The latest movie theater news and updates
February 4, 2005
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Earlier this week, the staff of the Coronet was told that the theater would be closing its'doors forever on Feb 10, 2005. The Coronet, which opened in 1949, has been operated by United Artists since some time in the late 1980’s or early 90’s.
According to the San Francisco Examiner, in 2000, the owners of the building sold it to The Goldman Institute On Aging, who plan to tear it down and construct a senior citizens center on the site. The 1,200-seat Coronet is one of the last single-screen 70mm movie houses (with good sound and projectionst) to actually to run 70mm prints on a regular basis. There are one or two other single screen SF movie houses with 70mm capibility- -but they haven’t run 70mm in years.
MISHAWAKA, IN — The Tivoli Theatre, Mishawaka’s 1925 movie palace, gave one last show February 2nd to a crowd of about 75, who watched the decrepit theater withstand several blows by a wrecking ball before it finally gave in and crumbled in a cloud of dust.
According to the South Bend Tribune, for one of the bystanders, Jeremy Unruh, whose theater company might have been one of those to have used a restored Tivoli, seeing the wrecker’s ball slam through the arched window framed by terra-cotta on the brick facade gave him mixed emotions. “I’m sad to see it torn down, but at this point, it’s like seeing a dying animal being put out of its misery.”
I was recently told that a theater I once knew of had the oil tanks removed from the lot it was on. This was done when it closed because the tanks were on a lot owned by another business.
How much could it cost to hook up gas and install it into a theater with about 11,000 square feet. How cost efficient is it compared to oil??? Thanks for your help, this is in effort to get the theater up and running again.
February 3, 2005
CHICAGO, IL — There is an article about the Uptown Theatre published in this week’s edition of INSIDE, a north Chicago newspaper, which updates the current legal battle surrounding ownership of the theatre.
The article mentions a grassroots petition to support the theatre. It can be found at www.compassrose.org along with a history of the Uptown.
MILWAUKEE, WI —
Let us hope that this is a breath of real hope for our beloved AVALON Theatre. There have been many hopes dashed and failures noted in the past, we can only hope that it will be different this time. The owner has played disingenuously with potential buyers in the past, according to sources, but perhaps he is now realizing a combined purchasing power that may be able to meet his reportedly stiff price.
Hey everyone —
A friend of mine is starting an independent cinema in Omaha, from the ground up. She is looking for any advice/resources/guides she can find? Does anyone have any of these things?
Thanks so much!
February 2, 2005
PEEKSKILL, NY — According to the Paramount Center for the Arts website:
“The Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, NY is pleased to invite the public and members of the press to a special reception unveiling the second phase of the Paramount’s restoration project. The open house will take place Wednesday, February 9th, 2005 at 7:30 PM at the Paramount. Light refreshments will be served.
BRADFORD, ENGLAND — ‘How The West Was Won’ is scheduled to be shown in the original 3-strip Cinerama process at the UK’s Bradford Film Festival on 12 March at 2.30pm in Pictureville Cinema at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, located in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.
Other highlights include celebrating the 50th anniversary of Todd-AO. More details of the festival and its Widescreen weekend here: http://www.nmpft.org.uk/bff/2005/.
February 1, 2005
NEW YORK, NY — There was a very interesting article about the past, present and future of Greenwich Village’s Waverly Theater, by David Dunlap, in the New York Times on January 25th: “Past Will Flicker in Village Theater Renovation.”
The theater, closed since October, 2001, is undergoing an $8 million dollar transformation into a three-theater complex that will house the IFC (Independent Film Channel) Center. Two theaters, a 220-seat main floor theater and a 110-seat upstairs theater will be in the original theater structure, and a 60-seat theater and cafe are planned for an adjacent building.
LOS ANGELES, CA — A photo essay (viewable only in print and not online) in the February 2005 issue of Los Angeles Magazine focuses on some of the area’s most notable movie palaces – among others, the Los Angeles, the Vista, the El Capitan, and the Warner Grand.