The latest movie theater news and updates

  • March 17, 2003

    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.

  • Last Chance For A Discount Rate At The National Town Meeting

    WASHINGTON, DC — Today is the last chance to sign up for the early registration rate at the National Town Meeting, to be held May 18-21 in Cincinatti, Ohio.

    To qualify for this rate, you must sign up by 5 pm today.

    For more information on the National Town Meeting, visit their website.

    Thanks to David Tully for the update.

  • March 14, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Preservation Alert Curtain Call For Raymond?
    PASADENA, CA — Read the Pasadena Weekly article


    Where Have All The Fort Wayne Movie Theaters Gone?
    FORT WAYNE, IN — Read the News-Sentinel


    Workers To Face Charges Over Theater Blast
    OSAKA, JAPAN —

    Read the Japan Times story


    It’s Auction Time
    IRONWOOD, ME — Read the Ironwood Daily Globe


    Arts, Downtown Enjoy Symbiotic Boom
    SPRINGFIELD, MO — Read the News-Leader story


    Penn Cinemas Advertised on Internet Site
    BUTLER, PA — Read the Butler Eagle article


    Film Festival Fervor Means Event Will Be Back In 2004
    BOISE, ID — Read the Idaho Statesman


    Banker Urged To Save Landmark Odeon
    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Read the Herald story

  • March 13, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Edina Theater To Reopen As Part of Landmark Art-Film Chain
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN —

    Read the Star Tribune article


    Philanthropist Buys Modern Theatre
    BOSTON, MA — Read the Boston Globe story


    Warren is Ready to Sell Theaters
    WICHITA, KS — Read the Wichita Eagle article #1
    Read the Wichita Eagle article #2


    The Show Behind The Show At ShoWest
    LAS VEGAS, NV — Read the TVBarn.com story


    Alameda Murals Offer More Than Can Be Seen In Light Of Day
    SAN ANTONIO, TX — Read the Express-News article


    New Theater Owner Plans Concert
    NORTHAMPTON, MA — Read the Hampshire Gazette story


    Theater Chain, Operator of Tu Cine, Fined for Child Labor Violations
    MURRAY, UT — Read the HRNext.com story

  • March 12, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Curtain Closes On Movie House
    ANDERSON, CA — Read the Record Searchlight article


    Classic Movies An Art For Film Society
    DOWNERS GROVE, IL — Read the Daily Herald story

    Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the news.


    German Bank Buys Odeon Cinema Chain

    Read the Yahoo!/Ananova article


    Theatre Building Goes On Market
    LOUISVILLE, KY — Read the Courier-Journal news

    Thanks to Gregg Anderson for the news.


    Fire Inspections Could Affect 20th Century
    CINCINATTI, OH — Read the Cincinatti Enquirer story


    Warner Grand Theatre Update
    SAN PEDRO, CA — In other fire inspection news, this was sent to us by the Warner Grand:

    Due to the recent fires in Rhode Island, the Los Angeles Fire Department is very carefully reviewing all large public spaces for current fire safety regulations.

    The Warner Grand Theatre will remain closed until a re-inspection by the Los Angeles Fire Department on 3/27/03.

    Regrettably, this cancels the plans for “Sunshine” and also for a pre-Academy Awards party this year, but please stay tuned for upcoming events! The foreign film series is still in the works for 4/19, 5/10, 6/14, 6/28 of this year, and many live programs are planned as well.

  • March 11, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Alameda Theater Revived
    SAN ANTONIO, TX — Read the News-Journal article

    Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the news!


    Four New Stories Regarding the Fox Theatre in the Salina Journal
    SALINA, KS — Story #1
    Story #2
    Story #3
    Story #4

    Thanks to Joel Weide for the updates!


    Florence Theater Closes
    FLORENCE, OR — Read the AP/World Link story


    Roll Film: The Ambler Theater Is Open
    AMBLER, PA — Read the Ambler Gazette article


    Movie Theater May Become Magnet School
    HAGERSTOWN, MD — Read the AP/Public Opinion article


    Cicero Theaters May Stay Open
    SYRACUSE, NY — Read the Post-Standard


    In other Syracuse news…

    Cinefest Takes Its Show to Syracuse’s Big Screen
    SYRACUSE, NY — Read the Post-Standard article


    Celebrity Architect to Develop New World Symphony Site Plan
    MIAMI, FL — Read the Miami Herald story

  • March 10, 2003

    Send In Your Proposals For The Villa!

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The following email was sent out by Kirk Huffaker of the Utah Heritage Foundation:

    Over the last 2 weeks, we have heard not only the continuing concerns of Villa-philes from everywhere, but also some great ideas to continue the use of the Villa as a theater venue and for adaptive use of the building. Utah Heritage Foundation would like to serve as the clearinghouse for all ideas for the continued use of the Villa Theatre and requests your assistance in this endeavor.

    We would like to continue collecting these ideas through the next week (March 14). Please forward your thoughts on continuing the use of the Villa as a theater (business planning, management, rehabilitation, variation of use, integration into community events, partnerships, fundraising, etc.) or the adaptive use of the theater (ideas for other uses, feasibility of those uses in the building, rehabilitation and costs, funding/financing of a project, etc.) to me.

    Thank you for your continued interest in saving the Villa!

    Kirk Huffaker
    Assistant Director
    Utah Heritage Foundation
    Memorial House in Memory Grove Park
    P.O. Box 28
    Salt Lake City, UT 84110-0028
    801.533.0858
    801.537.1245 fax

    www.utahheritagefoundation.com

    Thanks to Grant Smith and Kirk Huffaker for their work on behalf of the Villa!

  • Theaters For Sale On eBay

  • Grand Theatre Plans Stalled

    MILWAUKEE, WI — This was sent in from contributor Jim Rankin:

    The former WARNER (now THE GRAND) in Milwaukee that was supposed to be converted by the Milwaukee Symphony into a secondary concert hall (the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is their prime venue) … will not now come to be. [See below Journal Sentinel for more information.]

    The new addition to our Art Center has received national acclaim for its innovative – if not revolutionary – design, but in the process they went so far over budget (280%!) that all the local charitable dollars have been soaked up, and with about $50 million said to be needeed in adapting the former GRAND and adding a parking structure of some sort, there just are not enough dollars out there for the foreseeable future for the Symphony to do the GRAND.

    The present owner of the land under the theatre says that Marcus Entertainment still has 20 years to go on its lease, and that he fully intends to keep them at maintaining the long dark theatre so that it does not deteriorate. He seems sincere in that. Since there will, of course, be no formal announcement of the Symphony’s change in plans for the GRAND, the story [below] will have to suffice.

    If you would like to advertise this as an opportunity for someone to place themselves in the Mid-West in the finest of Rapp & Rapp’s medium scale works, please use this to do so! I don’t forsee anyone else locally stepping forward to take on this 2700-seat movie house which now has been ‘un-divided’ so that it is again a single auditorium, in contrast to its last years since 1973 as a so-called “Twin.”

    Read the Journal-Sentinel story

    Thanks to Jim Rankin for the update! Any takers?