The latest movie theater news and updates
April 27, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, LA — In June, the historic Saenger Theatre will bring movies back to this New Orleans movie palace.
According to The Times-Picayne, “Each movie will be preceded by a Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and musical selections played on the theater’s 77-year-old Robert Morton organ. John Hiltonsmith, who is restoring the Saenger’s 778-pipe organ, will play.”
RIVERHEAD, NY — The sad saga of the Suffolk Theatre continues as the most recent deal to purchase the beleaguered movie house has fallen through, according to Newsday. Closed since 1987, the theater has gone through a series of public and private efforts to secure its future to little avail. The battle continues …
April 26, 2004
PLEASANT HILL, CA — A local high student is leading an effort to preserve the domed CineArts theater. Slated to be torn down to make way for a new retail and entertainment complex, the Dome remains open (and popular) and is still a local landmark.
According to the Contra Costa Times, the demolition of the domed theater, currently exhibiting art house films, has been pushed off while developers bring in two large retailers.
Following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the former Warner Hollywood Theatre was closed and later leased to the University of Southern California in 1999. Despite its unremarkable exterior condition, the Pacific 1-2-3’s main lobby and auditorium are in excellent shape.
The former balcony area, which was split in the 1970s to create a triplex, remains closed.
April 23, 2004
SALFORD, ENGLAND — Andy Dixon has passed along a few more photos from the destruction of the Ambassador Super Cinema. ()
QUEENS, NY — We need your help! The art moderne Trylon Theater, located at 98-81 Queens Blvd, is greatly endangered.
A community group is poised to renovate the theater for their use. Without New York City landmark protection for the exterior of this rare surviving gem, there is no certainty that the entrance pavilion will be preserved.
PARIS, FRANCE — The huge capacity of the Grand Rex, a big atmospheric movie theatre with 2800 seats, and the evolution of the movie theater business in Paris (which is shifting to megaplexes) has convinced the owner of Grand Rex to think about the future and consider increasing the number of screens at the Rex (which has six screens in addition to its main screen — four next door and 2 underground).
A new project would add another 12 screens — with stadium seating, large glass corridors, and a lift driving patrons on the top of the building which has a terrace with a view — while preserving the original architecture of the landmarked building.
April 22, 2004
SALINA, KS — The Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, formerly the Fox Watson Theatre, was among five winners of the 2004 Preservation Awards from the Kansas Preservation Alliance.
The Topeka, Kansas based Preservation Alliance is a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing historic preservation. There are 10 projects nominated for the statewide awards and the agency picked the top five.
The Stiefel Theatre was a $2.5 million project to restore the Fox Theatre, a movie theatre that opened in 1931. The awards will be presented April 29 in Wichita, Kansas.
April 21, 2004
A 6-1 Jersey City Council vote returns control of the Loew’s Jersey lease to the Friends of the Loews, architects race to finish studies on the future of the Yeadon Theatre, and Jaime Penuela, owner of Pittsburg’s Enean Theater, seeks a loan to continue his restoration efforts — all in today’s newsreel.
- Race is on to determine future of the Yeadon Theater
- LA’s great cinemas survive in the era of multiplexes
- That’s a wrap for Showcase Cinemas
- Coming soon: seat by seat subtitles
- Owner of Pittsburg’s Enean Theater shoots for revival
- Cinema may get £10m lifeline
- How can we save our crumbling theatres?
- Orpheum stories wanted for book
- Austin movie-theater firm has sights on S.A.
- Make your own movie with ‘The Movies’ game on the Gamecube