The latest movie theater news and updates
July 29, 2004
ST. LOUIS, MO — To celebrate its 75th birthday, the “Fabulous Fox” in St. Louis is recreating, as nearly as possible, its opening night program on January 31, 1929 this coming Sunday, August 1st.
The huge C. Howard Crane-designed palace on Grand Boulevard is showing the first movie it played, the silent Janet Gaynor film “Street Angel”, accompanied by the Fox’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. The stage acts which preceded and followed the movie, including a “living tableau” of St. Louis' history, a chorus line, opera, ballet and even a “Neapolitan festival”, will also be put on again, by local celebrities and talent.
Furthermore, during the festivities, from 2 to 7 pm, the price for admission will be the same as in 1929, 75 cents at the box office. Mary Strauss, the Fox’s owner, will be an “extra” in the stage show, and is encouraging visitors to dress up in 20s-style clothing for a parade onstage before the show.
Read the full report in the River Front Times.
July 28, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — Here are my latest photos of the new side boards for the Chicago Theatre marquee. They are replacements of the same size as the most recently seen version.
I now can only anticipate the installation of the underside of the marquee. I can only assume that the lower version will be reinstalled. Originally this version of the sign was somewhat higher showing more portions of the building, including 4 handing light fixtures.
DETROIT, MI — I have found pictures on the net of a theater downtown Detroit called Shubert/Lafayette Shubert. My guess is that it was located on Lafeyette. You could see the David Stott building in the background. The demolition pictures show me demolition was in the 50’s by my guess. Can anyone provide any history and pictures? Thank you.
July 27, 2004
NEWBRIDGE, UK — The Miners Institute and Memorial Hall in Newbridge won their round in the BBC “Restoration” TV program and will go forward to the final. The winner and the runner up will be allocated the funds to enable a full restoration.
The Memo is a fully intact 1920s cinema (which is believed to have never been redecorated) on two levels above a dance hall. More info is available on the Restoration website.
NEW YORK, NY — With the August 5 closing of the Astor Plaza, The Hollywood Reporter/Yahoo! News takes a look at the state of moviegoing in the Times Square area and the neighborhood’s place in exhibition history.
July 26, 2004
Friends of the Raymond Theatre has issued an urgent appeal that we wanted to share with all of you:
“Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:
In the weeks that have transpired since our last newsletter, we have continued to focus on our greatest need to carry this project through to fruition: fundraising.
We are pleased to say that we have had an outpouring of support to continue our efforts to save the Raymond. However, we are still in critical need of donations.
KANSAS CITY, MO — I have a ticket stub dated August 2, 1958 from the Missouri Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri which I assume was a movie theater. I see no information on the Cinema Treasures site about it and I can find nothing searching Internet… is it gone, or does anyone know of it?
I purchase and restore old theaters. If you know of any theaters that are closed down and are for sell, please contact me as I am always buying theaters to restore and re-open. If you would like to see your old home town movie theater re-opened, please drop me a line. I also am always purchasing theater equipment. If you have any projectors, platters, popcorn machines, or any other theater equipment, please contact me.
July 23, 2004
SUFFERN, NY — The SPECTACULAR SCIENCE FICTION Film Festival comes to the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York – Nine classic science fiction films to be screened on September 10-11-12, 2004.
The SPECTACULAR SCIENCE FICTION Film Festival at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York, presents nine unique and entertaining science fiction films from the Golden Age of Hollywood, all on the Lafayette Theatre’s giant silver screen. Screening will be films from directors such as Stanley Kubrick & Robert Wise, special effects artists such as Ray Harryhausen & Douglas Trumbull, stars such as Charlton Heston, Patricia Neal, and even Abbott & Costello! All of these films are showing in the finest prints available from the studio vaults. Celebrity guests will introduce several of the films and there will be a lobby display of rare original posters and advertising materials for the films.
Festival Dates: September 10-11-12, 2004.