The latest movie theater news and updates
June 24, 2004
Does anyone know what has happened to the huge Fox Oakland? The last time I saw it was in the 1980s – just sitting there empty, a block or so from the restored Paramount Oakland. This theater is not on Cinema Treasures list of Fox theaters. Has it been torn down? Any info would be appreciated.
[Ed — of course, the Fox Oakland is alive and kicking.]
June 23, 2004
I am producing a documentary about a Zen philosopher, D.T. Suzuki (1870 – 1966)… a long story.
I am trying to find a photo with the movie HIGH NOON (starring Gary Cooper) on the marquee. Suzuki loved this film. “The sheriff was a Zen man…” he said after seeing it. Does anyone have such a pic, or know where I might try to find one?
June 22, 2004
SALEM, OR — According to this report from the Statesman-Journal, the $3.2 million restoration and renovation project of the historic 1926 Elsinore Theatre is nearing completion. The theater is set to reopen in October and will present live entertainment such as Broadway shows and concerts.
Visitors will now be able to tour the Elsinore from noon to one on Tuesdays and Thursdays and see firsthand the progress that’s taking place at the former movie house. A state of the art sound system has been added, the lobby and murals have been restored, and stained glass windows have also been repaired.
RACINE, WI — The Park Theatre was purchased in June of 2004 by the Westbury Group LLC, headed by a local man very much interested in theater preservation.
The theater will receive a complete restoration. Two store fronts will be incorporated into a much needed lobby and restroom expansion. The apartments located on the second floor will provide space for a new restaurant.
June 18, 2004
WACO, TEXAS — The glass covered front and the inverted roof of the twin screen Lake Air Cinema that sat behind the Lake Air Mall, became the latest victim of mega-multiplexes.
After a brief asbestos removal, demolition began on June 1, 2004, and wrapped up sometime last week. I am happy to say that all 768 red theater seats, and the 2 projectors were purchased and will be used for another future theatre project in Waco.
Myself, I managed to salvage a trailer from a film which has still yet to be determined, and a fixture from the box office that cashiers use to talk through the window — I don’t know what they are called.
PARIS, FRANCE — The Kinopanorama was dark for almost two years.
After a renovation, the theater was given a new name :“Espace Kinopanorama.” The movie theater has been a little altered, but thankfully its curved screen was saved. Now, the theater serves as space for fashion shows, conferences, parties, and such.
It could have been worse, though. But since the building is still in good share, a return to movies ia always possible.
June 16, 2004
CHARLESTON, SC — Thank you to the Friends of the Garden Theater for your efforts to save the Garden as a theater. Thanks to Cinema Treasures for providing a place to post notices and news. Thanks to the many fine folks who responded to our posts.
The scheduled meeting for June 17, 2004, has been cancelled due to recent developments. Yesterday, we were told by workmen at the theater that the curtain, seats, and rigging have been donated to an opera company in Pennsylvania and the floor is soon to be leveled from the stage to the rear wall of the auditorium so that the space can be leased to a retail store.
June 15, 2004
MONTREAL, CANADA — An ad in today’s Montreal Gazette announced that the premiere of Michel’s Moore latest film will open at the Imperial Theatre on June 24. 2 more screens to open next door in 2005.
(click on Centre de Film Imperial)
June 14, 2004
HUNTINGTON, WV — As time edges closer to the opening of the new Stadium Seating mega plex a block from the Thomas Lamb Keith-Albee, the historic theater has gained an organ.
In addition, Bob Edmunds, a Marshall University speech professor, played a short patriotic concert as a prelude to the presentation of Disney’s “America’s Heart and Soul” at the first Appy Film Fest.
The small group of organ enthusiasts have invested about $50,000 to bring an organ to the Keith. Edmunds hopes that groups step forward to intervene in what is now a stand off between the federal governemnt which provided the money to put the Keith out of business, the state which has no money available, and local business people who can’t imagine Huntington without the Keith.