The latest movie theater news and updates
March 18, 2005
BROOKLYN, NY — The Flatbush Pavilion, which closed in May 2004, is going to become a swimming pool, according to a health club employee I spoke with. (Read this Daily Heights article for more information.)
There was some hope that the Pavilion—which opened in 1912 as the Bunny Theatre and at one time was repurposed as a mini-golf course—might find new life. But my source said the health club that bought the theater plans to build a swimming pool in the space.
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The following email was sent by the Friends of the Loew’s:
“Back in the 1950s when television was new, one of the ways the movie studios tried to compete was to change the size and shape of the movie image. But in addition to widening the aspect ratio the moviemakers made much greater use of color. This seemed a natural combination that truly helped set the movies apart from what was then the small, drab monotone television screen: glorious hues combined with panoramic views.
But a select number of widescreen movies were made in black and white. The effect of sharp contrast and subtle differences in grey scale writ across an enormously wide screen is one of the most distinct, if relatively rare, experiences in cinema. On April 1 and 2, the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre will present three of the best of these movies made in glorious black and W-I-D-E.
Aproximately 800 Theater seats for sale. Condition ranges from very good to useable. These seats would be great for recovering. Very comfortable. Located in Stroudsburg PA.
All offers will be answered!
March 17, 2005
According to this IndieWire.com article, Landmark Theatres will be launching a digital projection roll-out this summer with the installation of Sony’s new digital SXRD projectors in six Landmark locations, with eventual installation in all 59 of its theatres.
I’m David Balaban, Grandson of David Balaban, director of theater operations for Balaban and Katz until 1949. I’m writing a book entitled, “ The Chicago Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz” The book will be published in December of 2005. It will contain hundreds of pictures of Balaban and Katz theaters, people and never before seen documents about the unique company that my family operated. If you have a Balaban and Katz memory or picture, please email it to me for possible inclusion in the book. Thanks!
March 16, 2005
SUFFERN, NY — The SOUNDS OF SILENTS Film Festival comes to the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York. Nine silent film programs with LIVE musical accompaniment to be screened April 8-9-10, 2005.
The SOUNDS OF SILENTS Film Festival at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York, presents nine unique and entertaining silent film programs from the golden age of cinema, all on the Lafayette Theatre’s giant silver screen – and all with live musical accompaniment. Screening will be films with stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Lon Chaney, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Lillian Gish. All of the films are showing in the finest archive prints available and all will feature live musical accompaniment. Selected short subjects will also be a part of several shows. Festival Dates: April 8-9-10, 2005.
AMHERST, MA — We are selling two screens from the old Amherst (MA) Cinema, which is being renovated. Both are 16' by 29' acoustically transparent with grommets. One is white and was taken down and carefully rolled just last week. The other is high-contrast grey and is rolled in its original box (from Hurley Screen Co, NY). Both are in good condition as far as we can tell.
We are asking $300 for the white screen and $200 for the grey, or take both for $400. You must pick them up in Amherst MA (halfway between Boston MA and Albany NY).
ACT NOW! We need to get them out right away to make room for the renovation. Call Amherst Center for Stage & Screen (413-256-1991) or email . Next week may be too late!
March 15, 2005
March 14, 2005
Cinema Treasures just added its 9,000th theater listing!
Thanks to everyone for sharing your memories, thoughts, and histories of the world’s “Cinema Treasures,” past and present, with our growing community.
At the pace the Theatre Guide is growing, 10,000 is just around the corner …
MILWAUKEE, WI — Thanks to the eagle eyes of Hugh Swofford comes this: according to a story in Friday’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the 1929 AVALON on Milwaukee’s south side in the former village of Bay View, is in the process of being purchased by a local investor, and it looks as though the Landmark chain of movie houses, which includes the ORIENTAL and the DOWNER in Milw., will be the operator of this “atmospheric” type cinema which closed five years ago.
After several false starts, it now appears that a deal in earnest, not relying upon a land contract, will come to be, and if so we will then have a grand total of 2 operating movie palaces remaining in the city, out of the 20 we once had (this excludes the DOWNER and the TIMES and the remodeled TOSA (the ROSEBUD CINEMA) which are not really palaces).