The latest movie theater news and updates

  • May 7, 2004

    Somerville Theatre Celebrates 90th Birthday

    SOMERVILLE, MA — The historic Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, a local entertainment fixture since 1914, will be celebrating its birthday in style this year.

    May 11 marks the theater’s 90th anniversary, and in honor of the occasion, the picture palace will host a special presentation of John Ford’s classic film “The Grapes of Wrath”, along with selected vintage short subjects.

  • Loew’s to Become a Foot Locker?

    MONTREAL, CANADA — I passed by the Loew’s (Club Med World) and a contractor’s sign is on the front of theatre reads that Foot Locker will move in. The “space for lease” sign still remains, therefore I think this theater will split up soon.

  • May 6, 2004

    Oriental to Host Last “Silents Please” Showing

    MILWAUKEE, WI — This Saturday, the Oriental Theatre will hold the last of their Silents Please showings of a silent film for this season (and who knows if they will come again?)

    So, if you have not booked plans for 1pm this Saturday, May 8th, why not ready yourself for an unusual title: “The Italian Straw Hat” starring Rene Clair. This 1927 opus is described as: “A young man on the way to his wedding watches helplessly while his horse eats a lady’s hat.” It sounds like a one-joke play, but it is called ‘funny and elegant.’

    But as with all the ‘Silents Please’ monthly series, even if the film is not a classic, there is always the melodious and mellifluous tones of the giant Kimball Theatre Pipe Organ to enthrall your ears.

  • May 5, 2004

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  • Port Theatre Seeking Buyers

    PORT ST. JOE, FL — The Port Theatre is a unique theater in the heart of the downtown area in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. Built of brick and steel, it was built to last. It has survived hurricanes and economic change.

    Although it is not currently being used as a theater, the current owners are hoping someone with the energy to continue the project of restoration will buy this property.

    Contact Wade at 850-229-9282 or email us at . Long live theaters!

  • May 4, 2004

    The Grand: Before and After

    BALTIMORE, MD — Ed Dobbins writes…

    “These pictures are from 1940, showing how ‘grand’ the Grand Theatre was.

    Even up until I saw my last movie there, Return of the Jedi, Feb 1984, the theater still looked great. They still did the whole sequence of having the curtains closed & lit up, slowly opened, then dimmed to show a cartoon, followed by the movie. Up until the end, the theater still had class.

    These pictures show was once was and what could have been again."

  • Tour London’s Historic Theaters!

    LONDON, ENGLAND — The League of Historic American Theatres is planning a tour of London’s historic theaters!

    “A Celebration of London’s Historic Theatres”, planned for July 25 – August 1, 2004, will take tour participants to the heart of London’s theater district, with unique behind the scenes tours of some of the most renowned West End theaters.

    Support the League and join us for this unforgettable custom-designed tour. We are now accepting reservations for “A Celebration of London’s Historic Theatres.” For more detailed information, visit our special tour webpage.

    A Celebration of London’s Historic Theatres

  • May 3, 2004

    Northumberland’s Wallaw Cinema Closes

    BLYTH, ENGLAND — Unfortunately, due to lack of demand, Northumberland’s historic cinema, the Wallaw, has drawn its curtains for the last time. Despite many attempts to get a lot of public support behind the small, but comfortable theater house, the owners have decided to close.

  • 1948 Ziegfeld Playbill for Sale

    Cinema Treasures user Sean Doerr pointed us to this 1948 Ziegfeld Theatre playbill that’s for sale on eBay:

    THIS AUCTION IS FOR WONDERFUL PLAYBILL FOR THE ZIEGFELD THEATRE. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1948. IT FEATURES THE PLAY “ THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA”…A MUSIC DRAMA IN 2 ACTS…WITH KITTY CARLISLE, (EVENINGS)¬†AND BELVA KIBLER, (MATINEES) AS LUCRETIA. IT IS IN GREAT CONDITON FOR IT’S AGE… ONE TEAR, MEASURING 1/8 INCHE APPERS ON THE BACK COVER. THE COVER HAS YELLOWED SOMEWHAT, BUT IT IS PRINTED ON CREAM GLOSSY PAPER. THE INSIDE PAGES ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND SUCH A NICE PIECE OF HISTORY AND MEMORABILIA, WITH THE ADS.

    Currently, at just $2.99, this item is a steal. But if you want this item, make sure to make a bid before the auction’s close on Wednesday.

    1948 Playbill ZIEGFELD THEATRE Follies New York City

  • April 30, 2004

    DuPage Theatre Gets Renovation, New Name

    LOMBARD, IL — The 1928 DuPage Theatre in downtown Lombard is getting a slightly new name, the DuPage Theatre and Arts Centre, in an effort to show that the former movie palace isn’t only going to be showing movies once its nearly $6 million-plus restoration and renovation project is completed in about two years.