The latest movie theater news and updates
November 6, 2003
WARREN, OH — According to the Vindicator, the City of Warren has received a $50,000 state grant to cover preliminary design work and cost estimates for a redevelopment of the Robins Theater. The theater, described as “the largest and only surviving movie house within the city of Warren and is a contributing structure in the Warren Commercial National Historic District”, has been closed since the 1970s.
November 5, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — Monday’s issue of the USA Today took a look at all things cinematic in the Windy City. The profile includes a list of Chicago’s contributions to film history, prominent film festivals, famous movie moments, and a few of the city’s better known movie houses (like the Biograph and Gene Siskel Film Center).
What are your favorite Chicago movie moments? (Comment below.)
CHICAGO, IL — The 15th annual Polish Film Festival in America, the world’s largest Polish film event, is currently taking place in Chicago, and running from November 1-16. The three venues hosting the event are the Gateway Theatre, at the Copernicus Center (5216 W. Lawrence Ave.), the Gallery Theatre (1112 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and the Beverly Arts Center (2407 W. 111th St.). The award-winning film festival also will be hosting satellite screenings in cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis and Boston. The opening gala on November 1st at the Gateway featured the U.S. premiere of the Acadamy Award-nominated director Jerzy Hoffman’s “When the Sun Was God”.
November 4, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — According to the Chicago Tribune, the Music Box, one of Chicago’s best-loved art house theaters, will soon be under the management of its current owner, lawyer William Schopf. The miniature movie palace is currently managed by Chris Carlo and Robert Chaney, who are seeking an early termination of their lease to pursue other interests.
In May 1966, a lady theater proprietor named, we think, Mrs. Glasgow, purchased three of our family portraits from our family home in Scotland which we were forced to sell to pay death duties. She said she was going to put them in her theater in, we think, California. Somehow, by 1980, they were stored in someone’s garage.
November 3, 2003
- Avalon’s missing marquee propels neighborhood opposition
- Magazine lists cinema’s cheesiest moments
- Blow for ‘Save our Cinema’ campaign
- The Best Movie Theater Ever
- Rest in peace, Crystal Theater
- Local group throws ‘Rocky Horror’ bash
- Performing arts center to find home at moviehouse
- Farrellys stuck on Stadium
- More movie houses are targeted for new lives (sub. required)
October 31, 2003
FT. WAYNE, IN — According to the Journal Gazette, local filmmakers Richard Yates and Rodney Pasko shot a horror film last year at the now-razed Holiday 1 & 2 movie theater at the Northcrest Shopping Plaza in Ft. Wayne.
October 30, 2003
MIAMI, FL — According to this article in the Miami Today News, Miami’s famous Coconut Grove Playhouse is planning on adding a movie screen and projection equipment to show films while the theater is not being used for stage productions. The Coconut Grove was originally opened as a movie house in 1926. Says the theater’s executive director Laura Calzolar, “It’s a return to our history. In many respects, we are coming back to our roots”.