The latest movie theater news and updates
November 12, 2003
AVENAL, CA — The Fresno Bee has more information about the fallout from Saturday’s fire at the Avenal Theatre. According to the article, the fire damaged and/or destroyed a total of eight businesses in the downtown Avenal area, totalling at least $1 million in damage. [uPDATE: another report from local TV station ABC30.com indicates that Avenal city leaders have voted to rebuild the theater.]
CHICAGO, IL — According to the Chicago Sun Times, Paul Warshauer, the new owner of the Portage Park Theatre (located in the Chicago neighborhood of the same name), is attempting to reopen the theater as a venue for classic and family-friendly films, but it would seem that the city’s revenue department has other plans.
November 11, 2003
NEW YORK, NY — Last Friday’s star-studded premiere of the new British romantic ensemble comedy, “Love Actually”, was held at the historic and stylish Beekman Theatre, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Among the film’s stars walking the red carpet were Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Martine McCutcheon, and Laura Linney. The film, which had a so-so sixth place opening this weekend, was directed (and written) by Richard Curtis, the screenwriter behind two of Grant’s most successful movies, “Notting Hill” and “Bridget Jones”. It was Curtis' directorial debut.
November 10, 2003
MILWAUKEE, WI — Events in the past two days have literally put the city of Milwaukee in the theatrical spotlight.
On Thursday last, the first Milwaukee International Film Festival opened at the Oriental Theatre, with hundreds of people being greeted by the huge searchlight brightening the night sky. From Nov. 6th through the 16th, some 10,000 people are expected to enjoy some 100 films by independent filmmakers from three dozen nations as the show moves each day to other local vintage theaters including the Downer, and the Times, as well as the University of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Cinema. More info is available at www.milwaukeefilmfestival.org.
AVENAL, CA — According to a report by local television station ABC 30, the marquee of a historic movie theater was responsible for starting a blaze on Saturday evening that damaged several downtown buildings.
JENKINTOWN, PA — According to an article in Friday’s Philadelphia Inquirer, a nonprofit group is set to purchase the Chas III theater in hopes to revitalize the city’s downtown area. The theater, which will be rechristened as the Hiway Theatre, will primarily show arthouse fare, with a mix of classic, independent, and foreign films.
November 7, 2003
SAGINAW, MI — The Saginaw News reports that the Temple Theatre will reopen tonight with a “Temple Tribute” show. The theater is an old vaudeville house that’s been updated to modern building codes and restored to its original 1927 appearance.
Local television station WJRT-TV will also be covering tonight’s grand reopening. You can view their report here.
November 6, 2003
KENSINGTON, MD — GTM Architects has announced that the firm has won two awards for its restoration work on Washington, D.C.’s Avalon Theatre. The awards, the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in the category of community involvement and the Pro Bono Design Award from the Washington Architectural Foundation, were given for the firm’s work on the Avalon’s facade and lobby areas, and improving the theater’s ADA compliance.
WARREN, OH — According to the Vindicator, the City of Warren has received a $50,000 state grant to cover preliminary design work and cost estimates for a redevelopment of the Robins Theater. The theater, described as “the largest and only surviving movie house within the city of Warren and is a contributing structure in the Warren Commercial National Historic District”, has been closed since the 1970s.
November 5, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — Monday’s issue of the USA Today took a look at all things cinematic in the Windy City. The profile includes a list of Chicago’s contributions to film history, prominent film festivals, famous movie moments, and a few of the city’s better known movie houses (like the Biograph and Gene Siskel Film Center).
What are your favorite Chicago movie moments? (Comment below.)