The latest movie theater news and updates

  • December 15, 2004

    Saturday Afternoons At The Oasis

    RIDGEWOOD, NY — I can remember going to the Oasis every Saturday with my older sisters.

    Before entering the movie theater, we would stop at Mr. White’s candy store a few doors from the theater. My oldest sister would get so angry with me because I would constantly disappear somewhere in the theater, looking for friends, and she could never find me.

    I also remember the matron with her flashlight constantly shining it down the rows of seats, and yelling at us to behave. As I got older, I continued to frequent the Oasis with friends, and sometimes after the movie, we would frequent Jimmy’s Pizzeria diagonally across the street from the movie house.

    I remember that it cost 26 cents to get into the theater on Saturday, with a feature film, newsreels, sing-a-longs, and cartoons. A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.


  • Paramount Peekskill Seen In “Alfie”

    PEEKSKILL, NY — On his way to visit Omar Epps and Nia Long somewhere in upstate New York, Jude Law’s character drives by the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill.

    Great shot of the marquee!

  • December 14, 2004

    “Cinema Treasures” On The Big Screen

    This holiday season don’t be surprised when you see Cinema Treasures at your local theater and/or multiplex.

    Through the generosity of our friends in the industry and great support from MBI Publishing, we have been able to secure pre-show slides in some 875 screens across the country.

    We are very grateful to Loews Cineplex Entertainment,
    Muvico Theatres, and Cinema Advertising International for giving Cinema Treasures, both the book and website, a place up there on the silver screen.

  • December 13, 2004

    CTA Fights To Save Theater

    ELTHAM, ENGLAND — According to a report from the News Shopper, the Cinema Theatre Association (CTA), a British-based theater preservation group, is battling developers who are planning to redevelop the former Eltham Coronet.

    The group’s primary complaint with the redevelopment effort centers around the developers plans to split the theater’s existing auditorium into three levels, and replace the balcony with retail or dining space.

    For more details, read the full report.

  • Being Julia Theater Interior

    Can anyone identify the interior of the theater that
    appears in the film Being Julia and its location, plus the exterior of the theater?

    Thanks very much.

    John Chappell

  • December 10, 2004

    Friends of the Raymond Theatre Seeking Volunteers

    Friends of the Raymond Theatre is seeking volunteers to help us preserve Pasadena’s historic Raymond Theatre. If you live in the Pasadena or Los Angeles area and would like to assist, please contact us at:

    Friends of the Raymond Theatre
    Office: (818) 541-9522

  • Wheaton Grand Signs Management Contract

    WHEATON, IL — The Grand Theatre Corp. (a not for profit) has signed a one year management deal with Grande Venues, Inc. (a for profit corporation) to operate the Wheaton Grand Theatre. The theatre is currently divided in three: two movie theatres and a large concert venue featuring the well preserved proscenium arch and the lighted dome.

    Plans are now under consideration to keep the present configuration allowing greater access to the public for smaller performances, conferences, and movie festivals while keeping the architectural elements unique to the building.

    Paul Warshauer and Mike Novelli, the principals of Grande Venues, have already commenced an aggressive programming schedule including rock concerts, murder mysteries, a lecture series, benefits for victims in Iraq, film and television production classes, and special events including a “Somewhere in Time” weekend in February and a Peter Pan Festival slated for April.

    See the website for more details

  • December 9, 2004

    Today’s Newsreel

  • December 8, 2004

    Pickwick Theatre Presents ‘Peter Pan’

    PARK RIDGE, IL — The following was sent by Friends of the Uptown:

    “PICKWICK presents ‘Peter Pan’: Special holiday show and sing-along with Jay Warren

    If you want to taste the flavor of entertainment that built and sustained the UPTOWN THEATRE and other movie palaces in their prime, come out to the historic PICKWICK THEATRE, 5 S. Prospect Ave., in Park Ridge, Illinois, this Friday, Dec. 10, for a special holiday show.

    Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the program includes the 1924 silent holiday classic “Peter Pan” with live pipe organ photoplay accompaniment by Chicago’s Jay Warren. Jay will add to the program with a special holiday sing-along.

  • Congress Theatre To Host “Winter Benefit”

    CHICAGO, IL — The following is also from Friends of the Uptown:

    “The CONGRESS THEATRE and historic Chicago will be celebrated in a "winter benefit” event for the local historic preservation advocacy group called Preservation Chicago from 6 to 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 9, at the CONGRESS, 2139 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    A $35 donation gets you music, food, a building tour, and a chance to bid on historic artifacts and items of interest. Call (312) 255-0015.