The latest movie theater news and updates
June 13, 2005
PITTSBURGH, PA — June 19th, 2005 marks the bithplace of the movie theatre. 100 years ago, June 19th, 1905, the NICKELODEON was opened by Harry Davis and his brother-in-law, J.P. Harris. There will be an article in the weekend edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I will visit the site where it once stood; marked by a bronze plaque.
[Editor’s Note: Pittsburgh as the birthplace of the movie theatre is a highly debatable fact. There were certainly theaters showing movies (even exclusively) before Harry Davis coined the term “Nickelodeon” for his famous Pittsburgh movie house. I suspect Newcastle, PA, the site of the Warner brothers' first movie house in 1903, would have something to say about that, as would other towns in the United States and abroad.]
I’m trying to find out the origin of the word Strand, the name of so many theaters across the country. Can anyone help?
June 10, 2005
Dear Theatre Supporters,
In case you haven’t already heard, the Lombard village board voted 4-2 in favor of demolishing the DuPage Theatre. This was a shocking turn of events, given the positive direction our new development plan was taking.
The plan would fully restore the theatre, add retail and residential space to the theatre property, and be funded through grants, private donations and TIF dollars. And, it enjoyed an outpouring of community support demonstrated by 1000 lawn signs displayed over the course of 2 weeks.
June 9, 2005
Bow Tie Cinemas, a subsidiary of Manhattan-based Bow Tie Partners, announced two new cinema projects in the past week.
In downtown Schenectady, NY, Bow Tie will build and operate a deluxe six-screen upscale venue on the corner of State and Broadway, just down the street from Proctor’s Theatre. Set to open in the Fall of 2006, the cinema project, to be called Movieland, replaces a previously-announced 14-plex that was to be built on another site in the Metroplex Development Authority’s project zone.
The other site, in downtown West Hartford, CT, will be located in the Blue Back Square project. The five-screen Criterion Cinemas at Blue Back Square is set to debut in late 2006.
There is an article about the impending Beekman closing in the June 6th edition of the NY Times.
“It’s very sad,” said Beth Simpson Crimmins, a spokeswoman for Clearview Cinemas, which operates the Beekman, on Second Avenue near 66th Street. “It’s a very strong theater for us, but unfortunately the landlord has exercised a lease option to take back the property.”
Definitely worth a read!
June 8, 2005
Yet another look at the soon-to-open IFC Center, via this recent New York Post article.
June 7, 2005
CRANSTON, RI — The Park Theater, a vintage movie and vaudeville house in downtown Cranston, RI, is in the first stages of a major renovation and expansion. The end result is expected to produce a 1200 seat theater on the footprint of the original theater. An adjoining two story restaurant, conference center and cyber cafe will replace several other now demolished businesses to complete the block long development.
It is expected that the theater will eventually present as many as 100 concerts and theatrical productions annually. The concerts will include a variety of entertainment offerings of a pop, soft rock, country, oldies, jazz, blues and comedy nature. Theatrical presentations will be primarily multi-day and multi-week musical, comedy and drama-based stage shows with scaled down casts but well known lead performers.
A recent IndieWire story discussed the impending June 17th grand opening of the newest addition to the NYC art house scene — the much-anticipated IFC Center.
June 6, 2005
Dozens of theater supporters filled the board chambers, including Kevin Fitzpatrick, who called the vote “a gut-punch” to preservationists. Fitzpatrick continued, “We remain committed to this. We’re going to reevaluate our options. There’s always a legal option. There’s always the chance the board can reconsider.”
Another supporter, Penelope Arnold, said, “They just don’t get it. The theater is what makes us different, what makes Lombard unique. It’s a shame. It’s a great loss to our community.”
ELGIN, IL — The Crocker Theater of Elgin is coming down. Demolition began Tuesday May 31.
These are sad times for the City of Elgin and it’s residents.