The latest movie theater news and updates

  • December 9, 2003

    Images of the Uptown’s Demolition (Pre-Collapse)

    Greg Hannah sent us these shots of the Uptown Theatre on Sunday — just a day before yesterday’s fatal building collapse. (The wall that collapsed can be seen in the second image, at right. The school is also visible at far right.)

  • December 8, 2003

    BREAKING NEWS: Uptown Theatre Collapses, Killing At Least 1 Person

    TORONTO, CANADA — The ongoing demolition of Toronto’s historic Uptown Theatre took a deadly turn today as the theater collapsed, trapping at least five people. For more details, visit CNN, Canada.com, or ABC News for updates throughout the day.

    (Thanks to Ashley Winnington-Ball, Mike Rivest, Phantom, edward, Dustin Revin, and others for letting us know about the Uptown.)

  • Photos of the Grand Theater

    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).”

  • New Des Plaines Theater Owners Consider Restoration

    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

    Information Sought by Paper on Iroquois Fire for Disaster’s Centennial

    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.

  • New Mission Theatre to be Destroyed?

    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.

  • Enean Theatre For Sale

    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 .

  • Manager/Projectionist Needed

    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.

    -Heather

  • December 4, 2003

    Coming to a Browser Near You.. DLP Ads!

    Just noticed that DLP Cinema is promoting its digital project system on several popular movie news websites (like Dark Horizons and Ain’t It Cool News).

    The Flash-based banners (pictured above) include a link to a search tool for finding DLP-enabled theaters.

  • Friends of the Boyd (Sameric) Holiday Film Screening

    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.