The latest movie theater news and updates
August 30, 2004
GARY, IN — According to a report from the Indianapolis Star, Lalosa Burns, spokesperson for the City of Gary, is reporting that City of Gary will be taking bids to demolish the Palace Theater sometime this year.
As local preservationist Erica Davis put it: “It would be a very good venue for a performing arts center or theater. It would take a lot of work. Unfortunately, the city of Gary has the sad tendency to demolish rather than restore.”
In my own opinion, judging from the fact that most of Gary is heavily gang and drug infested, and decaying at the same rate as the unfortunate Palace Theater, I hold little hope of anything being done to save this theater.
KANSAS CITY, MO — Kansas City Power & Light proposes to remove most of the building that once housed the Empire Theatre to build a new headquarters, according to this report from the Kansas City Star.
DST, the development firm proposes to build a 200,000-square-foot building on the block. The current plan calls for demolishing most of the Empire Theatre but saving part of the decorative facade.
August 27, 2004
DETROIT, MI — The Norwest 1 & 2 was torn down this week to make way for two new fast food restaurants, according to the Detroit Free Press. One man comments in the piece, “You used to be able to walk to get your groceries and walk for a movie. But every piece of good is being torn down for fast food and strip malls. It’s just disappointing.”
The Norwest Theater opened in 1936, was twinned in the 1980s and closed in 2000. As Thomasina Aquinas notes, there is a picture of the half-demolished Norwest at www.detroityes.com.
BAKER CITY, OR — A state building code that requires sprinklers in all three auditoria of the Eltrym Theatre may force its closure, according to the Corvallis Gazette-Times. In response to the impending order, over 1,200 signatures have been collected to save it.
Opened in 1940, the Art Deco Eltrym is now a 3-screen movie house and the only movie theater in Baker County. It was restored in 1997.
ORANGE, CA — On Sunday August 29th, the Orange County Cavy Haven will hold its 2nd fundraising rummage sale at the Orange Drive-In. New and used donated goods including furniture, clothing, sporting goods and electronics will be available and 100% of funds raised will go directly to help rescue animals in need.
Please come and shop. The booth will be open from 6am-3pm @ 291 N State College Blvd Orange, CA 92868-1703. For more information on our rescue or to find out how to help: www.cavyhaven.org.
August 26, 2004
- Shea’s Buffalo Sign Once Again Stands Tall
- The New, Old Rialto
- New Chief Leads Restoration Effort At State Theatre
- Performing Arts Center Asks Council For A Loan
- Odeon Cinema Bid Shortlist Cut to Three, Times Reports
- Lawnmower Blamed For Drive-In Fire
- Fond Memories Of St. George Theater’s Hey Day
- Hamilton Civic Makes Home Of Old Movie House
- Coming Soon, A 24-Plex Not So Near You
August 25, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — The closing night of the 40th Chicago International Film Festival on October 21st (the event kicks off October 7th at the Chicago Theatre) will feature Chicago native Robert Zemeckis and actor Tom Hanks live at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.
WEST HARTFORD, CT — The effort continues to save the Elm Theater from being turned into a Walgreens Drug Store. Elmwood Renaissance, the local organization behind the effort to preserve the theater as an arts venue, is in need of donations to cover the costs of publicity and legal expenses. Please consider sending a donation, no matter how small, to:
P.O. Box 330276
West Hartford, CT 06133-0276
August 24, 2004
DENVER, CO — I am planning a 75th anniversary for two historic theatres in Denver for the Spring of 2005. More details to follow but I’m looking for photos, memories, clips, former employees, etc. It is surely to be a memorable event. If anyone has any information to share or a resource you think I should be directed to, please contact me at . Thanks for any assistance!