The latest movie theater news and updates

  • March 25, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    New Life for Old Theater
    DENHAM SPRINGS, LA — Read the Advocate story


    City talk: More Talk of Downtown Movies
    SAVANNAH, GA — Read the Savannah Morning News


    Grand Theatre Supporters Come Off The Bench
    LOUISVILLE, KY — Read the Courier-Journal


    Newport Film Festival Grows
    NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Read the Orange County Register story

    Thanks to Ron Pierce for the update!


    Series of Events to Mark State Theater’s Re-opening
    ELIZABETHTOWN, KY — Read the News-Enterprise article

  • March 24, 2003

    Another 1960s Theater To Be Demolished

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The original 1964 Andorra Theater, last known as the AMC Andorra 8, is slated to be demolished and replaced by a fitness center.

    Read the Review article
    Read more about this theater

    This all too familiar story serves as a reminder that the most endangered theaters in the country have, of late, been those built after 1960.

  • Loew’s Jersey Announces Upcoming Events

    JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Loew’s Jersey Theatre will host the following events this coming weekend:

    The 2nd Annual Classic Comedy Weekend
    Saturday, March 29, 4PM
    The Sons of the Desert (1933) 73 min.

    Saturday, March 29, 8PM
    A Night At The Opera (1935) 92 min.
    Shown with three classic Three Stooges shorts!

    Paul Wesolowski will display rare posters and film stills in the Loew’s and will give a brief introduction to A Night At The Opera that will include questions from the audience.

    Sunday, March 30, 2PM
    Bob Hope’s 100th Birthday Double Feature
    The Road To Morocco (1942) 83 min.
    The Seven Little Foys (1955) 93 min.

    If you haven’t been to the restoration-in-progress, this is a perfect time to show your support.

    Thanks to the Friends of the Loew’s for the update!

  • Aero Theatre Announces Farewell Party

    SANTA MONICA, CA — The following email has been sent from Chris Allen of the Aero:

    I’m pleased to announce that we will be hosting a farewell party on Saturday, April 12, 2003. The movie “Blazing Saddles” will be the feature presentation because it is a time for laughter and not tears. Like our other special events, there will be food and wine, and tickets will once again be $20.

    I want to thank all of you for your support over the last year. Without your help, the Aero would have surely met its demise.

    American Cinematheque will have a representative on hand that night to let us all know of their plans to bring the Aero back to its original glory! I hope to see everyone that night. Continued vigilance will assure the Aero’s safety for years to come.

    For more information, visit the Aero Theatre website.

  • March 21, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Latest News On Chicago Theaters
    CHICAGO, IL — Read the Chicago Tribune article

    Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update!


    Sameric/Body Editorial In Philadelphia Inquirer
    PHILADELPHIA, PA —
    Read “Don’t let Sameric fade to black” editorial

    For the accompanying illustration, please see the print edition.

    Thanks to Howard Haas for the update!


    Battle Over Lower Manhattan; City Cinemas Battles Loews/Regal
    NEW YORK, NY — Read the New York Post article
    Read the Newsday article

  • March 19, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    American Cinematheque To Renovate and Operate Aero After Closure
    SANTA MONICA, CA — Read the Lookout


    Theater’s Friends Respond
    IRONWOOD, MI — Read the Ironwood Daily Globe article


    Gateway Theatre Project Among Top 10 Rural Initiatives
    LINCOLN, NE — Read The Independent story


    Business 2.0 Looks at Arclight Cinemas Complex, Home of Cinerama Dome
    HOLLYWOOD, CA — Read the Business 2.0 profile

    Thanks to Joshua Melnick for the news.


    Washington Mutual Opens Bank inside former Bayside Theater
    BAYSIDE, NY — Read the Bayside Times story


    Plainview Hee-Haw Set For March 29
    PLAINVIEW, TX — Read the Plainview Daily Herald article

  • March 18, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Preservation Alert High Street Cinema To Close
    ALDERSHOT, ENGLAND — Read the Aldershot News and Mail

    Thanks to Mike Luck for the update.


    New Plans For Northgate Theater
    SEATTLE, WA — Read the Seattle Times article
    Read the Seattle Post-Intelligencer article


    Film Critic Molly Haskell Recalls Moviegoing in New York
    NEW YORK, NY — Read the New York Times story (Reg. Req.)


    Minnesota Theatres to Offer Proposal to Restore Local Hollywood Cinema
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Read the Boxoffice Magazine story


    Preservation Alert Fight to Save Historic Odeon Appears Lost
    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Read the Herald article

  • March 17, 2003

    Two Remain In Running For Chicago Theatre

    CHICAGO, IL — The list of potential owners and operators of the famous Chicago Theatre has been reduced to two.

    Read the Chicago Tribune article

    Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update.

    (Three more stories below.)

  • Aero Theatre May Close

    SANTA MONICA, CA — The following email was sent out by Chris Allen of the Aero:

    The Aero has just received a 30-day notice to vacate the property. As far as we know right now, this means that as of Sunday, April 13, 2003, the Aero Theatre will have to close its doors.

    We have been informally told that the American Cinematheque will be coming in to operate the theatre, but we do not know what they plan to do with the Aero or when they plan on taking over.

    This sounds like an exciting prospect for the Aero, but there are many questions that we have asked that have not been answered by the property manager or by American Cinematheque.

    Therefore, we are turning to you, the friends of the Aero Theatre, to help us insure the future well-being of the Aero Theatre.

    For the full text of the email, visit the Aero Theatre website.

    Thanks to Jason Axe for the update.

  • Friends of the Boyd Host A Fundraiser

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent by Friends of the Boyd Chairman, Howard Haas:

    We are really eager for you to join us at our film fundraiser of The Show-Off, 8 PM, Friday March 21, at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. $15 includes live music & reception afterwards at International House with White Dog Cafe food, Yards Brewing Co. beer, and 1920’s music from radio D.J. Dan Buskirk.

    The Show-Off is a silent 1926 romantic comedy starring Louise Brooks, and was filmed in Philadelphia with scenes of Swann Fountain, City Hall, and old Pennsylvania RR Broad Street Station. Movie critic Carrie Rickey will introduce the film. Hope to see you there. Please bring your friends!

    For tickets, call Upstages at 215-569-9700 or buy at Prince or Plays & Players when Upstages open at those theaters, or with cash or credit card at International House from 2 hours before the film. Friends of the Boyd is raising funds for business and architectural studies to restore the Sameric.

    For more information, visit the Friends of the Boyd website.

    Thanks to Howard for the update.