The latest movie theater news and updates

  • February 4, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Regal Profit Up, Buying Half of Hoyts Theaters
    LOS ANGELES, CA — Read the iWon/Reuters article


    Buyer of Theater Gets More Time
    COVALLIS, OR —

    Read the Gazette-Times article


    Clash of the Movie Titans
    MONTREAL, QUE., CANADA — Read the Toronto Star article


    Granddaughter of Silent Film Star to Visit Oriental
    MILWAUKEE, WI — Read the OnMilwaukee.com story


    Meyer Theatre Complete Again
    GREEN BAY, WI — Read the News Chronicle story


    Local Seeks to Preserve Downtown Theater
    OAKLAND, CA — Read the Daily Californian piece


    Fox Theater Restoration Inches Forward; Landmark Needs $60 Million More for Completion
    OAKLAND, CA — Read the San Francisco Chronicle article

  • Photos Wanted of St. George Theatre

    This has been sent in from Jean Siegel who is working on the restoration of the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, NY:

    We are asking the public to email Ms. Stephanie Gilmore at if they have any photos of the St. George Theatre available.

    The theater needs those who may have outside photos or inside photos. These photos will enable the volunteers to do research with regard to the theater’s restoration.

    We are located on the North shore of Staten Island at:
    31 Hyatt Street
    Staten Island, N.Y. 10301

  • February 3, 2003

    Reminder! Cinema Theatre Threatened With Demolition

    Preservation Alert Cinema Theatre Threatened With Demolition
    BERKELEY, CA — This is from the SaveTheCinema.com website:

    ALERT!! Landmark Hearing scheduled for this Monday, February 3rd at 7:30 PM, at the North Berkeley Senior Center, corner Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Hearst Street. The public is urgently needed to attend. Please speak out about preserving Berkeley’s cultural landmarks! If we don’t get a good turn-out, we WILL lose this precious Cinema Treasure!

    As you are reading this, the Cinema Theatre, currently called The Fine Arts, is in grave danger of being demolished, not for being derilict ( the building is sound and well-maintained ), but for being in the way of a planned development.

    If you are anywhere near the area, we urge you to attend and lend your support for the Cinema.

    Read more about the Save The Cinema effort

  • January 31, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel/New Record For Preservation Alerts

    In the 3-year history of Cinema Treasures, we have never had a day with more preservation alerts than today. We’re hoping this is the worst it ever gets…


    Preservation Alert Glasgow’s Odeon to Close After 70 years
    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — Read the Evening Times article


    Preservation Alert Theater in Worse Shape Than Originally Thought
    GARDEN CITY, KS — Read the Garden City Telegram report

    Thanks to Signe Foreman, who added: “Please if you know anything to help this become a reality PLEASE HELP!! I grew up in this theater because my Grandma worked there for over 20 years, and I spent my childhood there.”


    Preservation Alert Clearview’s Art Deco Metro Theater Closes
    NEW YORK, NY — With no fanfare at all, one of New York City’s most under-appreciated Art Deco facades went dark last week with the closure of the Metro Theater. The former Midtown Theater had been operating as a first-run twin for the embattled circuit, but attendance was low and times are tough for the struggling exhibitor.

    This theater, which was featured in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” deserves an encore. Landmark, City Cinemas, Crown, Symphony Space: we’re talking to you. Make a deal…quickly.

    Thanks to Mike Hoytes for relaying the sad news.


    Preservation Alert Cinema Theatre Threatened With Demolition
    BERKELEY, CA — This is from the SaveTheCinema.com website:

    ALERT!! Landmark Hearing scheduled for this Monday, February 3rd at 7:30 PM, at the North Berkeley Senior Center, corner Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Hearst Street. The public is urgently needed to attend. Please speak out about preserving Berkeley’s cultural landmarks! If we don’t get a good turn-out, we WILL lose this precious Cinema Treasure!

    As you are reading this, the Cinema Theatre, currently called The Fine Arts, is in grave danger of being demolished, not for being derilict ( the building is sound and well-maintained ), but for being in the way of a planned development.

    If you are anywhere near the area, we urge you to attend and lend your support for the Cinema.

    Read more about the Save The Cinema effort


    Historic Orpheum Theatre Auction Nearing End
    CLARION, PA — Less than 24 hours remain to buy the historic Orpheum Theatre, a twin movie house closed since 1998. Current bid as of Friday: $25,201.37.

    View/Bid on eBay


    Sadness in Metaphor; Body found in front of Capitol Theatre in Flint
    FLINT, MI — Read the WJRT News piece

    Thanks to Gary Flinn for the upsetting news.

  • Today’s Newsreel

    More on the Glasgow Odeon Closure
    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Read the Evening Times article


    Historic Orpheum Theatre Auction Nearing End
    CLARION, PA — Less than 24 hours remain to buy the historic Orpheum Theatre, a twin movie house closed since 1998. Current bid as of Friday: $25,201.37.

    View/Bid on eBay


    Sadness in Metaphor; Body found in front of Capitol Theatre in Flint
    FLINT, MI — Read the WJRT News piece

    Thanks to Gary Flinn for the upsetting news.


    Preservation Alert Theater in Worse Shape Than Originally Thought
    GARDEN CITY, KS — Read the Garden City Telegram report

    Thanks to Signe Foreman, who added: “Please if you know anything to help this become a reality PLEASE HELP!! I grew up in this theater because my Grandma worked there for over 20 years, and I spent my childhood there.”


