The latest movie theater news and updates
April 15, 2005
LEWISTON, ME — According to the Press Herald, the 102-year-old Empire Theatre will be demolished this spring to make room for a parking lot. This once rampant demolition practice for parking spaces had subsided in recent years and it is surprising to see such an old theater, of an increasingly rare vintage, going down without much notice from the community or preservation groups.
Are there any Maine/New England Cinema Treasures members out there who can shed light on this?
(Thanks to John Elwood for notifying us about this story.)
SANTA MONICA, CA — The following press release was sent in by the American Cinematheque which operates the Aero Theatre:
“The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre will present an exclusive four night return engagement of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962, Columbia, 216 min.) in 70 mm!, May 5 – 8, 2005. Peter O'Toole (GOODBYE MR. CHIPS) stars as the tortured, near God-like Lawrence in director David Lean’s (A PASSAGE TO INDIA) absolute masterpiece. An epic film that takes place during World War I and Lawrence’s adventures in North Africa.
The film features one of the finest casts ever assembled in a motion picture: including, in his first major English-speaking role, Omar Sharif (DR. ZHIVAGO), Anthony Quinn (ZORBA THE GREEK), Jack Hawkins (LORD JIM), Claude Rains (CASABLANCA), and Alec Guinness (THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI) as Prince Feisal. Freddie Young’s 70 mm. photography is considered to be a work of genius, as is the screenplay written by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. Maurice Jarre’s moving score and John Box’s production design only serve to add more layers of excellence to the film. Winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. “When you’re in the desert, you look into infinity … It makes you feel terribly small, and also in a strange way, quite big.” – David Lean.
These items are for immediate sale and ready for shipment. Must have them gone in the next few weeks. Email for pictures and prices. Willing to make a deal for all of the items as a whole. Transportation is not included in selling price. Please include your zip code if you would like transportation quote as well.
Curtain Motor Driven Open / Close
Lobby Lights Outside White Track
Lobby Lights Silver
Lobby Lights White Ticket Booth
Metal Kitchen Sink
Outside Poster Signs
Projection Room Equip Upstairs
Spare Cup Holders
Spare Seat Cushions (Numerous)
Spare Seat ends (Numerous)
Speaker along Wall
Speaker Boxes – No Speakers
Speakers In Ceiling
Theater Entrance Signs
Theater Seats Good & Very Good
Unistrut for Screen Frames
April 14, 2005
The development will include “two theaters, rehearsal rooms, student residences, and restaurant space,” according to the Globe. “Plans are sketchy but will probably include a theater seating about 450 and a smaller, 75- to 125-seat black-box theater. [boston Redevelopment Authority] spokesman Susan Elsbree said yesterday that the final size will depend on the needs of the nonprofit arts groups that the city wants to include.”
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following was sent in by Howard Haas of the Friends of the Boyd:
“The new owner of the Boyd didn’t waste time. Last Wednesday, I joined architect Gary Martinez, AIA, & National Design Director John M. Ahrens, AIA, in a long awaited Inventory Tour, walking thru the movie palace, pointing out all the historic features we had discovered. I shared copies of much of our research. I had been in the Boyd before with them, but this was an all day discussion that for awhile also included Michael Norris (our Development Chair) and Adrian Fine (Regional Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation), and a consultation from another organ company.
I am thrilled to tell you that everybody wants to bring the movie palace back to its original 1928 beauty. Clear Channel wants to do a comprehensive restoration to the original colors of the paint & plaster, light fixtures, and much more! As we have said, in addition to film, organ, exhibits of the theater’s history and public tours, there are also Art Deco features that Friends of the Boyd can help make a difference in ensuring they return, but we are very happy with the company’s expertise and their commitment.
The Boyd is on its way! I liked the 1970’s Art Deco Revival concession stand in the Lobby, with its light ends that lit up. But, most people thought it a monstrosity incompatible with the original French Art Deco design. It is gone!
April 13, 2005
April 12, 2005
CEDAR SPRINGS, MI — “The Cedar Springs Theatre Association and the Cedar Springs Public Library are very pleased to announce that international concert pianist Waleed Howrani will be returning to the area to perform a concert of classical and jazz music. The concert is scheduled for Sunday afternoon May 15, 2005 at 4:00 p.m., at the Kent Theatre, located in the heart of Cedar Springs at 8 North Main Street.
There is an afterglow reception following the concert at the Cedar Springs Public Library located at 43 West Cherry Street. We hope that many residents in the north Kent County and south Montcalm County areas will come to hear this fine artist.
I am searching for ANY information about The Brighton, Westgate Road / Lynwood Terrace in Newcastle upon Tyne which was a cinema up until 1963 when it became a tenpin bowling alley. The Brighton was also a dance hall and billiard hall at the same time as the cinema.
Any help would be much appreciated!
The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg PA has over 800 theater seats that we must move out NOW…We are selling them for only $1.50 each!!!. At that price how can you go wrong??? Buy one or all of them for just $1.50. For about the cost of some microwave popcorn you can have theater seats for your home theater!!!
Act Fast the seats will only be available for a short time!!! They must be moved for the renovation!!!
Email me at or call me at 570-604-2608.
April 11, 2005