The latest movie theater news and updates
July 9, 2004
VENTURA, CA — The S. Charles Lee designed Mayfair Theater will be demolished to make room for a new housing development in August.
The building was gutted by fire three years ago, but the marquee and facade still stand. Some community members have gotten donations to remove the marquee and store it for an as yet unknown project. For more info, contact me by e-mail at .
July 8, 2004
HAMILTON, ON — The following email was sent in by Loren Lieberman, Executive Director of Creative Arts @ the Tivoli Theatre:
I’m sure that most, if not all of you know what’s going on at the Tivoli. I’ll make it brief for those who don’t. Last Tuesday night part of the roof and wall on the third floor of the Tivoli collapsed. Since then, the city has removed the entire third and fourth floors of the building as well as the marquee.
Some city workers say the destruction will end there, some say the whole building is coming down. Just to be clear – the auditorium is fine and the last 1/3 of the lobby (closest to the auditorium) should come out unscathed, but we stand to lose the oldest part of the Tivoli (it was built as a carriage factory built in 1875).
July 7, 2004
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — Manchester’s historic Odeon cinema may be closing, according to a report on Manchester Online. The nearly 75-year-old theater is regarded as the oldest theater in the city center.
The article quotes a staff member “who was close to tears” as saying, “This has come as a real bombshell. It will be a terrible loss to Manchester. I hope we all get the chance to fight to keep it open because it is as much a part of the fabric of the city as any of the great buildings we have.”
The following was sent in by Charles Van Bibber:
“Don’t know if this is newsworthy in Cinema Treasures but it seems there is a battle brewing in the St. Charles County area of St. Louis with two new 14-screen multiplexes planned by rival companies.
Wehrenberg announced that they are planning a 14-screen multiplex at Dardenne Prairie, called Dardenne Crossroads located on the prime location at Highway 40 and Highway N. This was announced a week after Great Escape Theatres announced their 14-screen complex at WingHaven.
This will put 28 screens in the St. Charles county area that has been growning at a tremendous rate. The economic developer for St. Charles country says “I just don’t know if the area can support that many movies screens.” Both theaters are scheduled to open next year.
July 6, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following was sent in by Howard Haas, Chairman of Friends of the Boyd:
“Attached is my photo of the beautiful Commonwealth of PA (House) Citation for the Boyd Theatre.
I’ve typed the entire citation below:
After a long story and conflicts, there will be a new house for La Cinematheque Francaise in Paris.
The new building, former American center of Paris and designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry in the district of Bercy, was dark for years after a bankrupcy. Part of the building was never settled but there was an auditorium already. With four auditoriums (three added), it will be a must for movie lovers.
Opening in autumn 2005, it will cause the closing of the historical Palais du Trocadero auditorium and later the auditorium of the “Grands Boulevards.”
July 5, 2004
In nearly all other cases, Cinema Treasures is closed for public holidays.
However, we have received a large number of emails from moviegoers trying to contact R. L. Fridley and Fridley Theatres to either commend the owner of the mid-western theater chain for refusing to show Michael Moore’s new film “Fahrenheit 9/11” or scold him for his decision.
First, we would like to note that we are NOT Fridley Theatres and if you want to email the company, please visit their website. Second, we are more than happy to open a debate here on the news page, so please feel free to post your thoughts.
For more news about the film and its possible influence on Hollywood, read today’s New York Times, which also features a photo of the Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Gary Flinn has also sent us a link to the Ann Arbor News story covering Lila Lipscomb’s visit to the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor yesterday.
For more information about Fridley Theatres' decision to ban the film from its screens, read today’s Chicago Sun-Times.
Thanks and if you were celebrating, hope you had an enjoyable Independence Day.
July 2, 2004
HAMILTON, ONTARIO — A section of the wall on the south side of the landmark Tivoli Theatre collapsed on June 29th in the evening hours, according to the Toronto Star. Fortunately, no one was in the Tivoli and no one was injured, according to fire crews.
When fire and police personnel arrived at the building, after it was reported that smoke was coming from the Tivoli, they found the large hole in the building. The city’s structural engineers are currently determining whether or not the roof is in danger of caving in.
“Fahrenheit 9/11”’s Lila Lipscomb will appear at the 6:00 pm showing on Sunday, July 4 at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor, MI. She will answer questions from the audience after the showing.
July 1, 2004
STATEN ISLAND, NY — The historic St. George Theatre has been donated to the Richmond Dance Ensemble Foundation who will now raise funds to further restore the theater. According to a report in the Staten Island Advance, after deciding against tearing the theater down to make way for a parking lot, the real estate developer who purchased the St. George in 2000 as part of a “package” has now decided to donate it to the community.
In addition to dance performances, the St. George will also host “dinner theaters, shows and dance workshops for children” and feature a new theater cafe.
(Thanks to Jean Siegel for sending in this report.)