The latest movie theater news and updates
December 8, 2003
Ed Dobbins sent in a few pictures of the soon-to-be-demolished Grand Theater in Baltimore, Maryland:
“The last picture shows some of the water damage inside. It’s very sad to see it go. The last movie I saw there when I was in high school was Return of the Jedi in Feb. 1984, no heat and a wind chill of -10 outside (and I was drinking a soda……..lol). The last movie I believe that played there was Footloose — to coincide with the video release (I found that strange).”
CHICAGO, IL — According to the Chicago Tribune, brothers Dhitu and Dharmesh Bhagwakar, who purchased the Des Plaines Theater last month from Mount Prospect National Bank, and who previously managed the theater until its closure this past spring, intend to reopen the former vaudeville house soon, showing a mix of first-run East Indian and second-run Hollywood films on the theater’s two screens.
December 5, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — To mark the 100th anniversary of one of Chicago’s worst tragedies, the December 30, 1903 blaze at Iroquois Theatre in the Loop, which claimed more than 600 lives, the Pioneer Press Online is seeking information from anyone who might have had stories of the fire handed down to them by relatives who survived or were at the scene in some capacity.
There should be news anytime now about the new owner of the New Mission Theatre. Reportedly the highest bidder wants to destroy it. I’ll be in touch.
Located at 325 East 10th street in Pittsburg, California. In its present condition, the theater stands solid. It’s been gutted and floors have been leveled, a couple of windows have been opened, a big roll up door was added to one of the theater’s exterior walls, and a new roof was installed about 4 years ago. The balcony and other features are still intact.
The property sits in 3 downtown lots, about 12500 square feet in total. The building’s commercial zoning allows for many different uses; including movie theater, play house, etc. Storefronts have been converted into offices and living quarters. The asking price is $875,000. If interested contact, please contact Jaime F. Penuela at .
I have the opportunity to rent a small movie theatre in Ohio, but I don’t have the necessary experience to run this business. I’m looking for a manager/projectionist who has business management experience and is fully qualified to operate most types of projectors. Please contact me at for more information.
December 4, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Friends of the Boyd (Sameric) Holiday Film Screening is “The Philadelphia Story” at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia on December 5th. The film starts at 8 PM with a 6:30 PM VIP reception with Edmund Bacon.
Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart in his Academy Award winning performance star in “The Philadelphia Story,” the 1940 sparkling romantic comedy from MGM nominated for 6 Oscars. All tickets include a party after the movie with food, drink and 1940’s music by DJ Jay Schwartz, better known as Secret Cinema.
December 3, 2003
According to it’s owner, Ben Slotky, “It’s bigger than anyone thought it would be. It took off so quickly.” The brew and view-style movie house was restored over the past couple years and was opened in May of this year after being closed since 1988.
Now, Slotky is expanding his vision of what he wants the Castle to become, an entertainment complex filling each of the 86 year-old building’s five floors, beginning with the second story, which he plans on turning into a pool hall. “After or before the movies,” Slotky says, “people are going other places. I want them to stay here.”
December 2, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD — The original plans for Baltimore’s Regional Library were to include the structure & facade of the Grand Theatre.
However two years ago, the architects & engineers inspected the theater and found that, due to extensive water damage, the supporting structure is too far gone (and costly) to be saved. I recently heard from the local merchants association that the marquee, box office, and some internal fixtures are going to be saved for some future use.
The fence around the block went up last week and the demolition is scheduled to start Dec 01 2003 :–(