The latest movie theater news and updates
May 19, 2005
NEW YORK, NY — IFC Center Channels Historic Movie House
“What could be better than running an art house in downtown New York?” asks John Vanco, VP and general manager of the new IFC Center (www.ifccenter.com), scheduled to open June 17 in the historic Waverly Theater building in Manhattan.
“It’s going to be a combination of all sorts of different films from all sorts of places,” he promises. “One house will be on a calendar schedule, including two-week locks of new films, special series and classics. The other two will be edgy, independent, foreign-language films and documentaries. We will also have a digital pre-show with short films and other content…that people will feel good about having spent ten dollars to see. If we’re doing a retrospective or a series of midnight movies, it will be a great advantage to have the edit suites upstairs.”
May 18, 2005
- Digital Film Revolution Poised to Start Rolling
- ‘Star Wars’ on Track for Record Opening
- Pettus-Brown Vows to Rebuild Theater
- The Devil’s Adman: The Last Picture Show?
- Victory Gardens' New Mainstage at Historic Biograph
- Marion Theatre Renovations Bound Ahead
- Teens' Theater Project Premieres 12-Screen Complex
May 17, 2005
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May 16, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC — The following is a Loews Cineplex Entertainment press release:
“HISTORIC CHANDELIER HUNG AT UPTOWN THEATRE
Moviegoers to enjoy new theatre addition in time for Star Wars Premiere
The city’s beloved Uptown Theatre, with its old Hollywood glamour and class, has just installed a historic chandelier that once hung in the balcony corridor of the Loew’s Capitol Theatre (Manhattan, NY) from 1919-1968. The chandelier later hung in the Loews Cheri Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts and, most recently, was rewired, restored and displayed in the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, NY) for an exhibit on Loews' 100th anniversary.
The Cineplex Odeon Uptown, built in 1936 by architect John Zink for Warner Bros., remains a favorite spot for moviegoers to enjoy the latest films in a movie palace with a grand balcony, velour seats, a 70' deep-curve screen and now a 150-pound crystal chandelier. The hanging of the chandelier celebrates the history of the theatre as well as Loews Cineplex’s 100 year anniversary.
MILWAUKEE, WI — The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Times Cinema, a small single screen, single story cinema from 1935, is being bought by the brother of the woman who owns it now, in the hopes that it will be preserved to continue to show vintage films.
If it doesn’t succeed at that (it has had had rough times recently), then the new owner may convert this former Trans-Lux house to first run, though I don’t know how successful that would be with his former TOSA theatre two miles away showing first run also.
Let’s hope that there is a winning formula going here and may we see more of such limited-parking space cinemas survive.
May 13, 2005
ANDERSON, IN — Tom Paradiuzzo, CEO of Indiana Entertainment Group, a California group has bought the State Theater. Plan to restore to its May 30, 1930 opening condition. Goal to work with the Paramount Theatre and the city to make downtown an entertainment spot.
May 12, 2005
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Cultural Arts Division of the Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department is planning two exciting cultural excursions to the Orpheum Theater in support of the L.A. Conservancy’s annual “Last Remaining Seats” summer film series on June 22 from 4-11 p.m.
A night of classics with the L.A. Conservancy costs $66 which includes transportation in a deluxe coach, admission to the theater, and dinner at Cuidad.
The evening will start with a self guided walking tour of the majestic downtown buildings that feature classic architecture. Afterwards the journey continues at Cuidad for live Latin jazz and a three course meal.
Then it’s off to the movies. In a time when most movies are viewed on television screens or in the unremarkable box-like spaces of the multiplex, an evening of film in one of Broadway’s opulent entertainment palaces has a magic that transports viewers to another time.
Playing in the shimmering Orpheum Theater, the dashing and debonair Rudolph Valentino stars in The Son of the Sheik (1926). This silent film is Valentino’s last before his tragic death at age 31. Son of the Sheik was a huge success and still stands tall as an enjoyable example of desert romance melodrama. Valentino is superb as both the wizened father and the energetic son. The film will be presented with live organ accompaniment. The deadline to register for this trip is June 10.
For registration information please call registration office at (310) 802-5408 or 5409.
For questions about trip please contact Maya Thomas at(310) 802-5444 or .
May 11, 2005
YOUNGSTOWN, OH — Built in the early 1920’s, the Stambaugh Auditorium is the oldest of Youngstown’s old theater/auditoriums still in continuous operation and has been perfectly preserved in it’s original state.
This auditorium is a live venue house that presents a well rounded program thanks to the Monday Musical Club which books it’s programs ranging from the classics to jazz to broadway shows.