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  • March 8, 2005

    What Cinema Was In “An American Werewolf in London”?

    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?

  • Portable Stage For Sale

    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

    Illinois Poltician Sues To Force Theaters To Stop Ads

    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, 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?

  • Cinema Equipment And Lights For Sale

    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

    Free Friday Scary Triple Feature Film Festival at The Heart Theatre

    EFFINGHAM, IL — The Lake Land College Arts & Humanities Series and The Heart Theatre present for FREE tonight:

    March 4th, 6:00 pm
    Starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins
    Rated R; 118 minutes; 1991

    March 4th, 9:00 pm
    Starring Heather Donahue, Michael Williiams,
    Joshua Leonard, and Bob Griffith
    Rated R; 88 minutes; 1999

    March 4th, 11:00 pm
    Starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi
    Not Rated; 65 minutes; 1934

    The event is free and the public is welcome.

  • Benefit for the Raymond Theatre

    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
    ( in North Hollywood.

    Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.

  • Association of Independent Cinema Exhibitors

    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,

    Omonike Akinyemi
    executive director
    image quilt productions

  • Vintage Theater Seats For Sale

    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.

  • Santa Rosa Theatre Information Wanted

    HOUSTON, TX — When I was a little kid back in the early 1960s, my parents and I went to the Santa Rosa theatre in Houston, Texas, which is now closed. Does anyone out there have any information on it?

    Cordially, Chet Cuccia

  • March 3, 2005

    Celebration At Academy Theater/Cathedral

    INGLEWOOD, CA — Local Pastor, Rev. Doyle Hart will celebrate his 83rd birthday and 40 years of ministry in the Los Angeles area. Gospel Recording Artist Dorinda Clark-Cole will kick off a day-long celebration recognizing several milestones at Academy Cathedral.

    Forty years ago, in 1965, Rev. Doyle Hart moved into a small church in the heart of south Los Angeles with a mission to preach the gospel. Because of his inspiring messages of faith and deliverance, Rev. Hart quickly had a growing congregation to preach to. His heartfelt desire to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and to equip people in the community with the necessary tools to live fulfilling lives was immediately felt by anyone attending services in the church then known as Calvary Temple.