The latest movie theater news and updates

  • September 7, 2004

    URGENT! The Trylon Theater Still Needs Your Help!

    REGO PARK, NY — The wonderful Art Deco Trylon Theater in Queens is endangered. We have asked the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to calendar and designate this structure, but so far no action has been taken.

    Please help us by emailing the chair of the Landmarks Commission Robert Tierney and voicing your support. His email address is .org.

  • Winchester Twin and Cafe For Sale

    WINCHESTER, IN — The Winchester Twin and Cafe has been put up for sale for $500,000.

    According to the listing, “The Winchester is brick and dates from 1883. The local owners are running two screens (95 seats each) and have room for a third. The third screen (under construction) will have 65 seats plus an unusual glass enclosed "Family Room” that can seat 12 and has its own sound system."

  • September 6, 2004

    Capitol Theatre Repairs Underway

    FLINT, MI — Necessary and long-delayed repairs to the Capitol Theatre building have begun with the removal of loose bricks on the east exterior wall of the auditorium to be replaced by new brickwork.

    The water damage now being repaired is due to runoff of rain water from the auditorium’s roof over time. Other repairs planned include fixing the theater’s vertical sign which is original to the theater but was altered in the 1957 remodeling of the theater.

    This project was planned for several months and was earlier reported in a March 29 story in Cinema Treasures.

  • Sunrise Drive-In Slated for Demolition

    FAIR OAKS, CA — The Sunrise Drive-In, which has operated sporadically over the last few years, is slated for demolition. Local civic leaders have sought its permanent closure due to code violations and public safety issues.

    Developers plan to demolish the theater, and the county is revoking the commercial use permit to operate a Drive-in at this site, according to a report in the Sacramento Bee.

  • Roxie Theater Sign Gets Help

    LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Conservancy will help refurbish and restore seven historic Broadway structures, including the fronts of vaudeville-era theaters like the 1931 Roxie, according to the Los Angeles Downtown News.

  • September 3, 2004

    The Movie Palace Series: Interview with Larry Grossman

    Cinema Treasures concludes its look at the work of artist/photographer Larry Grossman with an interview with the artist.

    What are your favorite movie theaters?
    All in CA (since that’s where I live and go to the movies): Chinese, El Capitan, Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, Avalon (Catalina), Fremont, Pantages (but they no longer show films), to name few.

    What are your favorite movies?
    The Maltese Falcon, Bringing up Baby, Chinatown, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Splendor in the Grass, Godfather I & II., L.A. Confidential, American Graffiti, etc, etc.

    What tools do you use to create your work?
    Olympus digital camera and Photoshop 8

  • September 2, 2004

    The Movie Palace Series: Gallery (Part Two)

  • The Movie Palace Series: Before and After

    In this before and after image, Larry Grossman reveals how he creates his amazing images: “the top is my original photo, the bottom obviously an archival shot. Aside from the fact I had to create a lobby (there is no longer a central box office), you can see how much work I put into ‘restoring’ the marquee and sign back to its original look, plus I had to guess at the colors.”

  • September 1, 2004

    The Movie Palace Series: Gallery (Part One)

    Today, we’re proud to share with you Larry Grossman’s “retrovisions” of the Pantages Theater, Cinerama Dome, Hollywood Theatre, Fox Westwood Village, Fremont Theatre, Star Theater, and the Vista Theater.

  • August 31, 2004

    The Movie Palace Series: An Introduction

    Cinema Treasures is featuring the beautiful work of artist/photographer Larry Grossman throughout this week. Today, we begin with an introduction to Grossman’s work and artistic process. During the rest of the week, we’ll also be showing several pieces of Grossman’s work each day, as well as an interview with the artist.

    The “Movie Palace” series is a collection of images of vintage Movie Theaters created by artist/photographer Larry Grossman. These images depict classic theaters and their environments, as they looked in their “Golden Age”.

    “I begin each image by shooting a photograph of the theater (note my original Pantages photo next to the completed Pantages image). To ‘transport’ the theaters back in time to their ‘heyday’, I digitally remove all contemporary items such as cars, signs, parking meters, streetlights, and stores from the photos.