The latest movie theater news and updates
April 1, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The recent fundraiser held by the Friends of the Boyd raised over $6,000 from ticket sales for “The Show-Off,” proceeds from the sale of a new print of the 1928 Boyd theater facade by artist Lynne Neuman, and other donations.
Added to a new $7,500 grant from the Fels Foundation, and the organization is more than half way to their goal of raising $25,000 that is needed to match a city grant of the same figure.
Howard Haas writes of the fundraiser:
[Philadelphia Inquirer film critic] Carrie Rickey gave a wonderful introduction, Warner Bros. sent us a beautiful archival print that looked new (which will help save a movie palace built by the Warner chain), Don Kinnier’s piano playing was perfect, and I was happy to speak to so many of you at our reception.
Photos of people in the auditorium & at the reception are on our website homepage, scroll down to Show-Off, click on photos! Because we had an overflow crowd, we raised a substantial amount of money for the business & architectural studies we need. We also had to turn away some latecomers, so it was good so many purchased tickets in advance or early.
More information can be found in the following articles and editorial:
March 31, 2003
Avalon Slated to Reopen in Mid-April
WASHINGTON, DC — Read the Washington Times article
Jill Bernstein of the Avalon Theatre Project recently wrote in an email:
We do not have a firm opening date, but it will be a ‘soft opening’ when it happens. Filmfest DC will use the theater from April 24 to May 3. The grand public opening will be at our Community Open House on Sunday, May 4, from 11-3. First-run films will run as of Friday, May 9. And our Gala will be on the evening of Sunday, June 1.
Silver Theatre to Reopen Friday
SILVER SPRING, MD — Read the Washington Times article
Kuwait Theater Destroyed By Missile
KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT — Read the Charlotte Observer story
Classic Theatres Reopens Local Cinema
CHILLICOTHE, OH — Read the Chillicothe Gazette news
March 28, 2003
SOMERVILLE, MA — “The Lost Theatres of Somerville” is a special year long exhibit that opens tomorrow at 5:00 pm at the Somerville Museum.
The exhibit focuses on the the fourteen cinemas “that once thrived in this small working class city near Boston and how these ‘nabes’ — neighborhood cinemas — fostered a sense of place and common culture.”
According to Mimi Graney, “The exhibit includes a wealth of archival photographs, contemporary photos, and all sorts of memorabilia from tickets and posters to a ten foot neon marquee. [We also have] a series of lectures coming up in April and others planned for the rest of the year long run.”
Hopefully this exhaustive study of Somerville’s theaters, which couples other such efforts by theater historians such as Cesar Del Valle, will inspire more of these around the county.
We’ll continue to update you about special events surrounding this terrific exhibit.
Thanks to Mimi Graney for keeping us updated and to David Guss for reminding all of us what we’ve lost.
Drama Unfolds in the Life of a Burlesque Theater
BOSTON, MA — Read the Christian Science Monitor article
More Information on the American Cinematheque Takeover of the Aero
SANTA MONICA, CA — Read the Los Angeles Times story
Richmond Hill Museum (At Old RKO Theater) Honored For Programs
RICHMOND HILL, NY — Read the Forest Hills Ledger article
Toronto Film Festival to Get Permanent Home
TORONTO, ONT, CANADA — Read the Toronto Star article
Borough Approves Return of Marquee
LEWISTOWN, PA — Read the Lewistown Sentinel story
Benefit Raises $11,000-Plus for Ironwood Theatre
IRONWOOD, MI — Read the Ironwood Daily Globe
Former Loew’s Theater, Last Club Med World, For Sale or Rent
MONTREAL, QUE, CANADA — According to Mike Rivest, a “For Sale or Rent” sign has been erected on the former Loew’s Theater. The venue last operated as “Club Med World,” but closed last month.
Visit the theater’s page on Cinema Treasures
Thanks to Mike for the update.
March 27, 2003
For Sherwood Theater, It’s The End
SHERWOOD, OR — Read the Oregonian story
Gold Town Nickelodeon’s Days May Be Numbered
JUNEAU, AK — Read the Juneau Empire article
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update!
Theater Has Roof Back After Hurricane
FRANKLIN, LA — Read the Daily Iberian
Music Series Opens at Art Center
MT. ANGEL, OR — Read the East Valley News
Westloop Theater to Reopen with Discounted Movie, Concession Prices
MANHATTAN, KS — Read the Kansas State Collegian article
March 26, 2003
March 25, 2003
New Life for Old Theater
DENHAM SPRINGS, LA — Read the Advocate story
City talk: More Talk of Downtown Movies
SAVANNAH, GA — Read the Savannah Morning News
Grand Theatre Supporters Come Off The Bench
LOUISVILLE, KY — Read the Courier-Journal
Newport Film Festival Grows
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Read the Orange County Register story
Thanks to Ron Pierce for the update!
Series of Events to Mark State Theater’s Re-opening
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY — Read the News-Enterprise article
March 24, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The original 1964 Andorra Theater, last known as the AMC Andorra 8, is slated to be demolished and replaced by a fitness center.
This all too familiar story serves as a reminder that the most endangered theaters in the country have, of late, been those built after 1960.
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Loew’s Jersey Theatre will host the following events this coming weekend:
The 2nd Annual Classic Comedy Weekend
Saturday, March 29, 4PM
The Sons of the Desert (1933) 73 min.
Saturday, March 29, 8PM
A Night At The Opera (1935) 92 min.
Shown with three classic Three Stooges shorts!
Paul Wesolowski will display rare posters and film stills in the Loew’s and will give a brief introduction to A Night At The Opera that will include questions from the audience.
Sunday, March 30, 2PM
Bob Hope’s 100th Birthday Double Feature
The Road To Morocco (1942) 83 min.
The Seven Little Foys (1955) 93 min.
If you haven’t been to the restoration-in-progress, this is a perfect time to show your support.
Thanks to the Friends of the Loew’s for the update!
SANTA MONICA, CA — The following email has been sent from Chris Allen of the Aero:
I’m pleased to announce that we will be hosting a farewell party on Saturday, April 12, 2003. The movie “Blazing Saddles” will be the feature presentation because it is a time for laughter and not tears. Like our other special events, there will be food and wine, and tickets will once again be $20.
I want to thank all of you for your support over the last year. Without your help, the Aero would have surely met its demise.
American Cinematheque will have a representative on hand that night to let us all know of their plans to bring the Aero back to its original glory! I hope to see everyone that night. Continued vigilance will assure the Aero’s safety for years to come.
For more information, visit the Aero Theatre website.