The latest movie theater news and updates
January 9, 2004
HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation will present noted architectural historian Alfred Willis speaking about “Sid Grauman and the Courtyard Theatres of California.”
FTHF is a non-profit organization raising funds to purchase and restore the Fox Fullerton Theatre which will be featured in the talk along with other Meyer and Holler theaters including the Egyptian and Chinese theaters in Hollywood.
- Arts Council given Burford Theater
- Raising 2nd Curtain on E Street Revival
- Movie theater to debut Jan. 30
- SF’s Vogue Theater is up for sale
- State Cinema to add three screens
- Moviehouse operators Mark and Katie Stern
- Angels Theatre’s Olson believes in movie magic
- Coming to a theater near you, unless you’re in Modesto
- Lights out at Willimantic cinema
- Developers queue up to build cinema
- A Grand Old Time: Du Quoin Movie Theater Puts On An Old-Fashioned Show
(Thanks to Fred Beall and Kevin Silva for the Vogue news.)
PEEKSKILL, NY — The Paramount Center for the Arts will be closed from December 15th, 2003 through February 15th, 2004, for major renovations of the historic landmark theater.
Scott Seltzer, at the Paramount Center for the Arts, sent in these shots of the restoration work in progress:
Painters at Evergreene Painting Studios working on ceiling canvas
Interior of the theater, with scaffolding
January 8, 2004
YEADON, PA — The restoration of the Yeadon Theater is slowly inching along, according to a new report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Current plans call for short-term stablization of the theater to begin within the next four months. Stablization efforts would first address the back portion of the Yeadon, which has been exposed to the elements since September 2003, when a contractor demolished the theater’s rear wall.
MANILA, PHILLIPINES — The Metropolitan Theater has been slated for restoration following the signing of “a memorandum of understanding” between the city, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the Government Service Insurance System.
According to the Manila Times, “the signatories could not stress enough the importance of the edifice as a national and cultural landmark.” Phillipine President Arroyo also noted her “desire for the restoration of the MET to its former grandeur befitting the country’s center of arts and culture for the common masses.”
(Thanks to Rob Trent for the news.)
January 7, 2004
CANAAN, CT — As a followup to yesterday’s story about the Colonial Theatre, Roger Katz sent in a few pics of the theater’s restoration. The first shot was taken approximately a year ago (before restoration began), while the other shots were taken within the last few weeks.
January 6, 2004
SAN ANTONIO, TX — When the Mission Drive-In opened in 1948, it was one of less than 100 outdoor theaters in Texas. By the golden years of the drive-in, the 50s, Texas had more than 500.