The latest movie theater news and updates
January 15, 2004
ST. LOUIS, MO — The Orpheum Theatre has been purchased by Mike and Steve Roberts, who also own the Roberts Mayfair Hotel, an historic Wyndham Hotel (adjacent to the Orpheum), and the historic “Roberts Lofts” (former Board of Education building, designed by I. Taylor, located across the street at 9th and Locust).
Although still in the planning stages, I believe this will be another fine renovation. In St. Louis, the Roberts brothers are well-known patrons of the arts, who’ve gained much respect for the thoroughness of all their various endeavors. As a native of this historic city, I look forward to attending the Orpheum Theatre’s grand re-opening… without a doubt!
January 14, 2004
TEMPLE CITY, CA — The Edwards Temple Cinema 4, which sits on the spot of the 2nd Temple Theatre, at 9021 Las Tunas Drive, is dark, and the marquee is blank. It’s been this way now for at least a week. From speaking with people who used to go there, some have said that the inside was not being kept up. Others say that a restaurant is to be built there. Sad to see!
January 13, 2004
HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation will be hosting noted architectural historian Alfred Willis this evening. Willis will be speaking about “Sid Grauman and the Courtyard Theatres of California.” The event takes place at 7:00pm at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. Admission is free!!!
More details can be found in our previous report.
I found a listing for the Victor Theater in Anderson, South Carolina. I can’t find any source that mentions the Victor Theater. Our 1945 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the Carolina, Criterion, Lyrie (listed as Colored), State, and Strand.
January 12, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — Silent Film Returns to the Historic Central Park Theatre!
“Within Our Gates,” the famous 1919 silent film by Oscar Micheaux, will be screened at the historic Central Park Theatre in Chicago on Sunday, February 15, 2004. This will be the first film shown in the theater since 1971. The event begins at 3 p.m. at 3535 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago’s West Side, Lawndale neighborhood.
CHARLESTON, SC — The Arcade Theater was in the Art Moderne style by prolific Charleston architect Augustus Constantine who personally supervised a renovation to the building in 1957 when the pergola and yellow brick were added.
GREELEY, CO — The Bittersweet 4 in Greeley closed this Sunday after the owner of the four-plex sold the theater to a developer, according to the Greeley Tribune.
Regal Entertainment, which operated the Bittersweet, did not renew its lease on the theater. Developers, which plan to build a Walgreens drugstore on the site, are also eyeing Regal’s other Greeley movie house, the Cooper Twin, one of only a few twins remaining in Colorado.
CHARLOTTE, NC — After 15 years of operation, Eastern Federal has closed the Delta 6. Employees unfortunately were given two days notice. The building and land are for sale/lease.
On a side note, the Delta 6’s sister theater, Movie at the Lake (Hunsterville, NC), sits very close to a recently closed, not yet 5 year-old, independent theater that is now advertising the showtimes and website for EF.
January 9, 2004
HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation will present noted architectural historian Alfred Willis speaking about “Sid Grauman and the Courtyard Theatres of California.”
FTHF is a non-profit organization raising funds to purchase and restore the Fox Fullerton Theatre which will be featured in the talk along with other Meyer and Holler theaters including the Egyptian and Chinese theaters in Hollywood.