The latest movie theater news and updates
January 27, 2003
SAN PEDRO, CA — The historic Warner Grand Theatre has announced its new schedule which includes a performance by famous theater organist, Bob Mitchell:
Thurs Feb 6 (2 p.m.) VARIETY ARTS
Michael Paul Smith presents a musical tribute to the 20th century icon: Paul Robeson.
Fri Feb 14 (8 p.m.) It Happened One Night (1934) ($7 each or 2 tix for $10)
Sat Feb 15 (8 p.m.) Flamenco dancers Sarita Bashir and Juan Talavera – $10/$20
Feb 17-20 – African American History Celebration
Historical films made by and featuring African American artists [music, drumming and dance performances tbd]. Some events are free, ticket prices up to $25. See website closer to the dates for further information.
Next VARIETY ARTS:
Thurs March 6 – “Bob Mitchell accompanies THE SHEIK” silent film with organ accompaniment (film to be confirmed)
Foreign film series 2003:
March 15, April 19, May 10, June 14 – films tbd
January 24, 2003
First Stages of Work on Elks Nearly Done
PRESCOTT, AZ — Read the Daily Courier article
Tivoli Theater Redo Gets $8M Boost
WASHINGTON, DC — Read the Washington Business Journal report
Grant Will Benefit Old Livingston Theater
LIVINGSTON, CA — Read the Merced Sun-Star article
S.C. Theatre brings back classic Hitchcock films
SUTTER CREEK, SC — Read the Ledger Dispatch article
Have a great weekend everyone and see you on Monday!
We received the following letter this week regarding the Friends of the Raymond Theatre’s effort to save the 1927 movie house:
THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL AND URGENT REQUEST FOR DONATIONS!
Donations are desperately needed for us to continue our work to preserve the Raymond Theatre. With the help of our supporters, Friends of the Raymond Theatre has accomplished a great deal, but our financial needs for this project still remain a large concern.
We are now down to the 11th hour, and we still we need to raise $3,200 IMMEDIATELY to make our final payment on our legal bill. We also need to be aware, should we lose in court (though we have all intention of prevailing), that we need to be prepared for an appeal to the Court of Appeals.
To appeal, we must first pay off our $3,200 which is due NOW and also be prepared with a significant downpayment on February 11th. We need to make sure we can meet these financial challenges in the next few weeks.
A tall order, yes, but doable if we ALL pull together and help by sending a donation. We need to raise about $1,000 a week, in the next 3 weeks or sooner. Currently donations are coming in at about $20 to $150 a week.
Please, please wont you consider donating whatever you can by donating $5, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or more.
We are a project of Spirit of the Sage, under Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a California 501 ©(3) tax exempt organization, tax identification # 95-4116679.
All donations are tax deductible, or can be given as a loan, which would be repaid in full or part if we are awarded our money back from the courts. Please state what you prefer for our records.
To make a donation, please make your check payable to:
Friends of the Raymond Theatre
P.O. Box 91189
Pasadena, CA 91109 – 1189
You can also make a donation online from our website on the “donate” page or by going to: www.PayPal.com. Pay Pal accepts all major credit cards. Our e-mail address for PayPal is: .
If you wish to make an anonymous donation, please let us know. Once again, we are at a critical turning point and on a short timeline to
raise money. We hope everyone will lend a hand and donate whatever you can.
I will let everyone know how much we raised by this weekend and/or Monday of next week. Thank you for your continued help in preserving the Raymond Theatre.
Friends of the Raymond Theatre
Office: (818) 541-9522
Fax: (818) 541-9523
PS: If you could pass this e-mail on to your friends, family or co-workers, or take up a donation pool for us, we would be very grateful for any assistance our supporters can give.
January 23, 2003
Lease Paves Way for Theater Rehab
HINSDALE, IL — Read the Chicago Tribune article (Reg. Req.)
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the good news!
New Photos on the Sameric/Boyd Theater Website
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Go to the Save The Sameric site
Thanks, as always, to Howard Haas for keeping us in the loop.
