The latest movie theater news and updates
February 14, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Late last night, the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation alerted its members that the UA Alexandria may be closing on Monday.
The group, dedicated to preserving and maintaining San Francisco’s wonderful neighborhood theaters, has been urging prospective buyers to continue operating the Alexandria, but the identity of the new owner remains unknown.
February 13, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD — Ed Dobbins sent in some scans of a Grand Theatre playbill he recently acquired:
“A friend just sent me an original playbill of the Grand Theatre from December, 1956… I never though I’d get to see something like this. The cool thing about the playbill is the back — all of the major theaters in the area and what they are showing that week.”
STAMFORD, CT — The Avon Theatre is finally set to officially reopen today. There were a couple of test screenings on Wednesday to run through the operation one last time before the theater reopens to the public. The projection was superb and the popcorn was excellent! (See previous story — includes photos of the newly-restored Avon.)
To read more about the reopening, check out this article from the Stamford Advocate.
LONDON, ENGLAND — I’m organising an evening of old-style, burlesque cabaret entertainment with a film show and special guest speaker as the finale, and I’m looking for the perfect venue for the evening. Preferably a 200 – 300 seater with a bar and a nice old-fashioned ambience. Any suggestions would be most gratefully received!!!
February 12, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — “It may not get any better than this for history buffs in Chicago,” is the theme organizers are singing in promotion of a special event this weekend.
In fact, there’s no overestimating the uniqueness of a cinema opportunity this Sunday, Feb. 15, at the historic Central Park Theatre/House of Prayer building in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, event organizers said today.
GLEN COVE, NY — I’m seeking info on the demise of the Cove Theater. A large theater under the Skouras flag in the 50s and 60s. Always first with tech advances. Some said because the Loews family had a large estate in Glen Cove.
February 11, 2004
Conan O'Brien takes Late Night to Toronto’s Elgin Theatre, the Sutton gets a disturbing makeover, and one website takes an in-depth look at home theater display technologies — all in today’s newsreel.
- Movie Theater’s Facade Undergoes a Drastic Change
- Movie theaters can crack down on use of recording devices
- Toronto in a frenzy as Conan O'Brien checks in
- ADA: ‘Abuses Do Abound’
- The Differences between LCD, Plasma, DLP, LCOS, D-ILA, and CRT
- New movie theaters: After the ‘90s overbuild, expansion slowly coming
- Historic building is attractive to businesses
- Henry longs for movie theater
- Owner of Times Theater hopes to sell dream, too
- Save the Fox Theatre
- Curtain time: New downtown art center unveiled to public
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Varsity Theater in the Dinkytown neighborhood of Minneapolis is for sale. The Art Deco theater remodeled by Jack Liebenberg in the 1930s is considered a local landmark. The theater is one block from the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. The asking price is $1.2 million.
February 10, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD — Thanks to Ed Dobbins, we’ve got some shots of the Hippodrome Theatre taken during the final stages of the theater’s renovation. (We’re also close to getting a batch of official shots from the Hippodrome/France-Merrick staff. As soon as we get ‘em, we’ll post 'em.)