The latest movie theater news and updates
October 26, 2005
BRATTLEBORO, VT — A fire yesterday in the Latchis Theatre’s main auditorium caused minimal damage (the screen, curtains, and part of the roof were burned) and the auditorium is expected to reopen Friday, according to WCAX-TV Channel 3. The other two screens will continue to operate until then.
Electricians working in the large auditorium may have inadvertantly started the fire when a curtain was set too close to a floodlight. The fire was mostly put out before firefighters arrived on the scene. The theater and Latchis Hotel, with which it shares a building, are the only two Art Deco style buildings in Vermont.
October 25, 2005
JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Landmark Loew’s Jersey
Monsters of a Different Kind, Together for Halloween!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
Come to The Landmark Loew’s Jersey for a day of family fun for Halloween with classic horror, frights, and camp!
“King Kong vs. Godzilla,” 3:30 PM.
“Godzilla,” 7 PM. This is the restored original version, in Japanese with English subtitles.
“Masque of the Red Death,” 9:15 PM. Starring Vincent Price, directed by Roger Corman.
Tickets per screening are $6 Adult, $4 Seniors and Children 12 and under. Combo tickets for TWO films are $10/$6. Super combo tickets for ALL THREE films are $15/$10, PLUS get a free popcorn with each Super Combo ticket.
For more info, please visit www.loewsjersey.org or call 201-798-6055 or e-mail us at
ORLANDO, FL — ShowEast, where 1,300 members of the motion picture industry “gear up for the year end holiday season by gathering to learn about industry trends, screen films and product reels, and be among the first to see state-of-the-art theatre equipment along with services and technologies vital to the industry,” commenced yesterday.
Top issues this year are piracy, movie theater attendance, new technology, and the overall quality of films, amongst other industry issues. According to Reuters, Paul Hanneman, executive vp sales and strategic planning at 20th Century Fox International, asked assembled members of the industry, “Are we making the best films we can? Have profit projections led to quests for tentpoles at the expense of quality?”
Keynote speaker Shari Redstone, president of National Amusements, dismissed the fundamental worries of the business, commenting that “You’ll never hear the voice of doom and gloom out of this mouth.”
But she was quick to add: “So much of the future is not in the U.S.” — highlighting that growth opportunities for exhibitors may lie overseas.
October 24, 2005
- In Nearly All Its Grandeur, Paradise Reopens in Bronx
- Yam Theater Renovation Funds Approved
- Shrek 2 Showing at the Palace in Albany on October 30th
- Board Turmoil Hasn’t Derailed Theater Renovation Plans
- Golden Era of the Silver Screen in Shanghai
- It May Finally Be Curtains for Azusa Drive-In
- ShowEast to Weather Wilma
- Weather Update From ShowEast
October 21, 2005
DATE: Sunday, October 23rd
TIME: From 2 PM – 3 PM
LOCATION: Trylon Theater; 98-81 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, N.Y.
Please join us in solidarity for a lawful & peaceful expression of our concerns.
**Points of the rally:
1. LANDMARK the ‘39 Trylon Theater; a last standing structure which bears strong significance to the 1939 World’s Fair.
2. PRESERVE the presently intact Art Deco facade, glass block projection tower (which once illuminated Queens Blvd.), & the marquee.
3. RESTORE what was lost during a summer 2005 conversion, despite an active construction violation & stop work order since April 2005. The Trylon Theater’s architectural features distinguish it as one of NY’s notable works of Modernism.
4. ADAPT the site for the Education Center For Russian Jewry, with a preservation-minded re-use strategy, rather than demolition.
(Participants: Historians, preservationists, community residents, as well as residents of neighboring boroughs, politicians, possible FH celebrities, the media, & members of The Committee To Save The Trylon Theater.)
