The latest movie theater news and updates
May 6, 2005
Jim Rankin sent us details about a vintage fire curtain that’s available:
Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 20:57:57 EDT
From: (President, Theatre Historical Society, www.historictheatres.org)
Subject: Anyone need a vintage FIRE CURTAIN?
The ULTIMATE collectors item! Tisha Sheldon, one of our friends at the League of Historic American Theatres, has asked if we could send this information on to our NEWSFLASH members.
Please feel free to pass this on to your personal forward list as well. An opportunity like this does NOT come along every day!
Contact Mr. Artillo directly if you are interested.
We are currently converting the “Grand Theatre” in Bristol PA into residential condominiums and would like to see the original curtain preserved if possible rather that destroyed. If any of your members are interested feel free to have them contact me with any questions.
I have attached the best photos I could get due to the construction [Yahoo Groups hosts the Society’s NewsFlash, and Yahoo will not permit photos to be included. Apparently, the photos showed a curtain painted with a scenic of some kind, but you will have to call the man listed below for such details].
Chuck Artillio Keystone Redevelopment Group
420 Mill St. Bristol PA 19007;
ALBANY, NY — The Albany Director’s Lab Meetup Group will have an industry mixer at Kelsey’s Bar, 7pm, May 25th, at Kelsey’s Bar inside the Crown Plaza Hotel, at State and Lodge Street in Albany.
Meet other filmmakers in the Capital Region. Open to arts presenters and iflm theater buffs as well.
May 5, 2005
Currently on sale on eBay are some terrific items from the long gone Oriental Theatre in Portland, Oregon.
I was scanning the eBay listings and found these great items. These are truly an important piece of theater history.
NASHVILLE, TN — How many of us remember running continuous movies from 11:00 am till 12:00 midnight?
With good old carbon arc lamps, and 20 minute changeovers, the booth being hotter than the hinges to the gates of hell. When you could not open a window for fear the air would crack the reflector in the lamp. The daily hike up and down the steps to get to the booth.
We now call them the good old days, and we are right… they were.
Dave Grau (Mungo)
300 Irwin Carousel Rockers for Sale. Seats are brown. Located in Michigan and ready to ship.
Contact Dan at or 410.960.7383 if interested.
May 4, 2005
According to this article,) from the New York Times, Loews Theatres' newspaper and web-based advertisements will soon begin making note that their feature presentations begin 10 to 15 minutes after the show time actually given.
So, now, people who don’t want to watch advertisements will know exactly when they’ll be able to arrive and not find a very good seat. ;)
Dear Fellow Cinema Treasurers:
I came across this image of a magnificent movie marquee at one of the internet commercial photo libraries (CORBIS.COM).
Can anyone tell me where in the world I can find this theater? Something tells me it’s in Las Vegas – but that is just a wild guess.
You can see the image by clicking this photohost link.
THANK YOU for your time and attention.
Jay in Hollywoodland
May 3, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, PA — On last Saturday night, during a live performance about education, an approximately 10 foot wide by 4 foot tall chuck of the plaster ceiling in the center of the auditorium at the Capitol Theatre broke loose and came crashing down on patrons sitting in the audience.
At least one victim was hospitalized and at least one other required medical attention.
Supposedly the building had been inspected just a few days before. The area had experienced severe rain all day but first reports claim the problem had nothing to do with roof leaks.
The theatre plans to make repairs and re-open.
LAYFAYETTE, CA — I noticed the Park Theatre is for sale when driving by it recently.
Listing is by Grubb and Ellis.
Located in bucolic SF suburb where all the homes are more than a million dollars, and all the children are not only above average, but also have their own cell phone…
May 2, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following was sent in by Howard Haas:
“Help restore movies to the Boyd (Sameric) & have a great time, by joining The Friends of the Boyd on Friday, May 6 at International House (3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia) for our 1970’s film, the original Rocky!
Tickets for the 7:30 PM film, including After-Party of Italian food & Yards beer, are $15 each. Where else can you get a movie, food, and beer, for only $15 and also benefit a great cause!
Splurge by also including the 6:00 PM VIP Italian buffet, Gallo wine, and Guest Speaker Andreas Fuchs, co-author of Cinema Treasures, for $50 each.
Reserve in advance by www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org or pay at the door."