The latest movie theater news and updates
June 24, 2003
Buskirk-Chumley Theater Future Looking A Little Brighter
BLOOMINGTON, IN — Read the Southern Illinoisan article
Regal Entertainment Closes UA Lennox Square
ATLANTA, GA — The following note was sent in by Tammy Conner:
The Lennox was built in 1959 and is quite possibly Atlanta’s oldest continuously running theater.
If anyone knows anymore please post… :(
Theater Updates For Washington
WASHINGTON, PA — Read the Observer-Reporter.com
June 23, 2003
Preservation Alert Paramount Theater, Stores Sold for $1.7M
STAPLETON, NY — Read the Staten Island Advance article
Thanks to Jean Siegel for the update…
Theater’s Vaudeville History, Art-Deco Style Might Save It
DES PLAINES, IL — Read the Daily Herald
Right Now Foundation Exits Senator; City Wary of Increasing Aid
CHICO, CA — Read the Chico Enterprise Record
Stella Theater Free To A Good Home
COUNCIL GROVE, KS — Read the Newton Kansan
June 20, 2003
Final Curtain Descends on Egyptian Theater
SAN DIEGO, CA — Read the Union-Tribune article
Second Closing of New Regal Theater Will Be Entire City’s Loss
CHICAGO, IL — Read the Chicago Sun-Times
Thanks to Brendan McKenna and Bryan Krefft for the news.
City Ends Deal With Firm Fixing Genesee Theatre
WAUKEGAN, IL — Read the Chicago Tribune story
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update.
Croatia Gets Its First Multiplex
CROATIA — Read the Screen Daily article
Skowhegan Cinema to Reopen Friday
SKOWHEGAN, ME — Read the Kennebec Journal
‘Rocky Horror’ Convention & Show at Orpheum
WICHITA, KS — Read the Wichita Eagle
Northampton-Area Movie Houses Reviewed
NORTHAMPTON, MA — Read the Valley Advocate
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to nominate your favorite theaters at our new book website!
June 19, 2003
Hall May Get New Life
CROOKWELL, NSW, AUSTRALIA — Read the Crookwell Gazette
Curtain Closing On Cinema Paradiso?
EASTON, PA — Read the Express-Times
Films Continue at Palace Theatre
FROSTBURG, MD — Read the Cumberland Times-News
Benefit Slated for Orpheum Theatre
WICHITA, KS — Read the Wichita Business Journal
June 18, 2003
LEBANON, PA — The following was sent in by Jonathan M. Crist:
The Harrisburg Patriot News carried a blub that the former abandoned Howard Theatre in Lebanon PA will be razed as part of the rejuvenation of the aging Lebanon Plaza Mall by its new owners.
The theatre opened in 1969 as the Trans-Lux. It was a typical upscale single screen shopping center theatre with seating for about 800. In the late 70’s it was twined into two side-by-side auditoriums of about 350 seats each by the then operator Fox Theatres of Reading PA who renamed the theatre the Howard after his deceased grandson.
Fox sold to Carmike in the early 90’s who proceeded to run what was left of the Howard into the ground. The Howard closed in 1998 following Carmike’s bankruptcy. By the time that it closed the roof leaked so badly the interior walls were stained.
Another shopping center theatre bites the dust.
We’re excited to announce we’ve started work on a new book chronicling some of the best classic movie theaters still standing and operating.
Combining a survey of 100+ years of motion picture exhibition history with profiles of theaters around the world, our forthcoming book, due in Spring 2004 from MBI Publishing, will be about the future of classic theaters, not just the past.
We still believe that nostalgia is a wonderful thing, but advocacy for those classic movie theaters that remain is needed now more than ever.
We hope to work with all of you in making this a book that will not only help save these cinema treasures, but one you’d like to own as well.
And, if you belong to our community of theater owners and operators, this is a great opportunity to have your theater profiled in print. Interested theaters should contact us through our special book website.
Thanks again for all of your support over the last three years and we’ll keep you updated on the latest developments…
Ross Melnick & Patrick Crowley
Founders, Cinema Treasures
Today, we announced our book and launched our book website. As we begin working on the book, though, we’ll be posting frequent updates on our progress. Check here often for the latest news on this project!
June 17, 2003
Left For Dead, 20s Vintage Movie House May Rise Again
TULSA, OK — Read the Urban Tulsa Weekly article
Drive-Ins Seek Top Billing
WELLFLEET, MA — Read the Boston Globe article
Thanks to Dennis Huber for the story!
Projectionists and Somerville Theatre Square Off
SOMERVILLE, MA — Read the Boston Phoenix story
FBI Seeks Absconded Cincinnati Developer
CINCINATTI, OH — Read the Plain Dealer article
June 16, 2003
Mystery Buyer to Get Des Plaines Theatre
DES PLAINES, IL — Read the Daily Herald article
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update.
What’s In a Name? For Palace Theatre, $1 million
ALBANY, NY — Read the Times-Union article
EasyCinema Runs Into UK Exhibition Difficulties
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND — Read the Screen Daily article
Screen Savers: Bringing Film Back to the Allston Cinema
ALLSTON, MA — Read the Boston Phoenix article
June 13, 2003
One Less Theater, One More Drugstore
WEST HARTFORD, CT — Read the Hartford Courant article
Thanks to Brendan McKenna for this article. It’s one of the best recent editorials/articles about the fate of America’s old movie houses.
Theater to Reopen in South Park Mall
SHREVEPORT, LA — Read the Shreveport Times
Lyric Theatre Keeps On Entertaining
STUART, FL — Read the TCPalm.com story
Regal Reward for Anschutz
DENVER, CO — Read the Denver Post article
Colonial Theater Owner Scales Back His Silver-Screen Dreams
LACONIA, NH — Read the Concord Monitor article
The Stony Creek Theatre: An Acclaimed History
STONY CREEK, CT — Read the Branford Review article