The latest movie theater news and updates

  • July 9, 2005

    TONIGHT: Benefit To Help Save Raymond Theatre!

    PASADENA, CA — The Friends of the Raymond sent us a note about tonight’s benefit for the Raymond Theatre. If you live in or near the Los Angeles area, don’t miss this event!

    Friends of the Raymond Theatre have worked 17-years and gathered 7,000 people around the world to stand behind preservation of Pasadena’s historic Raymond Theatre. With just a month or more left to preserve the theatre, entertainment organizations are artists from all over Los Angeles are setting up benefits to help raise much needed funding to do what is legally possible to stop demolition.

    The first event is being produced by promoter Richard Becker for Friends of the Raymond Theatre is on July 9th at C.I.A in North Hollywood. We are also encouraging others who would like to donate to help raise money through a benefit to please contact Friends of the Raymond Theatre at: (818) 541-9522 or

    Or make a direct donation to:

    Friends of the Raymond Theatre
    P.O. Box 91189
    Pasadena, CA 91109

    or PayPal.com (our account e-mail address is: )

    Glitter, glamour, girls, music and comedy — it’s all here in THE BONNIE DELIGHT REVUE

    Encore performance to help save Pasadena’s Historic Raymond Theatre

    TONIGHT! Saturday, July 9, 2005 at 9 p.m.

    at

    California Institute of Abnormalarts
    11334 Burbank Boulevard
    North Hollywood CA
    818-506-6353
    www.ciabnormalarts.com

  • July 8, 2005

    Important Public Hearing For Pasadena’s Historic Raymond Theatre

    NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING

    HEARING THIS MONDAY, JULY 11, 2005
    WE NEED YOUR ATTENDANCE!

    HEARING DATE:

    DATE: Wednesday, July 11, 2005
    START TIME: 6:30 P.M. sharp!
    PLACE: Pasadena Conference Center Building (next to Pasadena Civic Auditorium) 300 East Green Street, Room 211, Pasadena

    Please attend Monday’s hearing and comment on the following:

    1. Request that interior demolition of the theatre STOP, because no building permits have been issued for demolition and the Raymond Renaissance project has not passed final design review.

    2. Request the Design Review Commission conduct Design Review of the exterior facade of the Raymond Theatre. Work has commenced with no Design Review or public participation.

    3. Give your views about the exterior design of the new building and the fly loft.

    4. Ask that interior review of the Raymond Theatre not be left till final Design Review.

    If you would like to speak and need talking points, please let us know BEFORE this Saturday.

    If you can’t attend, please write the Design Commission a letter:

    • Add your full name, address and phone
    • Ask your letter be submitted to the public record for the Raymond Theatre.
    • Send us a blind copy of your letter.

  • Antique Theatre Seats For Sale

    I have been storing approximately 40 sets of cast row ends. They were designed and signed Heywood Wakefield. I used what I needed for a personal theatre project.

    The original gold leaf is about 90+ percent intact. It is covered over by white and orange paint most of which flaked right off).

    Where the legs met the floor, it is gone due to wear and tear of cleaning, etc. They are intricately designed and the arms are maple. The backs and seats were long gone when I purchased them.

    If you are interested in acquiring them for your project, email

    Now, it’s movie time!
    Charlie

  • July 7, 2005

    Terrorist Attack In London

    Our hearts go out to any Cinema Treasures users in the United Kingdom (which experienced a terrorist attack this morning).

    May all of your loved ones be safe and sound!

  • AMC & Cinemark Offers Money Back Guarantee To ‘Cinderella’ Moviegoers

    AMC, since followed by Cinemark, is now offering a money back guarantee to moviegoers who see the new Ron Howard film “Cinderella Man.”

    “Cinderella Man”, which stars Russell Crowe as a Depression-era boxer trying to make ends meet and revive his career, has stuggled to find success in this summer’s box office climate despite excellent reviews from critics. Some attribute this to Russell Crowe’s offscreen antics, the general downtown in ticket sales, poor marketing, bad timing, etc.

    “It’s in competition with films with lots of special effects and big action this summer. This is a quiet film,” Falk said. “The whole effort was to focus attention on what is a beautiful film that deserves an audience but just hasn’t gotten one.”

    So far, only 100 patrons have asked for actual refunds since the promotion started.

  • July 6, 2005

    NY Times: Advertisers Pour Money Into The Big Screen

    A recent New York Times article took a look at the rising amount of advertising being shown at movie theaters.

    A few interesting highlights:

    • In 2004, ads in United States movie theaters grew 23 percent to $438 million, according to the Cinema Advertising Council.

    • More than 27,000 of the total 37,000 movie screens in the United States run cinema advertising

    • Off-screen promotions – including revenue from in-lobby promotions – rose 41 percent to $64 million.

    • On-screen advertising revenues grew 20 percent last year to $374 million

  • Gizmodo Asks “Is This The End Of Movies?”

    Gizmodo has an interesting blog post about the so-called death of the movies.

    “The Taipei Times — and the rest of the world — is bemoaning the death of the movie business. People stay at home, get Netflix, drink a beer or six, and watch Godzilla vs. Mothra for hours at a clip. No one goes to the movies anymore. Hundreds of ushers are out of work every day. Popcorn machines are idle. The movies themselves, of late, are dreck.

    I think the real key is that people don’t like to go to movie theaters. As a result, new movies get seen at home, where it’s a bit harder to track box office receipts. I suspect that any movie that comes out now will get 30% of it’s receipts from the theaters. The rest comes from everything else: DVDs, rentals, TV, etc. We have so much to watch that we don’t want to go anywhere. We need to stay at home just to catch up, and we catch up long after the movie hits, and fades from, the theatre."

    More: Gizmodo: The End of Movies…

  • July 5, 2005

    York Square Cinemas To Close

    NEW HAVEN, CT — According to this article in the New Haven Register, York Square Cinemas will close some time in July, citing its inability to play first run films with Showcase Cinemas.

    “It’s not fun anymore,” said Peter Spodick. “It should be fun: you make people happy, charge a small price, make a week’s pay. But we’re not able to do it.”

    The article also states that the Criterion Cinemas is “struggling to draw audiences”, which is not the case.

  • Crocker Theatre Facade Salvaged

    ELGIN, IL – The 82 year-old Crocker Theatre in downtown Elgin was razed last month to make way for condominiums and parking space, but its neo-classical style facade was removed prior to demolition, and will be partially reconstructed as a sort of screening wall separating a parking lot from public view along Grove Avenue.

    At a cost of $60,000, a third of the price of the Crocker’s demolition cost, the facade was taken apart piece by piece and numbered and now sits in a storage building in the meantime. Not all of the facade will be used for the parking lot, but at this time it’s not known what will become of the rest of it.

    More from the Daily Herald…

  • July 4, 2005

    Happy July 4th

    Cinema Treasures is taking today off to celebrate July 4th.

    See you tomorrow!