The latest movie theater news and updates

  • August 26, 2005

    Yonkers Movie House

    In South Yonkers, New York, there’s a movie house just waiting for someone to come along and renovate it. Everyone seems to agree that this facility, if restored and resusitated as a movie house can help in the revitalization of the South Yonkers area.

    The movie house, originally built as a twin theater in 1926, seats 460 downstairs and about the same number in the upper level. The property is privately-owned and it is located in a retail corridor in transition. Special economic development benefits from the city and State are available.

    The local non-profit group seeking to develop this movie house can also serve as an important resource, as it represents all property owners and merchants in the corridor. There’s an information packet available for any developers or operators wanting to know more. Call 914-438-4721 or e-mail

  • Theatre Seats For Sale

    I have 500 used Irwin Citations for Sale with Cupholders attached. Red with brown cushions. 1974 Vintage but refurbished by Cy Young in 1993.

    Located outside of Harrisburg Pennsylvania.

    If interested call 717-533-6600 and leave message.

  • August 25, 2005

    Embassy Embarks on Architectural and Marketing Studies

    LEWISTOWN, PA — The following email was sent by Paul T. Fagley:

    “Embassy Theatre Embarks on Architectural and Marketing Studies

    With a $15,000 Historic Preservation Grant from the Commonwealth and the same amount from a bequest from the late Helen Price, Lewistown¹s Embassy Theatre is ready to take another step toward its eventual rehabilitation and reuse. The Friends of the Embassy Theatre, a Lewistown-area non-profit organization, are completing architectural and marketing studies, which will provide a foundation for future decisions and investments involving theatre preservation, restoration, and maintenance.

    Located on Lewistown’s Monument Square, the Embassy was constructed in 1927, designed as a scaled down version of a Broadway “picture palace” theatre. Films were last shown in 1981 and, 10 years later, the Friends of the Embassy purchased it at an auction. The group reached a major milestone in 2003 with the reconstruction and illumination of the theatre¹s magnificent marquee, often referred to as the Marquee of a Thousand Lights.

  • Mann Closes Valley West?

    TARZANA, CA — I noticed that Mann closed it’s Valley West 9 plex in Tarzana. I’m not quite sure why, unless the valuable property it was on was sold. It was the only theatre in Tarzana and I would imagine it was profitable. The Valley West was taken over by Mann in 1982 after being a 2nd run 6-Plex named Theeeee Movies of Tarzana. They always showed double features of 2nd run films and would often move titles around and pair with new titles. Mann later added 3 screens and showed first run fare.

  • Filmmaker to Produce Documentary About Historic Movie Theatre

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Sean Doherty

    Colorado filmmaker Sean Doherty has announced plans to produce a documentary about The Historic Park Theatre in Estes Park, Colorado. The Historic Park Theatre is the oldest running movie theatre west of the Mississippi River. The theatre was built in 1913 with the landmark tower added in 1922 by Ralph Gwynn. Long time locals Richard and Ola Stanger operated the theatre from 1968 until their deaths; Richard in 2003 and Ola from ovarian cancer in 2005.

    In recent years the Park Theatre has fallen into a state of disrepair. In order to save the theatre from closure, the Stanger family, along with the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park, have partnered to raise funds to restore the movie theatre to its original 1920’s prime and to continue its operation as the oldest continuous movie theater west of the Mississippi.

  • August 24, 2005

    UK Update from CTA

    I am the editor of the CTA Bulletin – the UK’s cinema organisation newsletter. Here are some news items I have been sent for the current issue. I will try and make this a regular submission.

    Closings:
    Barnsley Odeon – 17 September
    Harlow Odeon – 29 August
    Ipswich Odeon – August 5-screen multiplex only 14 years old (see above)
    Halstead Empire – end July

    Openings:
    Fareham (Hants) – Apollo 5 screens 750 seats 29 July

    Demolitions:
    Birkenhead – Essoldo Tranmere
    Hull – Eureka
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne – Warner multiplex

  • Theaters Closing in Olympia

    OLYMPIA, WA — Regal Entertainment is closing two movie theaters in Olympia, Wash., as it opens a new 16-screen megaplex in nearby Lacey, Wash.

    Closing are the Lacey Cinemas (eight screens) and the Capital Mall 4. Both will close Thursday, Aug. 25. A local church will acquire the Lacey Cinemas space this year. The fate of the Capital Mall space (which is actually inside the mall) is not decided. Century Theaters, however, has announced plans to build a 14-screen theater on the mall campus.

  • August 23, 2005

    Beverly Theater Demolition Begins Today

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA — According to the Friends of the Boyd Weekly Update: “Demolition is starting today on the famed Beverly Theater in Beverly Hills. Opened in 1925 with Indo-Chinese design, the movie palace’s conversion to a retail store in the 1970’s retained its ornate landmark exterior & ornate interior. Preservationists objected unsuccessfully to the loss of this Los Angeles landmark.”

    Cinema Treasures users weigh in as well on the theater’s page on this site.

  • How You Can Help the Uptown Theatre

    CHICAGO, IL — The following email was sent by “UptownAdviser”:

    “HOW YOU CAN HELP (worth reading!)

    Donations and memberships are needed at this time
    Help share the cost of publicity, communications and events Further the Friends mission

    Join us.

    The concept and function of “Friends of the Uptown” has been an active force in maintaining and promoting the UPTOWN THEATRE, Chicago, since the mid-to-late 1970s. That’s when volunteers began petitioning the ownership at the time (Plitt Theatres) to find additional rental income for the building, including special events and rock concerts. Volunteers also provided after-hours cleaning and maintenance that kept the UPTOWN from complete ruin. When the building closed in 1981, volunteer work continued.

  • Vintage Film Projectors for Sale

    The Elks National Home (established in 1903) has two original Vintage Film projectors for sale. They were used to show original films in our theatre in the 20s, 30s and 40s. For more information contact Kim Snow at 540-425-9305. These would be great film props for a movie about early film making or to go in a restored theatre.