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November 4, 2004
Ian from England asks…
Hello from Ian in England. Over the past few weeks there has been much news in the UK at the arrival of big style usa companies coming to the UK to open giant casinos in major cities and on costal resorts.
This has had much newsprint and television coverage. A football team Leeds has sold space to build a casino on its land amongst other projects been speculated. I’m wondering if anybody else can shed a light on a story I’m certain I heard on TV news about 10 days past (I was half asleep). I’m sure I heard a story on BBC London local news that if the big casinos come to the country a lot of planning consent laws on change of use of existing buildings of leisure would be dramatically reduced and Leicester Square in london home of some of the UK largest cinemas and other large cinemas in the UK could simply be closed as cinemas to become these casinos. The news report continued saying one major UK exhibitor had or was having chats about a such move to one of these casinos in the west end of London?
Has anyone else in UK seen this report? I’ve looked on many news websites trying to confirm what I have written here for a week or two and not had a lot of luck. Video tape in the early eighties took so many UK cinemas away at the birth of videos in homes – could this be the next threat of some of the UK most wonderful movie palaces? Whilst I’m here, does anyone know any further news of the Paramount/Odeon Newcastle — wonderful closed cinema in Newcastle — I heard Selfridges wanted it?
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booga aka ian
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November 3, 2004
‘Kevin Culhane’ asks…
I came across an old wooden sign a few years back I think it’s an original from the San Juan Capistrano Drive-In Theater. It’s about 8' x 15". I have a picture of it.
I didn’t want to throw it out and went looking that’s when I came across your site. Would anyone you know be interested in it?
It’s not in the best of shape but it’s gotta be worth something to someone. It’s says “Mission Drive-In Theater San Juan Capistrano”.
I have for sale used theater seats. They are in nice condition and are made for a slope floor. If interested, please e-mail me at for more information and pictures.
November 2, 2004
FULLERTON, CA — Jon Olivian, the new publicist at the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation, sent us this important news about the fate of the Fox Fullerton.
ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, WHILE THE ENTIRE NATION BREATHLESSLY AWAITS OUTCOME OF THE U.S. PRESIDENCY, THE CITY OF FULLERTON, C.A. AWAITS OWN ’D DAY' ON THE FUTURE OF ITS ENDANGERED FOX THEATRE
FULLERTON, CALIF. (October 31, 2004) — At a recent public march and rally to save the endangered Fox Fullerton Theatre, a television newscaster made the observation about next Tuesday, November 2, 2004 when the entire nation will be awaiting the dramatic outcome of the U.S. presidency, while the City of Fullerton, California wrestles with its own D-Day-like decision of whether or not to save or demolish its cherished 1925 Fox Theatre.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, ME — With the installation of a new marquee, Center Theatre now proudly presents a new, or is it old, face on Main Street.
In current terms, one might call it retro. The new fixture was designed by Neocraft Signs of Lewiston, Maine and was installed on the facade on Friday, October 29th. The design is meant to recreate the look of the original marquee erected when the theatre was built in 1943. An official lighting “event” will be planned for the near future.
I am looking to buy a 2-3 screen cinema in New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine. I want to relocate with my wife and kids.
Anyone with info please let me know!
November 1, 2004
Since Traverse City is home to the City Opera House, which is one of the many theaters featured in our book, the article includes comments from Ross Melnick and Andrea Fuchs, as well as those involved in preserving the theater.
GREENVILLE, PA — November 8, 2004 is the day set for the classic Jordan Theater to be destroyed.
The Jordan was opened in 1946 in honor of the first Greenville resident killed in WWII, Cpl. James O. Jordan. This great theater was the finest of Blatt Brothers chain of theaters in Pennsylvania.
Recently, a bordering church obtained ownership and are scheduling to destroy the building, contents (including both projectors), on November 8th. The bright marquee with illuminated JORDAN across the top will be destroyed as well.
Another unfortunate demise of history and culture.
I have nice used theater seating for sale that is reasonably priced. I can ship anywhere in the U.S.
If you’re interested, please e-mail me at . These seats would make a wonderful addition to any restoration project.
October 29, 2004
- “Cinema Treasures” Feted at Paramount Center for the Arts
- Groups Make Pitches To Run Hennepin Ave. Theaters
- It’s Final Curtain For Historic Tivoli
- Restoring Early Stories of Pitt’s Theatre
- Curtains Rise on Movie Theater Expansion
- Blaze Rips Waukegan Theater
- Colonial Theatre Celebrates 80 Years
- Union to Defend Odeon and UCI Staff
- Double Standards: Sony’s New 4K Projector