The latest movie theater news and updates
February 27, 2004
FLUSHING, NY — Boymelgreen Developers, who bought the RKO Keith’s in 2002 from developer Tommy Huang, will demolish the theater and build a 19-story mixed-use tower on the site called RKO Plaza.
WICHITA, KS — A radio sales manager suffered an apparent heart attack during the final scene of The Passion of the Christ, during the first showing at the Wichita’s East Warren Theatre on Wednesday, February 25.
For all of us whom own theaters, I sincerely hope that this is just an isolated occurrence and not something that this film stirs “that” kind of emotion in. Reportedly the woman, 57, was described by co-workers as not suffering from any health-related problems prior to the incident.
ELMHURST, IL — Classic Cinema’s York Theatre is opening two more screens in April, bringing the theater’s total number of screens to seven.
February 26, 2004
PASADENA, CA — On March 15th, the City of Pasadena will attempt to grant permits to gut the interior of the Raymond Theatre (formerly known as Perkin’s Palace). Our sixteen year battle to stop unnecessary development of the theater into an apartment/retail/shopping center will be over.
Upstage Restaurant and theater, located in the historic seaport of Port Townsend, WA, seeks info or sources regarding theater marquees. Looking for possible ‘historical’ examples, photos, and sources of theater facades and marquees, especially circa 1860 to 1930. Contact Mark at 360-385-2216 or .
Don’t miss the latest addition to our Link Directory:
“Wisconsin’s performing arts are as old as the state itself. Learn about the historical forces that moved us from the nineteenth century opera house, to the movie palace and beyond. Visit some of Wisconsin’s most unique, interesting, and beautiful old theaters and learn their history.”
February 25, 2004
Joanne Asala asks…
“Hi, I recently purchased an old photo at an antique shop of a theater called "The Strand.” Although I got it in Wichita, Kansas I’m not sure if it’s a Kansas theater. The photo was taken in 1941, based on the movies listed. I thought you’d like a copy of it with the hopes of identifying it someday. Thank you!"
Any guesses? (Hint: Cinema Treasures lists 60 “Strands”.)
Thomas Lamb’s Opera House is set to reopen on July 16, the The Passion of the Christ could fill the coffers of the Broadway Theatre, and the Parkway opens its doors for one night — all in today’s newsreel.
- Lone Movie Theater in Collinsville, Ill., Closes Its Doors
- Movie theater made to fit Midtown
- Mid-Valley arts: Elsinore Theatre noted in magazine
- Silent return for cinema
- Russellville’s theater redux awaits more grant money
- Strand antitrust lawsuit dropped; summer reopening unlikely
- Opera House being restored to former glory
- Image Reborn: Jim Whiting is a key player in this next act
- ‘Passion’ may be savior for Pitman theater
- Keeping fingers crossed that Parkway will rebound
- Developer awaits approval of Flushing RKO site plan
(Once again, thanks to Gregg Anderson for submitting some of these stories.)
February 24, 2004
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — According to a report from the Grand Rapids Press, Jack Loeks Sr., the creator of a Michigan-area theater chain that helped popularize multiplexes, has passed away at the age of 85.
With his Studio 28 theater, which he opened in 1965, Loeks was the first to offer 12 screens in a single venue and, when he added another eight screens, the world’s first theater to have 20 screens.
“It predated other megaplexes by 20 years,” according to Bob Goodrich, president of Goodrich Radio & Theaters Inc., a Kentwood-based theater chain. “The large lobbies, large screens, great service, quality picture and sound — they were the hallmark of Jack Loeks.”