The latest movie theater news and updates
April 4, 2005
CONWAY, NH — A fire broke out at the Majestic Theater during a Friday evening show. 200-250 people were present, all made it out.
The fire was put out in 10-15 minutes but caused a 300 to 400 foot section of the roof onto the theater seats. We are getting about 4" of rain today and not having a roof could cause some serious issues.
More details can be found in the Saturday April 2, 2005 issue of the Union Leader. The Union Leader has a website but this story didn’t make the online edition. You can view the print edition online for 50 cents.
The Majestic’s website is here, but does not mention the fire.
April 1, 2005
PASADENA, CA — This coming weekend, the Friends of the Raymond Theatre will be having a rummage sale to support the preservation of the Raymond Theatre.
Read on for a larger version of this flyer.
March 31, 2005
Durango, Colorado, Abbey Theatre…
Used SXGA projector by JVC, in very good condition. This projector has been used in a public movie theatre for 18 months. I have purchased and installed a 35mm projector and no longer have need for this one. It is a great projector for long throws.
Lens: Fixed 1.5:1 (GL-M4015S)
Brightness: 5000 lumens
Resolution: 1365 X 1024
Model # JVC DLA-M5000SCU
March 30, 2005
- For the Atlas, A Bold New World
- For Capitol Theater, It’s A Third Life
- One-Man Orchestras
- Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival 2005
- Effort Underway to Refurbish Old Lancaster Theater
- Paramount Theater May Shut Down
- Former Madison Theater Gets A New Owner
- Flicker of Life for Old Madison Movie House
March 29, 2005
January 2005 — Cover Story on the Bob Hope (Fox) Theater in Stockton, California by Kim Lovejoy, VP of Restoration, EverGreene Painting Studios.
A NEW HOPE. After years of planning, design and construction, the newest “star” in Stockton’s downtown revitalization efforts is a monument to community spirit and a work of art in itself. Lights on.
If you would like a copy of the article, please don’t hesitate to contact EverGreene by phone (212-244-2800), email (), or fax (212-244-6204).
BOSTON, MA — The following press release was sent by the Gaiety Theatre Friends:
“The Boston Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) will hold a hearing on appeals challenging the issuance of a demolition permit for Boston’s historic Gaiety Theatre.
Two Boston City Councilors, Felix Arroyo and Chuck Turner, and the Asian American Resource Workshop are the appellants.
The hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 29, at noon, in Boston City Hall Room 801.
The public and press are invited to witness and/or participate in this hearing. Please plan to come and demonstrate your support. While spoken testimony will be limited, everyone who attends will learn about the issues and receive photos of the theatre. All interested parties should submit written comments to the ZBA, at the hearing or in advance by fax 617-635-2918.
March 28, 2005
SCARSDALE, NY — Theater architect Henry George Greene, who designed more than 80 live and movie theaters during the 1960’s and 70’s, died earlier this month at the age of 93.
Greene worked for ABC during its theater operating days as a consulting architect and may be most famous for designing the original Cine Capri in Phoenix—still mourned by moviegoers across the state.
For information, read the New York Times obituary.
MESA, AZ — I just got access to a theater today where the seats are located. It is a shutdown and abandoned Harkins Theater. It was too dark with no electrical power to get any pictures. There is a total of 1550 seats available. Once I get lighting in the building I will have photos to email. The price per seat, does not including shipping charges. If you want me to arrange shipping, I need the shipping address with zip code to get trucking cost. The seats are located in Mesa, Arizona. I can start next week on removing and shipping the seats. Please let me know if you are interested and how many you need. I can be reached at 480-987-9801 or
March 25, 2005
The 1928 movie house, which has been the focus of some debate in the Chicago suburb is expected to cost between $8 and $8.5 million to restore. The new proposal just released by the DuPage Theatre Foundation (to be presented to the village board on April 7th) is a $32 million plan which involves luxury condos and lofts being constructed in and around the former movie house, along with retail shops and a restaurant on the first floor (along with a small theater space, perhaps).
The condos and lofts built above existing storefront spaces in the theater building replace an earlier plan by the Foundation to create studio and classroom areas in that space. Twelve condos would be constructed behind the DuPage and a five-story new structure housing 68 condos would be built on a parcel of land directly south of the theater.
The new building facades would be covered with terra-cotta to match the existing building. Plans also include 248 parking spaces, some underground, which would in part be used by Metra commuters.
Theater supporter and Trustee Ken Florey says, “Even if I weren’t a theater supporter, it’s a great development. Condos is the direction we should be going downtown. Economically, it’s by far the best.”