The latest movie theater news and updates
January 20, 2004
DES PLAINES, IL – Aldermen in Des Plaines have decided to hold off on providing up to $60,000 in funds to study the viability of converting the historic Des Plaines Theatre into a performing arts venue until they learn if the theater’s new owner, Dhitu Bagwakar, plans to follow the study’s recommendations.
According to a report in the Daily Herald, Bagwakar is currently screening East Indian features at the twin theater. Many of the alderman have issues about giving funds to a private business, as well as the need for another performing arts center in the area, after the new Metropolis Theater in nearby downtown Arlington Heights failed.
That venue is currently in the midst of a debate over whether the city of Arlington Heights should take over the Metropolis or it should be taken over by another private organization.
January 19, 2004
PASADENA, CA — The Raymond Theatre (formerly known as the Crown Theatre or Perkin’s Palace) is for sale.
It is located in Old Town Pasadena, two short blocks from the popular Old Town shopping, dining and entertainment district. It features 2,000 seats, main floor and balcony, two lobbies, four restrooms, a 40'x40' stage, and eight dressing rooms with flyloft and rigging.
The theater was once one of Los Angeles' top concert venues, featuring acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, and others. It has a great legacy of live performances. With the right buyer, the theater can once again function as a concert or mixed-use venue.
January 16, 2004
The AFI Silver Theatre launches new programs, the Ioka gets a new owner, hopes fade for full preservation of Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre, and the Supreme Court considers hearing whether stadium seating is ADA-compliant — all in today’s newsreel.
- Silver Theatre meets projections
- AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Launches Educational Screenings Program (ESP)
- Views Sought in Movie Theater Wheelchair Case
- New owner for the Ioka
- Palace of Memories: Classic Movie Theaters
- Carolina Theatre’s best hope
- Tributes flow for cinema owner
- Wallace Theatres closes art houses
- Council to vote Tuesday on Empress Theatre plan
- The Dealey Center, more than just movies
- Clinton has rich movie theater, stage history
January 15, 2004
ST. LOUIS, MO — The Orpheum Theatre has been purchased by Mike and Steve Roberts, who also own the Roberts Mayfair Hotel, an historic Wyndham Hotel (adjacent to the Orpheum), and the historic “Roberts Lofts” (former Board of Education building, designed by I. Taylor, located across the street at 9th and Locust).
Although still in the planning stages, I believe this will be another fine renovation. In St. Louis, the Roberts brothers are well-known patrons of the arts, who’ve gained much respect for the thoroughness of all their various endeavors. As a native of this historic city, I look forward to attending the Orpheum Theatre’s grand re-opening… without a doubt!
January 14, 2004
TEMPLE CITY, CA — The Edwards Temple Cinema 4, which sits on the spot of the 2nd Temple Theatre, at 9021 Las Tunas Drive, is dark, and the marquee is blank. It’s been this way now for at least a week. From speaking with people who used to go there, some have said that the inside was not being kept up. Others say that a restaurant is to be built there. Sad to see!
January 13, 2004
HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation will be hosting noted architectural historian Alfred Willis this evening. Willis will be speaking about “Sid Grauman and the Courtyard Theatres of California.” The event takes place at 7:00pm at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. Admission is free!!!
More details can be found in our previous report.
I found a listing for the Victor Theater in Anderson, South Carolina. I can’t find any source that mentions the Victor Theater. Our 1945 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the Carolina, Criterion, Lyrie (listed as Colored), State, and Strand.
January 12, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — Silent Film Returns to the Historic Central Park Theatre!
“Within Our Gates,” the famous 1919 silent film by Oscar Micheaux, will be screened at the historic Central Park Theatre in Chicago on Sunday, February 15, 2004. This will be the first film shown in the theater since 1971. The event begins at 3 p.m. at 3535 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago’s West Side, Lawndale neighborhood.
CHARLESTON, SC — The Arcade Theater was in the Art Moderne style by prolific Charleston architect Augustus Constantine who personally supervised a renovation to the building in 1957 when the pergola and yellow brick were added.