The latest movie theater news and updates
February 21, 2005
CHICAGO, IL — Friends of the Uptown volunteers will host brief, monthly socials to talk casually about the history of the Uptown Theatre and other historic venues. The socials are no-frills get-togethers where the dress is casual and the talk is informal.
Come as you are at 6:30 p.m. promptly on the first Monday of each month to the first floor conference room of the Bridgeview Bank building, 4753 N. Broadway, in Uptown. Seating is limited and available only on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Snacks and drinks to share with friends would be appreciated (go ahead and bring them!). We will also pitch in to help share the cost of the room rental.
Friends have scheduled March 7, April 4, and May 2 talks. Future dates may be planned contingent on time, interest and inclination. Any change to the first Monday schedule will be announced only via Uptown Adviser, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/uptownadviser/
February 18, 2005
“My name is Steven Rood. I am a Los Angeles based fine art photographer. My work is well collected. Pieces now hang in many private and corporate collections.
I am a year into my current project entitled Picture House. An homage to classic and vintage movie theaters. A retrospective that started locally and is quickly gathering steam to become a nationwide project. Currently, over 50 theaters have been shot. 27 of these are now represented online, with many more to be added soon. These images are receiving a lot of attention from the entertainment community, the photographic community and theater preservationist groups.
And that is why I in turn bring them to your attention. America’s classic and vintage movie theaters are vanishing at an alarming rate. Structures that represent a more innocent time in
our country. And as they fade, so do our memories of a time before urban and spiritual decay.
Does anyone recall the name of the small movie theater in “downtown” Highlands, New Jersey. Not Atlantic Highlands….Highlands. I don’t see it listed but have vivid memories vacationing there in the early 60s. Thanks. Jerry Kovar 42nd Street Memories
February 17, 2005
The following email was sent in from Daniel Trisi:
“I came across your website on a search for an old theater marquee. My name is Danel Trisi, I am a theater student at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA.
I am currently working with a group of students from CalArts on our final theater production before we graduate. We are doing an original production called “Narrow Escape.” The production is a cinematic thriller about an old film director that escapes from jail and comes back to the movie theater where his movies once played.
Does anybody know if old movies such as “Citizen Kane” or “Metropolis” have been digitised and are able to be distributed and screened digitally?
February 16, 2005
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Plans have just been lodged with Edinburgh City Council for a scheme that involves the demolition of the B-listed New Victoria / Odeon cinema. The plans can be viewed online here in detail: http://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=DC&appNumber=05/00327/LBC.
In summary though, only the facade is to be retained, and that is to be extended by an extra glass floor above current roof level. The auditorium is to be totally swept away.
CHICAGO, IL — “Inland Real Estate Auctions, Inc. to auction Mercury Theatre, Strega Nona and Cullen’s Bar & Grill
Circuit Court of Cook County orders auction
On Thursday, December 23, the Circuit Court of Cook County ordered the auction sale of 3741-47 N. Southport Ave., home to the Mercury Theatre, Strega Nona (a Carlucci restaurant) and Cullen’s Bar & Grill. Inland Real Estate Auctions, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction companies, has been retained by a court-ordered receiver to sell the property.
I am searching out information on Mr. Oscar A. Doob who was the advertising executive for Loew’s Inc. for 26 years. This time period would be back in the 1920’s or when Loew’s Inc. started.
February 15, 2005
WAIKIKI, HI — Hot off the press, the Pacific Business News reports that Greg Swendelson, VP of Robertson Properties, has announced that the Waikiki Theatre will be demolished in the next few weeks. Replacing the historic Art Deco theatre will be a Footlocker.
Construction of the Footlocker is to begin in Spring 2005.
BERKHAMSTEAD, ENGLAND — This is a story well worth looking at from the BBC News. The Rex Cinema in Berkhamstead is a superb Art Deco cinema which has survived a long period of closure and neglect to rise phoenix-like from the ashes. Take a look at their website: www.therexcinema.com.
Hopefully other UK cinemas can be rescued one day from the clutches of bingo and unsympathetic chains that simply vandalize historic buildings.