The latest movie theater news and updates
December 1, 2004
Back to the Blueprint, a new restoration program now airing on The History Channel is looking for current theater restoration projects for an upcoming episode. Entire program will be filmed over the course of a week in either January or February.
The program is a hands-on, interactive look at the hard work involved in restoring historic homes and properties. We try to give background into why homes and structures were built as they were, the materials and tools used, and what we can do to restore and renew these structures for the future.
Our host, Marty Dunham, himself comes from a contracting background, and we have him work side-by-side taking 2-3 projects, or portions of, from start to finish. Prior episodes have focused mainly on residential styles including NY Brownstones, Chicago Bungalows, Sears Catalog Homes and Shotgun Homes. We’re very interested in expanding the scope of the show with an episode on theaters.
I would love to speak with any owners, architects or contractors who are working on projects that might fit in with our format and filming schedule. I can be reached , and I look forward to speaking with you all.
Also, the series airs Saturdays at 5:00 PM ET/PT, 4:00PM CT & 3:00 MT, if you’d like to get a visual idea of the format!
A & E Television Networks/HTV Productions
November 30, 2004
Does anyone have any memories of newsreel cinemas?
I’m a graduate student at Brown University and I’m working on a project about newsreels in the United States. I’m particularly interested in how people remember these specialized theaters.
I’d be interested to hear anecdotes or specific memories, but i’d also be interested to hear about the more mundane details of visiting these cinemas. When and how often would you go? How much did it cost? Did you go to see films of specific news/sports events? Which ones?
Please email me your memories directly at .
November 26, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent in by Howard Haas:
“If you want to see Philadelphia’s last movie palace, then take the TOUR by the nonprofit Friends of the Boyd on December 1. Arrive at the closed Boyd (Sameric) at 1908 Chestnut, before 6 PM (don’t be late, the doors must be locked) for the hour and a half visit.
You will also see the Terrazzo Promenade, the Lobby, the Foyer, and the huge Auditorium with all its Art Deco artwork such as the gorgeous mural painted over the stage. For more than 20 years the Balcony has been closed, but for the tour, the Balcony is open! You will have a rare peak at the elegant ladies & mens facilities and backstage areas never open to the public in the theater’s history.
November 25, 2004
Cinema Treasures is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
See you soon!
November 24, 2004
ATLANTA, GA — On Christmas Day, December 25th, 1929, the Atlanta Fox Theatre opened its doors to the public for the very first time. To commorate its 75 years, the Fox Theatre will host a gala open house on Sunday, December 26th from 1pm until 7pm.
The Fox will open up its auditorium and ballrooms to the public with no admission charge. Many events are planned to take place at the Fox during this celebration. For more information, please visit the Fox’s web site at http://www.foxtheatre.org/
ANN ARBOR, MI—The public radio program “Pipedreams” from Minnesota Public Radio is airing music from the Michigan Theatre’s Barton theater organ this Friday.
You can hear this show on the program’s web site using Real Player. The Michigan Theatre is celebrating this broadcast with a special event. The news release from the Michigan Theatre follows:
November 23, 2004
- Fox Theatre Project Far From Being a Wrap
- Fontana Will Spend $1.6M on Old Theater
- Elsinore Theatre, Chemeketa Team Up To Bring Classic Movies to Screen
- Tampa Theatre’s Fans Don’t Want To See ‘The End’ at 99 Years
- Carolina Theater Turns Profit
- Orindans Rally to Save Venue as Theater Operator Seeks Exit
- Downtown Passaic Landmark is Being Restored
- Preservationists Try to Save Indiana’s Old Theaters
November 22, 2004
NEW YORK, NY — The New York Times is reporting that the Metro Theatre in Manhattan’s Upper West Side will reopen on December 3rd as an independent movie house after several tense months in which its future was the subject of numerous rumors (including that it would be converted into a supermarket).
The theater, operated by Peter Elson (of the famed Embassy theaters), will now be known as Embassy’s New Metro Twin and will cater to foreign and independent films, joining other Upper West Side staples as Lincoln Plaza, the Thalia, and Loews Lincoln Square. Its location, 30 blocks from its chief competitors, will give it some breathing room for bookings.