The latest movie theater news and updates
February 24, 2004
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — According to a report from the Grand Rapids Press, Jack Loeks Sr., the creator of a Michigan-area theater chain that helped popularize multiplexes, has passed away at the age of 85.
With his Studio 28 theater, which he opened in 1965, Loeks was the first to offer 12 screens in a single venue and, when he added another eight screens, the world’s first theater to have 20 screens.
“It predated other megaplexes by 20 years,” according to Bob Goodrich, president of Goodrich Radio & Theaters Inc., a Kentwood-based theater chain. “The large lobbies, large screens, great service, quality picture and sound — they were the hallmark of Jack Loeks.”
February 23, 2004
MILWAUKEE, WI — A meeting will be held next week to seek local landmark designation for the memorable Avalon Theater, according to the e-mail below and the Avalon’s page here on Cinema Treasures.
If you can be there to advocate for it and to place it in the context of remaining movie palaces nationwide, it will be a good deed you do! The city needs to see that it has a greater value, and only us theater buffs can supply that significance.
WEST HAVEN, CT — The Forest Theatre, one of the last remaining single screen movie theatres in Connecticut, is closing down for good this Thursday.
According to this article in the New Haven Register, the owner has become sick, possibly with multiple sclerosis, and cannot run the theater any longer.
February 20, 2004
The National Trust appeals to Marysville officials to save the Tower Theater, the Paramount Center for the Arts reopens, officials give up on restoring Mishawaka’s Tivoli Theatre, and a teenager takes over the Colfax — all in today’s newsreel.
- Tower’s value argued
- Historic theater’s fate to be decided
- Projecting a better future
- Partyers can celebrate Mardi Gras: Money raised will help renovate civic theater
- A polished gem
- Tivoli Theater will be torn down
- Saving the Cerrito Theater: A Lazy Man’s Tale of Historic Preservation
- Del Mar visionary will be honored
- The Drake supports theater project
- Paris Endicott-Chase Will Be Birthday-Gifted on Her 13th Birthday Feb. 28 With a 65 Year Historic Motion Picture Theatre in Colfax, CA., Making Her The Youngest Theatre Owner in the Country
February 19, 2004
SIOUX CITY, IA — The Riviera Theater is getting ready to re-open. According to Eric Hilsabeck, a co-owner of the Riviera, the theater, which was built in the 1970s, needs a little work before it’s ready for moviegoers.
Hilsabeck managed the Plaza Theater in the Marketplace shopping center before it closed to allow for renovation of that mall. Hilsabeck says the screens will be the second largest in Sioux City — “only the Historic Orpheum is larger”.
The Riviera is scheduled to open on Feb. 27.
February 18, 2004
Raymond Theatre Owners Move Forward with Redevelopment Plans; Theater to be Converted into Apartment/Retail/Office Complex
“Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:
We have very urgent news. Please see the overview directly below, and the expanded version for further details.
The owners of the Raymond Theatre have chosen to move forward with Design Review of their project to convert the Raymond Theatre to an apartment/retail/office complex. The tentative (but not confirmed) date of the Design Review hearing is March 15, 2004. We will let everyone know the final date of the hearing as soon as it is confirmed.