The latest movie theater news and updates

  • September 9, 2005

    New Book, Theatres of San Francisco, Released!!!

    The following press release was submitted in support of longtime contributor Jack Tillmany’s fabulous new book, Theatres of San Francisco:

    “Single Screen Theatres to the Ever-Present Multiplexes. This is what has become of the theatres of San Francisco. Cinema native Jack Tillmany attempts to approach the questions that surround this suddenly fading pastime. Why did these simple and popular theatres close? Come find out as Tillmany gives a very factual account of these famous theatres.

    Features from Theatres of San Francisco:

    • Factual information that answers the San Francisco theatres' questions so many are asking
    • Photographic history trail from the single screen theatres to the ever -present multiplexes
    • A glimpse at the amazing, stunning, and elegant architecture that was once the grand theatres of San Francisco
    • A reminder of the simplicity in single screen theatres and the reasons why most of these theatres are now out of business

    Jack Tillmany, former owner of the Gateway Cinema in San Francisco and a revival programming pioneer, brings the city’s theatres to life in this amazing selection of vintage images. Drawing his personal archive collected during a 30-year career in cinema management, he paints a detailed story of the golden age of theatre, both live and cinematic.

    Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, on-line bookstores, or through Arcadia Publishing at or (888) 313-2665."

  • See the Mayan Theatre on CBS

    For those that are interested, the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles is currently being used to tape the television show “Rock Star: INXS” on CBS. There have been some modifications to the auditorium but the Mayan looks great. At first I thought it was a set in a studio but then I found out the show is putting out a CD of music titled “Rock Star At The Mayan”. The show is doing quite well and will be ending within the next few weeks when INXS picks one of the performers to be their new lead singer.

  • WANTED — c.1970s General Cinema “Coming Attractions” or “Feature Presentation” Trailer

    You all know the one I’m talking about. The GCC logo is an animated 35mm projector; the G is the projector except for the supply and feed reels, which are the two Cs. The music is a synthesized jazz harpsichord with upbeat swinging brushes-on-snare drum beat. I want a copy of this only for private sentimental purposes, especially the music track. (AMC bought GCC a few years back and has referred me to National CineMedia which has yet to call me back. Meanwhile, I figure if there are any exhibitors, projectionists, or other theatre-lovers out there who also loved this bit of trivia, perhaps you can share a connection if not the actual film itself.) If you have this GCC material in any form — film, video copy, digital copy — I would be happy to borrow it for a refundable deposit (as a “bond”) less a mutually agreeable lending fee, make a video/digital tranfer, and then return it to you (shipping paid both ways, of course). You can Email me at THANKS!

  • Theater Lobby Table

    I have a lobby table available for free. It has a chrome pipe base, with a black lacquer top. The measurements are 32 inches high, 30 inches wide, and 13 inches deep. The table is from the 40’s and does need to be restored. The table is free and must be picked up near Allentown, Pa. Contact me for more information or questions.

    Thanks, Johnn

  • Theatre Seats

    The Greek Cultural Center, Inc. a non-profit org. in Astoria, New York is selling its old theatre seats: 19 ½ inch solid maple wood seats with iron legs, made in the 1920â€\s. There are about 5 rows of 3 chair rows. Chairs are immediately available by PICK-UP ONLY. Please contact Irini at

  • September 8, 2005

    Oldest Operating Art House/Rep House in the US?

    “A question— would anyone happen to know what the oldest still-in-operation art house/ rep theater in the US is…? I have a feeling it might be my local favorite, Cambridge MA’s Brattle Theater, and wonder if anyone could confirm or correct this notion.



    Paul Monticone

  • It’s Showtime! Movie Theater History in WNY

    Monday, September 19, 7:00PM & Tuesday, September 27, 7:00PM

    Meet John Basil, the last man alive who can share true stories…..

    The stories of the most prominent theater chains of the 20th Century in Western New York, the Basil and Dipson Theaters…including the largest theater, Basils' 4200-seat Lafayette Theater, the Colvin, the Apollo, the LaSalle, the Dipson/Basil RIVIERA THEATER IN NORTH TONAWANDA…..and many more.

  • Shipping Reels and Film Can

    I have two old 2000 foot shipping reels. One is a fixed hub plastic reel and the other is a fixed hub metal reel. I also have one old metal 1000 foot shipping reel. The shipping can holds three 2000 foot reels. The unit is painted black and is heavy. I am asking $ 1.00 for each item, plus shipping. If anyone has any questions email me ay

    Thanks, John

  • September 7, 2005

    Open House London Cinemas

    Hi Folks,

    London has a traditional couple of days where it opens the doors to closed buidings. those that have changed use, or those in use, but allowing you to have a better peak! Dates are 17th and 18th September. Link is here:

    You will need to get a guide on line, which will cost only a few pounds.. but you wil be able to see..

    The former cinemas; the stunning Gaumount State in Kilburn (bingo); the fabulous Tooting Granada (bingo); the Regal, Uxbridge (nightclub); plus many other beauties that are still open as cinemas: East Finchley Phoenix; The Gate Notting Hill; The Ritzy in Brixton; Muswell Hill Odeon; and about another 15 buildings either open as cinemas or other uses.

    good luck

    kev p

  • Seats for sale

    421 Seats for sale. All metal construction with wood arm rests. Unsure of how old they are. I was told when I bought the theatre that they were installed in the early 1970’s. The seats have an art deco style and we have a limited amount with aisle lights. The seats were installed in rows of 5, 10 and ll. the seats are currently being disassembled for transport. The seats have a small footprint.
    $1000.00 obo
    Gordon or Eileen Wolcott
    206-463-6845 After 5 PM