The latest movie theater news and updates
August 11, 2004
The Board needs to approve the release of $900,000 in tax-increment finance funds already pledged to the restoration of the former movie house. Work on the first phase of the restoration project, estimated at $1.4 to $2.4 million, is scheduled to begin this fall.
Around $5.3 million in contributions has been pledged already, according to the DuPage Theatre Foundation, of which $200,000 has been received. Lombard’s releasing the $900,000 towards the project is tied to a state grant that has been frozen for over a year due to the State of Illinois' financial troubles.
August 10, 2004
I’ve decided to sell my Playbill collection. I have pieces from the ‘40s to the '80s. Their conditions range from good to excellent. Each Playbill is preserved in a plastic sheet.
Though I’m keeping my favorites, I’ve decided to sell the rest to help fund my new business. I’ll be listing most on eBay starting next week, but if there is a Playbill you have been looking for, feel free to inquire.
Send me an email at . (Remove the x’s for this email to work.)
DETROIT, MI — A fire broke out on August 4th at the Detroit Opera House’s Cadillac Cafe.
The damage was confined to the cafe according to this report from Crain’s Detroit Business:
A small fire at the Detroit Opera House caused only minor damage this morning.
The fire began shortly before 5 a.m. in the Cadillac Cafe at the opera house when a food warmer caught fire, said Dave Blackburn, public-relations coordinator for Michigan Opera Theatre.
“This has never been a problem in the past; I don’t know if the food warmer malfunctioned or was left on,” he said.
August 9, 2004
ASBURY PARK, NJ — The world reknowned trombonist, Arthur Pryor, played and conducted his orchestra for 25 glorious summers in a boardwalk pavilion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, in Asbury Park. In the late ‘60s, a pavilion with a bandshell roof was erected in Pryor’s memory.
Since then, Asbury Park has hit on bad economic times and sold all of its oceanside structures to a development rights holder who plans to demolish the section of the pavilion housing the bandshell, to replace it with office space.
PRYOR, OK — My name is Gene Oliver and I am the owner of the Allred Theater in Pryor, Oklahoma. The theater was opened in 1917 by J. F. Allred and my father bought it in 1963.
It has continuosly operated as a movie theater and never been dark. Nor has it operated as any other business. My interest is in the possibility that it may be the oldest continously operating movie theater in the nation. If not, possibly the oldest small town theater in continuous operation.
I would appreciate some help with this research.
August 6, 2004
If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes on in the mind of one of the people that run this place, this is a good opportunity to find out. :)
CHICAGO, IL – An annual film series that should not be missed is the Silent Summer Film Festival at the Gateway Theatre, Milwaukee at Lawrence, in Chicago. This Silent Film Society of Chicago presentation continues Friday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 27. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how historic cinemas were used in their halcyon days!
ANN ARBOR, MI — Actor/producer Tom Hulce (Amadeus, Amimal House) will be at the Michigan Theatre on Friday, August 6 to introduce the latest movie he produced, “A Home At The End Of The World” at the 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. screenings.
The news release follows:
- SPECIAL GUEST *
- to appear opening night of *
- A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD *
Tom Hulce, the producer of A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD, will be at the Michigan Theater on Friday, August 6th to introduce the movie at both the 7:00pm and the 9:30pm screenings.
WEST HARTFORD, CT — A group dedicated to saving the 1947 Elm Theater is racing against time to gain public and private support for their efforts to buy the theater back from a developer hoping to turn the shuttered movie house into a drug store.
August 5, 2004
PASADENA, CA — The Rialto Theater in South Pasadena California is in danger now to some degree. It has been listed in the “Framework for Downtown Development” in the City of South Pasadena. Its future use may change.
On page 11 #7 of their special report from the Community Redevelopment Commission (CRC) Feb 18 2004, they state:
“The Rialto Theater is a key building in terms of its historic design and function and its potential to be an anchor and catalyst for future activity. The building is thought by some to be an opportunity for a public facility, incorporating the theater and using it as community space. Some feel that the CRA will need to reestablish eminent domain in order to facilitate the more appropriate reuse of certain properties. In any case, the exterior and the marquee should be renovated and refurbished. Others feel strongly that it should be completely refurbished and remain a theater, whether one screen or reconfigured to several small screens. Customers desire a better sound system, more comfortable seats, and more diverse and more extensive programming”