The latest movie theater news and updates
April 23, 2004
QUEENS, NY — We need your help! The art moderne Trylon Theater, located at 98-81 Queens Blvd, is greatly endangered.
A community group is poised to renovate the theater for their use. Without New York City landmark protection for the exterior of this rare surviving gem, there is no certainty that the entrance pavilion will be preserved.
PARIS, FRANCE — The huge capacity of the Grand Rex, a big atmospheric movie theatre with 2800 seats, and the evolution of the movie theater business in Paris (which is shifting to megaplexes) has convinced the owner of Grand Rex to think about the future and consider increasing the number of screens at the Rex (which has six screens in addition to its main screen — four next door and 2 underground).
A new project would add another 12 screens — with stadium seating, large glass corridors, and a lift driving patrons on the top of the building which has a terrace with a view — while preserving the original architecture of the landmarked building.
April 22, 2004
SALINA, KS — The Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, formerly the Fox Watson Theatre, was among five winners of the 2004 Preservation Awards from the Kansas Preservation Alliance.
The Topeka, Kansas based Preservation Alliance is a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing historic preservation. There are 10 projects nominated for the statewide awards and the agency picked the top five.
The Stiefel Theatre was a $2.5 million project to restore the Fox Theatre, a movie theatre that opened in 1931. The awards will be presented April 29 in Wichita, Kansas.
April 21, 2004
A 6-1 Jersey City Council vote returns control of the Loew’s Jersey lease to the Friends of the Loews, architects race to finish studies on the future of the Yeadon Theatre, and Jaime Penuela, owner of Pittsburg’s Enean Theater, seeks a loan to continue his restoration efforts — all in today’s newsreel.
- Race is on to determine future of the Yeadon Theater
- LA’s great cinemas survive in the era of multiplexes
- That’s a wrap for Showcase Cinemas
- Coming soon: seat by seat subtitles
- Owner of Pittsburg’s Enean Theater shoots for revival
- Cinema may get £10m lifeline
- How can we save our crumbling theatres?
- Orpheum stories wanted for book
- Austin movie-theater firm has sights on S.A.
- Make your own movie with ‘The Movies’ game on the Gamecube
BURBANK, CA — In this past Sunday’s edition, the New York Times profiled the work of Lowry Digital, a state-of-the-art film scanning and restoration facility that’s been creating phenomenal digital transfers of classic films like “North by Northwest,” “Casablanca,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
Using its own proprietary software system, a fleet of super-fast G5 Power Macintoshes, and its 4K Imagica film scanner (which can scan film at twice the typical resolution), Lowry is able to provide unparalleled negative scanning and restoration services.
April 20, 2004
SALFORD, ENGLAND — As seen in the photos below, yesterday saw the complete demolition of Salford’s Ambassador Super Cinema. After all the efforts of action groups and supporters, the cinema has finally been laid to rest.
Flats will now be built on the site and the new owners will probably never know the heartache that locals felt when the theater was finally pulled down.
SALIDA, CO — The Storyville Cinema is now for sale…
“Storyville Cinema is a profitable first-run twin achieving consistant increase in attendance and income for the past five years.
I have established favorable relationships with film distributors and converted the theatre from sub-run to first-run status; allowing the presentation of films during the first weeks of release.
April 19, 2004
PLEASANT GROVE, UT – The Grove Theatre has been in financial peril since August 2003, when a cast member and a journalist reported the theater to copyright monitor Samuel French, Inc. for planning to perform Neil Simon’s play “Rumors” without profanity.
After being told that she “must present the play as written or not at all,” owner Gayliene Omary decided to cancel the play rather than go against community standards. The journalist then wrote a column on the situation he helped create, saying, “How Samuel French learned of the alterations is a mystery worthy of Agatha Christie…”