The latest movie theater news and updates
July 28, 2005
840 Irwin seats for sale in California. Email for details and price. The price does not include transportation. These seats are ]used but in excellent condition and are like new.
Contact Carl at 480-710-5360 or 480-987-9801.
Sound panels and speakers are also available in Arizona location. Everything must sell soon.
July 27, 2005
Slate’s Edward Jay Epstein has written a fascinating article about the “secret numbers” used within the film industry to track revenue from theatrical, DVD, and other releases.
Consider how earlier this year entertainment journalists rattled on for months about a slump in the American box office—“Box Office Slump In Its 19th Week”—as if it were a sporting event in which the Hollywood studios couldn’t get winning hits. The story would have been different if they had seen the data on Page 16 in the 2005 Three Month Revenue Report. (Click here for that page.) Instead of a box-office decline, the studios actually took in more from the U.S. box office in the first quarter of 2005 ($870.2 million) than they did in the similar period of 2004 ($797.1 million). So even though the total audience at movie theaters declined during this period, this came mainly at the expense of independent, foreign, and documentary movies. For the Hollywood studios (and their subsidaries), in fact, there was no slump at all.
If you want to understand the dynamic forces reshaping today’s film industry, this is required reading.
Does anyone know if there was a bowling alley under the Hippodrome Theatre in Cleveland around 1938? I need to know exactly where it was located if possible and how did you enter the building. Was the entry off the alley that ran alongside the building? Thanks.
Looking for pictures of theaters operated by the A.M. Ellis chain in the Philadelphia area. Mostly neighborhood theaters.
– 50’s, 60’s, 70’s Cinema Adverts
– Opening/end credits and music with temple steps
– Opening/end credits and music featuring Asteroid
– Approximately 70 minutes
– Available on DVD disk, PAL format (Not NTSC)
– Playable on PC’s (DVD drive and software required) and all region DVD players
July 26, 2005
MOORE, OK — A new, $30 Million, 20-screen movie theater is set to open in Moore. The theater is being built by Warren Theaters of Wichita, Kansas. The multiplex will be 150,000 sqaure feet and will occupy 25 acres of land. Auditorium capacities will range from 175 to 700 seats, with a total capacity of 7000.
The theater will allow only adults into a balcony area with love seats and cocktails and also feature a sit-down family restaurant in the lobby.
As assistant business manager of WHYY TV in the 1960’s, Mr. Goldman was on our board and I would travel from our studio at 45th and Market to Mr. Goldman’s office on the second floor above the Goldman Theater in center city Philadelphia. Mr. Goldman’s secretary was behind a glass enclosed doorway and would let me in with a press on an electronic release button.
Mr. Goldman was old at the time, always gracious, and would engage me in coversation as he would sign the checks for WHYY I would bring in to him monthly. I was Impressed with the multitude of photos on his office walls of prominent people, local, state and federal.
I am publishing my autobiography and am searching for photos of the Goldman Theater or Mr. Goldman. Will give proper credit in the book and/or fee for photos.
Carmine C. M.
July 25, 2005
RESEDA, CA — The Community Redevelopment Agency of Reseda has approved plans to negotiate for the restoration of the 57-year-old Reseda Theater. The CRA bought the theater in 2004 as part of a revitalization plan and hopes to turn it into a facility for live performances.
According to the LA Daily News, the group hopes to restore the neon lights, marquee and terrazzo entryway as part of bringing the theater back to life.
SAN MATEO, CA — Original neon sign from Palm Theater for sale. All original with blocked letters with 4 band neon tubing done in green neon. Also have two poster cases and box office glass with etched palm trees and large palm leaves all original to building ca. 1949.
Also very large ceiling fixture from Presido theater in San Francisco 5 ft 6 inch X 5 ft 6inch 1 ft deep octagon shape all stainless steel with glass panels very Art Deco. If interested please call Mark at (650) 615.9594. Can send pictures through e-mail. Call first.
July 22, 2005
Bradley D. Cook asks:
I am hoping your organization may be able to help me in my search for photographs of the now razed theatre that used to be located at the Town & Country Shopping Center in Mishawaka, Indiana. Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s it was owned by the Plitt Theatre chain. If you do not have any photograph, do you have any information on who the architect was and when it was built?
Bradley D. Cook
Curator of Photographs
Indiana University Archives