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  • April 5, 2004

    Art Theatre Burns Down

    BINGHAMTON, NY — The Art Theatre burned down on February 9, 2004 due to a fire sparked by a faulty 75 watt lightbulb.

    The theater went up quickly since its 1924 roof was covered with oil-based paints. The Art’s owner, Richard Krus, who bought the former “adult” theatre in 1987 and turned it into the county’s only venue to see art films, wants to rebuild the theater using the walls that remained.

    However, the city has said remains of the structure are unsafe and has ordered it demolished by the end of April. Krus, who lacked insurance on the theater, has become so frustrated with the city’s lack of support that he’s decided to look elsewhere for a location for his theater.

    Photos of the fire are available at the City of Binghamton Professional Fire Fighters website.

  • More Cloudy News for Huntington’s Keith Albee

    HUNTINGTON, WV — During a town meeting, several townspeople expressed their concerns that the federally funded Pullman Square development with its 16 screen movie theatre would have an adverse impact on the 1928 Thomas Lamb Keith-Albee theater, according to a report in the Herald Dispatch.

    The Transit Authority which will receive rent money from the new theatre seemed glib. Vicki Shaffer, President of the Transit Authority, admitted the Keith had not been properly considered under federal historic preservation laws. “The devil is in the details,” she admitted. Keith lovers should be working the emails and phone lines to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Advisory Council for Historic Preservation. The Herald Dispatch finally ran a story about the Keith’s “cloudy” future.

  • April 2, 2004

    Do Movie Ratings Work?

    ANCHORAGE, AK — Today, the Anchorage Daily News takes a look at the effectiveness of the MPAA rating system.

    Designed in 1968 by MPAA head Jack Valenti, the system has been used by Hollywood for decades to help parents have more informed choices about the movies they’re children are watching. But, in today’s media environment, is the system still an effective tool for reducing childrens' exposure to sex and violence?

    With lax enforcement policies at theaters, video chains that don’t check for age, and cable television channels that serve up popular (and violent) content like the “Sopranos”, are we really protecting children from things they haven’t seen?

    Read the full article

  • April 1, 2004

    Memories of Paterson’s U.S. Theatre

    PATERSON, NJ — The U.S. Theatre was located in the heart of downtown Paterson, New Jersey. In the early 1900s, Paterson was the textile center of the United States and the bustling city proudly built the U.S. Theatre, Fabian Theatre, Garden Theatre, Rivoli Theatre, State Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, and Majestic Theatre. The two most outstanding, both in architecture and elegance, were the U.S. Theatre and the Fabian Theatre.

    As one entered the lobby of the U.S. Theatre, the coming attraction display cases were encrusted in gold leaf. The main auditorium glistened with its burgundy velvet, oil paintings on silk twelve feet in height, and clouds on the theater ceiling that slowly drifted by as one awaited the beginning of the show.

  • March 31, 2004

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  • March 30, 2004

    ShoWest Coverage

    LAS VEGAS, NV — Coverage of last week’s ShoWest convention, a gathering of exhibitors, vendors, and other industry personnel, is covered by the following media:

    Las Vegas Business Press
    USA Today
    Las Vegas Review-Journal
    Miami Herald
    Reuters/The Hollywood Reporter

    “ShoWest is the largest annual convention for the motion picture industry. As the only international gathering devoted exclusively to the movie business, it attracts as a matter of course the most powerful people in filmmaking: the stars, directors, producers, and studio executives responsible for creating the most successful motion pictures in the world. It is also the single largest international gathering of motion picture professionals and theatre owners in the world, with delegates from more than 50 different countries in attendance each year.” — www.showest.com

  • Save The Sameric Seeks Public Support

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent in by Howard Haas from Friends of the Boyd:

    “We are a new organization and need your help. The Boyd is not saved yet, nor is an authentic restoration going to happen without your help. And, there will not be a film program if we can’t have a success at our films to save the theater! Please share with your friends, co-workers, neighbors, and your email lists. Thank you!

    SEE GRACE KELLY’S LAST FILM AND HELP TO SAVE THE BOYD

    Princess Grace’s Niece to Speak Before the Show
    On FRIDAY, APRIL 16, the Friends of the Boyd will screen Grace Kelly’s rarely seen last film, the 1956 romantic comedy THE SWAN, at a benefit to raise funds to preserve and restore Philadelphia’s last movie palace, the historic Boyd Theatre (a.k.a. Sameric) at 1908 Chestnut Street. The screening, part of the 13th Philadelphia Film Festival, will take place at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, 7:30 p.m for slide show “The Boyd: 75 years as a movie palace” and 8:00 PM for film.

  • March 29, 2004

    Sacramento’s Tower Theatre at Risk?

    SACRAMENTO, CA — The City of Sacramento is giving a corporation millions of dollars to construct a multiplex in downtown, which may force the Tower Theatre, Crest Theatre, and other Sacramento theaters out of business.

    You can find a lengthy cover story about the multiplex project in the current issue of the SN&R (Sacramento News & Reviews) paper, which is distributed throughout the Sacramento area free of charge. The story is also available on the SN&R website.

  • March 28, 2004

    Capitol Theatre Wins Approval for Masonry and Sign Repairs

    FLINT, MI — The Flint Historic District Commission approved a plan on March 4th to make repairs to the Capitol Theatre building, according to this report in East Village Magazine.

    The group issued a certificate of appropriateness to the owner of the Capitol Theater to repair part of its sign and to repair or replace deteriorated masonry.

    “The tower portion of the sign needs to be repaired and repainted. The neon lights will also be removed,” said building owner Troy Farah.

  • March 26, 2004

    Opera House Scarborough Demolition Pics

    SCARBOROUGH, ENGLAND — A series of photographs depicting the Royal Opera House and its destruction are now online. The photos can be viewed on the Theatres Trust website.