The latest movie theater news and updates

  • March 17, 2004

    Former Odeon Cinema For Sale?

    HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND — Odeon closed this theater in 1981. Re-opened as a live entertainment club called Casears Palace in the late 90’s, the venue only lasted a couple of years before closing once again.

    Yesterday, though, a “For Sale” sign has appeared, with Newcastle upon Tyne agents Lamb & Edge handling the property. The theater’s current owner is the Hartlepool-based company Capanac Leisure, who own a number of bars and nightclubs in town.

    They also owned the former Fairworld Cinema just a few hundred yards away, which was Hartlepool’s last cinema, closing in May 1983, until the Warner Village opened a few years ago on the marina. The Fairworld was demolished in 1997 and a Morrisons supermarket now stands on the theater’s site.

    Details of the Odeon property have yet to appear on the Lamb & Edge website.

  • March 16, 2004

    Enean Theatre Restoration Pics

    PITTSBURG, CA — Jaime F Penuela sent in an update on the Enean Theatre (including pics of the theater’s restoration):

    “Here are some pictures of the ongoing restoration of the Enean Theatre. We are in the early stages, but there are plans to convert it in to a multimedia theater and restaurant, serving the finest cuts of meat and international cuisine, along with a full bar (inside the shell of an old boat!) and a coffee shop.

  • Theater Ownership 101?

    Is there an idiot’s guide-type book out there that explains what goes in to buying, restoring, and operating a theater?

  • March 15, 2004

    Cinema Treasures Hits 5000 Theaters!

    Over the weekend, Cinema Treasures’s Theater Guide officially passed the 5000 theater mark!

    With help from thousands of theater fans around the world, it has taken us just over three years to reach this amazing milestone. In fact, the day that we launched the site — with just 100 theaters — seems like eons ago.

    Some interesting stats about the guide:
    • 5086 theaters
    • 189 theater chains
    • 64 functions
    • 29 styles
    • 165 architects
    • 64 architectural firms
    • 768 theater links
    • 1620 photos

    Of course, there is so much more work ahead, as there are many, many more theaters to add and new features to bring online (photo system, message board, etc.), but we’re both tremendously excited at how large and comprehensive this website has become.

    Special thanks to our illustrious theater editor Bryan Krefft and all of our current and former volunteers, as well as everyone who has ever made a contribution to Cinema Treasures!

    Patrick Crowley and Ross Melnick
    Co-Founders, Cinema Treasures

  • Montreal’s Imperial Cinema Under Restoration

    MONTREAL, CANADA — Montreal’s last surviving single screen movie palace, the Imperial (1913), is finally under restoration.

    This week saw the framing of the new marquee installed. The theater was last run by Famous Players and was donated by Viacom to the Montreal World Film Festival in 1995.

  • March 12, 2004

    Ritz Savior Takes on New Project

    TIFFIN, OH — Dennis Sankovich, who oversaw a $5 million renovation of the Ritz Theatre and helped grow the theater’s annual budget to $1.4 million, is stepping down from his position, according to this report in the Toledo Blade.

  • Killer Trees to Attack the Warner?!?

    TORRINGTON, CT — Deadly killer trees, shown here attacking the trapped occupants of a car, will invade the city of Torrington just one week from today, according to this report in the Register Citizen.

  • Microwave Popcorn Harmful to Your Health?

    Microwave popcorn may be harmful to your health according to a report that appeared on the Fox News website on Thursday.

  • Seeking Stories from Projectionists

    I am doing research on the projectionist during the golden age of cinema from the thirties through to the seventies.

    Experiences in the booth, funny moments, tragic moments, moments when the projectionist was the hero. I am also looking for info on booth setups and stories about the love projectionists had for their machines.

  • March 11, 2004

    UPDATE: Oriental To Screen “College” Saturday

    MILWAUKEE, WI — Note: there has been a change in the film to be shown at the Oriental Theatre this coming Saturday. The new selection will be “College” starring Buster Keaton. Still football and still a great movie.

    The show will be complete with Marching Sousaphones and the Pom Squad along with West End Jazz playing those hot college tunes of the 20’s. Lets all get out an cheer for our boy Buster!! See you Saturday March 13th, at 1 pm, at the Oriental Theatre at Farwell and North Milwaukee WI.