The latest movie theater news and updates
December 2, 2005
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 .
November 28, 2005
Hope everyone had a great holiday!
As you can see, Cinema Treasures is back online and hopefully a little bit speedier. While we can’t yet say we’ve licked our performance problems, we definitely made some great progress over the past few days.
Most significantly, theater pages are now being cached, which is helping reduce the load on our server quite a bit. We also made a number of other changes which hopefully will bear fruit over the coming days.
Thanks again for your patience!
November 22, 2005
We will be taking the site offline during the Thanksgiving holiday, so that we can take another stab at improving the performance of Cinema Treasures.
Specifically, the website will be offline from Wednesday through Sunday of this week, as we continue to overhaul Cinema Treasures. While we realize this may be an inconvenience to some of our users, it is perhaps the best time for us to make such an upgrade, as everyone is likely to be on holiday.
As before, we expect to make good progress on improving the scalabilty of this website, although there’s no guarantee this round of upgrades will completely solve our current challenges.
Stay tuned, theater fans! And Happy Thanksgiving!
HAVANA, IL — Hello everyone, I am really glad to be a part of this community.
I recently aquired the Lawford Theater in Havana, IL, and went to work immediately painting, redoing the seats, carpeting, just about everything you can imagine! I even refurbished the screen, what a BEAUTIFUL theatre it is too.
This is where I am in need of ANY help. I need a good sound sytem that we can purchase (or better yet, donated) this town is really wild about the theatre re-opening, and they have supported it quite a lot. It’s too bad that others hurt the place so I am am putting all (or most) of my funds into it.
Can anyone out there help us in any kind of donations or sales, we even could use some hot dog warmers, etc! We are a 500 seat 1912 theater with a HUGE sound stage… thanks again for this wonderful site and its information!