The latest movie theater news and updates
September 15, 2005
PEEKSKILL, NY — The Paramount Center for the Arts (PCA) continues its acclaimed Music&Film Series on Saturday, October 1st, 2005 at 8PM, with the World Premiere of Dave Douglas & Keystone Project’s original jazz score to the films of Roscoe “Fatty”? Arbuckle. Following the performance, there will be a brief Q&A session with Mr. Douglas.
The Paramount Center for the Arts received a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Commissioning Grant to commission acclaimed jazz trumpeter/composer and Croton, NY-resident Dave Douglas to compose four original scores to accompany four early silent films of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, one of America’s earliest and funniest movie stars.
Dave Douglas' original pieces, performed with his new sextet Keystone, invoke the humor drama, tragedy and hilarity of Arbuckle’s films and his life. The new electric scores performed with Keystone Project are meant to capture the atmosphere of Arbuckle’s early comedies – warm, funny, funky, and experimental in their freshness. Says Mr. Douglas of his decision to score Arbuckle’s earliest works, “Of all the silent films I watched, these films seemed to have the fastest pace, most suited to the modern eye and ear. I could imagine modern music with them, and it seemed they had not been approached much in that way.”?
DETROIT, MI — We are selling authentic rock concert tickets from the historic Michigan Palace (a.k.a. Michigan Theater).
All tickets are in mint or near-mint condition and are selling at dirt cheap prices.
New tickets are added all the time so bookmark the eBay page and check back soon. Featuring tickets for acts such as Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Alex Harvey, Cheech & Chung, Sly and the Family Stone, Bob Segar, Blue Oyster Cult, and a whole lot more. All tickets are from around 1975 and have intact stubs.
Click here for the eBay link. Happy bidding!
September 14, 2005
LAFAYETTE, CA — The owners of the Park Theatre announced yesterday that the single screen cinema would close after business concludes Sunday 9/18/05.
Renaissance Rialto had operated the theater for over 15 years with good success. However, in recent years, the times have changed and attendance appears to have had dropped off.
They will run the Park’s three most popular films during the theater’s final weekend for just $5.00 per person.
September 13, 2005
In the new upcoming feature film “The Producers”, during the opening titles, they have recreated Times Square — like Steven Spielberg did in his film “1941” — of Hollywood Blvd.
The production has taken artistic liberties in some placements of theatres in the square, because of types of marquees and neon signage. This model is not a full model of the square, but of major parts and signage. The Palace Theatre is missing, the Victoria Theatre is now one block north of the Mayfair Theatre. The Beacon Theatre is now located where the Criterion was.
Before people start saying why did they change history or change what Times Square looked like. Be glad they included this very short (about 20 seconds) look back in time of what Times Square looked like in the past. It looks much nicer than the real Times Square of today.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Capri Theatre is a well known place for the arts located in the Northside of Minneapolis.
In collaboration with Universal Dance Destiny, Edna Stevens Talton, has been given the opportunity to teach various styles of dance at the Capri’s dance studio. Her lessons offered are hip hop/funk, breakdance, pop & lock, african, dancehall reggae, latin, & swing.
For more info, check out the UDD website. Come stroll right on in!
September 12, 2005
A photo-article in the Providence Journal of September 1, 2005 discusses continuing plans to convert the former Bomes-owned Art Cinema (formerly Liberty Theatre) to a neighborhood “community space where arts and culture are displayed and celebrated.”
The building, opened in 1921 and closed since 1975, is currently owned by the Providence Redevelopment Agency, which takes ownership of abandoned properties.
The consensus among area residents is to turn the building into the “Liberty Theater Cultural Center, a facility that could serve as a multi-cultural arts and education resource for the South Side and the entire city.” Under the plan, the center would have space for live theater and dance, musical performances, film and culturally diverse performing arts.
The article reports that plans would likely include gutting the interior and replacing electrical, plumbing, heating and air and sprinkler systems, according to an assessment by the Urban Design Group. Cost estimates range from $2.5 million to $3.5 million.
BERKELEY, CA — Just when it will happen remains a question, but the closed UC Theatre is being sought after as the home of a jazz club.
Gloria Mendoza and Michael Govan, until recently operators of Kimball East, a prominent jazz club, have submitted an application for approval with the City of Berkeley for a plan to reconfigure the theater, replacing the row seats with fixed U-shaped booths seating 596 people. Additional movable tables and chairs could increase the capacity to 900.
But there are a few things to be settled before the revitalizations can commence.
More details available from this report by Richard Brenneman in the Berkeley Daily Planet.
I just finished reading this great book called “The Nabes: Toronto’s Wonderful Neighbourhood Movie Houses” by John Sebert.
In it, he explained that some small movie theatres would give away items to the ladies instead of advertising. The example that he used was “Rosey Bower” dishes. I have not been able to find this pattern, but have found two Rose Bower patterns, one by Sebring and one by Norleans.
Does anyone know if either of these are the correct one, or do I have to keep looking? Any help would be appreciated.
September 9, 2005
The following press release was submitted in support of longtime contributor Jack Tillmany’s fabulous new book, Theatres of San Francisco:
“Single Screen Theatres to the Ever-Present Multiplexes. This is what has become of the theatres of San Francisco. Cinema native Jack Tillmany attempts to approach the questions that surround this suddenly fading pastime. Why did these simple and popular theatres close? Come find out as Tillmany gives a very factual account of these famous theatres.
Features from Theatres of San Francisco:
• Factual information that answers the San Francisco theatres' questions so many are asking
• Photographic history trail from the single screen theatres to the ever -present multiplexes
• A glimpse at the amazing, stunning, and elegant architecture that was once the grand theatres of San Francisco
• A reminder of the simplicity in single screen theatres and the reasons why most of these theatres are now out of business
Jack Tillmany, former owner of the Gateway Cinema in San Francisco and a revival programming pioneer, brings the city’s theatres to life in this amazing selection of vintage images. Drawing his personal archive collected during a 30-year career in cinema management, he paints a detailed story of the golden age of theatre, both live and cinematic.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, on-line bookstores, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665."
For those that are interested, the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles is currently being used to tape the television show “Rock Star: INXS” on CBS. There have been some modifications to the auditorium but the Mayan looks great. At first I thought it was a set in a studio but then I found out the show is putting out a CD of music titled “Rock Star At The Mayan”. The show is doing quite well and will be ending within the next few weeks when INXS picks one of the performers to be their new lead singer. www.rockstar.msn.com