The latest movie theater news and updates

  • September 16, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Sameric To Reopen As Multipurpose Entertainment Center
    PHILADELPHIA, PA — Read the Philadelphia Daily News article
    Read the KYW-TV article
    View the SaveTheSameric website
    View the Sameric

    (Thanks to Howard B. Haas for this article!)


    One Woman’s Crusade To Save Downham Cinema
    DOWNHAM, UK — Read the Lynn News article


    Cinema Workers Go Buff To Raise Money For Local Charity
    WREXHAM, UK — Read the BBC News article


    Fire Code Violations Prevent Theater From Reopening
    LACONIA, NH — Read the Concord Monitor article

  • September 15, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Uptown Theatre To Close Following Film Festival
    TORONTO, CANADA — According at a recent article in Montreal’s La Presse (no online version, unfortunately), the Uptown Theatre will be closed after the Film Festival and it will be demolished for a condo project.

    View the Uptown

    (Thanks to Mike Rivest for this sad news!)


    Ioka To Become Brew Pub Restaurant?
    EXETER, NH — Read the Exeter News-Letter article
    View the Ioka Theater


    China Embraces Digital Cinema
    BEIJING, CHINA — Read the People’s Daily article


    UK Audiences Complain About Cinema “Pop-con"
    LONDON, UK — Read the Sunday Mirror article

  • September 12, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Pleasant Hill’s Movie Dome Having Cinematic Last Hurrah
    PLEASANT HILL, CA — Read the San Francisco Chronicle article


    Proposed Senior Center At RKO Plaza Draws Some Heat In Flushing
    FLUSHING, NY —

    Read the Queens Chronicle story

    (Thanks to Bryan Krefft for sending this in!)


    “How The West Was Won” In 3-Strip Cinerama Opens Today At The Dome!
    HOLLYWOOD, CA — According to the Arclight website, “The Cinerama Dome will present this epic movie in its original three-strip Cinerama projection process. A newly reconstructed print was made from the original camera negative for this presentation. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this part of American cinematic history – not seen in Los Angeles since 1963 – playing in the Dome from Sept. 12 – Sept. 25.”

    Visit the Arclight Cinemas website


    Free Screening of David Strohmaier’s “Cinerama Adventure” In The Dome!
    HOLLYWOOD, CA — From the filmmaker: “The Cinerama Adventure documentary (35mm, Dolby 5.1) will screen in the Cinerama Dome theatre on Sunset Blvd. Monday September 15th at 11:45 AM. The screening is free, parking may not be ($6.00) at the Arclight parking structure behind the theater. This screening is being held as part of the 3D Festival at the Egyptian and the How The West Was Won 40th aniversary events at the Dome.”

    This is a terrific documentary and is a must-see for anyone who loves Cinerama, film history, or filmmaking.

    Visit the official “Cinerama Advenure” website
    More information on the World 3-D Film Expo

    Who says there’s nothing to do in LA?!?!?! Have a great weekend everyone — go out and see some movies!

  • September 11, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    ‘An American In Paris’ Comes To The Lafayette Theatre
    SUFFERN, NY — Pete Apruzzese wrote us about the Lafayette’s classic film series:

    We thank those of you who attended last week’s show of A Day at the Races. We really appreciate the support and hope that you will join us every Saturday at 11:30 am for another classic film at the historic and luxurious Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York. Doors open at 11:00 am – be sure to come early and hear Jeff Barker playing the Lafayette’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ for your pre-show enjoyment.

    This Week’s Show:
    Saturday, September 13th at 11:30am
    An American in Paris

    View the Lafayette Theatre


    Iraqi Cinemas, Patrons Embrace Adult Cinema
    BAGHDAD, IRAQ — Read the Channel NewsAsia article
    Read the Daily Mirror article


    President Bush (Almost) Visits The Biograph Theater
    QUANTICO, VA — Read the New York Times article (reg. required)
    View the Biograph Theater


    Omar Sharif Visits Toronto’s Elgin Theatre
    TORONTO, CANADA — Read the Toronto Star article
    View the Elgin Theater

  • September 10, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Commission Approves New Owner For Chicago Theater
    CHICAGO, IL — Read the Chicago Tribune article (reg. required)
    View the Chicago Theater

    (Thanks to Bryan Krefft for this article!)


