The latest movie theater news and updates

  • February 7, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Hundreds Sign Petition to Save Historic Capital Cinema
    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Read the Edinburgh News report


    Sutter Theatre May Have a Lively Future
    YUBA CITY, CA — Read the Appeal Democrat article


    Appraisal Would Get Ball Rolling On Performing Arts Center
    AUBURN, CA — Read the Auburn Journal


    Bids Flood In For Playhouse
    BEVERLEY, ENGLAND — Read the Hull Daily Mail


    Rev. Schuller Landmark May Fall
    ORANGE, CA — Read the Orange County Register

    Thanks to Ron Pierce for the news.


    Former Stadium Theatre Foundation Head Gets New Office
    WOONSOCKET, RI — Read the Woonsocket Call

  • February 6, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Romancing the Ritz to Return
    SHAWNEE, OK — Read the News-Star article


    Stars Come Out at Bardavon
    POUGHKEEPISE, NY — Read the Poughkeepsie Journal article


    Maybe Now the Empress is Ready for her Closeup
    VALLEJO, CA — Read the Benicia News story


    John Santikos, The King of San Antonio Cinema
    SAN ANTONIO, TX — Read the San Antonio Current piece


    New Stiefel Theatre Director Expected Soon
    SALINA, KS — Read the Salina Journal story


    Movie Theater Could be Open to community
    YEADON, PA — Read the News of Delaware Country story


    Investors Sue to Put Club in Old Theater
    NEW ORLEANS, LA — Read the Times-Picayne article

  • February 5, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Flicks to Roll Again at Skowhegan Cinema
    SKOWHEGAN, ME — Read the Kennebec Journal article


    Alhambra Theater May Face Auctioneer
    RIVERS BEND, IN — Read the Courier & Press story


    3 Articles/Letters About the Byrd Theatre
    RICHMOND, VA — “Saturday Night Delight,” article in Free Lance-Star
    “Byrd Theater was a treasure ‘back in the day’,” letter to the Free Lance-Star
    “Richmond Appeals to Young Crowd,” Daily Tar Heel article


    City Plan to Remove Parking Meters Could Help Grand Lake
    OAKLAND, CA — Read the Alameda Times-Star article


    Hollywood Tries Face-Lift to Rehabilitate Itself
    HOLLYWOOD, CA — Read the USA Today article


    Hershey Theatre Screens a Classic Romance
    HERSHEY, PA — Read the Lebanon Daily News story


    Pieces of Facade of Demolished Fox/Music Hall Theatre On Auction
    SEATTLE, WA/SAN DIEGO, CA — View/Bid on the eBay auction

  • February 4, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Regal Profit Up, Buying Half of Hoyts Theaters
    LOS ANGELES, CA — Read the iWon/Reuters article


    Buyer of Theater Gets More Time
    COVALLIS, OR —

    Read the Gazette-Times article


    Clash of the Movie Titans
    MONTREAL, QUE., CANADA — Read the Toronto Star article


    Granddaughter of Silent Film Star to Visit Oriental
    MILWAUKEE, WI — Read the OnMilwaukee.com story


    Meyer Theatre Complete Again
    GREEN BAY, WI — Read the News Chronicle story


    Local Seeks to Preserve Downtown Theater
    OAKLAND, CA — Read the Daily Californian piece


    Fox Theater Restoration Inches Forward; Landmark Needs $60 Million More for Completion
    OAKLAND, CA — Read the San Francisco Chronicle article

  • February 3, 2003

    Photos Wanted of St. George Theatre

    This has been sent in from Jean Siegel who is working on the restoration of the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, NY:

    We are asking the public to email Ms. Stephanie Gilmore at if they have any photos of the St. George Theatre available.

    The theater needs those who may have outside photos or inside photos. These photos will enable the volunteers to do research with regard to the theater’s restoration.

