The latest movie theater news and updates

  • July 28, 2005

    Brooklyn’s Fortway Theatre Gutted

    BROOKLYN, NY — The 1928 Fortway Theatre in Dyker Heights, which closed in June, has been gutted, according to the New York Daily News. Work began in early July. The former single-screen movie palace was acquired by Trident Developers, who insist, despite the doubts of neighbors, that the Fortway is not going to become housing.

    “Absolutely no condos,” says Bob Geroulanos of Trident Developers. “We don’t have a tenant yet, but it will be developed for a commercial tenant’s use.” Locals already miss the theater. “My kids grew up in that theater,” says Sarah Massie, “It’s a sin they’ve closed it down. It was a place you could send them and not have to worry about them.”

  • For Sale: Theater Seats, Speakers, and Sound Panels

    840 Irwin seats for sale in California. Email for details and price. The price does not include transportation. These seats are ]used but in excellent condition 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.

  • July 27, 2005

    Hollywood’s Death Spiral

    Slate’s Edward Jay Epstein has written a fascinating article about the “secret numbers” used within the film industry to track revenue from theatrical, DVD, and other releases.

    Consider how earlier this year entertainment journalists rattled on for months about a slump in the American box office—“Box Office Slump In Its 19th Week”—as if it were a sporting event in which the Hollywood studios couldn’t get winning hits. The story would have been different if they had seen the data on Page 16 in the 2005 Three Month Revenue Report. (Click here for that page.) Instead of a box-office decline, the studios actually took in more from the U.S. box office in the first quarter of 2005 ($870.2 million) than they did in the similar period of 2004 ($797.1 million). So even though the total audience at movie theaters declined during this period, this came mainly at the expense of independent, foreign, and documentary movies. For the Hollywood studios (and their subsidaries), in fact, there was no slump at all.

    If you want to understand the dynamic forces reshaping today’s film industry, this is required reading.

  • Hippodrome, Cleveland, 1930’s

    Does anyone know if there was a bowling alley under the Hippodrome Theatre in Cleveland around 1938? I need to know exactly where it was located if possible and how did you enter the building. Was the entry off the alley that ran alongside the building? Thanks.

  • A.M. Ellis Theater Chain Photos Wanted

    Looking for pictures of theaters operated by the A.M. Ellis chain in the Philadelphia area. Mostly neighborhood theaters.

  • PEARL & DEAN – UK Cinema Adverts DVD

    John Ryan sent us a note about his DVD compilation of old Pearl & Dean advertisements. He also has a DVD video tour of the Essoldo Cinema in Manchester.

    Features include:-
    – 50’s, 60’s, 70’s Cinema Adverts
    – Opening/end credits and music with temple steps
    – Opening/end credits and music featuring Asteroid
    – Approximately 70 minutes
    – Available on DVD disk, PAL format (Not NTSC)
    – Playable on PC’s (DVD drive and software required) and all region DVD players

  • July 26, 2005

    New Luxury 20-Screen Theater For Moore, OK

    MOORE, OK — A new, $30 Million, 20-screen movie theater is set to open in Moore. The theater is being built by Warren Theaters of Wichita, Kansas. The multiplex will be 150,000 sqaure feet and will occupy 25 acres of land. Auditorium capacities will range from 175 to 700 seats, with a total capacity of 7000.

    The theater will allow only adults into a balcony area with love seats and cocktails and also feature a sit-down family restaurant in the lobby.

  • Goldman Theater Photos Wanted

    As assistant business manager of WHYY TV in the 1960’s, Mr. Goldman was on our board and I would travel from our studio at 45th and Market to Mr. Goldman’s office on the second floor above the Goldman Theater in center city Philadelphia. Mr. Goldman’s secretary was behind a glass enclosed doorway and would let me in with a press on an electronic release button.

    Mr. Goldman was old at the time, always gracious, and would engage me in coversation as he would sign the checks for WHYY I would bring in to him monthly. I was Impressed with the multitude of photos on his office walls of prominent people, local, state and federal.

    I am publishing my autobiography and am searching for photos of the Goldman Theater or Mr. Goldman. Will give proper credit in the book and/or fee for photos.

    Carmine C. M.

  • July 25, 2005

    Reseda Theater Revival

    RESEDA, CA — The Community Redevelopment Agency of Reseda has approved plans to negotiate for the restoration of the 57-year-old Reseda Theater. The CRA bought the theater in 2004 as part of a revitalization plan and hopes to turn it into a facility for live performances.

    According to the LA Daily News, the group hopes to restore the neon lights, marquee and terrazzo entryway as part of bringing the theater back to life.

  • Palm Theater Neon Sign and More For Sale

    SAN MATEO, CA — Original neon sign from Palm Theater for sale. All original with blocked letters with 4 band neon tubing done in green neon. Also have two poster cases and box office glass with etched palm trees and large palm leaves all original to building ca. 1949.

    Also very large ceiling fixture from Presido theater in San Francisco 5 ft 6 inch X 5 ft 6inch 1 ft deep octagon shape all stainless steel with glass panels very Art Deco. If interested please call Mark at (650) 615.9594. Can send pictures through e-mail. Call first.