    Theater Saved By Wealthy Patron
    DEVONPORT, NEW ZEALAND — Read the New Zealand Herland article
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    Theater Gives Out Free Popcorn To Salute Founder’s Passing
    HARMONY, MN –

    Read the News-Record article
    View the JEM Theater


    Family Fights To Save Theater
    RIVER FALLS, WI — Read the Saint Paul Pioneer Press article

  • September 9, 2003

    Mountain View Theater For Sale

    Mountain View Theater For Sale
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Nick Perry writes in with news about the Mountain View Theater:

    I don’t know if this qualifies for your news section, but the Mountain View Theatre building in Downtown Mountain View just went up for sale. The building housed the theatre from 1926 to the mid-1980s, and since then has been used by a series of nightclubs.

    I think a lot of people in town are crossing their fingers hoping that someone will come and bring the movies back to Downtown (instead of another nightclub or restaurant…we have PLENTY of those).

    The theater has been extensively remodeled since it started being used as a nightclub in the mid 1990s, but the basic layout of a theatre is still there. Maybe someone reading your web page has the drive and $$$ to bring this important piece of our Downtown back to life.

    If anyone out there wants more info they can email . While I’m not affiliated with the theatre’s owners, I do know a lot about its history and have some contacts within the city that may be helpful.

    Read the Mountain View Voice article
    View the Mountain View Theater

  • Today’s Newsreel

    Digital Bowie Concert Wows Fans
    LONDON, UK — Read the BBC News article


    Filmmaker Documents Theater Restoration
    SIOUX CITY, IA –

    Read the Sioux City Journal article
    View the Sioux City Orpheum


    Clever Programming Delivers Big Turnouts For Small Theater
    INDEPENDENCE, MO — Read the Kansas City Star article
    (slow link)

  • September 8, 2003

    Pantages Theater To Reopen In 2004?

    VANCOUVER, CANADA — Sean Jung writes in with an update on Vancouver’s Pantages Theater:

    Today, the Pantages Theater at 144 East Hastings Street in Vancouver lies surrounding by urban blight. Its neighbors are drug addicts, derelicts and homeless citizens.

    But the area known as Downtown Eastside was once the entertainment and business core of Vancouver. Many vaudeville theaters were built here which included the Imperial, Avenue, Savoy, the majestic Rex and the opulent Beacon Theater (which was the 2nd Pantages Theater built here).

    Last used as a chinese language cinema, it has been dark since 1994. Although the facade has lost much of its original appeal, the interior remains largely intact. Original wood flooring, fixture, ceiling are all still there. There is a renewed effort to resurrect the theater and restore it in hopes that it will also revitalize the area. Much of the area retains many of its historic structures including the beautiful Carnegie Library, the Bank of Montreal and Royal Bank buildings and the Ford Building.

    Much red tape holds back its redevelopment but conservationist hope to reopen this grand theater in 2004.

    Read recent Pantages article from the Vancouver Courier
    View the Pantages

  • New Documentary On Central NY Movie Palaces Debuts Tonight

    SYRACUSE, NY — “Central New York’s Picture Palaces,” a 90-minute documenary on classic movie theaters in Central New York, will air this evening, at 8 p.m. on location station WCNY (Channel 24).

    Co-hosted by Karen Colizzi Noonan, president of the Theatre Historical Society of America, the documentary will profile the Stanley Theatre in Utica, the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, and the Schine Theater in Auburn, and others.

    If you live in the Syracuse area, don’t miss this special!

    Read the Post-Standard article

  • Today’s Newsreel

    The Hippodrome Gets $65 Million Restoration
    BALTIMORE, MD — Read the Sun article
    View the Hippodrome

    (Thanks to Bryan Krefft for this article!)


    Eureka Theatre To Become Performing Arts Center
    EUREKA, CA — Read the Eureka Times-Standard article
    View the Eureka Theater

    (Thanks to Charles Everett for this article!)