The latest movie theater news and updates
February 1, 2005
LOS ANGELES, CA — A photo essay (viewable only in print and not online) in the February 2005 issue of Los Angeles Magazine focuses on some of the area’s most notable movie palaces – among others, the Los Angeles, the Vista, the El Capitan, and the Warner Grand.
I have a strong desire to open an independent movie theater in the suburbs of St. Paul/Minneapolis. Anyone in the area interested, too? I’d love help with the business plan, ideas, etc. I may have financial support, too!
Also, I’ll need to prove I can find the right staff to operate the venue. Perhaps, that’s YOU! Let me know. I just wrapped up a volunteer stint at Sundance and am more determined than ever to make this dream a reality!!!
I’m reliving my childhood and attempting to find images from the 1950s & 1960s of the 10 theaters that lined 42nd Street. I’d also like to know if there is any way to obtain booking information for the theaters in that time period. Most of them did not advertise in the local NYC newspapers.
Jerry K 42nd Street Memories
January 31, 2005
ST. CHARLES, IL — With last Thursday’s showing of Disney/Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” movies came to an end at the historic Arcada Theatre in downtown St. Charles.
According to the Daily Herald, the 1926 theater’s current owner’s lease expires today and there is now an effort growing to turn the Arcada into a performing arts center. If that doesn’t work, owner Todd Price says that there may be no other choice than to seek other uses for the building, including office and retail space, a fate that recently befell another historic suburban movie house, the Hinsdale.
PITTSBURGH, PA — I am part of the Perry Hilltop Citizens' Council, a local communtiy group in Pittsburgh’s North Side. We are seeking ANY information on the Atlas Theatre, located near 2603 Perrysville Avenue. There is a $25 reward for a good quality photograph of the theatre in its heyday, which we’re guessing was the 40s and 50s.
We are also interested in any historic information on any of the properties in that area, near the intersection of Perrysville Avenue and Charles Street.
January 28, 2005
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Condo developers have obtained permits to demolish San Francisco’s historic Harding Theater.
Neighborhood merchants are lobbying to save the theater and adapt it for reuse. They will meet with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, February 1, 2005, at City Hall, Room 244, One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk Street between Grove and McAllister Streets), San Francisco, 3:30 pm. (415) 568-3306.
For more info, check out this website.
STAMFORD, CT — The beautifully restored, historic Avon Theatre in Stamford, CT is celebrating its' “first anniversary” with legendary director, author, critic, and actor, Peter Bogdanovich on Thursday, February 10th at 7:00pm.
A rare 35mm print of Saint Jack will be screened, followed by a Q&A and book signing with the director.
Tickets are $14 for the general public, $9 for Avon members. Call 203-661-0321 or email to reserve tickets.
The Avon Theatre is a 1939 art deco/neo-colonial movie house that reopened in February of 2004. It now operates as a not for profit art house cinema. Check the website for other great films.
January 27, 2005
BEAVER FALLS, PA — The Granada Theatre, an Art Deco jewel built in 1931, is once again offered for sale at $119,000.
The mostly original facade provides a fitting entrance to the grand stage area. Much of the interior architecture around the stage area remains intact, albeit in need of tender loving care.
Local historians have documented old photos of the theatre in its heyday, and blueprints of the facade are available.
Beaver Falls is located 35 miles northwest of the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, PA in the gently rolling hills of western Pennsylvania. It is approximately four miles from the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Ohio border.
I have approximately 130 Irwin Citation theater seats for sale.
All seats are 19" wide. Metal and plastic parts are red. Back and seat fabric are charcoal grey. Legs have brown cupholders attached.
Seats are located in downtown Brooklyn, NY. Call for more info at 718 802-0137, bring a truck and take them away. They are being sold as-is. Cheap at $2.00 each.
January 26, 2005
NEW YORK, NY — In a January 23, 2004 New York Times article, entitled A Crossroads for Restaurants, Mervyn Rothstein reports on a number of real estate developments in the Times Square area, including four that involve sites that were once movie theaters.
A new restaurant, “Bond 45,” is set to open tomorrow in the building that used to house the Criterion Theater. (Given the restaurant’s name, presumably it is located in the space that was originally the Bond’s clothing store, which shared the site with the Criterion.)
The Hard Rock Cafe is set to move its restaurant from 57th St. to the site of the World Wrestling Entertainment restaurant complex — built, in part, of the site of the fabled Paramount Theater. (From the article it appears that the new restaurant will occupy about 5,500 sq. feet of ground-level space, where the theater’s lobby once was, and 35,000 sq. ft. of basement space.)