The latest movie theater news and updates
September 19, 2005
Following a report by the Baltimore Business Journal that Clear Channel will be amplifying its corporate sponsorship activities within its theatre division, the question arises once again about the historic preservation community’s position on naming rights for theaters. That is the subject of this week’s poll question and any comments you wish to post in our comments section to this story.
If a corporation or individual pays for the restoration and/or renovation of a theater, is there a responsibility to retain any or all of the original name? Examples of this range from the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City to the Cadillac Palace in Chicago to the American Airlines Theatre in New York. Past issues have also included the switch from Grauman’s Chinese to Mann’s Chinese, etc.
September 16, 2005
Max Einhorn writes:
Thanks to the current owner, who decided if I’m going soon, I may as well go now, the Elks Theatre (one of the oldest continually operating theatres in the country, located in Middletown PA) will be closing by the end of the month of September until the GMEDC is able to replace what he has taken and hire a team of staff members. See the Elks Theatre page here on Cinema Treasures for more information about the theater and the new owners of the theater, the GMEDC.
September 15, 2005
PEEKSKILL, NY — The Paramount Center for the Arts (PCA) continues its acclaimed Music&Film Series on Saturday, October 1st, 2005 at 8PM, with the World Premiere of Dave Douglas & Keystone Project’s original jazz score to the films of Roscoe “Fatty”? Arbuckle. Following the performance, there will be a brief Q&A session with Mr. Douglas.
The Paramount Center for the Arts received a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Commissioning Grant to commission acclaimed jazz trumpeter/composer and Croton, NY-resident Dave Douglas to compose four original scores to accompany four early silent films of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, one of America’s earliest and funniest movie stars.
Dave Douglas' original pieces, performed with his new sextet Keystone, invoke the humor drama, tragedy and hilarity of Arbuckle’s films and his life. The new electric scores performed with Keystone Project are meant to capture the atmosphere of Arbuckle’s early comedies – warm, funny, funky, and experimental in their freshness. Says Mr. Douglas of his decision to score Arbuckle’s earliest works, “Of all the silent films I watched, these films seemed to have the fastest pace, most suited to the modern eye and ear. I could imagine modern music with them, and it seemed they had not been approached much in that way.”?
DETROIT, MI — We are selling authentic rock concert tickets from the historic Michigan Palace (a.k.a. Michigan Theater).
All tickets are in mint or near-mint condition and are selling at dirt cheap prices.
New tickets are added all the time so bookmark the eBay page and check back soon. Featuring tickets for acts such as Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Alex Harvey, Cheech & Chung, Sly and the Family Stone, Bob Segar, Blue Oyster Cult, and a whole lot more. All tickets are from around 1975 and have intact stubs.
Click here for the eBay link. Happy bidding!
September 14, 2005
LAFAYETTE, CA — The owners of the Park Theatre announced yesterday that the single screen cinema would close after business concludes Sunday 9/18/05.
Renaissance Rialto had operated the theater for over 15 years with good success. However, in recent years, the times have changed and attendance appears to have had dropped off.
They will run the Park’s three most popular films during the theater’s final weekend for just $5.00 per person.
September 13, 2005
In the new upcoming feature film “The Producers”, during the opening titles, they have recreated Times Square — like Steven Spielberg did in his film “1941” — of Hollywood Blvd.
The production has taken artistic liberties in some placements of theatres in the square, because of types of marquees and neon signage. This model is not a full model of the square, but of major parts and signage. The Palace Theatre is missing, the Victoria Theatre is now one block north of the Mayfair Theatre. The Beacon Theatre is now located where the Criterion was.
Before people start saying why did they change history or change what Times Square looked like. Be glad they included this very short (about 20 seconds) look back in time of what Times Square looked like in the past. It looks much nicer than the real Times Square of today.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Capri Theatre is a well known place for the arts located in the Northside of Minneapolis.
In collaboration with Universal Dance Destiny, Edna Stevens Talton, has been given the opportunity to teach various styles of dance at the Capri’s dance studio. Her lessons offered are hip hop/funk, breakdance, pop & lock, african, dancehall reggae, latin, & swing.
For more info, check out the UDD website. Come stroll right on in!
September 12, 2005
A photo-article in the Providence Journal of September 1, 2005 discusses continuing plans to convert the former Bomes-owned Art Cinema (formerly Liberty Theatre) to a neighborhood “community space where arts and culture are displayed and celebrated.”
The building, opened in 1921 and closed since 1975, is currently owned by the Providence Redevelopment Agency, which takes ownership of abandoned properties.
The consensus among area residents is to turn the building into the “Liberty Theater Cultural Center, a facility that could serve as a multi-cultural arts and education resource for the South Side and the entire city.” Under the plan, the center would have space for live theater and dance, musical performances, film and culturally diverse performing arts.
The article reports that plans would likely include gutting the interior and replacing electrical, plumbing, heating and air and sprinkler systems, according to an assessment by the Urban Design Group. Cost estimates range from $2.5 million to $3.5 million.
BERKELEY, CA — Just when it will happen remains a question, but the closed UC Theatre is being sought after as the home of a jazz club.
Gloria Mendoza and Michael Govan, until recently operators of Kimball East, a prominent jazz club, have submitted an application for approval with the City of Berkeley for a plan to reconfigure the theater, replacing the row seats with fixed U-shaped booths seating 596 people. Additional movable tables and chairs could increase the capacity to 900.
But there are a few things to be settled before the revitalizations can commence.
More details available from this report by Richard Brenneman in the Berkeley Daily Planet.