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  • March 10, 2003

    Send In Your Proposals For The Villa!

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The following email was sent out by Kirk Huffaker of the Utah Heritage Foundation:

    Over the last 2 weeks, we have heard not only the continuing concerns of Villa-philes from everywhere, but also some great ideas to continue the use of the Villa as a theater venue and for adaptive use of the building. Utah Heritage Foundation would like to serve as the clearinghouse for all ideas for the continued use of the Villa Theatre and requests your assistance in this endeavor.

    We would like to continue collecting these ideas through the next week (March 14). Please forward your thoughts on continuing the use of the Villa as a theater (business planning, management, rehabilitation, variation of use, integration into community events, partnerships, fundraising, etc.) or the adaptive use of the theater (ideas for other uses, feasibility of those uses in the building, rehabilitation and costs, funding/financing of a project, etc.) to me.

    Thank you for your continued interest in saving the Villa!

    Kirk Huffaker
    Assistant Director
    Utah Heritage Foundation
    Memorial House in Memory Grove Park
    P.O. Box 28
    Salt Lake City, UT 84110-0028
    801.537.1245 fax

    Thanks to Grant Smith and Kirk Huffaker for their work on behalf of the Villa!

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  • Grand Theatre Plans Stalled

    MILWAUKEE, WI — This was sent in from contributor Jim Rankin:

    The former WARNER (now THE GRAND) in Milwaukee that was supposed to be converted by the Milwaukee Symphony into a secondary concert hall (the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is their prime venue) … will not now come to be. [See below Journal Sentinel for more information.]

    The new addition to our Art Center has received national acclaim for its innovative – if not revolutionary – design, but in the process they went so far over budget (280%!) that all the local charitable dollars have been soaked up, and with about $50 million said to be needeed in adapting the former GRAND and adding a parking structure of some sort, there just are not enough dollars out there for the foreseeable future for the Symphony to do the GRAND.

    The present owner of the land under the theatre says that Marcus Entertainment still has 20 years to go on its lease, and that he fully intends to keep them at maintaining the long dark theatre so that it does not deteriorate. He seems sincere in that. Since there will, of course, be no formal announcement of the Symphony’s change in plans for the GRAND, the story [below] will have to suffice.

    If you would like to advertise this as an opportunity for someone to place themselves in the Mid-West in the finest of Rapp & Rapp’s medium scale works, please use this to do so! I don’t forsee anyone else locally stepping forward to take on this 2700-seat movie house which now has been ‘un-divided’ so that it is again a single auditorium, in contrast to its last years since 1973 as a so-called “Twin.”

    Read the Journal-Sentinel story

    Thanks to Jim Rankin for the update! Any takers?

  • March 7, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Landmark Vote Fails, Development Project Continues
    BERKELEY, CA — Read the Daily Californian article
    Read the Contra Costa Times

    Boulevard Theater Conversion Cost: $3.7M
    SALISBURY, MD — Read the Daily Times article

    Society Members Seek to Preserve Historic Theater
    DES PLAINES, IL — Read the Mount Prospect Times

    Kine Centre: From Movie Theatre to Operating Theatre
    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Read the Star article

    THX Announces New Certification Program for Historic Cinemas

    Read the Post Industry story

    Welton Becket Feted At Cinerama Dome and Around Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES, CA — Read the Los Angeles Times article
    Read the coverage of the Cinerama Dome event

    Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art Addition Wins OK
    LAKE WORTH, FL — Read the Palm Beach Daily News

  • March 6, 2003

    Raymond Theatre Court Date Tomorrow

    This has been sent in from Gina Zamparelli:

    Our long-awaited court date is THIS Friday, March 7th.

    We hope those of you who have a few free hours on Friday morning, will consider attending our court date to show your support. Judge Dizintra I. Janavs will be making a decision on the fate of the Raymond Theatre on this date.

    We really hope to see our supporters there! This case will be important, not only to our 15 year effort to preserve the Raymond Theatre, but also for preservation cases to come. For those who cannot attend, I will send out a newsletter on the outcome as soon as possible.

    Case: Friends of the Raymond Theatre and Sage Council vs. City of Pasadena
    When: March 7, 2002
    Where: Los Angeles County Courthouse, 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, Dept. 85
    Time: 9:30 am.
    Parking: There is ample parking surrounding the Courthouse

  • Today’s Newsreel

    Last Chance to See “How The West Was Won” In Seattle Today!
    SEATTLE, WA — Today is the last day of the Reel Cinerama Film Festival. HTWWW will be shown at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Don’t miss it!

