The latest movie theater news and updates

  • June 18, 2004

    Lake Air Cinema Demolished

    WACO, TEXAS — The glass covered front and the inverted roof of the twin screen Lake Air Cinema that sat behind the Lake Air Mall, became the latest victim of mega-multiplexes.

    After a brief asbestos removal, demolition began on June 1, 2004, and wrapped up sometime last week. I am happy to say that all 768 red theater seats, and the 2 projectors were purchased and will be used for another future theatre project in Waco.

    Myself, I managed to salvage a trailer from a film which has still yet to be determined, and a fixture from the box office that cashiers use to talk through the window — I don’t know what they are called.

  • Kinopanorama Gets a New Lease on Life

    PARIS, FRANCE — The Kinopanorama was dark for almost two years.

    After a renovation, the theater was given a new name :“Espace Kinopanorama.” The movie theater has been a little altered, but thankfully its curved screen was saved. Now, the theater serves as space for fashion shows, conferences, parties, and such.

    It could have been worse, though. But since the building is still in good share, a return to movies ia always possible.

  • Possible Demolition of the Montauk?

    PASSAIC, NJ — It was reported in the Herald News that the city of Passaic wants to takeover the Montauk Theatre along with several other buildings on the block, demolish them, and build a new school.

  • June 16, 2004

    The Garden Theater (1918-2004)

    CHARLESTON, SC — Thank you to the Friends of the Garden Theater for your efforts to save the Garden as a theater. Thanks to Cinema Treasures for providing a place to post notices and news. Thanks to the many fine folks who responded to our posts.

    The scheduled meeting for June 17, 2004, has been cancelled due to recent developments. Yesterday, we were told by workmen at the theater that the curtain, seats, and rigging have been donated to an opera company in Pennsylvania and the floor is soon to be leveled from the stage to the rear wall of the auditorium so that the space can be leased to a retail store.

  • June 15, 2004

    Imperial Theatre in Montreal Reopens June 24 with Fahrenheit 9/11

    MONTREAL, CANADA — An ad in today’s Montreal Gazette announced that the premiere of Michel’s Moore latest film will open at the Imperial Theatre on June 24. 2 more screens to open next door in 2005.

    www.ffm-montreal.org
    (click on Centre de Film Imperial)

  • June 14, 2004

    Keith-Albee Acquires $50,000 Organ

    HUNTINGTON, WV — As time edges closer to the opening of the new Stadium Seating mega plex a block from the Thomas Lamb Keith-Albee, the historic theater has gained an organ.

    In addition, Bob Edmunds, a Marshall University speech professor, played a short patriotic concert as a prelude to the presentation of Disney’s “America’s Heart and Soul” at the first Appy Film Fest.

    The small group of organ enthusiasts have invested about $50,000 to bring an organ to the Keith. Edmunds hopes that groups step forward to intervene in what is now a stand off between the federal governemnt which provided the money to put the Keith out of business, the state which has no money available, and local business people who can’t imagine Huntington without the Keith.

  • June 11, 2004

    1906 Garrick Theatre Program

    I have found the above item. 24 pages, color, in very good condition. Let me know if you have any interest in this item.

  • June 10, 2004

    Shea’s Reaches Fund-Raising Goal of $4.1 Million

    BUFFALO, NY — A fundraising goal to raise $4.1 million by May 1st has been accomplished by the Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo’s largest live performance venue, according to this report from the Buffalo News.

    The theater, which opened in 1926 and seats 3183, was designed by the Chicago-based architectural firm of Rapp & Rapp. The funds will enable Shea’s to pay for the five year-old stagehouse, repair the west south and east walls and finish exterior restorations.

  • June 9, 2004

    Mayor To Sign Lease To Friends of the Loew’s Tomorrow

    The following email was sent by the Friends of the Loew’s:

    “In one of his first major acts as Jersey City’s Acting Mayor, L. Harvey Smith will finalize the long-term lease of The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre at Journal Square over to Friends of the Loew’s, Inc. This action will finally clear the way for FOL to undertake a vital fundraising campaign, which, in turn, will make possible additional restoration and the eventual full operation of this Landmark Theatre.

    A press conference and reception to formalize the lease will be held Thursday, June 10, 2004, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Loew’s Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, N.J.

  • June 8, 2004

    Madstone Theaters Chain Closes

    NEW YORK, NY — The Madstone Theaters company has folded, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune and Indiewire.
    Madstone, which laid off 180 people, announced simply: “The company was not able to achieve its business goals.”

    Madstone has now closed its theaters in Albuquerque, Atlanta, Ann Arbor, MI, Cary, NC, Chandler, AZ, Denver, Salt Lake City, and San Diego. According to Indiewire, its Tampa location will remain open under new management and a similar deal may be in place for its San Diego theater.