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  • April 12, 2005

    Renowned Concert Pianist To Perform at Kent Theatre

    CEDAR SPRINGS, MI — “The Cedar Springs Theatre Association and the Cedar Springs Public Library are very pleased to announce that international concert pianist Waleed Howrani will be returning to the area to perform a concert of classical and jazz music. The concert is scheduled for Sunday afternoon May 15, 2005 at 4:00 p.m., at the Kent Theatre, located in the heart of Cedar Springs at 8 North Main Street.

    There is an afterglow reception following the concert at the Cedar Springs Public Library located at 43 West Cherry Street. We hope that many residents in the north Kent County and south Montcalm County areas will come to hear this fine artist.

  • Searching For Info on The Brighton

    I am searching for ANY information about The Brighton, Westgate Road / Lynwood Terrace in Newcastle upon Tyne which was a cinema up until 1963 when it became a tenpin bowling alley. The Brighton was also a dance hall and billiard hall at the same time as the cinema.

    Any help would be much appreciated!


    Paul Royal

  • Theater Seats For Sale Only $1.50 each!!!


    The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg PA has over 800 theater seats that we must move out NOW…We are selling them for only $1.50 each!!!. At that price how can you go wrong??? Buy one or all of them for just $1.50. For about the cost of some microwave popcorn you can have theater seats for your home theater!!!

    Act Fast the seats will only be available for a short time!!! They must be moved for the renovation!!!

    Email me at or call me at 570-604-2608.

  • April 11, 2005

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  • Looking for the Origins of the “Red Carpet” Tradition

    I’m a newspaper reporter from New Jersey and I’m trying to find the origins of the “red carpet” tradition at movie premieres.

    Any suggestions would be very much appreciated! Emailing me directly would be the quickest way for me – I’ve only got a few more days before I have to file my story.


    Jennifer V. Hughes

  • April 8, 2005

    3-Day Silent Film Festival At Lafayette Theatre Begins Tomorrow

    SUFFERN, NY — The SOUNDS OF SILENTS Film Festival comes to the historic Lafayette Theatre . Nine silent film programs with LIVE musical accompaniment to be screened April 8-9-10, 2005.

    The SOUNDS OF SILENTS Film Festival at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York, presents nine unique and entertaining silent film programs from the golden age of cinema, all on the Lafayette Theatre’s giant silver screen – and all with live musical accompaniment. Screening will be films with stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Lon Chaney, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Lillian Gish. All of the films are showing in the finest archive prints available and all will feature live musical accompaniment. Selected short subjects will also be a part of several shows. Festival Dates: April 8-9-10, 2005.

    Among the musicians playing with the films will be the renowned silent film accompanists Dennis James playing “Robin Hood,� Robert Israel playing “The Thief of Bagdad� and “Grandma’s Boy,� Jeff Barker, John Baratta, and, making his United States debut, Michael Holmes of Great Britain playing “The Italian Straw Hat�.

  • Chicago To Honor Roger Ebert At Chicago Theatre

    CHICAGO, IL — Film critic Roger Ebert will be honored June 23rd with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    A couple weeks later, on July 12th, the Illinois native will be also honored in Chicago, with Mayor Richard Daley declaring that day “Roger Ebert Day” and also with the dedication of a plaque in the sidewalk in front of the landmark Chicago Theatre on State Street.

    At the sixth annual Chicago Outdoor Film Festival at Grant Park, which also kicks off on July 12th, Ebert will debut the first of several films he has selected to be shown each Tuesday during the seven week-long event. Among Ebert’s choices are “E.T.”, “Star Wars”, “Citizen Kane”, “Annie Hall”, and “The Hustler”.

    Read more in this report from the Chicago Sun Times.

  • April 7, 2005

    Today’s Newsreel

  • Ellis Theatre Chain?

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — Does anyone have info on the Ellis Theatre circuit (family-owned) from the Phila., Pa. area? They operated mostly neighborhood houses.

    Thanks, rg.

  • April 6, 2005

    Did Any Of These Boston Theatres Show Movies?

    Does anyone know if any of the following Boston theatres ever showed movies? If so, I would like to add them to this site.

    • Colonial Theatre
    • Wilbur Theatre
    • Shubert Theatre
    • Hollis Street Theatre (formerly in Theatre District)
    • Boston Theatre (formerly in Theatre District, demolished in 1926 to make way for BF Keith Memorial Theatre)
    • Tremont Temple (now a Baptist church, but has in the past also served as a theatre)
    • Columbia Theatre (former on Washington St in the South End)
    • Castle Square Theatre (formerly in the South End; later renamed Arlington Theatre)
    • Selwyn Theatre (formerly in Park Square, also called Cort Theatre)