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January 30, 2004
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BENTONVILLE, AR — The Plaza, located on the square downtown, is an old theater that was closed in the early 70s. It was gutted and renovated into office space and most recently a hair salon. I have dreamt of renovating this old building back to its original use as a theater since I first laid eyes on it 18 years ago.
January 29, 2004
PITTSFIELD, MA — The former Union Square Theatre and Berkshire Public Theatre is now the Berkshire Music Hall, according to the Berkshire Eagle. Raymond Schilke is spending $500,000 to bring back the theater which last hosted performances in 1995. Both live shows and movies will play at the newly renovated Music Hall once it reopens.
Here are a few recent photos of the theater. (More details are also available on the Berkshire’s official website.)
PEEKSKILL, NY — The Paramount Center for the Arts is putting the finishing touches on an extensive renovation project.
To celebrate the completion of the Paramount improvements, a special reception will take place on Thursday, February 19th, at 7:30 PM, which will unveil the renovated theater. Those attending the reception will see firsthand the great accomplishments that have been made in such a short amount of time, such as:
• Restoring the theater’s intricate French renaissance ceiling to its original design
• Re-plastering and painting of the theater walls
• New and improved house lighting provided by the New York Power Authority
• New curtains
Here are a two shots taken during the renovations:
FULLERTON, CA — A community forum will be held tonight at 7:00 pm at the Wilshire Auditorium (on Lemon between Chapman and Wilshire in Fullerton) to help save the Fox Fullerton Theatre from the clutches of demolition-minded developers.
TORONTO, CANADA — I’m working on a student documentary paying homage to the Uptown Theatre, kind of a eulogy on film. I’m currently looking for anyone who has fond memories and stories to share about their experiences as a theater patron, volunteer, or employee. I am also looking for any video footage or still images of the Uptown both inside and out.
January 28, 2004
The new owners of the Ioka seek to avoid the limelight, the Rockland Strand could reopen by summertime (see previous story), the Cerrito Theater gets $3.5 million for renovations, and the Hollywood Reporter gets to the bottom of what killed the AMC/Loews Cineplex merger — all in today’s newsreel.
- Orchestra tunes up for Warner Grand
- Roll Credits — AMC, Loews Merger Talks Off
- Cake, ice cream and a movie
- $3.5 million goes to Cerrito renovation
- Canada enlists Conan to help boost tourism
- New owners of Ioka seek anonymity
- Small-town theaters staving off extinction
- Boston’s Opera House being restored to former glory
- Remembering The Rogers Theater
- Stoughton Village Players raising money for facility
- Dumbed-down, overcommercialized movie theater experience little better than TV anymore
(Thanks to Gregg Anderson for the Cerrito info.)
Geoff Welch writes… “I have a few passes to theatres that were once in Roanoke Va. Does anyone know about any information about the theaters? Are the passes collectable?”
MEDFORD, MA — I’m looking for any information anyone may have on the Medford Square Cinema 1 & 2. I went there often as a child, having seen quite a few of Disney’s original releases and re-releases in the early 1980s – ‘The Fox and the Hound’, ‘Tron’, and ‘Peter Pan’, among others — all in the upstairs (former balcony) auditorium.