The latest movie theater news and updates
October 28, 2004
DES PLAINES, IL — The Des Plaines Theatre Preservation Society is hosting Halloween-themed events this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the 1925 Des Plaines Theatre on Miner Street in downtown Des Plaines.
According to the Daily Herald, the Society will be featuring a 1910 version of “Frankenstein,” live Irish music, and costume contests among the various free events at the theater.
Society president Bryan Bean says, “It’s a taste of what we’d like to do. It’s an invitation for people to take a new look at an old treasure.”
BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA — Demoliton is due to begin this week on the former Metro Theatre in the centre of Brisbane in Albert St.
Much altered from it’s Art Deco design from the 30’s in it’s 1972 conversion to a tacky 70’s 3 cinema complex. This complex became known as the Albert Cinemas in 1973. They have been closed for just on three years.
While the upstairs and downstairs lobby retained the same space after the conversion, I wonder if any old traces of the Metro would be found during demolition. The theatre is to be replaced by an eight story building.
The Metro is one of a dwindling number of theaters Loew’s built overseas during the 1930s and 1940s under the moniker Metro, emphasizing its then-ownership of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
October 27, 2004
BRIDGEPORT, CT — The former Bijou Theatre, last known as the Downtown Family Cinema, will reopen sometime in 2006 according to developer Philip Kuchma who nows owns the building.
The Bijou operated from 1908 through 1998 under a number of names. According to The Connecticut Post, the newly renovated Bijou will show artsy films geared toward the more sophisticated audience as well as some live shows.
Whether a single screen venue can be successful in this day and age in downtown Bridgeport remains to be seen, but if it is maybe there is hope for the magnificent Palace and Majestic theatres down the street.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Next Tuesday, when voters go to the polls in San Francisco, they’ll be voting on Proposition L.
Shall 15% of the existing hotel tax surcharge be set aside to acquire, preserve and maintain neighborhood and single-screen movie theaters and promote the local film-making industry?
Any Bay Area input on this proposition here?
October 26, 2004
October 25, 2004
STATEN ISLAND, NY — Mark your calendars! Dec. 4th, 2004 marks the 75th anniversary of the beautiful St. George Theatre. Those wishing to be on the theater’s mailing list, and for invitations, times and prices, please visit the theater’s web site at: stgeorgetheatre.com
This is a once in a life time opportunity to welcome the St. George Theatre back to Staten Island from a LONG hiatus!
See you there!
Renovation of the Rivoli Theatre in Chicopee, MA continues, the Friends of the Loew’s in Jersey City, NJ finally get their lease, and films are set to return to the State Theatre in Uniontown, PA — all in today’s newsreel.
October 22, 2004
TORONTO, CANADA — I’m looking for some help in the Toronto area.
I want to start an all-Canadian movie theater website and I’m looking for some help in this project. I have alot of great ideas and I think if some of you could help me out that would be great.
I myself have been helping out new and old movie theaters in the Hamilton and Toronto area and Cinema Treasures with pictures and infomation about theaters all over Canada. So that’s what I want to do for a new website.
It’s in the part where a guy is on the roof of the theater shooting at zombies. They also show you a seen where they’re inside and outside of the theater.
The Westwood was located in Toronto, Ontario and is now a parking lot unfortunately.