The latest movie theater news and updates
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 —
January 15, 2003
BREAKING NEWS Onex Withdraws From Plan to Purchase Landmark Theatres
TORONTO, CA —
Project to Reopen Movie Theater in Downtown Elkader Moves Ahead
ELKADER, IA — Read the Clayton County Register story
New England Theater News/A Cinema Grows in Concord
CONCORD, NH —
Wrecking Ball Strikes at Old Air Force Movie House
CASTLE, CA — Read the Merced Sun-Star article
Couple Sparks Morristown Theater’s Revival
MORRISTOWN, NJ —
Early 70s Movie House To Close
HAYWARD, CA —
No Progress Cited on Suffolk Theater; New Multiplex to be Built
RIVERHEAD, NY —
January 14, 2003
Grand Theater For Sale in Springfield Area
INDIAN ORCHARD, MA —
The historic Grand Theater outside of Springfield, Massachusetts is for sale. The former single screen movie theater may have been used as a church recently since its real estate listing denotes a “stage and pulpit” inside the auditorium.
the 10,000 sq.-foot building contains a 500-seat theater, a “grand foyer, concession area, stage and pulpit,” along with offices, dressing rooms, storage areas, and a third floor with 3,500 square feet of space. The property also includes 6,600 square feet of land.
Asking price: $249,000.
For further information or tour contact:
Perella Real Estate
For more information and a photo of the theater, please visit the Indian Orchard Main Street Partnership website.
Thanks to Roger Katz for the update!
Priest Theater in High Springs Offers a Touch of Nostalgia
HIGH SPRINGS, FL — Read the Gainesville Sun article
Lots of Pennsylvania stories today … read on …
Gettysburg College Plans 2005 Rebirth of Majestic Theatre
GETTYSBURG, PA —
State gives grant; project on the way
STATE COLLEGE, PA —
More on Tom Kiefaber’s resurrection of the Rotunda
N. BALTIMORE, MD —
We’ll be back tomorrow with more news!
January 13, 2003
Preservation Alert Group Fights to Save Des Plaines Theatre
DES PLAINES, IL —
To help save the theater, send donations to:
“Save The Theater Fund”
749 Lee St.,
Des Plaines, 60016.
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update.
Fox California Theatre Restoration Continues
SAN JOSE, CA — Read the Mercury News article
Read more about the Fox Theatre at Cinema Treasures
Thanks to Gregg Anderson for the update!
Historic Theaters For Sale!
Fox Facelift Coming Slowly
POMONA, CA —
Hoyts US Operations May Be Purchased by Regal
Seattle Paramount Will Celebrate 75th Anniversary on March 1
SEATTLE, WA — Read the Seattle Times article
Read more about the Seattle Paramount at Cinema Treasures
Menlo Park Scuttles Plan to Purchase Park Theatre
MENLO PARK, CA — Read the San Mateo County Times article
Read more about the Park Theatre at Cinema Treasures
January 10, 2003
76-Year-Old Amherst Cinema Slated for Demolition
AMHERST, MA —
Thanks to Ralph Melnick for the update.
Hinsdale Theater May Get New Lease
HINSDALE, IL — Read the Chicago Tribune story (Reg. Req.)
Read more about the Hinsdale Theater at Cinema Treasures
Facelift on Ritz Continues as Performances Booked
SHAWNEE, OK —
Carroll Theatre Restoration Continues
WESTMINSTER, MD —
Former Movie and Vaudeville House Reopens for Live Productions
DANIA BEACH, FL —
Germany’s UFA Theater Circuit Files for Insolvency
7th Street Theatre Restoration Efforts Continue Thanks to Volunteers
HOQUIAM, WA —
Closing of Greenfield Multiplex Will Benefit Historic Garden Theater
GREENFIELD, MA —
Thanks again to Ralph Melnick for the update!
January 9, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Dick Pollman has written an extensive article on the fight, and the need, to save Philadelphia’s last remaining movie palace — the Sameric Theater in Center City.
The article features quotes from Steve Needleman, who recently restored and reopened the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles; Cinema Treasures' friend Howard Haas, who has led the fight to save the former movie palace; and Theatre Historical Society executive director, Richard Sklenar.
We are also pleased to inform you that yesterday we elected additional members to our Board of Directors:
(1) Adrian Fine, who works in Phila. for the National Trust for Historic Preservation
(2) state Representative Babette Josephs, who represents the area and who has been vocal on our behalf
(3) Michael Norris, External Affairs Director of the Arden Theater, who generously contributes his time as our Fundraiser
(4) Andrew Repasky McElhinney, Film Director. Andrew is planning our Benefit Screening on March 21 at the International House in Philadelphia of the silent film set in Philadelphia! “The Show-Off” which will have live music and a reception. Tickets will be reasonably priced. We will let you know further details soon, but MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Thanks to Howard Haas for the update!
Marietta Group Hopes To Resurrect The Old Strand
MARIETTA, GA —
Changes at the New Stiefel Theater for the Performing Arts
SALINA, KS —
Thanks to Joel Weide for the update!
Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh In Trouble
PLATTSBURGH, NY — Read the Press Republican story
88-Year-Old Palace Theater Reopens
Minneapolis Theater News
MINNEAPOLIS, MN —
Ticket Sales in France Dip in 2002
FRANCE — Read the Screen Daily article
Easy Cinema Plans Run Afoul of Distributors
ENGLAND — Read the Financial Times article
January 8, 2003
Hitchcock Film Festival at the Loew’s Jersey!
JERSEY CITY, NJ —
Former Fox Theatre Receives New Name
SALINA, KS —
Thanks to Joel Weide for the update!
Historic Hsinchu Theater Restored
HSINCHU CITY, TAIWAN — Read this story
Preservation Group Gets Help in Saving Charlotte Theatre
CHARLOTTE, NC —
Rotunda Cinema Reopened By Tom Kiefaber, Famed Exhibitor of the Senator
BALTIMORE, MD —
January 7, 2003
While we were on vacation, over 60 new theaters were added thanks to Bryan Krefft, Philip Goldberg, Donald John Long, Jim Rankin, Tim Eiler, Garrett Murphy, Emily Giesy, G.E. Nordell, Dennis Whitefield, Keith Smith, Eric Enders, “Fox Theatres”, Ivan Kent Steinke, Wes Reeves, Jose Mendez, Jake Vanek, Aaron Bennet, Lisandrea Wentland, Paul Lappin, Ron Pierce, Darren Jones, Steve Smith, and Mike Croaro.