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  • April 11, 2005

    Looking for the Origins of the “Red Carpet” Tradition

    I’m a newspaper reporter from New Jersey and I’m trying to find the origins of the “red carpet” tradition at movie premieres.

    Any suggestions would be very much appreciated! Emailing me directly would be the quickest way for me – I’ve only got a few more days before I have to file my story.


    Jennifer V. Hughes

  • April 8, 2005

    3-Day Silent Film Festival At Lafayette Theatre Begins Tomorrow

    SUFFERN, NY — The SOUNDS OF SILENTS Film Festival comes to the historic Lafayette Theatre . 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.

    Among the musicians playing with the films will be the renowned silent film accompanists Dennis James playing “Robin Hood,� Robert Israel playing “The Thief of Bagdad� and “Grandma’s Boy,� Jeff Barker, John Baratta, and, making his United States debut, Michael Holmes of Great Britain playing “The Italian Straw Hat�.

  • Chicago To Honor Roger Ebert At Chicago Theatre

    CHICAGO, IL — Film critic Roger Ebert will be honored June 23rd with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    A couple weeks later, on July 12th, the Illinois native will be also honored in Chicago, with Mayor Richard Daley declaring that day “Roger Ebert Day” and also with the dedication of a plaque in the sidewalk in front of the landmark Chicago Theatre on State Street.

    At the sixth annual Chicago Outdoor Film Festival at Grant Park, which also kicks off on July 12th, Ebert will debut the first of several films he has selected to be shown each Tuesday during the seven week-long event. Among Ebert’s choices are “E.T.”, “Star Wars”, “Citizen Kane”, “Annie Hall”, and “The Hustler”.

    Read more in this report from the Chicago Sun Times.

  • April 7, 2005

    Today’s Newsreel

  • Ellis Theatre Chain?

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — Does anyone have info on the Ellis Theatre circuit (family-owned) from the Phila., Pa. area? They operated mostly neighborhood houses.

    Thanks, rg.

  • April 6, 2005

    Did Any Of These Boston Theatres Show Movies?

    Does anyone know if any of the following Boston theatres ever showed movies? If so, I would like to add them to this site.

    • Colonial Theatre
    • Wilbur Theatre
    • Shubert Theatre
    • Hollis Street Theatre (formerly in Theatre District)
    • Boston Theatre (formerly in Theatre District, demolished in 1926 to make way for BF Keith Memorial Theatre)
    • Tremont Temple (now a Baptist church, but has in the past also served as a theatre)
    • Columbia Theatre (former on Washington St in the South End)
    • Castle Square Theatre (formerly in the South End; later renamed Arlington Theatre)
    • Selwyn Theatre (formerly in Park Square, also called Cort Theatre)

  • April 5, 2005

    Cinema Treasures Adds Google Maps

    We’ve upgraded our theater pages to support Google Maps.

    With Google Maps, you can now view beautiful, detailed maps of your favorite theater locations. And, as of yesterday, you can also view satellite imagery of a theater.

    To see a sample, take a look at Graumann’s Chinese, Ziegfeld Theater, or the Balboa Theatre.

  • April 4, 2005

    See the UPTOWN, Chicago, on Monday, April 4

    CHICAGO, IL — This month’s Friends of the Uptown social, Monday, April 4, will feature an illustrated tour of the Uptown Theatre building through the use of color and black & white slides. The historic landmark will be shown in its exquisite 1925 beginnings, in rare color views from the 1960s and in more contemporary surveys.

    If you have ever been curious what is behind those attractive plywood board-up panels that are spray-paint stenciled “HISTORIC UPTOWN THEATRE — POST NO BILLS,” then this is the night for you.

    Friends of the Uptown volunteers are hosting brief, monthly socials to talk casually about the history of the UPTOWN THEATRE, Chicago, and other historic venues. The socials are no-frills get-togethers where the dress is casual and the talk is informal.

  • Majestic Theater Burns – 200 Escape

    CONWAY, NH — A fire broke out at the Majestic Theater during a Friday evening show. 200-250 people were present, all made it out.

    The fire was put out in 10-15 minutes but caused a 300 to 400 foot section of the roof onto the theater seats. We are getting about 4" of rain today and not having a roof could cause some serious issues.

    More details can be found in the Saturday April 2, 2005 issue of the Union Leader. The Union Leader has a website but this story didn’t make the online edition. You can view the print edition online for 50 cents.

    The Majestic’s website is here, but does not mention the fire.

  • April 1, 2005

    Raymond Theatre To Host Rummage Benefit

    PASADENA, CA — This coming weekend, the Friends of the Raymond Theatre will be having a rummage sale to support the preservation of the Raymond Theatre.

    Read on for a larger version of this flyer.