The latest movie theater news and updates
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.
The Amboy Multiplex Cinemas, the movie theatre known by many Garden State Parkway commuters as the multiplex near the highway, is temporarily closed (I think) due to flooring problems.
The theater, in existence since the late 1970’s, is owned by the same company, National Amusements, who owns the Hazlet, All-Jersey (Newark), and the newer Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas.
June 3, 2005
MILWAUKEE, WI — This Journal news item revealing the demise of the operators of the RIVERSIDE may not be pleasant to read, but at least we might possibly have hope that the venerable Riverside Theatre might still be with us for some time to come.
Now, who would have thought that a tax-supported and much larger facility (the 2004 MILWAUKEE THEATER, which is not a cinema, hence not listed here on CT) would take away a large amount of the buiness that our local theatres had survived upon? Yeah, who??? ;)
Well, maybe, just maybe there is a bright side to all this IF the new management will be more sympathetic to letting Dairyland Theatre Organ Society back in to bring their own Wurlitzer pipe organ (one of the few still playing in its own home) alive again for the public. We can only hope.
EAGLE ROCK, CA — According to the newsletter from TERA (The Eagle Rock Association), Eagle Rock’s historic movie house, the Eagle Theater, is for sale. It is located at the southeast corner of Eagle Rock Boulevard and Yosemite Drive and is adjacent to several relatively new, thriving businesses such as Ballroom Blitz, Curves, The Blissful Soul, and the Oxy Cafe.
Eagle Rock is a district of L.A. situated right between Pasadena and Glendale, full of carefully tended homes from the ‘20s, '30s, '40s, and '50s that have doubled in value in the past few years. It’s a very tightknit community that is extremely supportive of all the restaurants and coffeehouses that seem to be opening on an almost weekly basis; there would be huge community support for this theater’s reopening.
“We Eagle Rockers would love to have our neighborhood movie house back,” says the newsletter. “It’s a great theater with newer seats, a big screen, and a sizeable stage for live productions. It is listed (we hear) for about $1.5 million. The listing agent is Scott Howard, and he can be reached at (323) 871-8585 for more details.”
I saw this movie when I was young in the Downtown Mann in Minneapolis, and later in the St. Louis Park Cinerama. Both were widescreen presentations: the Mann was an old fashioned ‘Roadshow’ presentation, but I believe the Park showing was in original Todd-AO or SuperPanavision.
Does anyone know of a planned 70mm showing scheduled anywhere for the 40th year anniversary of this classic in a theater up to the task?
June 2, 2005
PASADENA, CA — The following was sent in by the Friends of the Raymond Theatre:
“Developers AJB Enterprises file for Conceptual Design Review to convert Pasadena’s landmark Raymond Theatre into a mixed-use housing development. Friends of the Raymond Theatre work to continue their 17-year effort to defend the embattled theatre.
AJB Enterprises have filed an application with the City of Pasadena for major modifications to their project which proposes to convert Pasadena’s landmark Raymond Theatre and its adjacent parking lot into a commercial/residential mixed-use development.
June 1, 2005
OWATONNA, MN — A task force associated with Owatonna’s Main Street program is searching for a way to save one of the city’s landmarks. The State Theater in downtown Owatonna is an Art Deco building that opened in 1935 as a movie theater, but has been vacant since 1996. The building is in danger of being lost to deterioration if it is not put back into use soon.
Interested persons with the skills, resources, and passion necessary to “Save the State” are encouraged to contact the task force with their ideas.