The latest movie theater news and updates
June 16, 2004
CHARLESTON, SC — Thank you to the Friends of the Garden Theater for your efforts to save the Garden as a theater. Thanks to Cinema Treasures for providing a place to post notices and news. Thanks to the many fine folks who responded to our posts.
The scheduled meeting for June 17, 2004, has been cancelled due to recent developments. Yesterday, we were told by workmen at the theater that the curtain, seats, and rigging have been donated to an opera company in Pennsylvania and the floor is soon to be leveled from the stage to the rear wall of the auditorium so that the space can be leased to a retail store.
June 15, 2004
MONTREAL, CANADA — An ad in today’s Montreal Gazette announced that the premiere of Michel’s Moore latest film will open at the Imperial Theatre on June 24. 2 more screens to open next door in 2005.
(click on Centre de Film Imperial)
June 14, 2004
HUNTINGTON, WV — As time edges closer to the opening of the new Stadium Seating mega plex a block from the Thomas Lamb Keith-Albee, the historic theater has gained an organ.
In addition, Bob Edmunds, a Marshall University speech professor, played a short patriotic concert as a prelude to the presentation of Disney’s “America’s Heart and Soul” at the first Appy Film Fest.
The small group of organ enthusiasts have invested about $50,000 to bring an organ to the Keith. Edmunds hopes that groups step forward to intervene in what is now a stand off between the federal governemnt which provided the money to put the Keith out of business, the state which has no money available, and local business people who can’t imagine Huntington without the Keith.
June 11, 2004
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June 10, 2004
BUFFALO, NY — A fundraising goal to raise $4.1 million by May 1st has been accomplished by the Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo’s largest live performance venue, according to this report from the Buffalo News.
The theater, which opened in 1926 and seats 3183, was designed by the Chicago-based architectural firm of Rapp & Rapp. The funds will enable Shea’s to pay for the five year-old stagehouse, repair the west south and east walls and finish exterior restorations.
June 9, 2004
The following email was sent by the Friends of the Loew’s:
“In one of his first major acts as Jersey City’s Acting Mayor, L. Harvey Smith will finalize the long-term lease of The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre at Journal Square over to Friends of the Loew’s, Inc. This action will finally clear the way for FOL to undertake a vital fundraising campaign, which, in turn, will make possible additional restoration and the eventual full operation of this Landmark Theatre.
A press conference and reception to formalize the lease will be held Thursday, June 10, 2004, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Loew’s Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, N.J.
June 8, 2004
NEW YORK, NY — The Madstone Theaters company has folded, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune and Indiewire.
Madstone, which laid off 180 people, announced simply: “The company was not able to achieve its business goals.”
Madstone has now closed its theaters in Albuquerque, Atlanta, Ann Arbor, MI, Cary, NC, Chandler, AZ, Denver, Salt Lake City, and San Diego. According to Indiewire, its Tampa location will remain open under new management and a similar deal may be in place for its San Diego theater.
CHARLESTON, SC — This is an update to my preservation alert of March 24, 2004 (regarding the Garden Theater). The news is not encouraging. Last week Ralph Hicks and I met with one of the current owners from Garden Theater, LLC. He remains open to any possibility that would benefit the owners. But, he will continue to move toward converting the theater to retail space.
On June 3, Ralph Hicks, Mark Tiedje, and I, met with Lawrence Thompson, and Katherine Saunders of the Historic Charleston Foundation and Mayor Joseph Riley. The mayor was open and well informed about the Garden Theater. He offered nothing to us that seemed hopeful and described the overwhelming problems that we face.
Mayor Riley described the abundance of historic properties in Charleston as a “poverty of riches.” The City has so many 18th century and 19th century buildings that there just aren’t enough resources to preserve them all.
June 7, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Westates Theatres closed the Trolley Corners Cinema after its final showings on June 3, 2004. The triplex theater will be gutted and replaced by a 24-hour fitness health club.
Trolley Corners opened December 23, 1977 and was the last of Salt Lake’s 70mm theaters. Theater #1 featured stadium seating, 770 seats, and an 8-channel SDDS digital sound system. The large, curved screen was covered with curtains. Murals of “Star Wars” and “Sound of Music” adorned the lobby walls. The projection booth held two projectors.
June 4, 2004
MONTREAL, CANADA — Yesterday, the Famous Players Dorval Cinema closed its doors once again, but this time probably for good.
The theater will soon be transformed into the new regional head office for Famous Players.
Opened in 1962 with 2 cinemas, Salle Doree and Salle Rouge. Salle Rouge twinned in 1977 making the theater a triplex. In 1986, a 4th cinema was built upstairs. The theater closed in 2000 and reopened June 29, 2001.