The latest movie theater news and updates
December 8, 2005
I am drama critic and theater editor for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City. In checking some of the local theaters' Web sites, there is one that is featuring a photograph of a spectacularly ornate movie palace — a venue that is definitely NOT the theater being promoted on the Web site itself.
I am curious if anyone can determine what theater the interior shot really is. Check out the www.artcityplayhouse.com website, then e-mail me with any input on what and where this theater really is.
(The Playhouse was, until recently, the Villa Theatre in Springville, Utah, and the theater is definitely much smaller and plainer than the one depicted on their Web site.)
Thanks — Ivan Lincoln at
December 7, 2005
On Sunday, the New York Times published a story about New York City’s remaining movie palaces and how the majority of them have been converted into places of worship.
With a little divine intervention, however, many of the Roxy’s contemporaries have survived the decline of the cinema age and the turnover of their neighborhoods gloriously intact, even if gospel-choir lofts have replaced orchestra pits and Bible verses have replaced “Coming Soon” posters in their opulent lobbies.
The article also includes a nice photo gallery with recent shots of the Hollywood, Regent, Loew’s Valencia, Loew’s 175th Street, and Rainbow theaters.
Cinema Treasures got a nice little mention, as well.
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December 6, 2005
I’m looking to purchase a small movie theater in the Long Island area. I would like to know if anyone here has any information that they can pass on to me, whether it be knowledge of any for sale or any mediums through which I can go to find out. Please email me at
Thank you in advance!
MILLTOWN, WI — Old movie theater for sale in small Wisconsin town 60 miles from Minneapolis, MN. It has not played movies since 1957. The approximate capacity is 300. Building is 110 feet long by 36 feet wide. There are some pictures of it at www.thehall.info . The building has a projector room, male and female bathrooms on the main floor and one upstairs. Building is stucco and brick on the outside. It also currently has a beer and wine license. The floor has been built up to accommodate a bar. It could be removed and the theater could be restored to original state without too much work. There are no seats or projector equipment in place. The price is under $140,000. Please email us at or visit the web site www.thehall.info Phone 218-927-5458
December 5, 2005
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Fine Arts Theatre reopens today with the U.S. Premiere of “Mrs. Henderson Presents”.
BALTIMORE, MD — I have 350 Plush theatre seats for sale at a real cheap price. I just need to get rid of these seats ASAP.
So, if you need a super low deal on some theatre seats, call me. The theater seats are located in Baltimore. Email me at or call me.
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.