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October 14, 2004
TAMPA, FL — Tampa’s historic Strand Theatre is at risk of demolition along with the surrounding buildings in its block. The Strand ceased operations as a movie theatre in the late 1940s and was incorporated into the adjacent buildings that served as the Maas Brothers Department Store in downtown Tampa.
Maas Brothers closed in 1991 and the whole complex hasn’t been maintained or used since that time, resulting in a rapid deterioration in the buildings. A real estate group, 610 Franklin Inc, purchased most of the block in 1998 but has done nothing since that time.
BRYN MAWR, PA — The Bryn Mawr Film Institute has puchased the Bryn Mawr Theater with the intention of showing first-run independent and foreign films, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer [reg. req.]. It will also provide education programs in filmmaking and cinema analysis for students at local colleges and classes for grade schools.
October 13, 2004
The following was sent in by William Kallay about his research project with Michael Coate that details the history of 70mm screenings in NY from 1955 to 2004:
“Dear Cinema Treasures Readers,
YORK, ENGLAND — If you are a fan of 70mm then get ready for the biggest festival of 70mm the UK has seen in years. City Screen York will be holding the following screenings in its main stadium seated THX auditorium:
Poltergeist – Sat Oct 30 at 11pm presented in 70mm
Lawrence Of Arabia – Thur Nov 4 at 1pm presented in Super Panavision 70
Edward Scissorhands – Fri Nov 5 at 11pm presented in 70mm
BELLINGHAM, WA — The following was sent in by Alice Clark:
“Operational Manager for independent cinema in Bellingham, WA. Must have a minimum of two years 35mm projection and managerial experience. Position is full time with benefits. Pay commensurate with experience. Send resume, cover letter to: Whatcom Film Association, Manager Position, P.O. Box 2521, Bellingham, WA 98227 or
Whatcom Film Association
P.O. Box 2521
Bellingham, WA 98227
October 12, 2004
The Hinsdale Theatre Foundation, having been unsuccessful in its hard-fought attempt to restore and reopen the theater, has now disbanded and Kim Stephens, who was on the Foundation’s board of directors, said its remaining donated assets will be distributed among several groups in the area that focus on the arts.
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BROOKLYN, NY — The following email was sent in by “Theatre Lectures”:
Cezar Del Valle will be a guest speaker at: “REMEMBERING JAZZ AT THE BROOKLYN PARAMOUNT”
Conference, Concert, Photo Exhibition — Friday October 15th, 2004
October 11, 2004
BRADFORD, ENGLAND — The fate of the Bradford Odeon was sealed at a meeting last week when it was stated that demolition was the only viable option for the building, possibly retaining the two corner towers.
The spectacular interior had been butchered beyond recognition in the 1960’s and restoration is not feasible, says a report in Yorkshire Today.
BEVERYLY HILLS, CA — The Los Angeles Conservancy, along with several local preservationists, small business owners, and others are fighting plans to demolish the Beverly Theater, according to this Los Angele Times article,).
Opened in 1925, in recent years the remodeled Beverly Theater housed an Israeli bank. It is scheduled to be demolished and replaced with a 214-room luxury hotel if the effort to save it fails.