The latest movie theater news and updates
February 18, 2003
For more information on the closing of the historic Salt Lake City movie house, please see Grant Smith’s Villa Theater site, which contains a number of new stories.
Over the weekend a protest was held to save the theater and efforts are underway to try and convince the new owner to save the Villa.
Thank you to Grant Smith for keeping up the vigil.
Children’s Museum to Move Into Grand Theatre
HOLLAND, MI — Read the Holland Sentinel story
Strand Could Be Ready By Fall
PONTIAC, MI — Read the Oakland Press article
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for these two stories!
Buy A Seat For The State
MODESTO, CA — Read the Modesto Bee article
Thanks to Gregg Anderson for the news.
Potential Buyer Puts Fox Theater Center Stage
FULLERTON, CA — Read the Orange County Register article
Thanks to Ron Pierce for the update.
February 17, 2003
Cinema Treasures is closed for the American President’s Day holiday, but we’ll return tomorrow with more movie theater news.
February 14, 2003
Prytania Operator Eludes Eviction
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Read the Times-Picayne article
Indigo, Theater Dispute Puts Downtown Revival at Risk
HONOLULU, HI — Read the Honolulu Advertiser article
Sky Hi Theatres To Update
GILETTE, WY — Read the Gillette News Record article
Peshawar Cinemas Screening World Cup to Bring Back the Crowds
Students, Trades Group to Work at Capitol
CHAMBERSBURG, PA — Read the Gazette News article
Historic Preservation Tax Credits Threatened by Ehrlich, Legislators
BALTIMORE, MD — Read the Baltimore Sun story
February 13, 2003
Lots of Chicago-area news:
Preservation Alert Elgin Activists Make Last-Minute Plea to Save Theater
ELGIN, IL —– Read the Daily Herald article
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the alert.
Catlow Theater Negotiations Moving Along
BARRINGTON, IL — Read the Daily Herald article
Chicago Loews Theater Becomes Equinox Fitness Club
CHICAGO, IL — Read the Crain’s Chicago Business story
Was Peafowl Popular Neighborhood Theater in Cinema’s Early Days?
NASHVILLE, TN —
Proctor’s To Announce Renovations
SCHENECTADY, NY — Read the Capital News 9 story
February 12, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News have confirmed KSL-TV’s story of the imminent demise of the 54-year-old Villa Theatre.
We’d like to implore the new owners of the Villa to consider preserving this theater, wholly or at least its signature facade, marquee, and sign, for the city of Salt Lake. Preserving cultural landmarks is a tremendous goodwill gesture and a hallmark of community service.
The Villa, which has delighted area audiences for over five decades, is a part of the city. Please make it part of the city’s future as well.
Thanks to Grant Smith and Bryan Krefft for the updates.
February 11, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — This shocking and sad news is just in from Grant Smith, our dedicated Utah theaters expert and volunteer:
The Villa Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah will close after showings on February 18th, according to a news story on KSL last night. The theater has been sold and the new owner will not continue to operate the building as a theater. No one knows at this point who the buyer is or what fate awaits the building, but the news story indicated that the theater might be demolished.
For more information on the closing of the Villa, please visit Grant Smith’s incredible website.
Grant is interviewed extensively in the KSL broadcast that all but confirms the imminent demolition of this 1949 movie house, which still has one of the largest screens in America.
As you may recall, Cinema Treasures worked with USA Today in late 2001 to publish a list of the 10 greatest classic cinemas to watch movies in. The Villa was certainly one of those. Its loss would be immeasurable.
If you were outraged over the loss of the Indian Hills Theater, then contact the Utah Heritage Foundation and these organizations immediately, courtesy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Thanks to Stephen Ruffus who also alerted us to the Villa story.
Theater Renovators Must Balance Comfort, Utility, Cost at Old Palace
ALBANY, NY — Read the Business Review story
Movie Palace Turns 75
ENCINITAS, CA — Read the North County Times tribute
Montauk Theatre Continues Fight to Reopen
PASSAIC, NJ — Read the Herald News article
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update.
February 10, 2003
PASADENA, CA — The Friends of the Raymond Theatre will appear in court tomorrow in an attempt to block the Raymond’s owners from gutting the old movie house and converting it into apartments and commercial space.
This was just sent in from Gina Zamparelli:
Our long-awaited court date is this Tuesday, February 11th. We hope you will consider attending. We need to show the Judge just how many people support this project. So please see if you can make an exception, rearrange your day and spend an hour with us to lend your support.
PLEASE ATTEND OUR COURT DATE AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:
Where: Los Angeles Superior Court
Address: 111 N. Hill Street
Time: 9:30 am
Judge: Dzintra Janavs
Parking: Public parking is available near the courthouse.
(Movie) Theater Survival Skills
SACRAMENTO, CA — Read the Sacramento Bee story
Bill Cosby Raises Money For Tennessee Theatre Restoration/Renovation
KNOXVILLE, TN — Read the Knoxville News article
Wabash Theater Plays Big Part in Southern Illinois Town’s Identity
GRAYVILLE, IL — Read the Evansville Courier & Press story
Thanks to Bryan Kreft for the news!
The Movie Man’s Last Stand
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Read the Times-Picayne tear-jerker
San Francisco International Film Festival at Roxie and Castro Theaters
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — View the Mercury News schedule