The latest movie theater news and updates
August 18, 2004
WEATHERFORD, TX — Although the Jones Drive-In Theater hasn’t shown a movie in two decades, the huge screen tower has been a long-time landmark in the Weatherford area. The drive-in was destroyed by a fire on August 14th, leaving only the skeleton of the screen tower standing.
Fire department captain Chuck Beard said, “When I pulled up, I was remembering right off the bat. It made me feel a little sadness. I was about 18 when it closed, and remember it like it was yesterday.”
MILL VALLEY, CA — On August 16th, a thirty square foot section of the ceiling of the CineArts at Sequoia theater collapsed onto the audience, injuring at least 27.
The CineArts at Sequoia opened in 1929, was twinned in the 1970s and underwent an $800,000 overhaul in 1999. For many years this theater was known at the Sequoia Twin.
Read more in this report from the Marin Independent Journal.
August 17, 2004
REDDING, CA — The restored Cascade Theatre reopened to the public on August 14, 2004.
The $5.5 million restoration took five years and was helped by 1,500 donations, private and public, including a donation from Clint Eastwood who attended school in Redding.
These articles are from a special Record-Searchlight supplement about the reopening of the Cascade Theatre:
Community donors play starring role
Renovated theater puts fresh face on downtown
Performance series, local acts fill Cascade playbill
Restored to glory, Cascade never looked so good
TOAST OF THE TOWN
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
August 16, 2004
DETROIT, MI — For years now, there has been graffiti in the windows of the former United Artists Theater here in Detroit, and it has spawned a debate between historians, preservationists, and the art community. Is graffiti urban blight or is it art?
The graffiti has been on the building since the late 1990s, when owner Mike Illitch left the building and theater open for months — an opportunity seized by vandals and graffiti artists.
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August 13, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Devon Theater will be restored and renovated into a 500-seat performing arts center, according to an article in the Northeast Times.
The newspaper reports that the Mayfair Community Development Corporation will reopen the renamed Devon Theater of Performing Arts to “showcase a wide range of entertainment – live theater, opera, orchestra and ballet performances, children’s shows, dance and music recitals, comedy cabarets, holiday plays – and even an occasional movie.”
PITTSBURGH, PA — Does anyone out there remember the Fairgrounds Drive-In Outside of South Park in Pittsburgh.? I also would like to know how many of us got the chance to work one of the old theaters with what seemed like 900 steps going up to the booth?
God, do I miss those theaters. I remember the Stanley in Pittsburgh, Pa. was like going on a mountain climbing crusade, same with the Warner. Oh how the ushers hated us, when they had to carry film up to us. I would gladly do it again.
MONTEREY, CA — The 1926 Golden State Theatre is in the process of being sold. The new owner, who is from the Los Angeles area where he has owned a recording studio, expects to own the theater sometime in mid-to late September 2004.
Immediate plans call for the balcony triplexing (added in 1976) to be removed, allowing the auditorium to return to one space. New seats on the main floor, and possible some in the balcony will take place as well.
August 12, 2004
IMAX Corporation and National Amusements have announced an agreement to install as many as 18 IMAX® theater systems over the next several years.
According to the press release from PRNewswire-FirstCall, “the deal signals an important milestone for IMAX in the implementation of its commercial theatre growth strategy.”
The proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technology brings major Hollywood event films, such as this summer’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Spider-Man,” to the giant screen. The new IMAX MPX® design allows to add an IMAX theater to a new or existing multiplex in a more cost effective and timely manner.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — The final credits will roll at Manchester’s famous Odeon Cinema next month.
The historic 74-year-old Oxford Street picture house, which began life as the Paramount Theatre, has been unable to compete with modern cinema complexes, and a recent review determined the seven-screen cinema is no longer “commercially viable”.
As a spokesman for the Odeon put it: “We can confirm the closure of the cinema on Oxford Street, which will officially shut its doors for the last time on Thursday, September 2. Until that time, the cinema will remain open for business as usual.
For more information, read this report from the Manchester Online.