The latest movie theater news and updates
February 18, 2004
Raymond Theatre Owners Move Forward with Redevelopment Plans; Theater to be Converted into Apartment/Retail/Office Complex
“Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:
We have very urgent news. Please see the overview directly below, and the expanded version for further details.
The owners of the Raymond Theatre have chosen to move forward with Design Review of their project to convert the Raymond Theatre to an apartment/retail/office complex. The tentative (but not confirmed) date of the Design Review hearing is March 15, 2004. We will let everyone know the final date of the hearing as soon as it is confirmed.
SALFORD, ENGLAND — It looks like the end is in sight for the wonderful Ambassador Super Cinema. Somehow, this building has remained virtually intact and in great condition with most of its original fittings.
February 16, 2004
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — As the Hollywood Theater awaits renovation by a local theater arts organization this spring, I thought I’d dig up some pictures from the archives.
The vintage shots are from 1935. The more recent photos are from my tour this last winter with the Hollywood Theater Task force, a group that wants to spur interest and possible development of the theater.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — “Vic”, a Cinema Treasures user and Assistant Manager at the Alexandria, confirmed that the theater will close later today in a comment posted on the Alexandria’s theater page.
“Unfortunately, the Alexandria has run out of time, as the doors will open for the last time on Febuary 16th. The last show will be at 4:15pm. I hope to see anyone who cares for the theater therea as i will be the Assistant Manager On Duty for the Final Shows… R.I.P Alexandria (1923 – 2004)”
Where can I get information about digital movie licensing? No internet search engine seems to help much, but I’ve read articles that make vague references to how much the industry is saving and how much cheaper digital download high-def movies are. Anybody got any insight?
February 14, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Late last night, the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation alerted its members that the UA Alexandria may be closing on Monday.
The group, dedicated to preserving and maintaining San Francisco’s wonderful neighborhood theaters, has been urging prospective buyers to continue operating the Alexandria, but the identity of the new owner remains unknown.
February 13, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD — Ed Dobbins sent in some scans of a Grand Theatre playbill he recently acquired:
“A friend just sent me an original playbill of the Grand Theatre from December, 1956… I never though I’d get to see something like this. The cool thing about the playbill is the back — all of the major theaters in the area and what they are showing that week.”
STAMFORD, CT — The Avon Theatre is finally set to officially reopen today. There were a couple of test screenings on Wednesday to run through the operation one last time before the theater reopens to the public. The projection was superb and the popcorn was excellent! (See previous story — includes photos of the newly-restored Avon.)
To read more about the reopening, check out this article from the Stamford Advocate.
LONDON, ENGLAND — I’m organising an evening of old-style, burlesque cabaret entertainment with a film show and special guest speaker as the finale, and I’m looking for the perfect venue for the evening. Preferably a 200 – 300 seater with a bar and a nice old-fashioned ambience. Any suggestions would be most gratefully received!!!
February 12, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — “It may not get any better than this for history buffs in Chicago,” is the theme organizers are singing in promotion of a special event this weekend.
In fact, there’s no overestimating the uniqueness of a cinema opportunity this Sunday, Feb. 15, at the historic Central Park Theatre/House of Prayer building in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, event organizers said today.