The latest movie theater news and updates
March 9, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, PA — How many out there enjoyed sitting in the old movie palaces in Center City, Philadelphia back in the 50’s and 60’s???
I am talking about the Boyd, Fox, Stanley, Randolph, Goldman, and Midtown Theatres. These theaters showed the film on a first run, even on a reserved seat engagement. Watching classics such as “Gone With the Wind”, “Ben Hur”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “West Side Story”, “My Fair Lady”, and “The Sound of Music” on a giant screen was a view to behold. Sadly, these movies lose their dramatic effect when shown on a TV screen.
These were the days when a film played at one particular theatre anywhere from nine months to two years before general release. It was sort of special when I would go to these theatres with my family. Those were the days of going to the movies. Does anyone remember when the usher wore uniforms and white gloves???
I am glad that Clear Channel is restoring the Boyd Theater, to its former glory. I worked at some of these theaters as an usher in the late sixties. Anyone else out there a former theater employee???
March 8, 2005
HARLEM, NEW YORK, NY — The long-closed Loew’s Victoria could be reborn as a hotel and entertainment venue if developers Paul Williams and Robert Jones, of Victoria Tower Development, Inc., get the approval of the theater’s owner.
According to a NY Post article, the 1917 Victoria, which was first called the Loew’s 125th Street when it opened, has stood mostly disused since it showed it last movie in 1989. The partners see the redevelopment of the movie palace as part of a revival of Harlem’s famed 125th Street commercial and entertainment district which also includes the nearby legendary Apollo Theatre.
In the John Landis film An American Werewolf in London, there was scene set in a cinema showing a spoof porno movie – also directed by Lohn Landis.
I’ve read that the cinema was meant to have been just off Piccadilly Circus in London, and the entrance is now a fast food/pizza joint.
Looking at Picadilly Circus, this means the cinema must have been in the north corner and on the north side of the start of Shaftesbury Avenue. I was a regular cinema goer in the centre of London at this time and I don’t remember a cinema there — and I remember several others nearby that have sadly closed.
Did it ever really exist?
I have a portable deck which was originally in the Royal Oak Music Theater but removed during renovations that I’m interested in selling. if you or anyone you know would be interested, please contact me. Thanks.
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.