The latest movie theater news and updates

  • August 10, 2004

    Fire Breaks Out at Detroit Opera House

    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.

    Read the full report.

  • August 9, 2004

    Arthur Pryor Bandshell Pavilion Threatened with Demolition

    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.

  • Oldest Continuously Operating Movie Theater?

    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

    Pop Culture Magazine Features Cinema Treasures

    Pop Culture Magazine recently interviewed Cinema Treasures co-founder Ross Melnick for the webzine’s listing of Cinema Treasures as their “Website of the Week.”

    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. :)

  • Gateway Hosts Silent Summer Film Festival

    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!

  • Actor Introduces His Latest Film at the Michigan Theatre

    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.

  • Battle Continues to Save The Elm Theater

    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

    Rialto Theater Endangered?

    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”

  • Curzon Cinemas Celebrate 70 Years of Independent Cinema

    Curzon Cinemas are this year celebrating our 70th year of showcasing the best in Independent Cinema and to celebrate this we are screening a number of special seasons throughout the year at both Curzon Soho and Mayfair. Here is a brief history of both cinemas from our company director Roger Wingate:

  • August 4, 2004

    228 Beautiful Wood/Iron Theater Seats For Sale

    I ran into this item on eBay, thought it might be of interest to someone here who may be restoring a theater or in need of a couple hundred seats. From the pictures I assume they’re antique. The link and description are below. Seems like a very low price, $2800 for all 228 chairs.

    Church Pews/Theatre Seats – Consisting of 28 Rows with 8 seats in each row for a total of 224 seats – each row is 14'3" – Seats come apart if you desire shorter or longer rows. Price per seat is $12.50 each and the Church will sell only as an entire lot. Removing and shipping is the responsiblity of purchaser. For further information call Jim Hendrick Cell 615 268 3511 or email -Great Shape