The latest movie theater news and updates
May 16, 2005
MILWAUKEE, WI — The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Times Cinema, a small single screen, single story cinema from 1935, is being bought by the brother of the woman who owns it now, in the hopes that it will be preserved to continue to show vintage films.
If it doesn’t succeed at that (it has had had rough times recently), then the new owner may convert this former Trans-Lux house to first run, though I don’t know how successful that would be with his former TOSA theatre two miles away showing first run also.
Let’s hope that there is a winning formula going here and may we see more of such limited-parking space cinemas survive.
May 13, 2005
ANDERSON, IN — Tom Paradiuzzo, CEO of Indiana Entertainment Group, a California group has bought the State Theater. Plan to restore to its May 30, 1930 opening condition. Goal to work with the Paramount Theatre and the city to make downtown an entertainment spot.
May 12, 2005
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Cultural Arts Division of the Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department is planning two exciting cultural excursions to the Orpheum Theater in support of the L.A. Conservancy’s annual “Last Remaining Seats” summer film series on June 22 from 4-11 p.m.
A night of classics with the L.A. Conservancy costs $66 which includes transportation in a deluxe coach, admission to the theater, and dinner at Cuidad.
The evening will start with a self guided walking tour of the majestic downtown buildings that feature classic architecture. Afterwards the journey continues at Cuidad for live Latin jazz and a three course meal.
Then it’s off to the movies. In a time when most movies are viewed on television screens or in the unremarkable box-like spaces of the multiplex, an evening of film in one of Broadway’s opulent entertainment palaces has a magic that transports viewers to another time.
Playing in the shimmering Orpheum Theater, the dashing and debonair Rudolph Valentino stars in The Son of the Sheik (1926). This silent film is Valentino’s last before his tragic death at age 31. Son of the Sheik was a huge success and still stands tall as an enjoyable example of desert romance melodrama. Valentino is superb as both the wizened father and the energetic son. The film will be presented with live organ accompaniment. The deadline to register for this trip is June 10.
For registration information please call registration office at (310) 802-5408 or 5409.
For questions about trip please contact Maya Thomas at(310) 802-5444 or .
May 11, 2005
YOUNGSTOWN, OH — Built in the early 1920’s, the Stambaugh Auditorium is the oldest of Youngstown’s old theater/auditoriums still in continuous operation and has been perfectly preserved in it’s original state.
This auditorium is a live venue house that presents a well rounded program thanks to the Monday Musical Club which books it’s programs ranging from the classics to jazz to broadway shows.
ESTES PARK, CO — We are removing 300 seats, from very good to poor condition next week (5/9 & 10), and are accepting bids for some or all of them.
Please contact me directly for additional information by phone at 970-586-6995. Irwin Citations, low back, red/tan and black/brown.
Very reasonable price, even more reasonable if you pick them up!
May 10, 2005
NEW YORK, NY — We are the authors of a new children’s historic fiction book about Walt Disney and the B.S. Moss Colony Theater being released this month by Simon and Schuster. BLAST TO THE PAST: DISNEY’S DREAM is geared to 7 to 11 year olds and perfect for anyone interested in this slice of theater history.
DISNEY’S DREAM asks readers to consider what the world be like if Walt Disney had given up his dreams and quit?
The book takes place entirely around Broadway in 1928. It is the task of four third grade students to time travel to Broadway’s B.S. Moss Colony Theater and convince Walt Disney of the immeasurable value his work will mean to future generations. The novel focuses on the moment when Walt Disney added sound to his Steamboat Willie cartoon simultaneously introducing Mickey Mouse and solidifying his place in American history.
CEDAR SPRINGS, MI — The Kent Theatre presents “View from the Vault #1 — The Films of Weston Woods”
The Cedar Springs Theatre Association (CSTA) is proud to present “View from the Vault #1 — The Films of Weston Woods.” This presentation is the first installment in a series of programming to be created from our growing classic film archive at the Kent Theatre, located at 8 N. Main St. in Cedar Springs.
The play dates of the show are Sat. June 4th and Sun. June 5th 2005, two showing each day at 2 & 4pm. Tickets for the show are $5.00 each. Funding raised from this event will benefit the Kent Theatre Audio/Visual fund and the Cedar Springs Public Library’s summer reading program. We hope you will join us in what we expect to be a memorial and wonderfully fun event for all.
HOLTS SUMMIT, MO — The Summit Plaza Theater recently closed.
“It wasn’t making any money, our lease was up, and we couldn’t afford it anymore,” said owner Kelly Porch. “It just was not bringing in enough income — we had no choice.”
Apparently, it is available for lease, according to this article in the Jefferson City News Tribune.
May 9, 2005
COLUMBUS, OH — The 36th season of the CAPA Summer Movies Series at the magnificent Ohio Theatre, one of central Ohio’s favorite summertime entertainment traditions, features seven weeks of Hollywood’s biggest stars and most treasured films. The series kicks off with the hilarious ‘'Some Like It Hot’ named the all-time funniest movie by the American Film Institute.
There’s adventure, comedy, suspense, and musicals in store when America’s longest running classic film series continues. Nine films are series debuts including Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur, A Hard Day’s Night, Animal Crackers, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Blazing Saddles, and The Killers. This year’s silent movie — Metropolis — is also a series debut.
Back by popular demand is Saturday Morning Cartoon Capers-and a brand new Saturday morning feature — STOOGE-A-RAMA! June 18th we’re featuring all Warner Brother’s classics and July 9th shows some of the goofy classics you love like Tom & Jerry, Daffy Duck & the Tasmanian Devil!
TAUNTON, MA — Can anyone help me find info on these old theaters??? They have long been torn down BUT I have VIVID memories of happy days spent there and would love stories and PICS!!!! Am trying to write an article on old theaters and childhood memories.