The latest movie theater news and updates
March 22, 2004
The theater was last used as a country western music venue. Before that, it was a movie house from 1936 until 1984. But in May of 2003, John and Gaye Maxson of Mason City purchased the 450-seat Arlee, and since then have put a good deal of time, effort and money into cleaning up the theater. “I bet I’ve scraped 2,000 pieces of gum off the floor,” says Gaye, “Some of it’s pretty old.”
March 19, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — In anticipation of the big day, the Balboa staff worked hard to clean and get ready for our 78th Balboa Birthday Bash.
With daily construction happening around the theater restoration and handicap upgrades, there was quite a crowd in the lobby and auditoriums each day. Several took on the delicate project of washing the etched glass of our light fixtures while Romero Glass Studios in Oakland was creating replacements for the broken and missing pieces.
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SAN LORENZO, CA — Start tapping those toes now for “Swing Into Spring,” the second annual swing dance benefit for Lorenzo Theater Foundation, to be held on Saturday, May 22, 2004, 7 pm to midnight.
Through the generosity of Mather Aviation, the event will have a unique 1940s ambiance: it will be held in one of Mather’s airplane hangars at the Hayward Airport, 19990 Skywest Drive, Hayward.
March 18, 2004
LOS ANGELES, CA — Restoring a long cherished Westwood tradition that ended when the Mann Plaza stopped hosting midnight screenings of classic films in 1999, the historic Crest Theatre has begun showing midnight screenings on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Crest now joins the Nuart, the Rialto, the Alex, the New Beverly Cinema, the Egyptian Theatre, the Bing Theater at the Los Angele County Museum of Art, the Bay Theatre, the Silent Movie Theatre, Arclight Cinemas, the Old Town Music Hall, the Warner Grand, and campus theaters at UCLA, USC, and CSUN, all of which have revival screenings as part or all of their programming.
This weekend, the Crest will show Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1971 film, “A Clockwork Orange.” General and reserved seats are onsale at the box office and online.
The Kansas State Historical Society is seeking Kansas' past cinema treasures for documentation and study. The preservation office of the Kansas State Historical Society is seeking assistance in locating historic theaters and opera houses for a statewide study.
Three hundred buildings were constructed statewide prior to 1955 for use as movie theaters or opera houses. It is hoped that these can be recorded.
IDAHO FALLS, ID — According to this report from KIFI Local News 8, the Colonial Theater has reinstalled an item that was missing since the onetime vaudeville house became a movie house (as the Paramount). The item, a large metal triangular brace called a gusset, is used to support the theater’s balcony.
March 17, 2004
Developers may soon announce plans to redevelop the Aztec Theater, movies are set to return to Bloomington’s Indiana Theatre, and the Boston Globe profiles the restoration of Thomas Lamb’s Opera House (don’t miss this article!) — all in today’s newsreel.
- Historically black theater gets facelift
- Astoria blossoming at last after 200 years
- Palace Theatre schedules film series
- The End For Cinema That Inspired Liam
- Bloomington theater has reel gains
- Edmund Tijerina: Aztec’s future looking clearer
- Windows on the Past: Wilson Theatre
- Golden Opportunity
- Marquee proposal
- Movie Theater in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Offers Unique Amenities
HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND — Odeon closed this theater in 1981. Re-opened as a live entertainment club called Casears Palace in the late 90’s, the venue only lasted a couple of years before closing once again.
Yesterday, though, a “For Sale” sign has appeared, with Newcastle upon Tyne agents Lamb & Edge handling the property. The theater’s current owner is the Hartlepool-based company Capanac Leisure, who own a number of bars and nightclubs in town.
They also owned the former Fairworld Cinema just a few hundred yards away, which was Hartlepool’s last cinema, closing in May 1983, until the Warner Village opened a few years ago on the marina. The Fairworld was demolished in 1997 and a Morrisons supermarket now stands on the theater’s site.
Details of the Odeon property have yet to appear on the Lamb & Edge website.
March 16, 2004
PITTSBURG, CA — Jaime F Penuela sent in an update on the Enean Theatre (including pics of the theater’s restoration):
“Here are some pictures of the ongoing restoration of the Enean Theatre. We are in the early stages, but there are plans to convert it in to a multimedia theater and restaurant, serving the finest cuts of meat and international cuisine, along with a full bar (inside the shell of an old boat!) and a coffee shop.