The latest movie theater news and updates
May 21, 2004
DES PLAINES, IL — The Des Plaines Theatre Preservation Society has been fighting to save the Des Plaines Theater, a former vaudeville house in downtown Des Plaines, for over a year and a half. During that time, the theater has been saved from planned demolition and declared eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
Furthermore, the society has collected signatures (and money) in support of their drive to convert the 1926 theater into a performing arts center. However, a proposed feasibility study approved by the City Council last summer is now on hold. Meanwhile, the city awaits the finalization of a deal between the preservation society and the theater’s owner (who is now using the theater for Indian films and live concerts).
SIOUX FALLS, SD — The Sioux Falls Film Society, present owners of the State Theater located in the heart of the downtown area, is seeking donations and other assistance in the restoration of the building.
The vaudeville/movie theater has been closed for ten years plus since it was last used as a movie theater. The Film Society was recently fortunate that a previous owner, Joe Floyd, donated $100,000, which paid off a bank mortgage on the building. However, any funding for further restoration must be provided by donations and other contributions.
May 20, 2004
CONCORD, CA — The long-gone Capri Theatre, located in the city’s Park & Shop shopping area, is at the center of another debate between a local church that needs a home and city business leaders.
The church, which has unsuccessfully bid for the property in the past, is now making another push for the property. But city officials are fighting against this, citing a rejuvenation of the theater, and a commitment to supporting a retail-only environment.
Full details can be found in this report from the San Francisco Chronicle.
May 19, 2004
Digital cinema gets a big boost in the United Kingdom, the Brooklyn Academy of Music repairs its cornice, and theatre legend Tony Randall passes away — all in today’s newsreel.
- UK cinemas to get digital screens
- Vintage smut breaks 100 year taboo
- What am I going to bid for this chair?
- A Brooklyn Landmark Gets Its Crown Back
- Imagineight Theatres planning 100,000-square-foot movie complex
- Tony Randall dies at 84
- Demolition of old movie theaters is ‘on schedule’
- Pickwick owners opt out of study
- What Germs Lurk In Movie Theater Seats
- Lorenzo Theater fans swing into action to save it
PORT ST. JOE, FL — Yesterday, the City of Port St. Joe decided to recommend that a building permit for the “reconstruction project” next door to the Port Theatre be issued.
In spite of legal counsel and abrogation laws in our favor, it was determined that if we wish to continue fighting this, it will have to become a civil matter in a court of law.
May 18, 2004
ESSEX, VT — A Vermont couple has tied the knot in their favorite place to have dates—a movie theater!
Renee Bleau and Travis Vigneau, who often spent dates watching movies together, were married yesterday in a local Essex multiplex. The wedding, attended by fifty guests, included tickets, popcorn, and even movie previews (‘The Day After Tomorrow’ and ‘Spiderman 2’).
The full account of the wedding can be found in this report from ChannelOklahoma.com.
May 17, 2004
Starting in June, the Music Hall will be adding “movie weekends” to it schedule. The first such weekend, planned for June 25 through 27, will include the films ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘Cinema Paradiso’, ‘Some Like It Hot’, and ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
May 14, 2004
PASADENA, CA — Gina Zamparelli sent us the latest alert from the Raymond Theatre…
“Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:
As most of you know, we have a very important City Council hearing for the Raymond Theatre this Monday, May 17th. We are expecting large crowds, celebrities, and the media. The decisions made at this hearing will chance the course of this project. We cannot express how important is that everyone who supports preservation of the Raymond Theatre attend this hearing.
BOSTON, MA — The Gaiety Theatre, nearly abandoned for 20 years, is now threatened with the wrecking ball. According to this report from the National Trust, a developer is close to obtaining a demolition permit from the city of Boston.
Preservationists have appealed to the Boston Landmarks Commission, but the group recently chose not to grant the Gaiety landmark status. “The Boston Landmarks Commission stated that while the building deserves to be preserved, it doesn’t meet the standards for landmark designation,” says Ellen Lipsey, the commission’s executive director.
The Friends of the Gaiety, which is spearheading efforts to the save theater, plans to appeal the landmark decision and ask the state’s historical commission to intervene. “We are determined to protect this theater,” says Stephen Landrigan, one of the group’s members.