The latest movie theater news and updates

  • September 2, 2002

    Cinema Treasures Closed For Labor Day

    Cinema Treasures is closed for the U.S. Labor Day holiday, but we’ll be back tomorrow!

  • August 30, 2002

    Ector Theatre Could Face Closure

    ODESSA, TX — The 1951 Ector Theatre in downtown Odessa could face the same fate it did in 1985, when competition from a nearby multiplex forced it to close it doors, if it doesn’t get more business soon.

    According to the Odessa American, since the Ector was reopened by owners Don and Toni Stice last year with a 1950s themed-celebration, audiences have not been filling the 681-seat movie house as anticipated. Toni Stice said the theater needs “at least 200 or more [theater-goers] each weekend to break even”. Lately, the numbers have been closer to half that amount.

    The Stices have until November 1st, when their lease runs out, to make a turnaround. Otherwise, things look bleak for the Ector remaining open. Thus far, they have received around $3500 from donations to help keep the theater running, but will need much more help.

    For more information, call (915)352-9031.

  • Panida Theatre Receives Governor’s Award

    COUER D'ALENE, ID — The historic Panida Theatre is not only celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, but has just been awarded the 2002 Governor’s Awards in the Arts, reports the Couer d'Alene Press.

    Karen Bowers, executive director of the Panida, says in the article that, in addition to switching from 16mm to 35mm projectors, the theater will be “spruced up” for its anniversary. A gala fundraiser is being held September 14th, including a perfomance by the Couer d'Alene Orchestra and appearances by actors Jack Bannon and Ellen Travolta, Couer d'Alene natives.

    The Panida, which is a combination of the words “Panhandle of Idaho”, opened in 1927, and originally was a vaudeville house before switching to movies, which it continued to show until the mid 1980s. Today, the theater screens classic and foreign films, hosts concerts, and live theater.

  • August 29, 2002

    Richmond’s Ridge Cinemas to Close Sept. 5th

    RICHMOND, VA — According to the Richmond Times-Disptach, the popular seven-screen multiplex is being closed by Regal Cinemas on September 5th after 32 years as one of the most popular movie houses in the city.

    The Ridge still draws an audience (though a continually smaller one), screening a mix of both mainstream and art features. It opened in 1970 with the Albert Finney and Alec Guinness musical “Scrooge” and Jack Nicholson in “Five Easy Pieces”, as a twin.

    The Ridge’s closing has caused some dismay as it is still in decent shape, while other less presentable theaters owned by the chain in the area will continue to remain open.

    (Thanks to Mary Wiggins!)

  • Texas Theater Restoration to Emphasize JFK Link

    DALLAS, TX — Closed since a fire swept through it in 1995, the Texas Theater in Dallas is best known as the place where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in 1963 after assasinating President John F. Kennedy. However, once a nearly $6 million restoration is completed in 2003, the theater will host live stage shows, as well as house an exhibit relating to the Oswald arrest there.

    The Houston Chronicle reports that the project will restore the Texas' interior to its original appearance, while the exterior will appear similar to how it looked when Oswald was arrested in 1963.

    The theater was built for billionaire Howard Hughes in 1931.

  • August 28, 2002

    Montreal’s Imperial Theatre to Undergo $4.5 Million Restoration

    MONTREAL, CANADA — According to a Canada.com article, the 1913 Imperial Theatre in Montreal will be restored to its original appearance inside and out, as well as getting new projection and sound equipment, and a larger stage.

    Currently hosting the Montreal World Film Festival, which runs to September 5th, the Imperial will be closed until July of next year, when it will reopen in time to present the FantAsia Film Festival.

    (Thanks to Mike Rivest!)

  • DuPage Theater’s Future Goes to Vote

    LOMBARD, ILLINOIS — A petition led by concerned Lombard residents to save the 74-year old DuPage Theater in downtown Lombard will lead to a vote this November on whether citizens want to save the former movie palace. Village officials are expected to add the vote to the election ballot prior to the election, according to the Daily Herald.

    It is expected that Lombard must raise over $5 million, in addition to the $2 already promised by the village and a grant from the state of Illinois.

  • August 27, 2002

    2600 THEATERS!

    The Cinema Treasures theater database continues to grow at a brisk pace. Just weeks after we added our 2500th theater, we’re now proud to announce we now have 2600 theaters!

    It goes without saying this milestone would not have been possible without the efforts of those who you use this site. Special thanks go to Bryan Krefft, Celia Stapleton, Chad Irish, Chris Joiner, Dan Kaiser, Drew Taylor, Drew Taylor, George Haider, Grant Smith, Ian Grundy, Jean, Jeff Laffel, Jessica Figueroa, Joe Sedelmaier, Joseph Anthony Sobora, Kristin Knutson, Michael Bathrick, Michael R. Rambo Jr., Paul Knittel, Pete Christy, Peter Davis, Roger Katz, Ron Pierce, Scot S. Wilkinson, Sean Doerr, Serge Bosschaerts, Tammy Conner, Wes Reeves, William Hamilton, and Woody Wheeler for their recent entries.

    Again, thanks to all of our users for supporting Cinema Treasures, and the thousands of theaters we’re helping to save!

  • New Photos: Return of the UK PART II

    Ian Grundy again brings us an excellent batch of theater images from the United Kingdom.

    Among today’s shots are a recent exterior view of the Elite; a tiny, 173 seat independent cinema located in Leyburn; as well as current shots of several former theaters, including the Central in Pickering, the Cinema in Richmond, and the Lyric in Northallerton.

    Browse the new photos

  • August 26, 2002

    New Photos: More US Theaters!

    Another week, another new batch of theaters!

    Today brings us a nice collection of theater images from all over the US, including a beautiful shot of Catalina Island’s Avalon Theater (thanks to John Ledwon), a vintage photo of the Fox Theatre in Redlands, CA (thanks to Rick Schneblin), photos of 42nd Street’s Liberty and Empire theaters (thanks to Jean), and a wondeful image of the Paramount Theater in Amarillo, TX (thanks to Wes Reeves).

    Also… check back tomorrow for yet another great batch of UK theater photos!

    Browse the new photos