The latest movie theater news and updates
October 12, 2004
The Hinsdale Theatre Foundation, having been unsuccessful in its hard-fought attempt to restore and reopen the theater, has now disbanded and Kim Stephens, who was on the Foundation’s board of directors, said its remaining donated assets will be distributed among several groups in the area that focus on the arts.
Vote for the theater you think is most endangered in our new Cinema Treasures poll!
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Visit new and archived polls by going to the Cinema Treasures Poll page.
BROOKLYN, NY — The following email was sent in by “Theatre Lectures”:
Cezar Del Valle will be a guest speaker at: “REMEMBERING JAZZ AT THE BROOKLYN PARAMOUNT”
Conference, Concert, Photo Exhibition — Friday October 15th, 2004
October 11, 2004
BRADFORD, ENGLAND — The fate of the Bradford Odeon was sealed at a meeting last week when it was stated that demolition was the only viable option for the building, possibly retaining the two corner towers.
The spectacular interior had been butchered beyond recognition in the 1960’s and restoration is not feasible, says a report in Yorkshire Today.
BEVERYLY HILLS, CA — The Los Angeles Conservancy, along with several local preservationists, small business owners, and others are fighting plans to demolish the Beverly Theater, according to this Los Angele Times article,).
Opened in 1925, in recent years the remodeled Beverly Theater housed an Israeli bank. It is scheduled to be demolished and replaced with a 214-room luxury hotel if the effort to save it fails.
LOS ANGELES, CA — “Sad news — I work at the Mann Plaza and as of now, October 14 will be the last day. It is set to be demolished and a shopping center will be built in its place (just what Westwood needs)!
The staff is bummed about this little gem closing. If you haven’t seen a film here yet, please do, or make one last trip to the Plaza to see one last film here. The small but cosy balcony is a must!"
October 8, 2004
Zipcode search — now you can find your favorite theaters by zipcode! Zipcode search also allows you to search for theaters with 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 miles from your present location. Just enter your local zipcode, select the desired proximity, and you’ll be able to find all the Cinema Treasures nearby!
Search theaters by previous name and description — many of you have asked to search our theater guide using a theater’s previous name, so we’re glad to finally offer this feature. When searching for theaters by name, you’re now able to search for any combination of the current theater name (the default for most searches), previous names, and even search within a theater’s description.
As you may have noticed, Cinema Treasures now includes a poll!
To vote in the poll, you can vote directly from the polls menu that appears throughout our theater news section. Or just go straight to our Cinema Treasures Poll area.
Each week, we’ll be bringing you a new question that gets to the heart of what this website is about. And, of course, if you have any cool ideas for new polls, feel free to email us.
If you haven’t voted in this week’s poll (which asks how many movies you’ve seen this summer), please check it out.
October 7, 2004
Next on our list of new features and enhancements… Cinema Treasures' theater guide.
When browsing through a list of theaters (like Art Deco theaters or theaters in California), it’s now possible to view all the theaters in a given category. So, in addition to viewing twenty-five theaters at a time, but you can now view them all at once — on a single page, either as a list or as thumbnails.
We’ve also added a number of enhancements to individual theater pages. Most significantly, theater pages now display more than one name for a theater. The theater’s current (or most recent) name is still displayed, but if previous names exist, they are also displayed. (Previous names are now searchable too.) Similarly, if our database contains a phone number for a theater, we now show the number.
Lastly, you may have noticed that the image behind the Cinema Treasures logo on the top of each page has changed. In fact, every day of the week, we plan to show a different background. Each image will reveal a special ‘Cinema Treasure’ which reminds us why we all love movie theaters so much.
Our apologies for those of you who were unable to view the site yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, the new site is so popular that we overloaded our existing server. But, rest assured, we’re planning to move Cinema Treasures to a more powerful server as soon as possible.