For more info: Art Deco Society of N.Y. at (212) 679-DECO or e-mail The website is www.artdeco.org
To sign the Trylon Theater petition, click or paste the following: http://www.PetitionOnline.com/Trylon/petition.html
October 20, 2005
LONDON, ENGLAND — This Sunday sees the first 70MM screening at the newly reopened Greenwich Picturehouse in South-East London.
The screening is LAWRENCE OF ARABIA which will be presented in 70MM SUPER-PANAVISION. The projector used is a Philips DP70 which until recently was at the EMPIRE, Leicester Sq. This is one of three DP70’s that were installed on December 16 1959 for the opening of BEN-HUR. Considered to be the Rolls-Royce of projectors this machine (serial number 1352) has now been moved to a new home at the recently reopened Greenwich Picturehouse.
This DP70 was rescued from the Empire by Tony Jones, Creative Director of City Screen who operate the Picturehouse Arts circuit in the UK, to supplement a wide array of 70MM projection equipement already in regular use at its cinemas throughout the UK.
After 20 years without cinemas in Saudi Arabia, one is to (re?)open in Riyadh.
October 19, 2005
SUFFERN, NY — The HORROR-THON Film Festival at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York presents seven illustrious and entertaining horror movie programs — including several rarely shown titles including HOUSE OF WAX in double-system 3-D — from the golden age of cinema, all on the Lafayette Theatre’s giant silver screen and just in time for Halloween.
Screening will be films with stars such as Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, and Jack Nicholson and from directors such as Stanley Kubrick, William Friedkin, Terence Fisher, and George Romero. All of the films are screening in the finest studio and archive prints available and each show will feature pre-show music from the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. Festival Dates: October 22 & 23, 2005.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
12:45 pm HOUSE OF WAX (1953, directed by Andre de Toth) starring Vincent Price and Phyllis Kirk – Presented in the miracle of double-system polarized 3-D!
Friends of the Loews emailed us about thier upcoming gala event at the Loew’s Jersey:
Friends of the Loew’s Invites You To…
Step Back In Time for One Memorable Evening At
The Spotlight Gala & Revue
Enjoy the Music of The Jazz Age
Plus the Laughter of the Vaudeville Stage
And Help a Historical & Cultural Landmark
Thursday, October 27
At The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater
54 Journal Square
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
“Uncle Floyd” Vivino
In the Vaudeville tradition, the Revue will also introduce young talent from the JCPS Visual & Performing Arts School, and will even include a classic film short!
Celebrating the Finale of the Loew’s Jersey’s 75th Anniversary
And Benefiting FOL’s Restoration & Operation
Of the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre
As a Not-For-Profit Arts Center
October 18, 2005
CHICAGO, IL — “Memoirs of a Movie Palace” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005, at Truman College, 1134 W. Wilson Ave., in Uptown, Chicago. The venue is Novar Hall, where seating is limited. “Uptown Community Portrait 2005,” a short, cinema verite documentary, will precede the feature film. The screening is for educational purposes in the college auditorium.
“Memoirs,” a 1979 independent film, tells the story of a theatre very similar to the UPTOWN, Chicago: The LOEW’S KINGS THEATRE, in Brooklyn, N.Y., which also remains closed without a plan for renovation and reuse. Both venues were built in the 1920s as designed by the same Chicago firm, C.W. and Geo. L. Rapp, architects.
The film was shot on location as the KINGS was being closed in the late 1970s. If someone had the foresight to shoot a movie in the UPTOWN, we would have a very similar document, with the same kinds of memories recalled and sentiments expressed — minus the Brooklyn accents!
Your attendance as a “Friend” of the Uptown is important to our efforts and goals. As major stabilization work is ongoing at the theatre building, it is a good time for us to network and get to know each other!
Truman officials said that we may park in any of the adjacent Truman parking lots (driveway located on Broadway through the McJunkin Building). Street parking or public transportation would be the easier option. Entrance to the Truman building itself will be through the easternmost doors located on the Wilson Avenue side (north elevation). Staff will direct you from there.
Reprinted with permission from Uptown Adviser, http://www.uptowntheatre.com