The latest movie theater news and updates

  • November 10, 2003

    Milwaukee in Theater Spotlight

    MILWAUKEE, WI — Events in the past two days have literally put the city of Milwaukee in the theatrical spotlight.

    On Thursday last, the first Milwaukee International Film Festival opened at the Oriental Theatre, with hundreds of people being greeted by the huge searchlight brightening the night sky. From Nov. 6th through the 16th, some 10,000 people are expected to enjoy some 100 films by independent filmmakers from three dozen nations as the show moves each day to other local vintage theaters including the Downer, and the Times, as well as the University of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Cinema. More info is available at www.milwaukeefilmfestival.org.

  • Theater Marquee Sparks Downtown Fire

    AVENAL, CA — According to a report by local television station ABC 30, the marquee of a historic movie theater was responsible for starting a blaze on Saturday evening that damaged several downtown buildings.

  • CHAS III Theater Sold to Non-Profit Group

    JENKINTOWN, PA — According to an article in Friday’s Philadelphia Inquirer, a nonprofit group is set to purchase the Chas III theater in hopes to revitalize the city’s downtown area. The theater, which will be rechristened as the Hiway Theatre, will primarily show arthouse fare, with a mix of classic, independent, and foreign films.

  • November 7, 2003

    Temple Theatre Reopens Tonight

    SAGINAW, MI — The Saginaw News reports that the Temple Theatre will reopen tonight with a “Temple Tribute” show. The theater is an old vaudeville house that’s been updated to modern building codes and restored to its original 1927 appearance.

    Local television station WJRT-TV will also be covering tonight’s grand reopening. You can view their report here.

  • November 6, 2003

    Avalon Theatre Restoration Wins 2 Awards

    KENSINGTON, MD — GTM Architects has announced that the firm has won two awards for its restoration work on Washington, D.C.’s Avalon Theatre. The awards, the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in the category of community involvement and the Pro Bono Design Award from the Washington Architectural Foundation, were given for the firm’s work on the Avalon’s facade and lobby areas, and improving the theater’s ADA compliance.

  • Robins Theater Redevelopment Plans Move Forward

    WARREN, OH — According to the Vindicator, the City of Warren has received a $50,000 state grant to cover preliminary design work and cost estimates for a redevelopment of the Robins Theater. The theater, described as “the largest and only surviving movie house within the city of Warren and is a contributing structure in the Warren Commercial National Historic District”, has been closed since the 1970s.

  • November 5, 2003

    Chicago and the Movies

    CHICAGO, IL — Monday’s issue of the USA Today took a look at all things cinematic in the Windy City. The profile includes a list of Chicago’s contributions to film history, prominent film festivals, famous movie moments, and a few of the city’s better known movie houses (like the Biograph and Gene Siskel Film Center).

    What are your favorite Chicago movie moments? (Comment below.)

  • Chicago’s Gateway Theatre Hosts the Polish Film Festival

    CHICAGO, IL — The 15th annual Polish Film Festival in America, the world’s largest Polish film event, is currently taking place in Chicago, and running from November 1-16. The three venues hosting the event are the Gateway Theatre, at the Copernicus Center (5216 W. Lawrence Ave.), the Gallery Theatre (1112 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and the Beverly Arts Center (2407 W. 111th St.). The award-winning film festival also will be hosting satellite screenings in cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis and Boston. The opening gala on November 1st at the Gateway featured the U.S. premiere of the Acadamy Award-nominated director Jerzy Hoffman’s “When the Sun Was God”.

    http://www.pffamerica.com/

  • November 4, 2003

    Monterey City Council Considers Plans for State Theatre

    MONTEREY, CA — A Minneapolis-based consulting firm is recommending that the City of Montery move ahead with plans to purchase and restore the State Theatre, according to in article in the Monterey Herald.

  • Chicago’s Music Box Theatre to Get New Management

    CHICAGO, IL — According to the Chicago Tribune, the Music Box, one of Chicago’s best-loved art house theaters, will soon be under the management of its current owner, lawyer William Schopf. The miniature movie palace is currently managed by Chris Carlo and Robert Chaney, who are seeking an early termination of their lease to pursue other interests.