The latest movie theater news and updates
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
June 12, 2003
Another Catlow Deal Falters
BARRINGTON, IL — Read the Barrington Courier-Review
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update.
Drive-In Final Show May Have Come
SOUTHINGTON, CT — Read The New Britain Herald
Colony/Hippodrome Historic Theater Association To Meet June 18
MARIETTA, OH — Read the Marietta Times
Grant Funds Sought to Restore Strand Theater
ZELIENOPOLE, PA — Read the Tribune-Review story
Cineplex Odeon Will Close Brossard 7
BROSSARD, QUE, CANADA — The following was sent in by Mike Rivest:
An article in today’s Le Journal De Montr
June 10, 2003
Fox Oakland Theater Coming Into Light
OAKLAND, CA — Read the Oakland Tribune
Is it The End for India’s Single-Screen Cinemas?
NEW DELHI, INDIA — Read the Indian Express article
It’s Summer, So Drive-Ins Are Back In The News…
The Goal: Reopen Harms at Year-End
PATTERSON, NJ — Read the NJ.com article
June 9, 2003
Communities Rally To Save Historic Theaters
Temple Theatre Updates In The Saginaw News
SAGINAW, MI — Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra Hopes to Move Into Temple Theatre
Temple Theatre Owner Spening $7 Million to Restore Theater
Thanks to Gary Flinn for the updates!
Lorenzo Theater Has Many Suitors
SAN LORENZO, CA — Read the Oakland Tribune
June 5, 2003
Thanks to all of our users and our tireless theater editor and contributor, Bryan Krefft, we’re proud to announce that we recently added our 3,000th U.S. theater.
We’re slowly reaching the 4,000 theater mark and we can’t thank you enough for your continued support!