The latest movie theater news and updates
February 16, 2005
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Plans have just been lodged with Edinburgh City Council for a scheme that involves the demolition of the B-listed New Victoria / Odeon cinema. The plans can be viewed online here in detail: http://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=DC&appNumber=05/00327/LBC.
In summary though, only the facade is to be retained, and that is to be extended by an extra glass floor above current roof level. The auditorium is to be totally swept away.
CHICAGO, IL — “Inland Real Estate Auctions, Inc. to auction Mercury Theatre, Strega Nona and Cullen’s Bar & Grill
Circuit Court of Cook County orders auction
On Thursday, December 23, the Circuit Court of Cook County ordered the auction sale of 3741-47 N. Southport Ave., home to the Mercury Theatre, Strega Nona (a Carlucci restaurant) and Cullen’s Bar & Grill. Inland Real Estate Auctions, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction companies, has been retained by a court-ordered receiver to sell the property.
I am searching out information on Mr. Oscar A. Doob who was the advertising executive for Loew’s Inc. for 26 years. This time period would be back in the 1920’s or when Loew’s Inc. started.
February 15, 2005
WAIKIKI, HI — Hot off the press, the Pacific Business News reports that Greg Swendelson, VP of Robertson Properties, has announced that the Waikiki Theatre will be demolished in the next few weeks. Replacing the historic Art Deco theatre will be a Footlocker.
Construction of the Footlocker is to begin in Spring 2005.
BERKHAMSTEAD, ENGLAND — This is a story well worth looking at from the BBC News. The Rex Cinema in Berkhamstead is a superb Art Deco cinema which has survived a long period of closure and neglect to rise phoenix-like from the ashes. Take a look at their website: www.therexcinema.com.
Hopefully other UK cinemas can be rescued one day from the clutches of bingo and unsympathetic chains that simply vandalize historic buildings.
February 14, 2005
ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta Preservation Center is having its 3rd annual Phoenix Flies celebration from March 5th to March 15th. There will be many free activities going on around the city. As part of that, they have a weeklong period in which they will be giving free tours of the Legendary Atlanta Fox Theatre. The dates for the free tours are:
Saturday March 5th, 10am and 11am
Monday March 7th, 10am
Wednesday March 10th, 10am
Thursday March 11th, 10am
Saturday, March 13th 10am and 11am
February 11, 2005
BALTIMORE, MD — Ed Dobbins has sent us these wonderful three-dimensional renderings of the now demolished Grand Theater.
February 9, 2005
BROOKLYN, NY — The sale of Screen Arts Corporation’s Park Slope Pavillion may be bad news for Brooklyn Heights Pavillion, the company’s last theater and one of the last duplex theaters in New York City. (Park Slope was sold to Access Intergrated Technologies, which still runs the theater.)
The Heights Pavillion has had to reduce its hours of operation recently and has had to face stiff competition from the United Artists Court Street Stadium 12 Theater nearby. Screen Arts had to also sell the Flatbush Pavillion recently, which as of now, is still unoccupied.
The Park Slope Pavillion, though a multiplex, has managed to keep its independent-cinema charm with unique concessions, art cinema film choices and an elegant restaurant upstairs.
February 8, 2005
OSAGE, IA — Our good friends at the Watts received some well-deserved recognition after being profiled in our book and listed as one of USA Today’s 10 Great Places.
The local CBS television affiliate ran a segment quoting manager Earl Kennedy, “It’s a very, very short list. It’s just awesome to me to be included on the list. It is wonderful, it’s a one of a kind experience and I consider it a huge honor.”
To Mary Peiper’s article in The Globe Gazette he added, “In the age of the multiplex it seems small town theaters are going out the door. But the Watts has always been one to buck the trend.”
Keep up the good work, guys!