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  • August 9, 2005

    Woodsfield, Ohio

    This is my first post and I really didn’t know where to put it, so I just picked news. I live in a very small (pop under 3,000) town in East Ohio called Woodsfield. When I was younger, I knew that we had two theaters in town and after some snooping around, I learned that there was three active at the same time. That in itself is hard for me to believe.

    The first was opened by the Shannon Brothers of Sistersville, WVa. on March the 19th, 1930. It was located at 138 South Main Street here in Woodsfield. The first film ever shown in town was called “Desert Song”. The place closed in the early ‘40’s. Then in October of '38, Glen and Mena Flieman opened the Monroe Theater at ao2 North Main Street. It was open till the '70’s. And in 1939, Jesse Shannon opened the New Life Theater. It was open till the '70’s and then Re-opened in the '80’s by Ellis Smithburger who changed the name to Swissland Cinema. The last picture was shown in the mid '80’s. It’s now a church.

    The main reason I am writing this is to get any help on how to save and re-open an old theater. The Monroe Theater still stands today. I can remember it being used as an auction house and then as an antique mall. Now it stands there empty. This town needs something to be excited about again. I think a theater could be just what it needs.

    I would like to know how I might get the ball rolling or at least getting people to care about the theater again.


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  • August 8, 2005

    Downtown Landmark to be Redevloped

    AUGUSTA, GA – According to the Augusta Chronicle, the historic Miller Theater was purchased last week by Augusta businessman Peter S. Knox IV. Opened in 1940 and closed since the mid-1980s, the theater will be repaired and eventually redeveloped either for “renovation” or “mothballing,” according to a statement.

    According to the Chronicle, “The Miller Theater was owned by Martinez resident Homer H. Boyd, who was facing a foreclosure sale today on the property because of more than $5,200 in delinquent taxes from 2003 and 2004 … The theater has been the focus of a grass roots effort to save it from dilapidation and was marketed through the Web page”

    If anybody has any historical media or information that they wouldn’t mind contributing to the Miller Theater website, please visit the official website and use the contact link at the bottom of the page.

  • August 4, 2005

    Capitol Theater For Sale

    BLOOMSBURG, PA — The Capitol Theater is listed for sale on the website below.

    The theater, which I think closed in 1999, had a balcony which was converted to a second theater in the 1970’s. It’s located in the heart of Bloomsburg’s downtown and near the Bloomsburg University Campus. I was in this theater in the 1980’s and it was in decent shape but had been heavily remodeled.

    The owner opened a multi-screen outside of town and decided to close this theater.

  • August 3, 2005

    Jonah In Jeopardy

    This is a long shot…but any info would be appreciated.

    In 1981, Quintet Productions put out a Book and Sing A Long tape called “Jonah in Jeopardy”. My parents purchased a copy while we were attending a Marionette play at the Promised Valley Playhouse.

    My father went to a lot of work to make a puppet theater, and my mom made puppets and we put on a puppet show for family and friends that went a long with the tape. (It has really cute songs by Ron Simpson and Clive Romney, Pictures by Pat Hoggan, Story told by Barbara Slaymaker and Marian Garnder, Marionettes for live production by Lynn Anne Richards).

    Anyways, I have inherited the theater, the puppets, and the book. Somehow along the way the tape disappeared. I am looking for a way to get a hold of a copy, additional works, etc. I am pretty sure it was a Utah based company… but could be wrong.

    Any help or ideas where to look would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Kim

  • Excellent Irwin Seats For Sale Immedately

    840 Irwin seats for sale in California.

    Email for details and price. Price does not include transportation. These seats are in used but in excellent conditon 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.

  • August 2, 2005

    Classic Grand Theater Reopens

    EAST GREENVILLE, PA — After nearly one year of remodeling and restoration work, and close to $750,000 in expense, the Grand Theater at 252 Main Street in East Greenville, PA celebrated its grand re-opening over the July 30 weekend.

    The theater, built as a vaudeville and movie house in 1924, has been known by the names Valley Theater and Grand Theater over the years.

    The new owners acquired the building almost one year ago and have taken great care to both remodel and restore the theater to its earlier glory days. The theater was in complete shambles. There were holes in the floor and roof and carpet needed replacing, but the new owners had a vision and worked hard to see it materialized.

    Now, gold-colored, ornate, tin-stamped panels line the interior walls. Multi-hued, plush carpet covers the floor that the town’s mayor said once streamed water due to the leaky roof.

    East Greenville is located south of Allentown and north of Philadelphia.

  • August 1, 2005

    LA’s Million Dollar Theatre To Reopen As Live Performance Venue

    LOS ANGELES, CA — The long-vacant Million Dollar Theatre on Broadway, which opened in 1918 for Sid Grauman, could be reopened soon as a concert venue (in the main auditorium) and cafe (in the lobby space).

    Robert Voskanian, who manages the Stock Exchange nightclub, has recently signed a lease with the Million Dollar’s owner, the Yellin Company, which would bring the 2000-plus seat former movie palace back to life. Its last use was as a church.

    Voskanian predicts that the Million Dollar “is going to bring a lot of people downtown”. Yellin Company vice president Anne Peaks adds, “We hope everything comes together because we think it would be wonderful for Broadway.”

  • Drive-In Movie Theaters Make Comeback In Texas

    It seems that the decline of drive-in movie theaters across the U.S. is being somewhat reversed in Texas.

    A recent AP story pointed out the reversal of a trend which has seen the closing of drive-ins across the U.A. It seems that Texas is having a mini-boom in new drive-ins and rehabbing of existing ones.

    Texas drive-ins are seeing the biggest surge in decades, with at least five outdoor theaters opening since 2003. The latest opened in Killeen, near the Fort Hood military post, on July 1, and a new two-screen in the West Texas town of Midland is expected to open in August. Here’s the full story.

  • July 29, 2005

    Chicago’s GATEWAY to Fall?

    CHICAGO, IL — In yesterday’s NewsFlash by the Theatre Historical Society, former president Joe DuciBella announced that negotiations are well underway to demolish this Rapp & Rapp atmospheric to build more condos in a city with one of the highest percentages of condos in the nation. The famous duo did few atmospherics, and therefore this charming design will be all the greater loss.