The latest movie theater news and updates

  • April 4, 2005

    See the UPTOWN, Chicago, on Monday, April 4

    CHICAGO, IL — This month’s Friends of the Uptown social, Monday, April 4, will feature an illustrated tour of the Uptown Theatre building through the use of color and black & white slides. The historic landmark will be shown in its exquisite 1925 beginnings, in rare color views from the 1960s and in more contemporary surveys.

    If you have ever been curious what is behind those attractive plywood board-up panels that are spray-paint stenciled “HISTORIC UPTOWN THEATRE — POST NO BILLS,” then this is the night for you.

    Friends of the Uptown volunteers are hosting brief, monthly socials to talk casually about the history of the UPTOWN THEATRE, Chicago, and other historic venues. The socials are no-frills get-togethers where the dress is casual and the talk is informal.

  • Majestic Theater Burns – 200 Escape

    CONWAY, NH — A fire broke out at the Majestic Theater during a Friday evening show. 200-250 people were present, all made it out.

    The fire was put out in 10-15 minutes but caused a 300 to 400 foot section of the roof onto the theater seats. We are getting about 4" of rain today and not having a roof could cause some serious issues.

    More details can be found in the Saturday April 2, 2005 issue of the Union Leader. The Union Leader has a website but this story didn’t make the online edition. You can view the print edition online for 50 cents.

    The Majestic’s website is here, but does not mention the fire.

  • April 1, 2005

    Raymond Theatre To Host Rummage Benefit

    PASADENA, CA — This coming weekend, the Friends of the Raymond Theatre will be having a rummage sale to support the preservation of the Raymond Theatre.

    Read on for a larger version of this flyer.

  • March 31, 2005

    Today’s Newsreel

  • Projector For Sale

    Durango, Colorado, Abbey Theatre…
    Used SXGA projector by JVC, in very good condition. This projector has been used in a public movie theatre for 18 months. I have purchased and installed a 35mm projector and no longer have need for this one. It is a great projector for long throws.

    Lens: Fixed 1.5:1 (GL-M4015S)
    Brightness: 5000 lumens
    Resolution: 1365 X 1024
    Contrast: 1000:1

    Model # JVC DLA-M5000SCU

  • March 30, 2005

    Today’s Newsreel

  • March 29, 2005

    EverGreene Painting Studios, Inc. in WALLS & CEILINGS!

    January 2005 — Cover Story on the Bob Hope (Fox) Theater in Stockton, California by Kim Lovejoy, VP of Restoration, EverGreene Painting Studios.

    A NEW HOPE. After years of planning, design and construction, the newest “star” in Stockton’s downtown revitalization efforts is a monument to community spirit and a work of art in itself. Lights on.

    If you would like a copy of the article, please don’t hesitate to contact EverGreene by phone (212-244-2800), email (), or fax (212-244-6204).

  • Boston’s Gaiety Theatre: Important Hearing Today

    BOSTON, MA — The following press release was sent by the Gaiety Theatre Friends:

    “The Boston Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) will hold a hearing onĀ appeals challenging the issuance of a demolition permit for Boston’s historic Gaiety Theatre.

    Two Boston City Councilors, Felix Arroyo and Chuck Turner, and the Asian American Resource Workshop are the appellants.

    The hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 29, at noon, in Boston City Hall Room 801.

    The public and press are invited to witness and/or participate in this hearing. Please plan to come and demonstrate your support. While spoken testimony will be limited, everyone who attends will learn about the issues and receive photos of the theatre. All interested parties should submit written comments to the ZBA, at the hearing or in advance by fax 617-635-2918.

  • March 28, 2005

    Henry G. Greene, Theater Architect, Dies at 93

    SCARSDALE, NY — Theater architect Henry George Greene, who designed more than 80 live and movie theaters during the 1960’s and 70’s, died earlier this month at the age of 93.

    Greene worked for ABC during its theater operating days as a consulting architect and may be most famous for designing the original Cine Capri in Phoenix—still mourned by moviegoers across the state.

    For information, read the New York Times obituary.

  • Lots of Good Seats for Sale

    MESA, AZ — I just got access to a theater today where the seats are located. It is a shutdown and abandoned Harkins Theater. It was too dark with no electrical power to get any pictures. There is a total of 1550 seats available. Once I get lighting in the building I will have photos to email. The price per seat, does not including shipping charges. If you want me to arrange shipping, I need the shipping address with zip code to get trucking cost. The seats are located in Mesa, Arizona. I can start next week on removing and shipping the seats. Please let me know if you are interested and how many you need. I can be reached at 480-987-9801 or