The latest movie theater news and updates
November 17, 2003
EUREKA, CA — The former Loew’s State is in the process of a $2 million reconstruction, according to an article in the Eureka Reporter. Converted into retail space in 1971, it has sat vacant for more than a decade. To be renamed the Historic Sweasey Theatre, the theater will showcase live stage shows, both local and visiting companys will be sought to use this future cultural landmark.
MILTON, DE — On Saturday, November 29th beginning at 6:00 PM, award winning nationally recognized artists Michael Bell and Michael Sprouse join forces in a two man exhibition and fund raiser benefitting the Milton Theatre.
November 14, 2003
Thanks to Justin from Open Air Cinema for sending in this photo of their mobile outdoor cinema. Pretty cool!
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — On November 20th, there will be a 20th Anniversary screening of “A Christmas Story” at Edwards Big Newport to benefit Toys For Tots. Both members of the original cast and the film’s director will be on hand for the festivities. More information is available on the OCshowbiz website.
November 13, 2003
ATLANTA, GA — The Friends of the Strand, who are trying to save Atlanta’s long-closed Deco movie theater, have determined that the cost of a complete restoration of the theater is just shy of $3 million dollars, according to an article in today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution. The Strand, which hasn’t shown a movie for 27 years, is perhaps the only remaining Art Deco theater in the state of Georgia and is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
WAYNE, MI — The Historic Wayne Theatre needs your help! We are seeking volunteers to help restore our theater! If you live in the Metro-Detroit area and would like to help, contact us via our website at www.historicwaynetheatre.com, or call (734) 728-SHOW and leave a message if we aren’t there. We also need donations. Any and all help is appreciated. For more information about our theater, check out our theater page on Cinema Treasures.
November 12, 2003
Restoration work continues on the Mahaiwe Theater, a former usher gives the Capitol Center for Performing Arts a $2.5 million donation, and a look at one moviegoer’s memories of the Lyric Theatre — all in today’s newsreel.
- County says it’s curtains for Liberty Theater
- The movie theater a traditional stop during the holiday season
- St. Andrew’s a ‘golden jewel’
- Unionists charged in movie theater fires
- Imax seen recovering by Wall Street
- Former Capitol Theatre usher is witness to two heydays
- After The Tornado
- Mahaiwe Theatre continues to get a makeover
AVENAL, CA — The Fresno Bee has more information about the fallout from Saturday’s fire at the Avenal Theatre. According to the article, the fire damaged and/or destroyed a total of eight businesses in the downtown Avenal area, totalling at least $1 million in damage. [uPDATE: another report from local TV station ABC30.com indicates that Avenal city leaders have voted to rebuild the theater.]
CHICAGO, IL — According to the Chicago Sun Times, Paul Warshauer, the new owner of the Portage Park Theatre (located in the Chicago neighborhood of the same name), is attempting to reopen the theater as a venue for classic and family-friendly films, but it would seem that the city’s revenue department has other plans.