Reborn Theater is Thriving
HAMMOND, LA — Read the Times-Picayne article
San Jose Cinema Plan in Limbo Amid Cuts
SAN JOSE, CA — Read the Mercury News article
Cloward Leaving Stiefel Post
SALINA, KS — Read the Salina Journal report
Thanks to Joel Weide for the update!
Amherst Cinema Project Looking to Raise Cash
AMHERST, MA — Read the Union-News story
Thanks to Ralph Melnick for the update.
Academy Devotes Saturday to Anime
NORTHAMPTON, MA — Read the Hampshire Gazette article
January 22, 2003
OMAHA, NE — The “Saving The Indian Hills” documentary will be unveiled on Friday, April 4th, 2003 at 7:30pm at the Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center (known in Omaha simply as “The Rose”). According to the film’s website, general admission tickets are $7.00 each, and they will be available one hour before showtime. For more information, call (402)334-2288 or e-mail us at .
Jim Belushi Will Open The Stiefel Theatre
SALINA, KS —
Theater Issue Could Be Factor in Lombard Race
LOMBARD, IL —
Amherst Cinema Redevelopment Plans Continue
AMHERST, MA —
Sound of Silents
EVERETT, WA — Read the Seattle Times piece
(Editor’s plea to journalists: Please stop calling every silent movie article the “Sound(s) of Silents.” It’s been done a million times. :) Now back to our regularly scheduled programming!)
Woodstock International Film Festival Nears
WOODSTOCK, IL — Read the Daily Herald article
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the news.
January 21, 2003
(Historic) New Art Theatre to fight its closing
CHAMPAIGN, IL —
Group Tries to Protect Theater from Replacement
DES PLAINES, IL — Read the Daily Herald article
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update!
Movie Theater To Get Third Life
DARIEN, CT —
Thanks to Roger Katz for the update!
Theater Alliance Issued Challenge
EMPORIA, OK —
City Refurbishes Duna Cinema as Multiplex Audiences Shrink
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY — Read the Budapest Business Journal
France’s EuroPalaces Maintains Market Dominance
‘Drive-In’ Theater Planned for Traffic-Clogged Bangkok
BANGKOK, THAILAND —
January 20, 2003
Cinema Treasures is closed today in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
We will be back tomorrow!
January 17, 2003
Fabian Not History – Yet
PATERSON, NJ — Read the Herald News
Showdown Over Orinda Theater Changed Lives, Defined City
ORINDA, CA — Read the San Francisco Chronical story
Forest Theater News/Update
WEST HAVEN, CT —
West Deer Approves New Pennsylvania Drive-In
WEST DEER, PA —
Change In Works For Historic Theater
DADE CITY, FL —
Events, films, arts for Pomona Fox?
POMONA, CA — Read the Daily Bulletin piece
Crews on Bay Street filming new Jack Black comedy
STAPLETON, NY — The new Jack Black film, “School of Rock” will use the historic St. George Theatre in Stapleton to enact the “battle” scene. According to the Staten Island Advance, the $40 million film will be shot in various locations of the New York city borough.
“School of Rock” is being directed by Richard Linklater (“Dazed and Confused”) and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.
Thanks to Jean for the news!
January 16, 2003
Church restores Ontario theatre
ONTARIO, CA —
More on the Cancelled Onex-Landmark Deal
TORONTO, CANADA — Read the Seattle Times report
“Gods and Generals” to Premiere at Maryland Theater
HAGERSTOWN, MD —
Historic Palace Theatre Rising Once Again
ALBANY, NY —
Lucas Theatre Gets New Executive Director
SAVANNAH, GA —
Movie Theater Planned for Downtown Hammond; More on Hammond’s Theaters
HAMMOND, IN —
Thanks to Bryan Krefft!
Kern Film Fest Ready to Roll with ‘Love Bug’ Screening
BAKERSFIELD, CA — Read the Bakersfield Californian
Thanks to Ron Pierce!
Lilburn Home Built with Bricks from Historic Loews Grand Theater
LILBURN, GA —