The latest movie theater news and updates
August 15, 2005
REGO PARK, NY — Since its closure in late 1999, community groups, historic preservationists, and the local media have tried to clarify the fate of the iconic Trylon Theater, located at 98-81 Queens Boulevard.
Sadly, the property is now undergoing profound alteration for its new use as a social services facility for the Bukharian community. At this writing, the entrance pavilion has been walled off, facade features have been destroyed, and the interior is being gutted. Original painted murals, decorative tilework depicting the Trylon and Perisphere (the 1939 New York World’s Fair symbols), and marquee elements have all been destroyed and no salvage is being conducted.
Appeals to NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and NYC Councilwoman Melinda Katz to halt the destruction and achieve a preservation-minded adaptive reuse plan for the defunct theater have been unsuccessful thus far. The Art Deco Society of New York (ADSNY) and the Historic Districts Council (HDC) have spearheaded the effort to intervene — even at this late stage — to protect the outstanding and unique Art Deco property.
The Trylon Theater, designed by Joseph Unger, reflects the cultural impact of the 1939 World’s Fair and its theme of “The World of Tomorrow,” in decorative tiles, murals, and overall aesthetics. The streamlined Art Deco property is a rare surviving neighborhood movie theater due to the loss of hundreds of such buildings in New York and meets criteria to become a designated and protected Historic Landmark.
**To lend your support: Please contact (Journalist/Preservationist) & send carbon copies to (Art Deco Society of NY) & (Historic Districts Council) & .
This is A PRESERVATION EMERGENCY!!!
Call Councilwoman Melinda Katz (718-544-8800) who was the only member who opposed landmark designation & is responsible for this act of destruction. Also e-mail her at .ny.us.
Well, they say you can buy almost anything on eBay, I just found this…
MARIETTA, PA — The Marietta Theatre has been purchased by Marietta Restoration Associates.
The theater, opened in 1914, was the oldest operating motion picture theater in Penna and among the oldest in the United States when it closed in 1997.
The Association is a non profit organization which helps to restore old buildings in this small town. They will hold public meetings to determine future uses for the theater. They expect to have the theater open for tours during the town’s annual Candlelight tour on Dec. 4th.
However the seats, organ, and most of the furnishings have been removed.
August 12, 2005
Gregg Kilday writes in today’s Hollywood Reporter:
“Hollywood spends millions of dollars hawking individual movies, but precious little attention is spent to selling the notion of moviegoing itself…Potential ticket buyers need to be reminded that moviegoing is a communal experience that can’t be duplicated at home, even with the best home entertainment systems. If the film industry doesn’t begin to speak up in its own defense, it has only itself to blame as audiences continue to drift away.”
Meanwhile, Jonathan Bing opines in Variety:
“HERE’S AN UNCONVENTIONAL solution for Hollywood’s box office problem: Redesign the multiplex. Bulldoze the thousands of poorly subdivided concrete boxes dotting America’s cities and suburbs; rebuild them as state-of-the-art retail and entertainment centers. Dim the garish lighting, plant new cars and other attractions in the lobbies; and customize the place by movie genre — date movies could be screened in theaters with love seats; teen movies could be screened in theaters that can be hosed down at the end of the night.”
He concludes, “Consumers are pissed off. Faced with rising ticket prices and 20 minutes of onscreen ads, it’s going to take more than stadium seating and free refills to win them back.”
The following email was sent from the League of Historic American Theatres:
“REGISTER NOW for the next League of Historic American Theatres stand-alone professional development seminar:
FINANCING HISTORIC THEATRE REHABILITATION PROJECTS
Wed., September 7th — 8:45 AM – 4:00 PM (registration at hotel begins at 7:30 AM) Thurs, September 8th — 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
I have for sale approx. 230 theater seats w/cupholder armrest, that came out of a theater that closed in Canon City, CO. They are about 20 years old and have the usual wear of a theater. They are tourqouise in color the fabric being dark blue in color.
The price of the seats are $10.00 each and the price does not include shipping. I can deliver to some areas in Colorado for less than normal shipping if so desired.
Please inquire to Alan Woolsey: , 719-275-1439.
NEWARK, NJ — I need photos of the opening of the Stanley-Fabian Theater – May 1927. This theater is presently under preservation/restoration study. Can you help us? Also, there are yet two antique projectors in place. Our contact # is 973 399-2507 Mon. – Fri 9am. to 4pm.
August 11, 2005
- Imax Format a Big Hit for Commercial Films
- Revisiting the Past, a Theater at a Time
- Wheaton Grand Theater Faces Second Lawsuit by Promoters
- Theatrical Runs are Marquee Attraction, but for How Long?
- Cineplex Galaxy Blames Hollywood for Drop in Q2 Profit
- U.S. Man Indicted for Using Camcorder in Movie Theatre
- All in the Family
- Plan to Convert Cinema into Casino is Ditched
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DES PLAINES, IL — The 1925 Des Plaines Theatre in downtown Des Plaines may soon have Miner Street glowing again with the neon lights of its marquee, according to the Daily Herald. Much-needed repairs on the theater’s marquee are expected to be completed by October 7-9th, when the Des Plaines will celebrate its 80th anniversary. Repairs to the sign include electrical work and a new paint job.
The Des Plaines Theatre Preservation Society is playing host to the celebration, which will feature one of the first films to play at the theater, W.C. Fields' “Sally of the Big Sawdust”, which will be accompanied by live organ music. (The Des Plaines actually opened with “The Unholy Three” starring Lon Chaney). Ticket prices for the anniversary weekend will be the same as in 1925, a quarter. Since last year, the Society has been presenting classic films and other events, while Bollywood features continue to play on the theater’s second screen.