The latest movie theater news and updates
September 6, 2004
FLINT, MI — Necessary and long-delayed repairs to the Capitol Theatre building have begun with the removal of loose bricks on the east exterior wall of the auditorium to be replaced by new brickwork.
The water damage now being repaired is due to runoff of rain water from the auditorium’s roof over time. Other repairs planned include fixing the theater’s vertical sign which is original to the theater but was altered in the 1957 remodeling of the theater.
This project was planned for several months and was earlier reported in a March 29 story in Cinema Treasures.
FAIR OAKS, CA — The Sunrise Drive-In, which has operated sporadically over the last few years, is slated for demolition. Local civic leaders have sought its permanent closure due to code violations and public safety issues.
Developers plan to demolish the theater, and the county is revoking the commercial use permit to operate a Drive-in at this site, according to a report in the Sacramento Bee.
September 3, 2004
Cinema Treasures concludes its look at the work of artist/photographer Larry Grossman with an interview with the artist.
What are your favorite movie theaters?
All in CA (since that’s where I live and go to the movies): Chinese, El Capitan, Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, Avalon (Catalina), Fremont, Pantages (but they no longer show films), to name few.
What are your favorite movies?
The Maltese Falcon, Bringing up Baby, Chinatown, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Splendor in the Grass, Godfather I & II., L.A. Confidential, American Graffiti, etc, etc.
What tools do you use to create your work?
Olympus digital camera and Photoshop 8
September 2, 2004
In this before and after image, Larry Grossman reveals how he creates his amazing images: “the top is my original photo, the bottom obviously an archival shot. Aside from the fact I had to create a lobby (there is no longer a central box office), you can see how much work I put into ‘restoring’ the marquee and sign back to its original look, plus I had to guess at the colors.”
September 1, 2004
August 31, 2004
Cinema Treasures is featuring the beautiful work of artist/photographer Larry Grossman throughout this week. Today, we begin with an introduction to Grossman’s work and artistic process. During the rest of the week, we’ll also be showing several pieces of Grossman’s work each day, as well as an interview with the artist.
The “Movie Palace” series is a collection of images of vintage Movie Theaters created by artist/photographer Larry Grossman. These images depict classic theaters and their environments, as they looked in their “Golden Age”.
“I begin each image by shooting a photograph of the theater (note my original Pantages photo next to the completed Pantages image). To ‘transport’ the theaters back in time to their ‘heyday’, I digitally remove all contemporary items such as cars, signs, parking meters, streetlights, and stores from the photos.
Currently, we have some very historical, recently refurbished, great auditorium seats that we are selling from 2 of Alberta Canada’s most premier auditoriums.
If anyone within this organization, or other organizations need auditorium seats, give us a call 780.432.4765 as the ones we have are going very quickly (had 5400, only 3000 left).
We have digital photos of the seats, and are offering them for $59 USD per chair.
August 30, 2004
GARY, IN — According to a report from the Indianapolis Star, Lalosa Burns, spokesperson for the City of Gary, is reporting that City of Gary will be taking bids to demolish the Palace Theater sometime this year.
As local preservationist Erica Davis put it: “It would be a very good venue for a performing arts center or theater. It would take a lot of work. Unfortunately, the city of Gary has the sad tendency to demolish rather than restore.”
In my own opinion, judging from the fact that most of Gary is heavily gang and drug infested, and decaying at the same rate as the unfortunate Palace Theater, I hold little hope of anything being done to save this theater.