The latest movie theater news and updates
August 2, 2004
WELLINGTON, TX — Wes Reeves sent us a new pic of the Ritz Theatre’s latest restoration…
“Hi – a few months ago you ran a photo of the facade of the Ritz Theatre in Wellington, Texas just as were about to start roof repairs.
I’m sending another shot that shows a completely different picture. Windows have been replaced, some paint has been slapped on and the old blade sign has been returned complete with new neon.
July 30, 2004
PASADENA, CA — The following email was sent in by Gina Zamparelli, President, Friends of the Raymond Theatre:
“Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:
Our final day for donations is July 30th. We have made great strides over the past week, but we still have $1,405 more to raise. Therefore we will continue to take donations till 5pm on Monday, August 2.
If all you can donate is $5 or $10, every dollar WILL make a difference. If you can donate $15, $25, $50, $100 or more, it would help us make great strides towards meeting our fundraising goals before Monday!
Early next week we will let everyone know if we have raised enough money to continue our efforts to legally protect the Raymond Theatre.
MT RAINIER, MD — The New Horizon Christian Faith Outreach Center (NHCFO), formally known as the Kaywood Theater, is now open and operating as a facility that offers a variety of Christian programs, performances, plays, concerts, educational and cultural events.
Together, hand-in-hand through the word of God, the NHCFO Center is a place where our events encourage people to change their lives. As a venue available for community use, the NHCFO Center is conveniently accessible to Washington DC residents and its rich structure and remarkable beauty makes it an inspirational community gathering all.
DETROIT, MI — The 16th Annual Theatre Tour run by Preservation Wayne will be August 7th.
See the theaters that make up Grand Circus Park; Michigan Opera House, Gem, Former Michigan Theatre, Music Hall, State, and Fox Theatres.
The price is $30 which includes lunch at the Opera House cafe. From 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Touts leave every half hour from the lobby of the State. Total time is 4 hours for tour.
Reservations are recommended! Call (313) 577-3559.
Used 35MM projector for sale. Interested parties can contact me at or reply to this thread…
July 29, 2004
ST. LOUIS, MO — To celebrate its 75th birthday, the “Fabulous Fox” in St. Louis is recreating, as nearly as possible, its opening night program on January 31, 1929 this coming Sunday, August 1st.
The huge C. Howard Crane-designed palace on Grand Boulevard is showing the first movie it played, the silent Janet Gaynor film “Street Angel”, accompanied by the Fox’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. The stage acts which preceded and followed the movie, including a “living tableau” of St. Louis' history, a chorus line, opera, ballet and even a “Neapolitan festival”, will also be put on again, by local celebrities and talent.
Furthermore, during the festivities, from 2 to 7 pm, the price for admission will be the same as in 1929, 75 cents at the box office. Mary Strauss, the Fox’s owner, will be an “extra” in the stage show, and is encouraging visitors to dress up in 20s-style clothing for a parade onstage before the show.
Read the full report in the River Front Times.
July 28, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — Here are my latest photos of the new side boards for the Chicago Theatre marquee. They are replacements of the same size as the most recently seen version.
I now can only anticipate the installation of the underside of the marquee. I can only assume that the lower version will be reinstalled. Originally this version of the sign was somewhat higher showing more portions of the building, including 4 handing light fixtures.
DETROIT, MI — I have found pictures on the net of a theater downtown Detroit called Shubert/Lafayette Shubert. My guess is that it was located on Lafeyette. You could see the David Stott building in the background. The demolition pictures show me demolition was in the 50’s by my guess. Can anyone provide any history and pictures? Thank you.
July 27, 2004
NEWBRIDGE, UK — The Miners Institute and Memorial Hall in Newbridge won their round in the BBC “Restoration” TV program and will go forward to the final. The winner and the runner up will be allocated the funds to enable a full restoration.
The Memo is a fully intact 1920s cinema (which is believed to have never been redecorated) on two levels above a dance hall. More info is available on the Restoration website.
NEW YORK, NY — With the August 5 closing of the Astor Plaza, The Hollywood Reporter/Yahoo! News takes a look at the state of moviegoing in the Times Square area and the neighborhood’s place in exhibition history.