The latest movie theater news and updates
December 24, 2003
VALLEJO, CA — The historic Empress Theatre is looking for a new owner following Robert Litwin’s decision to sell the former vaudeville and movie house after growing tired of the “city’s ‘stall tactics’ in signing a deal to help renovate and run the historic theater as the centerpiece of a revitalized downtown.”
According to the Times Herald, the asking price is $850,000, with an option for the city to buy the theater first set to run out next month. Interested parties should contact Ronald Lee Re/Max Home Advantage of Vallejo.
I’m the director of a film festival in San Francisco and one of our long term goals is to purchase a theater for second-run, indie, classic, and community access screenings. We’re currently sharing space in a South of Market art gallery/multimedia gallery, but we’re looking to expand our focus.
December 23, 2003
In the dim and distant past before the 1939 war, I was introduced to the rites and mystique of showing cine films for the benefit and enjoyment of others, apart from the occasional Saturday morning visit to a local cinema with most of the other noisy youngsters in our neighbourhood.
The knowledge of how these images were inexplicably thrown on to the screen did not mean anything until a very ancient hand-cranked 35mm Pathe ‘home-movie’ projector came our way together with a large box of film stock which consisted of four-inch spools of old black and white silent films, although some were tinted with blue or sepia-toned effects; not quite colour, but the idea was there.
December 22, 2003
Here is a listing of all theaters I could find up for sale on the web as of 12/20/03. I post this list in hopes that people will buy them and preserve the classic theaters that remain.
Name: Ellis Theatre
Location: Springfield, VT
Condition: Open, 2 screens
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PITTSBURG, CA — After months of plan checks and red tape, the Enean Theatre will reopen as an autoparts store. Maybe next time, next restoration, will be to bring it back.
December 19, 2003
BOWLING GREEN, OH — According to a report in the Toledo Blade, the current owners of the CLA-ZEL Theatre have replaced the theater’s roof, upgraded the lobby, and made many general improvements over the past few years.
But what’s next? The group plans to create a comprehensive, five-year plan for keeping the CLA-ZEL in good shape. A top priority: the theater’s marquee.
“It is the landmark of the downtown,” said Paul Yon, director of development of Cla-Zel Theater, Inc. “The marquee is vitally important for the preservation of the facility itself.”
December 18, 2003
- AMC to Modify Theaters for People in Wheelchairs
- Plans call for theater district in downtown
- City will seek funding in state capital budget
- Developer Decides Saving Woolworth Facade Is Too Expensive
- Magic ring may save movie sales
- American Home Theater Unveils 9-Foot Screen & Projection Rental System for House Parties
- DPI sees multiple uses for Capitol
- Carmike movie theater manager suspected of embezzling $30000
- Midnight movie madness
- Undersea Cables Beam Movie Into Theaters
December 17, 2003
The new owner, McDermott Developments, a local real estate development company, had originally planned to demolish the theater and replace it with 31 apartments. However, these plans do not appear to be finalized.
As Andrew Darbyshire, a McDermott developer, put it: “We bought it with the benefit of planning permission. But I do not want to say anything yet regarding our intentions. We don’t know what to do yet.”