The latest movie theater news and updates
July 5, 2005
ELGIN, IL – The 82 year-old Crocker Theatre in downtown Elgin was razed last month to make way for condominiums and parking space, but its neo-classical style facade was removed prior to demolition, and will be partially reconstructed as a sort of screening wall separating a parking lot from public view along Grove Avenue.
At a cost of $60,000, a third of the price of the Crocker’s demolition cost, the facade was taken apart piece by piece and numbered and now sits in a storage building in the meantime. Not all of the facade will be used for the parking lot, but at this time it’s not known what will become of the rest of it.
July 4, 2005
Cinema Treasures is taking today off to celebrate July 4th.
See you tomorrow!
July 1, 2005
DUNSMUIR, CA — The California Theater reopened on June 26th with live stage productions and silent films accompanied by the theater’s pipe organ (next year), banquets, weddings, etc. all are welcome at our newly reopened theater.
Silent movies and a Charlie Chaplin impersonator on Fri, July 8th. Silent movies (railroad oriented including the General) on Sat July 9 & Sun 10th. A theater organist is bringing in an electronic theater organ and playing it for those events.
The Pacific-West-Coast Battle of the bands (rock) semi-finals and finals will be held in the theater Dec 9th. & 10th. For entry info, contact Don Kirk .
I am looking for box office software to make reservations for my theater and to sell tickets. (it is a theater but not showing movies anymore) it is now a music hall. If you know of a inexpensive software that someone may have or don’t need anyone that has one could you contact me. I want an in-house program not an online software. Thanks.
ANNA, IL — The following email was sent by Kurt Petrich:
“I am writing you today to ask for your assistance in preserving one of Anna’s most prized historic buildings, the Rodgers Theatre. The Rodgers is in danger of being razed at taxpayers expense for someone elses personal gain. There are councilmembers that are bending to the every whim of two local business owners and are completely ignoring the historic value of our building. This letter is to inform you of the importance of preserving the Rodgers Theatre.
To understand our small theatre’s importance, we must first understand its creator. Isaac Walter Rodgers was born just north of us near Neoga, IL in 1875. He was born with show-business in his blood and started his career early in his life traveling the Midwest with a phonograph machine. He opened his first movie house in New Orleans in 1896 where he charged 10 cent admission and the films were only about a minute long. He then purchased a gas powered projector and again traveled the Midwest showing his films at opera houses, churches, schools, or wherever else he could darken the house. Rodgers was the first man to try and trade films with other exhibitors, although he was laughed at and told that moving pictures were a “passing fancy” and that nothing would be heard of them in years to come.
June 30, 2005
ALAMEDA, CA — The following email was sent in by Jennifer V:
“City Officials are endorsing a development deal to partially rehabilitate the historic Alameda Theater, and attach a new 2-story 7-screen multiplex with a 6-story parking garage.
As details of the plans have been made available, many citizens are horrified to learn that the Alameda Theater will not be completely renovated: the balconies will be inaccessible, the exterior will not be painted, the main theater will house stadium seating, and a historical mural that was painted over will not be restored. Futhermore, at least 3 holes will be made to connect the old theater to the new cineplex.
Citizens for a MegaPlex-Free Alameda has been formed, and our website, www.stopalamedamegaplex.com has the latest artist rendering, as well as additional information about the project and our concerns. There are also links to petitions, letters, and flyers.
I have for sale, a Marquee Sign from a closed theater in Amherst, MA. It measures 8ft wide x 4 1/2ft tall and about one ft deep. I must find a new owner with in the next few days. I have access to a truck and I will deliver it anywhere in New England, New York, New Jersey, or anywhere that not more than 8hrs away. If I can’t sell it here I will sell it at the Brimfield Antique fair. Call Tom at 978 996 9872
June 29, 2005
The following email was sent by the League of Historic American Theatres:
“Dear Historic Theatre Colleague:
Have you registered yet to attend the 29th Annual Conference & Theatre Tour?
The DEADLINE for REGULAR registration is [July 5th]. You can register on-line through our secure server, just go to this link: https://www.lhat.org/conference_theatre/2005/register.asp
Have you made your CONFERENCE HOTEL RESERVATIONS at the Fairmont Kansas City at the Plaza?
The LHAT group rate HAS BEEN EXTENDED BY ONE WEEK but is only guaranteed through [July 5th].
If you have any problems when you contact the hotel to reserve your room(s) — if they say there are no rooms left in the LHAT group block or they say the $119 + tax rate is not available BEFORE Friday — please call J.P. at the League office and he will do his best to straighten the situation out for you.
Does anyone have any historical information on the Pylon, Weston & San Carlino Theatres in Tornoto? The Pylon, at least, is now a movie theatre.
June 28, 2005
CHICAGO, IL — Time has run out on the Burnham Plaza Theatre , located in Chicago’s South Loop area at 826 S Wabash. According to an article by Haydn Bush in the 6/15/2005 edition of the CHICAGO JOURNAL, the theater will close in August 2005 and be converted to medical offices. The article states that the landlords of the Burnham Plaza blame an inneficient design and a changing real estate market.
The theater was built in 1987 by Cineplex Odeon in the burgeoning South Loop Area. Yet for some reason, it has never been a success, despite being the only theater in the area since 2000. In the eighteen years it’s been open, it has been operated by Cineplex Odeon, Loews Cineplex, Meridien, and finally Village Theatres.
Although Village did try to make the place viable, and cleaned it up somewhat, they did not advertise the theater in the paper.