The latest movie theater news and updates
January 19, 2005
FRESNO, CA — The Crest Theatre in downtown Fresno is currently for rent! This beautiful art deco palace sits on the Western edge of downtown near the Fulton Street Mall, which is slated for redevelopment. I am intrested in re- opening the theater as an art/foreign/indy mecca for the multiplex weary!
I would appreciate any help as to how to get this dream into development, the secrets to a successful independent theater! Especially helpful would be from those living in the Fresno area as to programming and for resoration help. For an overview on this theater check it out here on the Cinema Treasures website.
CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH — I know of a classic one screen theater in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio that sits empty in need of an owner. I would like to be that owner but don’t have the money to refurbish it. I am having trouble finding any type of grant or other money source.
Built in 1925 as a silent movie theater with a piano for backgorund music, it was fitted for sound a few years later. The theater closed around 1983 and has been empty ever since.
The city of Cuyahoga Falls currently owns the property but has not maintained it very well. It has two apartments above it and small store fronts on each side that are included with the building.
January 18, 2005
Just wondered if anyone could tell me what Minneapolis, MN theatre was the site of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams which aired Jan. 13, 2005? This week Brian is broadcasting the news from several cities which include Dallas, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.
January 17, 2005
DALLAS, TX — Landmark’s Inwood Theatre has reopened after a 45-day renovation. New screens grace the facility, along with new entry-level restrooms and leather seats in the upper level auditoriums. While featuring a brand-new concession stand and direct access from the Inwood Lounge, the theater retains its 1947 grandeur!
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January 14, 2005
ODESSA, TX — Barry Lee sent us this note about a movie theater for sale in Odessa…
J&J Reality is the one selling the property. From what I could see on Cinematour website, the phone number is listed. In one of the photos, pretty clearly its run down, but someone with the proper cash could I guess restore it. I think it has three screens. A direct link is listed below.
January 13, 2005
I just bumped across Theater Hopper, an online comic book that’s all about going to the movies. Pretty funny stuff, actually.
January 12, 2005
BOSTON, MA — A Massachusetts state supreme court judge has refused to reverse a lower court’s ruling allowing demolition of Boston’s Gaiety Theatre. Since no legal impediment remains, demolition could start at any time.
The Glass Slipper strip club, an abutter of the Gaiety, tried to prevent demolition of the century-old theater until pending lawsuits were resolved, but the club’s attempts were denied in the Land Court, Appeals Court and now the state’s Supreme Judicial Court.
Associate Justice Francis X. Spina made his decision on Tuesday afternoon, January 11, stating that the Glass Slipper has “failed to show that they will suffer irreparable harm if an injunction does not issue.” Spina also said that the Glass Slipper lacks standing.
Howard Haas has sent us this news about the impending closing of Cinema 1 on Wisconsin Ave.
I know your readers will want to know this sad news.
Somebody emailed me that the single screen Cinema 1, located at 5100 Wisconsin Ave in Washington DC, operated by Loews Cineplex, will close by next month. I telephoned today the theater, and the employee stated that Jan. 27 is the last day. He thinks the current movie “A Very Long Engagement” will be the last one.
Robert Headley’s book “Motion Picture Exhibition in Washington, D.C.” states the Cinema opened in 1965 with 826 seats. Many of us know it as the K.B. Cinema.
The theater’s ad in the Washington Post has stated that it has Washington D.C.’s 2nd largest screen. Apparently the competing new multiplexes are not matching its screen size. The Uptown has the largest screen in Washington.