The latest movie theater news and updates
May 4, 2004
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."
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.
May 3, 2004
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.
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.
April 30, 2004
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.
CHARLESTON, SC — A few dozen people gathered on Monday night, April 26, to discuss a strategy for saving the Garden Theater as a theater. It was recently sold to a group of investors who plan to lease it to a national clothing chain. Many said converting the theater to retail space would be a loss for the city.
Jonathan Poston of the Historic Charleston Foundation said that would be “a perfect example of the mall-ization of King Street. If Charleston wants a theater on King Street that is still a theater… the community has to come up with the money.”
NEW LONDON, CT — The New London City Council is going to explore ways to renovate the long-abandoned Capitol Theatre and make it into a cultural attraction for the city, according to a new report in the New London Day.
The Capitol Theatre closed in 1974 after a fire marshall shut the theater down for code violations. It has remained padlocked ever since. Despite the fact that $400,000 was put into stabilizing the theater’s roof in 2000, the building is a wreck and would need millions of dollars of renovations to become a usable theater again.
BEAUFORT, SC — About three weeks ago, a group of people headed by Bill Gerke and is brother-in-law, Joe Barth, purchased the Highway 21 Drive-In Theater in Beaufort, South Carolina.
The refurbished drive-in reopens its gates Friday, April 30 with second-run screenings of “50 First Dates” and “Starsky and Hutch.” Plans include a move to first-run features after the theater is re-established.
April 29, 2004
KANSAS CITY, MO — From June 26 through July 1, 2004, the Theatre Historical Society of America, as part of its 2004 “Heart of America” Conclave, will tour a number of theaters in the Kansas City area.
The tour will include theaters in Lamar, Joplin, Richmond, St. Joseph, and Springfield, Missouri; a theater in Miami, Oklahoma; and these Kansas theaters: the Leavenworth, Kansas City, Emporia, El Dorado, Augusta, Wichita, Hutchinson, McPherson, Salina, Concordia, and Topeka.
Complete details about this year’s Conclave can be found on the THSA Conclave website. A glossy brochure is also available — if you’d like a copy, email , the group’s director, or send a request to the group’s headquarters via standard mail.
Fans of New York City’s Astor Plaza and Ziegfeld have been having a vibrant discussion about the past, present, and future of these two “palaces” — both of which are some of the few remaining large, single-screen theaters still operating in New York.
If you haven’t read some of the great comments on these theater pages, you’re definitely missing out!