The latest movie theater news and updates
March 18, 2004
The Kansas State Historical Society is seeking Kansas' past cinema treasures for documentation and study. The preservation office of the Kansas State Historical Society is seeking assistance in locating historic theaters and opera houses for a statewide study.
Three hundred buildings were constructed statewide prior to 1955 for use as movie theaters or opera houses. It is hoped that these can be recorded.
IDAHO FALLS, ID — According to this report from KIFI Local News 8, the Colonial Theater has reinstalled an item that was missing since the onetime vaudeville house became a movie house (as the Paramount). The item, a large metal triangular brace called a gusset, is used to support the theater’s balcony.
March 17, 2004
Developers may soon announce plans to redevelop the Aztec Theater, movies are set to return to Bloomington’s Indiana Theatre, and the Boston Globe profiles the restoration of Thomas Lamb’s Opera House (don’t miss this article!) — all in today’s newsreel.
- Historically black theater gets facelift
- Astoria blossoming at last after 200 years
- Palace Theatre schedules film series
- The End For Cinema That Inspired Liam
- Bloomington theater has reel gains
- Edmund Tijerina: Aztec’s future looking clearer
- Windows on the Past: Wilson Theatre
- Golden Opportunity
- Marquee proposal
- Movie Theater in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Offers Unique Amenities
HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND — Odeon closed this theater in 1981. Re-opened as a live entertainment club called Casears Palace in the late 90’s, the venue only lasted a couple of years before closing once again.
Yesterday, though, a “For Sale” sign has appeared, with Newcastle upon Tyne agents Lamb & Edge handling the property. The theater’s current owner is the Hartlepool-based company Capanac Leisure, who own a number of bars and nightclubs in town.
They also owned the former Fairworld Cinema just a few hundred yards away, which was Hartlepool’s last cinema, closing in May 1983, until the Warner Village opened a few years ago on the marina. The Fairworld was demolished in 1997 and a Morrisons supermarket now stands on the theater’s site.
Details of the Odeon property have yet to appear on the Lamb & Edge website.
March 16, 2004
PITTSBURG, CA — Jaime F Penuela sent in an update on the Enean Theatre (including pics of the theater’s restoration):
“Here are some pictures of the ongoing restoration of the Enean Theatre. We are in the early stages, but there are plans to convert it in to a multimedia theater and restaurant, serving the finest cuts of meat and international cuisine, along with a full bar (inside the shell of an old boat!) and a coffee shop.
Is there an idiot’s guide-type book out there that explains what goes in to buying, restoring, and operating a theater?
March 15, 2004
Over the weekend, Cinema Treasures’s Theater Guide officially passed the 5000 theater mark!
With help from thousands of theater fans around the world, it has taken us just over three years to reach this amazing milestone. In fact, the day that we launched the site — with just 100 theaters — seems like eons ago.
Some interesting stats about the guide:
• 5086 theaters
• 189 theater chains
• 64 functions
• 29 styles
• 165 architects
• 64 architectural firms
• 768 theater links
• 1620 photos
• 7801 comments
Of course, there is so much more work ahead, as there are many, many more theaters to add and new features to bring online (photo system, message board, etc.), but we’re both tremendously excited at how large and comprehensive this website has become.
Special thanks to our illustrious theater editor Bryan Krefft and all of our current and former volunteers, as well as everyone who has ever made a contribution to Cinema Treasures!
Patrick Crowley and Ross Melnick
Co-Founders, Cinema Treasures
MONTREAL, CANADA — Montreal’s last surviving single screen movie palace, the Imperial (1913), is finally under restoration.
This week saw the framing of the new marquee installed. The theater was last run by Famous Players and was donated by Viacom to the Montreal World Film Festival in 1995.
March 12, 2004
TORRINGTON, CT — Deadly killer trees, shown here attacking the trapped occupants of a car, will invade the city of Torrington just one week from today, according to this report in the Register Citizen.