The latest movie theater news and updates
December 29, 2004
NEW YORK, NY — We received the following email from “CineMan”: “Clearview Cinemas has received notice from their landlord that their lease at the Beekman Theatre will terminate in June 2005. The entire block is scheduled to be redeveloped. This will be a huge loss in Manhattan movie-going.”
Hello, I have been in the theatre industry ever since i graduated in 1988. I am curently looking for employment. If anyone knows of someone who is looking for a manager for their theatre or even an assistant manager, please let me know by emailing me at .
I have worked with Christie and Strong equipment in addition to Century projector heads and all of the SDDS, Dolby Digital and DTS sound equipment. I have managed a single screen theatre (the Cinemas West in Lubbock, TX), and other theatres as an assistant from six screens to nine screens.
As a projectionist, I have run the booths anywhere ranging from a single screen to 24 screens for AMC theatres.
December 28, 2004
Landmark Theatres is offering a 2005 calendar featuring color photos of many of their classic theatres from across the U.S. Among those featured are Denver’s Mayan (auditorium and exterior shots), St. Louis' Tivoli (auditorium entryway and exterior, including marquee), Milwaukee’s Oriental (beautiful auditorium view), and NY’s Sunshine (exterior). The calendars are just $9.99 and are on sale at Landmark Theatres nationwide.
SAGINAW, MI — Local radio station WHNN Oldies 96 will present “The OldiesPalloza Reunion Concert” featuring Paul Revere & The Raiders and The Contours on Saturday January 22 at the Temple Theatre. Details at http://whnn.com/misc12717.asp
December 27, 2004
RICHMOND, VA — The John Eberson-designed Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1928 as the Loew’s Richmond Theatre, is closing for about two years while it is renovated and modernized to include a new larger stagehouse to accomodate Broadway musicals and an expanded lobby space.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the $25 million project will begin in January or February and events usually hosted by the Carpenter Center will be held at the Landmark Theater, which will be renovated itself at a later date as part of the downtown arts center’s second-phase.
The Carpenter Center, as the Loew’s Richmond, closed as a movie house in 1979, and was reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, thanks to a $1.5 million gift by the Carpenter Foundation.
The Optic Theater formerly located on Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles can be seen extensively in the 1913 Mack Sennett comedy “Mabel’s Dramatic Career”. Sennett himself is seen inside and outside the then Nickelodeon known as Woodley’s Optic. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is also seen inside.
You can see the postercases and the floral design walkway leading from the sidewalk to the entrance doors but the marquee is never shown. Inside, the entire auditorium is seen including the piano being played by an unidentified woman. A large poster outside proclaims the next change to be another Sennett film “At Twelve O'clock” and a large board behind it advertises “Big Amateur Contest every Tues. & Thurs. nights..two shows”.
December 24, 2004
Happy holidays to all of our Cinema Treasures users! Best wishes for the holiday season.
(And, for those of you still looking for a stocking stuffer, don’t forget about our new book. Copies are available at your local bookstore and many online retailers.)
Larry Grossman, the wonderful artist who we profiled a few months ago, sent us this beautiful Christmas card.
LOS ANGELES, CA — Keith Gordon’s 2003 theatrically released (and beautifully photographed) remake of the mid-1980s British television production “The Singing Detective” contains a brief night shot of the south side wall and the lighted rooftop marquee of the Highland Theatre in the Highland Park district of Los Angeles.
The view is from a side street across Figueroa Street from the theatre, and the front of the building is obscured, but the bright lights of the rooftop sign are a splendidly evocative sight standing out in the mostly dark scene, perfect for the Noir atmosphere of the movie.