The latest movie theater news and updates
September 22, 2004
NEW YORK, NY — The recently shuttered Metro Twin has been taken over by a new tenant who plans to convert the Art Deco movie theater into an art house with wider screens and other upgrades, according to David Freeland in the New York Press.
According to his report, “A soon-to-be-named ‘celebrity operator’ has been hired to run the theater and scout out cutting-edge films from around the world. If all goes according to plan, the new Metro could be unveiled as early as November.”
I live in New England and I’m looking for an old theater currently doing nothing but sitting in a community that may or may not have expressed an interest in getting it up and running again… or just waiting for the right person to ‘get the wheels in motion’. Any help?
We’ve received two notices of theater seats for sale. Information is below:
From Dan Shuman:
“439 Movie Theater Seats For Sale. Great Condition. Pictures available. Please email me if interested: ”
From Thomas Shaw:
“WE HAVE REDUCED THE COST!!!!!! ($59 USD down to $50 USD)
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 780.233.2407 or E-mail as the ones we have are going very quickly (had 5400, only 2100 left).
We have digital photos of the seats, and are offering them for $50 USD per chair (down from $59)."
September 21, 2004
HOLLYWOOD, CA — The following email was sent in by filmmaker, and Cinerama historian, David Strohmaier:
“‘This Is Cinerama’ The film that began widescreen in 1952 returns to the Cinerama Dome for two performances only. The film will be shown in its original 3-projector 7-channel surround sound format on the Dome’s giant full 90 foot wide curved screen.
Showing Thursday evening October 21st at 7:00 PM and again on Saturday Morning October 23rd at 10:00 AM.
The following special shorts and extras will be featured after the performance of ‘This Is Cinerama’:
With the work on the exterior of the theater nearing completion, including the restoration and relighting of the historic marquee, the work is now beginning on the interior of the Fox. The first phase of the restoration of the inside of the building includes the lobby spaces, the balcony level and the basement.
September 20, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — The Landmark Preservation Council of Illinois’s annual Watch List includes five Chicago movie theaters on its list of Chicago-area endangered buildings: the Uptown, the New Regal (Avalon), the Gateway, the Patio, and the Central Park.
The list, which first appeared two years ago, complements the Council’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois. Other non-theater buildings on the Chicago-area list in danger of demolition include buildings in Evanston formerly part of Northwestern University, the River Forest Women’s Club (designed by a former associate of Frank Lloyd Wright), and an estate in Highland Park designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw and Jens Jensen on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information, read this Chicago Tribune article .
SAN JOSE/STOCKTON, CA — Both the San Jose Fox California Theatre (now called the California Theatre) and the Stockton Fox Theatre (renamed the Bob Hope Theate) reopen this week. According to The San Jose Business Journal, San Jose spent $75 million to restore the California while Stockton spent $5 million.
September 17, 2004
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with one of the most acclaimed movies of the Theatre’s first full decade:
Tuesday, Sept. 28 7:45 PM
Mr Smith Goes to Washington
Starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains
(1939 – 130 mins. – B&W)
The 1929 admission of 35 cents re-instated for this night only!
This show will be preceded at 7:15 with a public ceremony paying tribute to the spirit of civic activism that first saved the Landmark Loew’s from demolition and is now restoring it.
And the celebration of the Loew’s 75th Anniversary will continue on the weekend with a selection of films spanning the 1940s, ‘50s, 60’s and 70’s.
I currently live in Florida but it has been my dream since I was a little boy always dragging my grandma off to every movie to one day own my own. I am looking for some thing that is really special a piece from the past a real movie palace type theater.
If any one knows of any with a great price tag that may be easy to fix up and start running, please reply here. Email me at or call me at any time at 352.257.9308.
Also if any one has info on grants and government funds that I can easily get for this venture, please let me know. Thank you, fellow movie lovers.
September 16, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — The new Drury Lane Theatre at the Water Tower Place shopping center on Michigan Avenue and Chestnut Street is nearing its opening early in 2005, according to this report from the Chicago Tribune.
The legitimate theater, which is based in suburban Oakbrook (and recently closed its long-time Evergreen Park theater, which is set to be replaced by a Wal-Mart), has chosen the artistic director and producer and is hiring the remaining staff from local theater companies.