The latest movie theater news and updates
March 7, 2005
CHICAGO, IL — Miriam Fisch, an Illinois politician who apparently is so fed up with the large number of advertisements that play before the start of movies these days, she has filed a lawsuit against Loews Cineplex to stop them.
According to NoMovieAds.com, which has published the complete complaint, Fisch seeks the following relief:
(d) Enjoining Loews and the defendant Loews class from showing advertisements prior to feature films, and/or an Order forcing Loews and the defendant Loews class to accurately inform customers of the real starting times of movies post-advertisements;
Is this a sign of a new breed of lawsuits to be filed against theater chains in the US and abroad?
EAST GREENVILLE, PA — The following item numbers are for sale from either the Valley Theater or Deer Lake Drive (in Deer Lake, PA):
• Xenon Lamp 4000W Good/Used from Drive In Theater Item number: 3878687848
• Old 1000W 230V Sylvania Lamp Item number: 6159210200
• Simplex Cast Iron Drive-In projector base No Reserve Item number: 3878695273
• Christie AW4 Cinema/theatre platter system w/makeup tab Item number: 3878703186
• Antique Theatre Wall Light (From Valley Theatre, PA) Item number: 6159225774
• 1966 3 tier Chandelier from Theatre Palace Item number: 6159227010
March 4, 2005
EFFINGHAM, IL — The Lake Land College Arts & Humanities Series and The Heart Theatre present for FREE tonight:
March 4th, 6:00 pm
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
Starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins
Rated R; 118 minutes; 1991
March 4th, 9:00 pm
THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
Starring Heather Donahue, Michael Williiams,
Joshua Leonard, and Bob Griffith
Rated R; 88 minutes; 1999
March 4th, 11:00 pm
THE BLACK CAT
Starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi
Not Rated; 65 minutes; 1934
The event is free and the public is welcome.
PASADENA, CA — The following email was sent in by the Friends of the Raymond Theatre: “BENEFIT FOR THE RAYMOND THEATRE THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH!
Many supporters have already bought tickets. Please arrive at 8pm for the best seats! We hope to see you there.
This Saturday, March 5, the Bonnie Delight Revue is staging an old-fashioned variety show with a modern day twist! Proceeds from this show go to help save Pasadena’s historic Raymond Theatre! The show is being held at the California Institute of Abnormal Arts
(www.ciabnormalarts.com) in North Hollywood.
Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.
I recently visited the Showeast Conference and was dazzled by the array of services and products available to movie theater exhibitors. I connect with a film festival programmer from Martha’s Vinyard, but was surprised not see more of a presence from Independent Cinema Exhibitors. An association like this exists in France and other countries.
As I move in the direction of screening films in my community, I would love to know if there are interested small theater owners who may want to link and form an association. Please let me know,
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AMHERST, MA — We have approximately 550 vintage 1940s era Art Deco seats for sale. All are a nice bright red. They have heavy duty cast iron legs and arms, metal seat backs and buckets, and wooden arm rests. The cushions are leatherette (seats) and fabric (backs) and were re-upholstered in the 1980s.
Seats measure 19" x 19", with total back height 30" from floor. They are internally spring-loaded and fold when not in use. They have been taken apart into sets of 3 and 4. Condition is fair to good. We are asking $20 per seat, and will consider other offers, particularly if you take all of them.
HOUSTON, TX — When I was a little kid back in the early 1960s, my parents and I went to the Santa Rosa theatre in Houston, Texas, which is now closed. Does anyone out there have any information on it?
Cordially, Chet Cuccia
March 3, 2005
INGLEWOOD, CA — Local Pastor, Rev. Doyle Hart will celebrate his 83rd birthday and 40 years of ministry in the Los Angeles area. Gospel Recording Artist Dorinda Clark-Cole will kick off a day-long celebration recognizing several milestones at Academy Cathedral.
Forty years ago, in 1965, Rev. Doyle Hart moved into a small church in the heart of south Los Angeles with a mission to preach the gospel. Because of his inspiring messages of faith and deliverance, Rev. Hart quickly had a growing congregation to preach to. His heartfelt desire to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and to equip people in the community with the necessary tools to live fulfilling lives was immediately felt by anyone attending services in the church then known as Calvary Temple.
March 2, 2005
CHARLESTON, SC — Mary Martin Gallery of Fine Art, located in the historic district of downtown Charleston, presents an exhibition of works by Hilarie Lambert entitled “The Theater Project.” The exhibition opens as a part of the French Quarter Art Walk on March 4th.
“The Riviera … The Palace … The Strand … The RKO .. The Paramount”: All are names evocative of the adventure and romance represented by the twentieth-century American icon, the movie theater" states Charleston artist Hilarie Lambert.
March 1, 2005
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The following was sent in by the Loew’s Jersey Theatre:
“Fri., March 4, Sat., March 5 & Sun. March 7
On September 28, 1929, the landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre opened its doors for the first time. Four and a half months before, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences awarded its first Oscar. Over the decades, some of the movies honored as “Best Picture” have lost some of their popularity and now seem oddly dated.
But others have claimed a permanent place in the public’s imagination and in the history of cinema. Now, to celebrate the Loew’s Jersey’s 75th Anniversary, we proudly present four of Oscar’s Most Enduring Best Pictures: