The latest movie theater news and updates
August 26, 2003
Farewell Ceremony For Yeadon Theater
YEADON, PA — George Quirk writes in with news from the Delaware County Times:
Residents and borough officials will gather to say farewell to the Yeadon Theater on Church Lane Wednesday August 27, 2003, at 6:30PM.
Demolition of the half-century-old building with the art deco facade is scheduled to begin early next week. The borough purchased the 12,000 square-foot structure and three-quarter-acre lot in 2001.
Yeadon’s Community Development Corp. is planning to replace the old theater with a multi-purpose building that will house a new library, meeting rooms, and complimentary retail sites.
Engineering studies determined it would be more cost-effective to demolish and rebuild rather than renovate the existing structure.
Although the old theater was not considered an historic or architectural treasure, it held sentimental value for many long time residents.
“The theater has meant a lot to this community. We don’t want to just see it demolished without a proper good-bye,” Council President Jacquelynn Puriefoy-Brinkley said.
Theater League President Believes Empire Should Be Destroyed
KANSAS CITY, MO — Read the Kansas City Star editorial
August 25, 2003
Qualcomm Abandons Digital Cinema Project
SAN DIEGO, CA — Read the Los Angeles Times article
Theaters Experiment With Print-At-Home Tickets
BOSTON, MA — Read the Boston Globe article
Students Go Back To School… At Local Megaplex?!?!
MIAMI, FL — Read the Miami Herald article
Dear Abby Takes On Rude Moviegoer
PENNSYLVANIA — Read the Yahoo! News article
August 22, 2003
(Thanks again to Grant Smith for keeping us all in the loop about what’s happening with the Villa.)
Egyptian Theatre To Host Open House This Weekend
DEKALB, IL — Mike Medina (in the Friends of the Uptown newsletter) writes:
The EGYPTIAN Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb, Ill., is hosting an open house opportunity today, tomorrow and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. This event is tandem to the city’s annual Corn Festival. The 1929 Egyptian Atmospheric theater was renovated in 1982 and is a rare survivor of its style for this area.
August 21, 2003
(Thanks to Grant Smith for this terrific news!)
(Thanks to Bryan Krefft for submitting this one!)
Presidio To Become Four-Plex?
SAN FRANCISO, CA — William Gabel writes:
Last night was the last night for the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco. The theatre will soon be chopped up into a four-plex theatre, and show Asian films.
Comments: A friend sent an e-mail, plus a shot of the theatre’s marquee that said ‘Theatre Closed’.
August 20, 2003
All-New Drive-In Opening May Be Delayed
WALL, NJ — Read the WNBC article
Center Theatre Slowly Returns To Life
WOODBOURNE, NY — Read the Record Online article
August 19, 2003
(Thanks to the Friends of the Uptown for this story!)
USC Students Search For The Perfect Movie Theater
LOS ANGELES, CA — Read the Daily Trojan article
Cty Council Votes Against Liquor Permit For Theater
MAUMEE, OH — Read the ToledoBlade.com article
Carmike Cinemas Posts Modest Revenue Increase
LOS ANGELES, CA — Read the Yahoo! News article
Prince Debuts Concert DVD At Digital Cinemas
NEW YORK, NY — Read the Yahoo! News article
August 18, 2003
Upcoming Coney Island Theater Lecture
BROOKLYN, NY — This coming Sunday August 24th, theater historian Cezar Del Valle will be giving another of his wonderful slide show lectures at Brooklyn’s Coney Island Museum. Part of the museum’s “Ask The Experts” lecture series, the talk will chronicle the history of Coney Island theatre, from the once fabulous Bowery midway to the vaudeville palaces and movie houses that
August 15, 2003
Latest News From The Sameric
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Howard Haas, Chairman of Save the Boyd, writes:
Volunteers from the Friends of the Boyd visited the Sameric Boyd theater on August 7, 2003, and discovered, underneath two levels of recent upholstery, the original 1928 upholstery on one of the chairs in the balcony!
A spectacular find, the original upholstery is in an Art Deco pattern which was applauded in a 1929 trade magazine article about the Boyd. Photos of the 1928 chair and upholstery, along with other new photos (including art deco metalwork and glass), can be found on our website.
The Friends of the Boyd is the nonprofit organization working to save and restore Philadelphia’s last movie palace.
Senator Tom Harkin To Visit Downtown Theater Success Story
ELKADER, IA — Read the Clayton County Register article
City Grants Pre-Demolition Permit to Empire Theatre Owner
KANSAS CITY, MO — Read the Kansas City Star article
(Thanks to Bryan Krefft for today’s Empire/Des Plaines updates!)
August 14, 2003
Milwaukee Movie Palaces Author To Give Lecture
MILWAUKEE, WI — Judi Widen, co-author of Milwaukee Movie Palaces, will be giving a lecture at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee this coming Thursday evening at 7pm.
(Thanks to Jim Rankin for this one!)
A History of Widescreen
NEW YORK, NY — Read the New York Times article
David Bowie Brings Worldwide Concert To Digital Cinemas
LONDON, UK — Read the NME.com article
August 13, 2003
Village, Business Owners in Legal Battle Over Movie House
WESTBURY, NY — Read the Westbury Times article
Del Mar to Raise Money With Elvis
SANTA CRUZ, CA — Read the Santa Cruz Sentinel article
Book to Capture Life of Polk Theatre
LAKELAND, FL — Read the Ledger article
Old Saybrook’s Last Theater To Close
OLD SAYBROOK, CT — Read the Pictorial Gazette story