The latest movie theater news and updates
January 22, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD — Thanks to Ed Dobbins, we’ve got some photos from the demolition of the Grand Theatre, which began on Monday.
Animation of the Grand’s demolition
PITTSBURG, CA — Another change of fate for the “Enean Theatre” in downtown Pittsburg. After being anything but a movie theater for over 50 years, the theater will now be restored and brought back to its former use of exhibiting motion pictures and other events.
January 21, 2004
Roger Katz sent in some photos of the Dealey Center Theater:
“I saw an item on the Dealey Center Theater on today’s newsreel on Cinema Treasures. Here are some photos of the theater. If you do post these, credit them to Liz Katz as she actually took them and sent them to me.”
(For more information, read the original story in “The Dolphin”.)
BEIJING, CHINA — Wanda Group and Warner Bros. International Cinemas (WBIC) have jointly created Warner Wanda Cinemas (working name) for the building and operating of some 30 “state-of-the-art, world-class multiplex cinemas” in all of Wanda Group’s shopping complexes, which are currently under construction or planned to be built.
January 20, 2004
DES PLAINES, IL – Aldermen in Des Plaines have decided to hold off on providing up to $60,000 in funds to study the viability of converting the historic Des Plaines Theatre into a performing arts venue until they learn if the theater’s new owner, Dhitu Bagwakar, plans to follow the study’s recommendations.
According to a report in the Daily Herald, Bagwakar is currently screening East Indian features at the twin theater. Many of the alderman have issues about giving funds to a private business, as well as the need for another performing arts center in the area, after the new Metropolis Theater in nearby downtown Arlington Heights failed.
That venue is currently in the midst of a debate over whether the city of Arlington Heights should take over the Metropolis or it should be taken over by another private organization.
January 19, 2004
PASADENA, CA — The Raymond Theatre (formerly known as the Crown Theatre or Perkin’s Palace) is for sale.
It is located in Old Town Pasadena, two short blocks from the popular Old Town shopping, dining and entertainment district. It features 2,000 seats, main floor and balcony, two lobbies, four restrooms, a 40'x40' stage, and eight dressing rooms with flyloft and rigging.
The theater was once one of Los Angeles' top concert venues, featuring acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, and others. It has a great legacy of live performances. With the right buyer, the theater can once again function as a concert or mixed-use venue.
January 16, 2004
The AFI Silver Theatre launches new programs, the Ioka gets a new owner, hopes fade for full preservation of Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre, and the Supreme Court considers hearing whether stadium seating is ADA-compliant — all in today’s newsreel.
- Silver Theatre meets projections
- AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Launches Educational Screenings Program (ESP)
- Views Sought in Movie Theater Wheelchair Case
- New owner for the Ioka
- Palace of Memories: Classic Movie Theaters
- Carolina Theatre’s best hope
- Tributes flow for cinema owner
- Wallace Theatres closes art houses
- Council to vote Tuesday on Empress Theatre plan
- The Dealey Center, more than just movies
- Clinton has rich movie theater, stage history
January 15, 2004
ST. LOUIS, MO — The Orpheum Theatre has been purchased by Mike and Steve Roberts, who also own the Roberts Mayfair Hotel, an historic Wyndham Hotel (adjacent to the Orpheum), and the historic “Roberts Lofts” (former Board of Education building, designed by I. Taylor, located across the street at 9th and Locust).
Although still in the planning stages, I believe this will be another fine renovation. In St. Louis, the Roberts brothers are well-known patrons of the arts, who’ve gained much respect for the thoroughness of all their various endeavors. As a native of this historic city, I look forward to attending the Orpheum Theatre’s grand re-opening… without a doubt!