The latest movie theater news and updates
May 20, 2005
PITTSFIELD, IL – Grande Venues, headquartered in Wheaton, Illinois, signed a unique consulting agreement with the City of Pittsfield, Illinois to perform a “Modified Arts Assessment and Feasibility Study” for the region. The contract begins immediately to determine if the public will support the Zoe Theatre located downtown Pittsfield.
The theatre has been shuttered for many years. Bill McCartney of the Economic Development Office said that “this is a a good way for us to determine whether the community will support a theatre. Before we spend funds, let’s see if the project will fly.” GVI begins their work immediately. Paul Warshauer, Mike Novelli and their staff will interview the public, members in the arts and education community, city officials, business leaders, and “angels.”
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May 19, 2005
NEW YORK, NY — IFC Center Channels Historic Movie House
“What could be better than running an art house in downtown New York?” asks John Vanco, VP and general manager of the new IFC Center (www.ifccenter.com), scheduled to open June 17 in the historic Waverly Theater building in Manhattan.
“It’s going to be a combination of all sorts of different films from all sorts of places,” he promises. “One house will be on a calendar schedule, including two-week locks of new films, special series and classics. The other two will be edgy, independent, foreign-language films and documentaries. We will also have a digital pre-show with short films and other content…that people will feel good about having spent ten dollars to see. If we’re doing a retrospective or a series of midnight movies, it will be a great advantage to have the edit suites upstairs.”
May 18, 2005
- Digital Film Revolution Poised to Start Rolling
- ‘Star Wars’ on Track for Record Opening
- Pettus-Brown Vows to Rebuild Theater
- The Devil’s Adman: The Last Picture Show?
- Victory Gardens' New Mainstage at Historic Biograph
- Marion Theatre Renovations Bound Ahead
- Teens' Theater Project Premieres 12-Screen Complex
May 17, 2005
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May 16, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC — The following is a Loews Cineplex Entertainment press release:
“HISTORIC CHANDELIER HUNG AT UPTOWN THEATRE
Moviegoers to enjoy new theatre addition in time for Star Wars Premiere
The city’s beloved Uptown Theatre, with its old Hollywood glamour and class, has just installed a historic chandelier that once hung in the balcony corridor of the Loew’s Capitol Theatre (Manhattan, NY) from 1919-1968. The chandelier later hung in the Loews Cheri Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts and, most recently, was rewired, restored and displayed in the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, NY) for an exhibit on Loews' 100th anniversary.
The Cineplex Odeon Uptown, built in 1936 by architect John Zink for Warner Bros., remains a favorite spot for moviegoers to enjoy the latest films in a movie palace with a grand balcony, velour seats, a 70' deep-curve screen and now a 150-pound crystal chandelier. The hanging of the chandelier celebrates the history of the theatre as well as Loews Cineplex’s 100 year anniversary.
MILWAUKEE, WI — The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Times Cinema, a small single screen, single story cinema from 1935, is being bought by the brother of the woman who owns it now, in the hopes that it will be preserved to continue to show vintage films.
If it doesn’t succeed at that (it has had had rough times recently), then the new owner may convert this former Trans-Lux house to first run, though I don’t know how successful that would be with his former TOSA theatre two miles away showing first run also.
Let’s hope that there is a winning formula going here and may we see more of such limited-parking space cinemas survive.
May 13, 2005
ANDERSON, IN — Tom Paradiuzzo, CEO of Indiana Entertainment Group, a California group has bought the State Theater. Plan to restore to its May 30, 1930 opening condition. Goal to work with the Paramount Theatre and the city to make downtown an entertainment spot.