The latest movie theater news and updates

  • January 30, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    Suffolk Theater Sale Pending; Contract In Hand
    RIVERHEAD, NY —

    Read the Suffolk Life article


    Preservation Alert Odeon Theatre in Edinburgh May Be Shuttered
    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Is This Reely The End For The Odeon?

    Read the Edinburgh Evening News story

    Stars and Their Cries Over Loss of Cinema

    Read the Edinburgh Evening News story


    John Liu and the Future of (What’s Left of) the old Keith Theater
    FLUSHING, NY —

    Read the Queens Chronicle article


    Russian Ark Breaks LA Theatre Foreign Language Record at Nuart
    LOS ANGELES, CA — Read the ScreenDaily.com story


    Preservation Alert Last Picture Show Rolls at Cinema in Cardiff
    CARDIFF, ENGLAND — Read the BBC article


    Couple Breathes New Life Into Theater
    ASHLAND, VA — Read the Herald-Progress report

  • January 29, 2003

    Big Screen Classics Come to New York!

    The Big Screen Classics series, which took place last year at the Galaxy Theatre in New Jersey, will unspool at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York with 35mm prints of such classic films as Sunset Boulevard, The Quiet Man, and many more, as well as contemporary classics like Glory and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    According to the website: “Just over the border from northern New Jersey, the Lafayette is a fully-functional vintage 1920’s movie palace,” which is now operated by the Galaxy Theatre Corporation. “The Lafayette features a huge capacity of 1250 seats, state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment and the Ben Hall Memorial Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.”

    “With plenty of free parking and an easy-to-access location, the Lafayette will be the premiere venue for classic cinema in the tri-state area. For more information about the Lafayette, visit the official website.”

    For more information, read the Journal News article

    Thanks to Pete Apruzzese for the news!

  • Fox Theatre In Detroit Voted #1 In The Country

    DETROIT, MI — The historic 5,000-seat Fox Theatre has been voted #1 by Pollstar, the leading concert trade publication. According to an Olympia Entertainment press release, the company which operates the theater:

    This is the first No. 1 nod given to the Fox by Pollstar who ranked Detroit’s fabulous Fox Theatre No. 1 in 2002 ticket sales among the Top 50 Theatre Venues with 642,162 tickets sold.

    The Fox claimed the top spot by beating out a list of the who

  • January 28, 2003

    Today’s Newsreel

    PRESERVATION ALERT Northport Theater Is Closed
    NORTHPORT, NY —

    Read the Newsday story


    Loews Jersey Prepares For Hitchcock Festival
    JERSEY CITY, NJ — Read the Star-Ledger piece


    Theater Marquee Removed Without City OK
    REDLANDS, CA — Read the Redland Daily Facts article


    Drama rife off the Palace stage
    HONOLULU, HI — Read the Hawaii Tribune Herald


    Old Brunson Movie Theater May Be Revived
    GOOSE CREEK, TX —

    Read the Baytown Sun article


    Loews Appoints Norris President
    NEW YORK, NY — Read the Hollywood Reporter story

  • January 27, 2003

    Chicago Theater News

    Theater Restoration Aims to Revitalize Downtown Waukegan
    WAUKEEGAN, IL —

    Read the Daily Herald article


    Blagojevich Freezes Funds for Projects (Including the DuPage Theater)
    SPRINGFIELD, IL —

    Read the Daily Herald story

    Thanks to Bryan Krefft for both of these alerts.

  • Aero Back On Its Feet

    SANTA MONICA, CA — In a newsletter sent by Aero Theatre owner Chris Allen, he writes that “The Aero is doing okay financially. We are caught up with rent YEAH! We are now counting on our patrons to keep coming to the Aero to see movies.”

    If you’d like to visit the classic Aero Theatre, they are located on Montana Avenue at the corner of 13th Street.

    Visit the Aero Theatre website

  • Warner Grand Announces New Schedule

    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

    Today’s Newsreel

    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!

  • Raymond Theatre Needs Your Help!!!

    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.

    Sincerely,
    Gina Zamparelli
    Friends of the Raymond Theatre

    Office: (818) 541-9522
    Fax: (818) 541-9523
    Website: www.raymondtheatre.com

    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

    Today’s Newsreel

    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