The latest movie theater news and updates
May 19, 2004
Digital cinema gets a big boost in the United Kingdom, the Brooklyn Academy of Music repairs its cornice, and theatre legend Tony Randall passes away — all in today’s newsreel.
- UK cinemas to get digital screens
- Vintage smut breaks 100 year taboo
- What am I going to bid for this chair?
- A Brooklyn Landmark Gets Its Crown Back
- Imagineight Theatres planning 100,000-square-foot movie complex
- Tony Randall dies at 84
- Demolition of old movie theaters is ‘on schedule’
- Pickwick owners opt out of study
- What Germs Lurk In Movie Theater Seats
- Lorenzo Theater fans swing into action to save it
PORT ST. JOE, FL — Yesterday, the City of Port St. Joe decided to recommend that a building permit for the “reconstruction project” next door to the Port Theatre be issued.
In spite of legal counsel and abrogation laws in our favor, it was determined that if we wish to continue fighting this, it will have to become a civil matter in a court of law.
May 18, 2004
ESSEX, VT — A Vermont couple has tied the knot in their favorite place to have dates—a movie theater!
Renee Bleau and Travis Vigneau, who often spent dates watching movies together, were married yesterday in a local Essex multiplex. The wedding, attended by fifty guests, included tickets, popcorn, and even movie previews (‘The Day After Tomorrow’ and ‘Spiderman 2’).
The full account of the wedding can be found in this report from ChannelOklahoma.com.
May 17, 2004
Starting in June, the Music Hall will be adding “movie weekends” to it schedule. The first such weekend, planned for June 25 through 27, will include the films ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘Cinema Paradiso’, ‘Some Like It Hot’, and ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
May 14, 2004
PASADENA, CA — Gina Zamparelli sent us the latest alert from the Raymond Theatre…
“Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:
As most of you know, we have a very important City Council hearing for the Raymond Theatre this Monday, May 17th. We are expecting large crowds, celebrities, and the media. The decisions made at this hearing will chance the course of this project. We cannot express how important is that everyone who supports preservation of the Raymond Theatre attend this hearing.
BOSTON, MA — The Gaiety Theatre, nearly abandoned for 20 years, is now threatened with the wrecking ball. According to this report from the National Trust, a developer is close to obtaining a demolition permit from the city of Boston.
Preservationists have appealed to the Boston Landmarks Commission, but the group recently chose not to grant the Gaiety landmark status. “The Boston Landmarks Commission stated that while the building deserves to be preserved, it doesn’t meet the standards for landmark designation,” says Ellen Lipsey, the commission’s executive director.
The Friends of the Gaiety, which is spearheading efforts to the save theater, plans to appeal the landmark decision and ask the state’s historical commission to intervene. “We are determined to protect this theater,” says Stephen Landrigan, one of the group’s members.
May 12, 2004
- Movie theater mogul Loew founded firm 100 years ago
- NBC Closes Merger With Universal
- NBC-Universal Link Means Beginning, End of Eras
- AFI’s first year in Silver Spring
- Saving historic theaters
- Lobbyist defends movie smoking
- Bryn Mawr Theater gets hope – and 25-year lease
- Trylon Theatre to reopen with Russian screenplays
- Going on-line to save a nation’s history
- Ricardo Montalban Theatre to Open in L.A.
PORT ST. JOE, FL — The Port Theatre lost a first round in a battle tonite. A neighboring property owner is applying for the right to build a second story (most of which already existed, though pirated in the 1970’s). At Monday night’s meeting, it was decided to approve the plans of the current owners of the building adjacent to the theater.
May 11, 2004
PORT ST. JOE, FL — Recently, I clearly saw the value of Historic Registry status for our Port Theatre.
The process of application for National Historic Registry nomination is not a quick process. It could take 2 to 3 years to get through successfully. One needs to persevere and not get discouraged because in the long run it helps preserve one more theater, one more treasure.
Contacting your state’s historic department is probably the best first step in the process. You may also want to visit the National Register of Historic Places website.