The latest movie theater news and updates

  • June 3, 2005

    Riverside Theatre Goes Dark, Briefly?

    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 Theatre For Sale

    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.”

  • The Sound Of Music — 40 Years!

    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

    Raymond Theatre Hearings Continue

    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

    Community Seeks Investor to Restore Art Deco Theater

    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.

  • Theatre Books For Sale

    I have a small collection of Film Daily Yearbooks and International Motion Picture Almanacs for sale. The Film Daily Yearbooks are $25.00 each plus shipping and the International Motion Picture Almanacs are $10.00 each plus shipping. Condition does vary, so email me for information on a specific volume. Listed below are the available volumes.

    International Motion Picture Almanac

    Film Daily Yearbooks

    I also have 5 old boxoffice magazines I am selling for $ 1.00 each plus shipping. They are November 1988, June 1990, October 1988, January 1993,September 2001.

    If anyone is interested in any of these issues or needs more information, please email at

    Thanks, Johnn

  • May 31, 2005

    Ohmann Theatre Reopens Following Restoration

    LYONS, NY — The Opening date for the Ohmann Theatre is July 6.

    The 90 year old theatre will be as special as the opening day in 1915. The colors and wood work have been restored, the original design of the curtains has been reproduced and plays, concerts and, of course, movies are being scheduled.

    A well known director of theatrical productions will head up the staff. The name to be announced soon.

  • Where Was This Theatre?

    Yesterday’s New York Times has an article about The Sound of Music, accompanied by this photo:

    The caption reads:
    The sound of protest: college students in Minnesota in 1966 saying “enough” to “The Sound of Music.” The photo is credited to 20th Century Fox.

    Anyone recognize this theatre? Where was it? Is it still standing and operating?

  • 800 Plus Theater Seats For Sale in California

    Irwin theater seats in EXCELLENT CONDITION, new coverings, very comfortable, and in two colors. MAROON AND BLACK. These seats are the best looking seats I have seen in a very long time. email me at for pictures and prices. Transportation is not included and price will depend on shipping location from California. These seats will sell fast, once they are seen by any buyers.


    SERIOUS BUYERS PLEASE CONTACT ME -CARL- AT 480-710-5360 OR AT These seats are ready for shipment and have been removed and are in storage ready to go.

  • May 30, 2005

    URGENT – DuPage Theatre to Face Demolition Vote

    LOMBARD, IL — The following was sent in by the “DuPage Friends”:

    “Lombard Trustee Proposes Resolution to Demolish Historic DuPage Theatre and Shops

    While the Village of Lombard is busy reviewing a proposal to restore the historic DuPage Theatre and Shops in its downtown, District 4 Trustee Steven Sebby has requested that
    Village Manager Bill Lichter place on the June 2, 2005 Village Board Agenda a resolution to demolish the theater and existing buildings.

    The revitalization plan now under review by the village includes the complete restoration of the DuPage Theatre as an arts and cultural center, as well as the development of upscale condominiums, restaurant and retail space and parking.

    The plan, proposed by architectural firm Daniel P. Coffey & Associates, a nationally renowned architectural firm specializing in theater restoration, and RSC & Associates, highly credentialed condominium and commercial developers, compelled the Village Board at a special meeting on April 27, 2005 to refer the plan to Village Staff.