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  • April 2, 2004

    Do Movie Ratings Work?

    ANCHORAGE, AK — Today, the Anchorage Daily News takes a look at the effectiveness of the MPAA rating system.

    Designed in 1968 by MPAA head Jack Valenti, the system has been used by Hollywood for decades to help parents have more informed choices about the movies they’re children are watching. But, in today’s media environment, is the system still an effective tool for reducing childrens' exposure to sex and violence?

    With lax enforcement policies at theaters, video chains that don’t check for age, and cable television channels that serve up popular (and violent) content like the “Sopranos”, are we really protecting children from things they haven’t seen?

    Read the full article

  • April 1, 2004

    Memories of Paterson’s U.S. Theatre

    PATERSON, NJ — The U.S. Theatre was located in the heart of downtown Paterson, New Jersey. In the early 1900s, Paterson was the textile center of the United States and the bustling city proudly built the U.S. Theatre, Fabian Theatre, Garden Theatre, Rivoli Theatre, State Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, and Majestic Theatre. The two most outstanding, both in architecture and elegance, were the U.S. Theatre and the Fabian Theatre.

    As one entered the lobby of the U.S. Theatre, the coming attraction display cases were encrusted in gold leaf. The main auditorium glistened with its burgundy velvet, oil paintings on silk twelve feet in height, and clouds on the theater ceiling that slowly drifted by as one awaited the beginning of the show.

  • March 31, 2004

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  • March 30, 2004

    ShoWest Coverage

    LAS VEGAS, NV — Coverage of last week’s ShoWest convention, a gathering of exhibitors, vendors, and other industry personnel, is covered by the following media:

    Las Vegas Business Press
    USA Today
    Las Vegas Review-Journal
    Miami Herald
    Reuters/The Hollywood Reporter

    “ShoWest is the largest annual convention for the motion picture industry. As the only international gathering devoted exclusively to the movie business, it attracts as a matter of course the most powerful people in filmmaking: the stars, directors, producers, and studio executives responsible for creating the most successful motion pictures in the world. It is also the single largest international gathering of motion picture professionals and theatre owners in the world, with delegates from more than 50 different countries in attendance each year.” — www.showest.com

  • Save The Sameric Seeks Public Support

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent in by Howard Haas from Friends of the Boyd:

    “We are a new organization and need your help. The Boyd is not saved yet, nor is an authentic restoration going to happen without your help. And, there will not be a film program if we can’t have a success at our films to save the theater! Please share with your friends, co-workers, neighbors, and your email lists. Thank you!

    SEE GRACE KELLY’S LAST FILM AND HELP TO SAVE THE BOYD

    Princess Grace’s Niece to Speak Before the Show
    On FRIDAY, APRIL 16, the Friends of the Boyd will screen Grace Kelly’s rarely seen last film, the 1956 romantic comedy THE SWAN, at a benefit to raise funds to preserve and restore Philadelphia’s last movie palace, the historic Boyd Theatre (a.k.a. Sameric) at 1908 Chestnut Street. The screening, part of the 13th Philadelphia Film Festival, will take place at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, 7:30 p.m for slide show “The Boyd: 75 years as a movie palace” and 8:00 PM for film.

  • March 29, 2004

    Sacramento’s Tower Theatre at Risk?

    SACRAMENTO, CA — The City of Sacramento is giving a corporation millions of dollars to construct a multiplex in downtown, which may force the Tower Theatre, Crest Theatre, and other Sacramento theaters out of business.

    You can find a lengthy cover story about the multiplex project in the current issue of the SN&R (Sacramento News & Reviews) paper, which is distributed throughout the Sacramento area free of charge. The story is also available on the SN&R website.

  • March 28, 2004

    Capitol Theatre Wins Approval for Masonry and Sign Repairs

    FLINT, MI — The Flint Historic District Commission approved a plan on March 4th to make repairs to the Capitol Theatre building, according to this report in East Village Magazine.

    The group issued a certificate of appropriateness to the owner of the Capitol Theater to repair part of its sign and to repair or replace deteriorated masonry.

    “The tower portion of the sign needs to be repaired and repainted. The neon lights will also be removed,” said building owner Troy Farah.

  • March 26, 2004

    Opera House Scarborough Demolition Pics

    SCARBOROUGH, ENGLAND — A series of photographs depicting the Royal Opera House and its destruction are now online. The photos can be viewed on the Theatres Trust website.

  • MPAA Head Jack Valenti to Step Down

    LAS VEGAS, NV — In what will likely be his final appearance at the ShoWest exhibitors convention, Jack Valenti, venerable head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), announced plans to step down within the next few months.

    Valenti, who is now 82, has served as president and CEO of the industry lobbying group since 1966, when he accepted the position after leaving a stint as a staffer in the Johnson administration.

  • March 25, 2004

    Odeon Drive-In Won’t Reopen for 2004 Season

    WINNIPEG, CANADA — According to this report from the CBC Manitoba, Cineplex Odeon has no plans to reopen the popular Odeon Drive-In this summer, ending a nearly 40 year tradition of bringing outdoor movies to the citizens of Winnipeg during the summer months.

    Cineplex spokeswoman Pat Marshall remarked, “I think with the advent of our new mega-plexes which have become just great entertainment destinations, people are choosing to go to those theatres moreso than the drive-in.”

    Marshall says the increasing costs of running the old drive-in could not be made up with declining attendance during the city’s short summer season.

    (FYI… the article includes a section where readers can share their memories of the Odeon. You can also submit them .)