    The Kink Chronicles: A Film Projectionist’s Memories of Times Square Sleaze
    NEW YORK, NY — We found this article to be off-beat and amusing, a fun recall on the old days of New York’s sleazy, but memorable theater district. However, if you’re of delicate constitution, you may want to skip to the next item in the newsreel…You have been warned! :)

    Read the Nerve.com article


    Preservation Alert Clearview’s Art Deco Metro Theater Closes
    NEW YORK, NY — With no fanfare at all, one of New York City’s most under-appreciated Art Deco facades went dark last week with the closure of the Metro Theater. The former Midtown Theater had been operating as a first-run twin for the emnbattled circuit, but grosses were low and times are tough for the struggling exhibitor.

    Clicking an old link for Metro’s showtimes from the Clearview Cinemas site pulls up the following message: “This is a holding index blob that no one will ever see.” We’ve seen it and we’re saddened.

    This theater, which was featured in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” deserves an encore. Landmark, City Cinemas, Crown, Symphony Space: we’re talking to you. Make a deal…quickly.

    Thanks to Mike Hoytes for relaying the sad news.


    Preservation Alert Cinema Theatre Threatened With Demolition
    BERKELEY, CA — This is from the SaveTheCinema.com website:

    ALERT!! Landmark Hearing scheduled for this Monday, February 3rd at 7:30 PM, at the North Berkeley Senior Center, corner Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Hearst Street. The public is urgently needed to attend. Please speak out about preserving Berkeley’s cultural landmarks! If we don’t get a good turn-out, we WILL lose this precious Cinema Treasure!

    As you are reading this, the Cinema Theatre, currently called The Fine Arts, is in grave danger of being demolished, not for being derilict ( the building is sound and well-maintained ), but for being in the way of a planned development.

    If you are anywhere near the area, we urge you to attend and lend your support for the Cinema.

    Read more about Save The Cinema effort

  • January 30, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Suffolk Theater Sale Pending; Contract In Hand
    RIVERHEAD, NY —

    Read the Suffolk Life article


    Preservation Alert Odeon Theatre in Edinburgh May Be Shuttered
    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Is This Reely The End For The Odeon?

    Read the Edinburgh Evening News story

    Stars and Their Cries Over Loss of Cinema

    Read the Edinburgh Evening News story


    John Liu and the Future of (What’s Left of) the old Keith Theater
    FLUSHING, NY —

    Read the Queens Chronicle article


    Russian Ark Breaks LA Theatre Foreign Language Record at Nuart
    LOS ANGELES, CA — Read the ScreenDaily.com story


    Preservation Alert Last Picture Show Rolls at Cinema in Cardiff
    CARDIFF, ENGLAND — Read the BBC article


    Couple Breathes New Life Into Theater
    ASHLAND, VA — Read the Herald-Progress report

  • January 29, 2003

    Big Screen Classics Come to New York!

    The Big Screen Classics series, which took place last year at the Galaxy Theatre in New Jersey, will unspool at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York with 35mm prints of such classic films as Sunset Boulevard, The Quiet Man, and many more, as well as contemporary classics like Glory and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    According to the website: “Just over the border from northern New Jersey, the Lafayette is a fully-functional vintage 1920’s movie palace,” which is now operated by the Galaxy Theatre Corporation. “The Lafayette features a huge capacity of 1250 seats, state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment and the Ben Hall Memorial Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.”

    “With plenty of free parking and an easy-to-access location, the Lafayette will be the premiere venue for classic cinema in the tri-state area. For more information about the Lafayette, visit the official website.”

    For more information, read the Journal News article

    Thanks to Pete Apruzzese for the news!

  • Fox Theatre In Detroit Voted #1 In The Country

    DETROIT, MI — The historic 5,000-seat Fox Theatre has been voted #1 by Pollstar, the leading concert trade publication. According to an Olympia Entertainment press release, the company which operates the theater:

    This is the first No. 1 nod given to the Fox by Pollstar who ranked Detroit’s fabulous Fox Theatre No. 1 in 2002 ticket sales among the Top 50 Theatre Venues with 642,162 tickets sold.

    The Fox claimed the top spot by beating out a list of the who

  • January 28, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    PRESERVATION ALERT Northport Theater Is Closed
    NORTHPORT, NY —

    Read the Newsday story


    Loews Jersey Prepares For Hitchcock Festival
    JERSEY CITY, NJ — Read the Star-Ledger piece


    Theater Marquee Removed Without City OK
    REDLANDS, CA — Read the Redland Daily Facts article


    Drama rife off the Palace stage
    HONOLULU, HI — Read the Hawaii Tribune Herald


    Old Brunson Movie Theater May Be Revived
    GOOSE CREEK, TX —

    Read the Baytown Sun article


    Loews Appoints Norris President
    NEW YORK, NY — Read the Hollywood Reporter story

  • January 27, 2003

    Chicago Theater News

    Theater Restoration Aims to Revitalize Downtown Waukegan
    WAUKEEGAN, IL —

    Read the Daily Herald article


    Blagojevich Freezes Funds for Projects (Including the DuPage Theater)
    SPRINGFIELD, IL —

    Read the Daily Herald story

    Thanks to Bryan Krefft for both of these alerts.