    Visit the Seattle Cinerama website

    AFI to Raise Silver Curtain Near Capital
    SILVER SPRINGS, MD — Read the Reuters article
    Read the UPI story

    Club Med World Inside Former Loew’s Theatre Closes
    MONTREAL, QUE, CANADA — Read the Canadian Press article

    Thanks to Mike Rivest for the update.

    SCERA Showing Wear
    OREM, UT — Read the Deseret News

    Thanks to Grant Smith for the story.

    A Victory for Preservationists
    DES PLAINES, IL — Read the Daily Herald story

    Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the good news!

    Fox Theatre Receives Support; Camera Cinemas On Hold
    SAN JOSE, CA — Read the Mercury News

    ‘Moulin Rouge’ Back In Westwood Theater
    LOS ANGELES, CA — Read the Channel 4000 story

  • March 5, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Preservation Alert Fine Arts Cinema Loses Landmark Vote
    BERKELEY, CA — Read the Alameda Times-Star

    Charleston Cinema Fights to Keep its Name in Lights
    BREMERTON, WA — Read the Sun article

    Theater is Groh’s Gift to Hagerstown
    HAGERSTOWN, MD — Read the Herald-Mail story

    Valenti: More People Are Going to Movies
    LAS VEGAS, NV — Read the Yahoo!/AP article
    Read the USA Today story

    Madstone To Renovate and Reopen Trolley Square
    SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Read the Salt Lake Tribune story

    Senator Theatre Close to Being Certified Best in Show
    BALTIMORE, MD — Read the Baltimore Sun article
    Read the THX press release on Business Wire

    Thanks to Gregg Anderson for the release.

  • March 4, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Time is Tight for Theater Preservationists
    DES PLAINES, IL — Read the Daily Herald article

    Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update.

    Theater Owner Plans to Spend $750K on Cinema
    VALPARAISO, IN — Read the Post-Tribune story

    The Strand in 1948
    BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME — Read the Boothbay Register editorial

    Group Buys Bluffs Drive-In Theater
    COUNCIL BLUFFS, NE — Read the Omaha World-Herald article

    Symphony of Sound to Roll Back the Years
    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA — Read the Advertiser story

    Triplex Deftly Juggles Film Fare
    GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — Read the Berkshire Eagle story

  • Welton Becket Event Tonight At The Cinerama Dome!

    This was sent to us by Arclight Cinemas; Event open to the public:

    Cinerama Dome and Architecture Aficionados Invited to WELTON BECKET Tribute, March 4 at the Dome

    ArcLight members are invited to join the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Modern Committee on the evening of March 4, 2003 for a centennial tribute to legendary Los Angeles architect Welton Becket and the firm of Welton Becket & Associates.

    The Becket office produced many of the space-age icons of mid-century Los Angeles including the Capitol Records building, the Music Center, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and the Beverly Hilton, as well as master plans for UCLA and Century City.

    This once-in-a-lifetime event, to be held in Becket’s landmark 1963 Cinerama Dome includes a reunion of designers, a screening of rare historical footage, and an exhibition of archival materials. Alan Hess will lead a discussion on the architect’s work and Leo Marmol will moderate a panel of designers from the Becket office.

    Included in the ticket price is a commemorative booklet with a self-guided tour of Becket buildings and a docent-led tour on Saturday, March 8.

    For more information please contact the Los Angeles Conservancy at 213-623-2489 or go to Tickets are $20 for Conservancy and ArcLight members and $25 for non-members.

    Visit the ArcLight Cinemas website

  • March 3, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    New Stiefel Marquee Installed
    SALINA, KS — Read about, or watch, the installation
    Visit the Salina Journal’s Stiefel/Fox section

    Thanks to Joel Weide for the update!

    In related news …

    Hutch Fox Shows Theaters' Struggles
    HUTCHINSON, KS — Read the Salina Journal story

    At Ambler Theater, It’s Showtime
    AMBLER, PA — Read the Philadelphia Inquirer article

    Thanks to George Quirk and Gregg Anderson for the story.

    This is Cinerama — In All Its Original Glory
    SEATTLE, WA — Read the Daily Herald story

    For more information visit the Seattle Cinerama website

    Second Run for Theaters
    ST. PAUL, MN — Read the Pioneer Press article

    Art House Theaters Dip Into Mainstream Audiences
    PLANO, TX — Read the Plano Star Courier article

    Marcus Veteran has Scripted Growth of Theater Chain
    MILWAUKEE, WI — Read the Business Journal story