. PLUS — “The Little Match Girl” — a rarely seen Columbia Pictures cartoon from 1937, shown in 35mm. Tickets for this double feature are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 12 years old and under.
November 30, 2005
November 29, 2005
I have just read and signed the online petition: “Save the Historic Uptown Theatre in Chicago,” which is hosted on the web by a free online petition service, at:
I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing it yourself.
The petition was started by Ted and Joanne, two Uptown residents who are among the best and most active Friends of the Uptown volunteers at this time.
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I am looking for a theater for sale in the state of Ohio. If anyone has any information on a theater for sale, post a message or send me an e-mail at .