The latest movie theater news and updates
March 28, 2003
SOMERVILLE, MA — “The Lost Theatres of Somerville” is a special year long exhibit that opens tomorrow at 5:00 pm at the Somerville Museum.
The exhibit focuses on the the fourteen cinemas “that once thrived in this small working class city near Boston and how these ‘nabes’ — neighborhood cinemas — fostered a sense of place and common culture.”
According to Mimi Graney, “The exhibit includes a wealth of archival photographs, contemporary photos, and all sorts of memorabilia from tickets and posters to a ten foot neon marquee. [We also have] a series of lectures coming up in April and others planned for the rest of the year long run.”
Hopefully this exhaustive study of Somerville’s theaters, which couples other such efforts by theater historians such as Cesar Del Valle, will inspire more of these around the county.
We’ll continue to update you about special events surrounding this terrific exhibit.
Thanks to Mimi Graney for keeping us updated and to David Guss for reminding all of us what we’ve lost.
Drama Unfolds in the Life of a Burlesque Theater
BOSTON, MA — Read the Christian Science Monitor article
More Information on the American Cinematheque Takeover of the Aero
SANTA MONICA, CA — Read the Los Angeles Times story
Richmond Hill Museum (At Old RKO Theater) Honored For Programs
RICHMOND HILL, NY — Read the Forest Hills Ledger article
Toronto Film Festival to Get Permanent Home
TORONTO, ONT, CANADA — Read the Toronto Star article
Borough Approves Return of Marquee
LEWISTOWN, PA — Read the Lewistown Sentinel story
Benefit Raises $11,000-Plus for Ironwood Theatre
IRONWOOD, MI — Read the Ironwood Daily Globe
Former Loew’s Theater, Last Club Med World, For Sale or Rent
MONTREAL, QUE, CANADA — According to Mike Rivest, a “For Sale or Rent” sign has been erected on the former Loew’s Theater. The venue last operated as “Club Med World,” but closed last month.
Visit the theater’s page on Cinema Treasures
Thanks to Mike for the update.
March 27, 2003
For Sherwood Theater, It’s The End
SHERWOOD, OR — Read the Oregonian story
Gold Town Nickelodeon’s Days May Be Numbered
JUNEAU, AK — Read the Juneau Empire article
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update!
Theater Has Roof Back After Hurricane
FRANKLIN, LA — Read the Daily Iberian
Music Series Opens at Art Center
MT. ANGEL, OR — Read the East Valley News
Westloop Theater to Reopen with Discounted Movie, Concession Prices
MANHATTAN, KS — Read the Kansas State Collegian article
March 26, 2003
March 25, 2003
New Life for Old Theater
DENHAM SPRINGS, LA — Read the Advocate story
City talk: More Talk of Downtown Movies
SAVANNAH, GA — Read the Savannah Morning News
Grand Theatre Supporters Come Off The Bench
LOUISVILLE, KY — Read the Courier-Journal
Newport Film Festival Grows
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Read the Orange County Register story
Thanks to Ron Pierce for the update!
Series of Events to Mark State Theater’s Re-opening
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY — Read the News-Enterprise article
March 24, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The original 1964 Andorra Theater, last known as the AMC Andorra 8, is slated to be demolished and replaced by a fitness center.
This all too familiar story serves as a reminder that the most endangered theaters in the country have, of late, been those built after 1960.
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Loew’s Jersey Theatre will host the following events this coming weekend:
The 2nd Annual Classic Comedy Weekend
Saturday, March 29, 4PM
The Sons of the Desert (1933) 73 min.
Saturday, March 29, 8PM
A Night At The Opera (1935) 92 min.
Shown with three classic Three Stooges shorts!
Paul Wesolowski will display rare posters and film stills in the Loew’s and will give a brief introduction to A Night At The Opera that will include questions from the audience.
Sunday, March 30, 2PM
Bob Hope’s 100th Birthday Double Feature
The Road To Morocco (1942) 83 min.
The Seven Little Foys (1955) 93 min.
If you haven’t been to the restoration-in-progress, this is a perfect time to show your support.
Thanks to the Friends of the Loew’s for the update!
SANTA MONICA, CA — The following email has been sent from Chris Allen of the Aero:
I’m pleased to announce that we will be hosting a farewell party on Saturday, April 12, 2003. The movie “Blazing Saddles” will be the feature presentation because it is a time for laughter and not tears. Like our other special events, there will be food and wine, and tickets will once again be $20.
I want to thank all of you for your support over the last year. Without your help, the Aero would have surely met its demise.
American Cinematheque will have a representative on hand that night to let us all know of their plans to bring the Aero back to its original glory! I hope to see everyone that night. Continued vigilance will assure the Aero’s safety for years to come.
For more information, visit the Aero Theatre website.
March 21, 2003
Latest News On Chicago Theaters
CHICAGO, IL — Read the Chicago Tribune article
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update!
Sameric/Body Editorial In Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA, PA —
Read “Don’t let Sameric fade to black” editorial
For the accompanying illustration, please see the print edition.
Thanks to Howard Haas for the update!
March 19, 2003
American Cinematheque To Renovate and Operate Aero After Closure
SANTA MONICA, CA — Read the Lookout
Theater’s Friends Respond
IRONWOOD, MI — Read the Ironwood Daily Globe article
Gateway Theatre Project Among Top 10 Rural Initiatives
LINCOLN, NE — Read The Independent story
Business 2.0 Looks at Arclight Cinemas Complex, Home of Cinerama Dome
HOLLYWOOD, CA — Read the Business 2.0 profile
Thanks to Joshua Melnick for the news.
Washington Mutual Opens Bank inside former Bayside Theater
BAYSIDE, NY — Read the Bayside Times story
Plainview Hee-Haw Set For March 29
PLAINVIEW, TX — Read the Plainview Daily Herald article