The latest movie theater news and updates
May 3, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, PA — On last Saturday night, during a live performance about education, an approximately 10 foot wide by 4 foot tall chuck of the plaster ceiling in the center of the auditorium at the Capitol Theatre broke loose and came crashing down on patrons sitting in the audience.
At least one victim was hospitalized and at least one other required medical attention.
Supposedly the building had been inspected just a few days before. The area had experienced severe rain all day but first reports claim the problem had nothing to do with roof leaks.
The theatre plans to make repairs and re-open.
LAYFAYETTE, CA — I noticed the Park Theatre is for sale when driving by it recently.
Listing is by Grubb and Ellis.
Located in bucolic SF suburb where all the homes are more than a million dollars, and all the children are not only above average, but also have their own cell phone…
May 2, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following was sent in by Howard Haas:
“Help restore movies to the Boyd (Sameric) & have a great time, by joining The Friends of the Boyd on Friday, May 6 at International House (3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia) for our 1970’s film, the original Rocky!
Tickets for the 7:30 PM film, including After-Party of Italian food & Yards beer, are $15 each. Where else can you get a movie, food, and beer, for only $15 and also benefit a great cause!
Splurge by also including the 6:00 PM VIP Italian buffet, Gallo wine, and Guest Speaker Andreas Fuchs, co-author of Cinema Treasures, for $50 each.
Reserve in advance by www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org or pay at the door."
LOS ANGELES, CA — The following was sent in by Ted Gooding:
“THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Annual Conclave (Convention) and Theatre Tours will take place in Southern California this year. June 21—27, 2005. Headquarters Hotel is the famous Hollywood Roosevelt and for the San Diego Add-on the 1889 Horton Grand in the Gas Lamp District of Downtown San Diego.
The following counties will be traveled into Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, and Ventura. No one tours theatres like THS of A does they go from top to bottom! Fifty (50) theatres are planned if you take all 3 tours. The main tour cost is $395 for members. Cost of membership is $55. Hotels are on your own.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity as the saying goes. For full details go to www.historictheatres.org or or , Theodore R. Gooding Southern California Director and Conclave and Theatres Tours Chairman. FAX 626/356-0388"
April 29, 2005
- Repairing Well: Fixing Keith-Albee’s Original Cooling System
- Debauchery and Drag in Harvard Square
- The Movie Exhibitor Jabbar Khardum, 59
- East Greenville Zoners OK Flashy Marquee for Grand Theater
- Vaudeville-Style Theater Wins Out
- Curtain About to Go Up on Restored Granby Theater
- Regal to Buy Eastern Federal for $127M
CHICAGO — SEE RARE VIEWS OF THE UPTOWN!
This month’s Friends of the Uptown social, Monday, May 2, will feature more rare color and black & white slides of the historic UPTOWN THEATRE, Chicago. Noted designer and theatre historian Joseph R. DuciBella will share slides from his personal photographic archive that show vintage views of the theatre from the 1920s and the 1960s.
You will be surprised to see how much of the UPTOWN’s art, furniture and lighting was intact in the 1960s from its original, 1925 decorative scheme. Mr. DuciBella’s images of the UPTOWN from the 1960s are the best color views known to exist of the theatre in operation.
If you have ever been curious to see the UPTOWN in its best light (and in color!), then this is the night for you.
We’re a small group of filmmakers & artists looking to rent space in a historic closed theater in the NYC area for one night.
The object is to do a film night in a venue that is historic but not generally open to the public, such as a theater slated for demolition or subject to renovations. Deterioration is a plus. We will handle all logistical aspects of the evening and will get event insurance for that night. We can even bring in our own equipment.
Any tips, please send me an email. I’m offering a finders fee of $200 for information that will lead us to have a film night in such a venue. Thanks.
April 28, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — The founding owners of the Vinegar Hill Theatre have placed the theatre on the market. A 1976 reprogramming of a 1949 Modern-style Studebaker auto dealership, the 219-seat single-screen theater is not historic per se, but has had a great influence on the cultural life of Charlottesville.
A 1997 addition to the building houses a 42-seat restaurant with a 20-seat patio.
The theatre is currently operating as Charlottesville’s only exclusive first-run art cinema, as it has since its opening. It has two 35mm projectors with manual changeover. The restaurant is also currently operating. For more information, please visit www.vinegarhilltheatre.com/gallery.
April 27, 2005
HONOLULU, HI — The following was written by Lowell Angell:
“Honolulu – April 22, 2005
Demolition began last week of the 1936 Waikiki Theatre in Honolulu. Designed in a unique Tropical Moderne style, it was regarded by many as Hawaii’s most beautiful theatre.
Located on Kalakaua Avenue, the famed Waikiki resort area’s main thoroughfare, the 1353-seat theatre was designed by Hawaii architect C.W. Dickey and built by the local Consolidated Amusement Company as its deluxe flagship theatre. It opened August 20, 1936 with the movie “Under Two Flags.”
The theatre featured a lush garden forecourt with a large fountain, a lobby with ornate Moderne wall murals and ceiling fresco, and an atmosheric auditorium lined with artificial tropical vegetation including two full size coconut palms, a proscenium in the shape of a rainbow, and a corps of smartly-dressed usherettes. A 4-manual 16-rank Robert Morton organ was added soon after the theatre opened and enjoyed by generations of island residents and visitors. The organ has been removed and portions will be reinstalled in the local Hawaii and Palace theatres.