The latest movie theater news and updates
October 8, 2004
Zipcode search — now you can find your favorite theaters by zipcode! Zipcode search also allows you to search for theaters with 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 miles from your present location. Just enter your local zipcode, select the desired proximity, and you’ll be able to find all the Cinema Treasures nearby!
Search theaters by previous name and description — many of you have asked to search our theater guide using a theater’s previous name, so we’re glad to finally offer this feature. When searching for theaters by name, you’re now able to search for any combination of the current theater name (the default for most searches), previous names, and even search within a theater’s description.
As you may have noticed, Cinema Treasures now includes a poll!
To vote in the poll, you can vote directly from the polls menu that appears throughout our theater news section. Or just go straight to our Cinema Treasures Poll area.
Each week, we’ll be bringing you a new question that gets to the heart of what this website is about. And, of course, if you have any cool ideas for new polls, feel free to email us.
If you haven’t voted in this week’s poll (which asks how many movies you’ve seen this summer), please check it out.
October 7, 2004
Next on our list of new features and enhancements… Cinema Treasures' theater guide.
When browsing through a list of theaters (like Art Deco theaters or theaters in California), it’s now possible to view all the theaters in a given category. So, in addition to viewing twenty-five theaters at a time, but you can now view them all at once — on a single page, either as a list or as thumbnails.
We’ve also added a number of enhancements to individual theater pages. Most significantly, theater pages now display more than one name for a theater. The theater’s current (or most recent) name is still displayed, but if previous names exist, they are also displayed. (Previous names are now searchable too.) Similarly, if our database contains a phone number for a theater, we now show the number.
Lastly, you may have noticed that the image behind the Cinema Treasures logo on the top of each page has changed. In fact, every day of the week, we plan to show a different background. Each image will reveal a special ‘Cinema Treasure’ which reminds us why we all love movie theaters so much.
Our apologies for those of you who were unable to view the site yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, the new site is so popular that we overloaded our existing server. But, rest assured, we’re planning to move Cinema Treasures to a more powerful server as soon as possible.
October 6, 2004
To celebrate the release of our new Cinema Treasures book, we’re introducing a number of new features and enhancements to our website.
Stay tuned as we highlight one or two new feature or enhancement each day this week! Today’s new feature? Our improved favorites system.
Previous versions of Cinema Treasures allowed users to add a list of their favorite theaters to their member profile, but the process of adding and removing theaters was confusing to some. Now, it’s incredibly easy to make a list of your favorite Cinema Treasures.
Just browse through our theater guide, find a theater you’d like to add, and then click ‘Add to favorites’. That’s it! Likewise, if you wish to remove a theater from your list, go to the theater’s page and click ‘Remove from favorites’.
To view your list of favorites at any time, just login to your Cinema Treasures account and click the My Favorites in the upper right corner of your browser window.
October 5, 2004
RICHMOND, VA — On Sunday, October 10, the Dominion Film Sundays at the Byrd Theatre invites us to take a look at the past, while keeping an eye on the future of film, with the presentation of ‘Speedy.’
The film will start at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person and may be purchased at the Byrd Theatre, located at 2908 West Cary Street. For information, please call 1-888-523-1043.
October 4, 2004
After nearly two years of research and contributions by theaters and archives around the country, Cinema Treasures, by Ross Melnick and Andreas Fuchs, is now on sale at bookstores around the country!
Celebrating the history of moviegoing in the United States over the past 100 years, this book will not only interest anyone working in or studying motion picture exhibition, but just about everyone who loves to go to the movies.
October 1, 2004
Volunteering to save and restore Philadelphia’s last movie palace, the Friends of the Boyd present the Disney classic “The Happiest Millionaire” at International House (3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia) on Friday, October 1.
The 1967 musical comedy is about the comic misadventures of an immigrant butler who takes a job with eccentric Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle. Biddle’s mansion was at 2104 Walnut Street. Starring Fred MacMurray, Greer Garson, Lesley Ann Warren, and Geraldine Page, the film will be shown in a rare 35 MM print straight from the Disney vault. The film had its local premiere at the Boyd (aka Sameric) Theatre in 1967.
DES PLAINES, IL — A deal struck between the owners of the Des Plaines Theatre and the Des Plaines Theatre Preservation Society recently opens the way for the Society to begin screening classic Hollywood films at the 79 year-old movie palace in downtown Des Plaines. The theater also screens Bollywood fare.
In return, the Society will find volunteer workers to begin renovations on the theater, beginning with the marquee, which is one of the symbols of this Chicago suburb. The group will begin work on the marquee on October 9th, according to Paul H. Saletnik, the vice president of operations for the Preservation Society. The neon lighting of the marquee will also hopefully be repaired as well.