    We are located on the North shore of Staten Island at:
    31 Hyatt Street
    Staten Island, N.Y. 10301

  • Reminder! Cinema Theatre Threatened With Demolition

    Preservation Alert Cinema Theatre Threatened With Demolition
    BERKELEY, CA — This is from the SaveTheCinema.com website:

    ALERT!! Landmark Hearing scheduled for this Monday, February 3rd at 7:30 PM, at the North Berkeley Senior Center, corner Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Hearst Street. The public is urgently needed to attend. Please speak out about preserving Berkeley’s cultural landmarks! If we don’t get a good turn-out, we WILL lose this precious Cinema Treasure!

    As you are reading this, the Cinema Theatre, currently called The Fine Arts, is in grave danger of being demolished, not for being derilict ( the building is sound and well-maintained ), but for being in the way of a planned development.

    If you are anywhere near the area, we urge you to attend and lend your support for the Cinema.

    Read more about the Save The Cinema effort

  • January 31, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    More on the Glasgow Odeon Closure
    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Read the Evening Times article


    Historic Orpheum Theatre Auction Nearing End
    CLARION, PA — Less than 24 hours remain to buy the historic Orpheum Theatre, a twin movie house closed since 1998. Current bid as of Friday: $25,201.37.

    View/Bid on eBay


    Sadness in Metaphor; Body found in front of Capitol Theatre in Flint
    FLINT, MI — Read the WJRT News piece

    Thanks to Gary Flinn for the upsetting news.


    Preservation Alert Theater in Worse Shape Than Originally Thought
    GARDEN CITY, KS — Read the Garden City Telegram report

    Thanks to Signe Foreman, who added: “Please if you know anything to help this become a reality PLEASE HELP!! I grew up in this theater because my Grandma worked there for over 20 years, and I spent my childhood there.”


    The Kink Chronicles: A Film Projectionist’s Memories of Times Square Sleaze
    NEW YORK, NY — We found this article to be off-beat and amusing, a fun recall on the old days of New York’s sleazy, but memorable theater district. However, if you’re of delicate constitution, you may want to skip to the next item in the newsreel…You have been warned! :)

    Read the Nerve.com article


    Preservation Alert Clearview’s Art Deco Metro Theater Closes
    NEW YORK, NY — With no fanfare at all, one of New York City’s most under-appreciated Art Deco facades went dark last week with the closure of the Metro Theater. The former Midtown Theater had been operating as a first-run twin for the emnbattled circuit, but grosses were low and times are tough for the struggling exhibitor.

    Clicking an old link for Metro’s showtimes from the Clearview Cinemas site pulls up the following message: “This is a holding index blob that no one will ever see.” We’ve seen it and we’re saddened.

    This theater, which was featured in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” deserves an encore. Landmark, City Cinemas, Crown, Symphony Space: we’re talking to you. Make a deal…quickly.

    Thanks to Mike Hoytes for relaying the sad news.


    Preservation Alert Cinema Theatre Threatened With Demolition
    BERKELEY, CA — This is from the SaveTheCinema.com website:

    ALERT!! Landmark Hearing scheduled for this Monday, February 3rd at 7:30 PM, at the North Berkeley Senior Center, corner Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Hearst Street. The public is urgently needed to attend. Please speak out about preserving Berkeley’s cultural landmarks! If we don’t get a good turn-out, we WILL lose this precious Cinema Treasure!

    As you are reading this, the Cinema Theatre, currently called The Fine Arts, is in grave danger of being demolished, not for being derilict ( the building is sound and well-maintained ), but for being in the way of a planned development.

    If you are anywhere near the area, we urge you to attend and lend your support for the Cinema.

