The latest movie theater news and updates

  • March 31, 2016

    The Ohio Theatre Returns to its 1921 Splendor with Renovations Nearly Complete

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    The restoration of Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theatre lobby is almost complete, with the space returned to its original grandeur. The May completion will mark the final project on the Playhouse Square theater renovations list.

  • March 28, 2016

    Chicago’s Once-Grand Movie Palaces

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    From the Avalon to the Uptown, Chicago Magazine explored the city’s historic theatres. Enjoy the article and great photos along with notes like these about the Uptown Theatre:

  • March 24, 2016

    The Romance and Nostalgia of Oregon’s Historic Theatres

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    Great News From Our Friends in Oregon! The Community Planning Workshop (CPW) is embarking on a dramatic journey, the Oregon Historic Theatres Inventory Project. CPW will explore these incredible cultural gems, once cornerstones of social and economic life, to understand their continued value as community assets.

  • March 23, 2016

    Historic Palace Theatre In Greensburg, PA is Celebrating 90 Years

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    The grand old Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA is getting a touch-up to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

    Mike Langer, of the Westmoreland Community Trust, has helped raised more than $10 million to keep it open.

    “We had over 75,000 people come in the last year, had over 113 shows, 40-some special events,” he says. “When you put that many people through a building that was built in 1926, you can imagine there’s going to be some wear and tear.”

  • March 22, 2016

    Duluth’s NorShor Theatre Is Ready For Its Makeover

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    The long-awaited renovation likely to begin soon on centerpiece of Duluth’s arts district. Duluth has wondered when, or if, the NorShor Theatre, which has served as a vaudeville house, movie theater and strip club, would ever undergo a planned renovation to transform it into a performing arts center.

    The ambitious project dates back to 2010, when the Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA) paid $2.3 million to acquire the property. “It was a strip club and it was run down,” says David Montgomery, chief administrative officer for the city of Duluth. “It was really a blight” in downtown Duluth, he says.

  • March 18, 2016

    Boston’s Historic Colonial To Remain A Theater

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    The Colonial Theatre will not be converted into a dining hall after all, Emerson College President Lee Pelton announced Thursday. Instead, the college will renovate three of its buildings to expand campus dining and social spaces and potentially house a small rehearsal and performance stage.

  • March 16, 2016

    An updateon Downtown Ashland, Ohio’s Schine’s Theater

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    An update was given on the downtown Ashland, Ohio’s Schine’s Theater restoration project, Tuesday at Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center off of Claremont Avenue

  • March 11, 2016

    1,000 + New Images Available in THS Online Catalog

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    Over the past month over 1,100 new images from the collection have been uploaded to the THS American Theatre Architecture Archive online catalog.

  • March 10, 2016

    Bob Foreman Shares the Frank Adam (Stage Lighting Control) 1952 Catalog

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    From Mr. Foreman – “Frank Adam Electric Company of St. Louis, known for its commercial fuse boxes, entered the stage lighting control field in the late teens, when they introduced the concept of pre-set ("pre-selection”) in the switching portion of their stage lighting Switchboards. (Dimming preset and proportional mastering made their debut in 1932, when the first electronic Switchboard was installed at Radio City Music Hall.)

  • March 8, 2016

    Foreclosure Sale of Old Ocean Avenue Movie House Shocks Neighbors

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    J.K. Dineen reports in The San Francisco Chronicle: “Nearly four decades after it was converted from a grand movie palace into a Pentecostal church, drama has returned to the El Rey Theater on Ocean Avenue.

    Only this time the action isn’t on the silver screen but over the building itself.

    In December, the El Rey changed hands for the first time since 1977, selling in a trustee sale on the steps of City Hall for $1.06 million. The seller was the Stanford Federal Credit Union, which had foreclosed on the property after the church, now called A Place to Meet Jesus, defaulted on a loan. The buyer was a joint venture between Ricci Ventures and Greenpoint Land Co., both Marin investment groups.

    For residents in the surrounding neighborhoods of Ingleside Terraces, Mount Davidson Manor and Balboa Terrace — many of whom have long hoped the building would someday return to use as a community center or theater — the reaction has been a mix of disappointment and hope.