    Read more about Save The Cinema effort

  • Today’s Newsreel/New Record For Preservation Alerts

    In the 3-year history of Cinema Treasures, we have never had a day with more preservation alerts than today. We’re hoping this is the worst it ever gets…


    Preservation Alert Glasgow’s Odeon to Close After 70 years
    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — Read the Evening Times article


    Preservation Alert Theater in Worse Shape Than Originally Thought
    GARDEN CITY, KS — Read the Garden City Telegram report

    Thanks to Signe Foreman, who added: “Please if you know anything to help this become a reality PLEASE HELP!! I grew up in this theater because my Grandma worked there for over 20 years, and I spent my childhood there.”


    Preservation Alert Clearview’s Art Deco Metro Theater Closes
    NEW YORK, NY — With no fanfare at all, one of New York City’s most under-appreciated Art Deco facades went dark last week with the closure of the Metro Theater. The former Midtown Theater had been operating as a first-run twin for the embattled circuit, but attendance was low and times are tough for the struggling exhibitor.

    This theater, which was featured in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” deserves an encore. Landmark, City Cinemas, Crown, Symphony Space: we’re talking to you. Make a deal…quickly.

    Thanks to Mike Hoytes for relaying the sad news.


    Preservation Alert Cinema Theatre Threatened With Demolition
    BERKELEY, CA — This is from the SaveTheCinema.com website:

    ALERT!! Landmark Hearing scheduled for this Monday, February 3rd at 7:30 PM, at the North Berkeley Senior Center, corner Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Hearst Street. The public is urgently needed to attend. Please speak out about preserving Berkeley’s cultural landmarks! If we don’t get a good turn-out, we WILL lose this precious Cinema Treasure!

    As you are reading this, the Cinema Theatre, currently called The Fine Arts, is in grave danger of being demolished, not for being derilict ( the building is sound and well-maintained ), but for being in the way of a planned development.

    If you are anywhere near the area, we urge you to attend and lend your support for the Cinema.

    Read more about the Save The Cinema effort


    Historic Orpheum Theatre Auction Nearing End
    CLARION, PA — Less than 24 hours remain to buy the historic Orpheum Theatre, a twin movie house closed since 1998. Current bid as of Friday: $25,201.37.

    View/Bid on eBay


    Sadness in Metaphor; Body found in front of Capitol Theatre in Flint
    FLINT, MI — Read the WJRT News piece

    Thanks to Gary Flinn for the upsetting news.

  • January 30, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Suffolk Theater Sale Pending; Contract In Hand
    RIVERHEAD, NY —

    Read the Suffolk Life article


    Preservation Alert Odeon Theatre in Edinburgh May Be Shuttered
    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Is This Reely The End For The Odeon?

    Read the Edinburgh Evening News story

    Stars and Their Cries Over Loss of Cinema

    Read the Edinburgh Evening News story


    John Liu and the Future of (What’s Left of) the old Keith Theater
    FLUSHING, NY —

    Read the Queens Chronicle article


    Russian Ark Breaks LA Theatre Foreign Language Record at Nuart
    LOS ANGELES, CA — Read the ScreenDaily.com story


    Preservation Alert Last Picture Show Rolls at Cinema in Cardiff
    CARDIFF, ENGLAND — Read the BBC article


    Couple Breathes New Life Into Theater
    ASHLAND, VA — Read the Herald-Progress report

  • January 29, 2003

    Big Screen Classics Come to New York!

    The Big Screen Classics series, which took place last year at the Galaxy Theatre in New Jersey, will unspool at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York with 35mm prints of such classic films as Sunset Boulevard, The Quiet Man, and many more, as well as contemporary classics like Glory and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    According to the website: “Just over the border from northern New Jersey, the Lafayette is a fully-functional vintage 1920’s movie palace,” which is now operated by the Galaxy Theatre Corporation. “The Lafayette features a huge capacity of 1250 seats, state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment and the Ben Hall Memorial Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.”

    “With plenty of free parking and an easy-to-access location, the Lafayette will be the premiere venue for classic cinema in the tri-state area. For more information about the Lafayette, visit the official website.”

    For more information, read the Journal News article

    Thanks to Pete Apruzzese for the news!