The latest movie theater news and updates

  • October 17, 2002

    New Photos: East Coast Cinemas

    Another day, another set of cool theater photos. Today, we journey back to the East Coast, with photos from several Eastern states, including New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Florida.

    Images not worth missing include a vintage shot of the Fox Theatre in Brooklyn, NY; a 1950’s postcard view of the Harbor Theatre in Stone Harbor, NJ; a recent look at Staten Island’s Paramount; and a postcard view of the Roxy Theater in Norfolk, VA.

    Thanks to Vasilios Papaioannou, Kathleen Moore, Jean, and Bryan Krefft for submitting these images.

    Browse today’s photos

  • October 16, 2002

    New Photos: Cinema Treasures Goes Abroad

    Today we bring you an excellent group of shots of classic movie theaters from around the world, including theaters from Canada, China, Denmark, and France.

    Some of the highlights in today’s batch include an electric view of Montreal’s Capitol Theatre; two shots of Vancouver’s Granville Street theater district, including shots of the Colonial Theatre and the Coronet Theatre; a poignant shot of one usher’s return to the Lyric, in Kitchener, Ontario; and a vintage postcard view of the Tivoli Cin

  • October 15, 2002

    New Photos: Chicago, IL

    We return to the fine city of Chicago, Illinois with today’s batch of new theater photos. (Ok, that’s not entirely true, one of these photos is actually from East. St. Louis, but you get the idea.)

    Today’s new images include a recent photo of the former Marshall Square Theatre; vintage postcard views of the Colonial Theatre, the Illinois Theatre, the Majestic, and the Roosevelt Theater; and a stunning image of the Congress Theater.

    Thanks to Bryan Krefft, Carla G. Surratt/PicturingChicago.com, Mike Conway/Congress Theater, and Jo Reizner/University of Chicago for sending us these images.

    Browse the new photos

  • October 14, 2002

    New Photos: On the Western Front

    Today’s splendid batch of theater photos brings us new images of classic movie theaters in California, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

    Be sure to check out our nighttime shots of the Criterion Theater, the Paramount Theater, and the Winter Garden Theatre; a colorful view of the Santa Cruz, and a recent exterior view of the Robin Hood Theatre in, of all places, Sherwood, Oregon.

    Thanks to Bryan Krefft, Chuck Parker, JustOlBob, Paul Noble, Scott Padrick, Wes Reeves, Melissa, Tom Rose, William French, and Ron Pierce for submitting today’s images.

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  • Today’s Newsreel

    CHICAGO, IL — This just in from Michael Beyer of the Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts:

    The talk of the town, the Uptown Theatre restoration project, is now the talk of the nation as Jacki Lyden, the alternate host and senior correspondent to NPR’s “All Things Considered” interviews Carol Carlson of the Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts.

    Tune in to WBEZ-FM 91.5 on Monday, October 14, for this national story. The exact air time is TBD. “All Things Considered” airs Monday – Friday from 3:00-6:30 p.m.

    Link to the show


    COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, MN — The former WCCO Radio Wurlitzer Organ will play its first public performance since 1959 when it is unveiled this coming Friday, for the only upper Midwest showing of the restored print of “Lawrence of Arabia,” at the Heights Theater.

    According to a press release, “The installation of the Wurlitzer at the Heights will make it the first operable theatre pipe organ in a Twin Cities movie theatre since the closing of Radio City in 1958.”

    For more information, read both releases:
    Press Release 1
    Press Release 2
    Visit the official Heights Theater website


    DELAND, FL — The U.S. House finance committee has just awarded $10 million to the DeLand area for various projects, including $225,000 for the continued restoration of the Athens Theater. The House and Senate must approve the measure before it is signed into law.

    According to the Daytona Beach News Journal, the additional funds will help the Athens reopen by 2005.


    STATEN ISLAND, NY — The following was part of “The Mayor’s 8th and Final ‘State of the City Address…’:

    Renovation of St. George Theater: To ensure that this revitalization reaches into the St. George neighborhood, the City will commit resources to renovating the nearby St. George Theater into a performing arts center.

    (Thanks to Jean Siegel for sending this in.)

  • October 11, 2002

    New Photos: UK Photos

    Cinema Treasures superstar Ian Grundy returns with an awesome batch of over 20 new theater photos from the United Kindgom.

    Among the highlights… shots of the endearing Cottage Road Cinema in Leeds, the aptly-named Cosy in Tadcaster, the late Victorian Harrogate Theatre in Harrogate, the Bradford Imax Cinema in Bradford, the diminutive Rex in Elland, and an updated shot of the Odeon in Harrogate.

    Check out Ian’s photos

  • Today’s Newsreel

    WEST HARTFORD, CT — The Hartford Courant is reporting that the Elm Theatre is definitively closed despite the theater’s “Closed Until Spring” sign. According to the Courant, the 902-seat theater is “under contract to be sold” and “has shut its doors for good.”

    The 1947 movie house was once one of the highest grossing theaters in the country playing long runs of everything from “The Sound of Music” to “Lawrence of Arabia.” Unfortunately the Elm was done in by the era of the multiplex.

    The Perakos family, which owned the Elm, once operated a 358-screen chain which ran up and down the east coast. Today, only the Southington Drive-In in Southington, Connecticut remains. But for how long?

    Read the Hartford Courant article

    (Thanks to Roger Katz for sending in this epitaph.)


    PASADENA, CA — This Sunday, October 13th, Friends of the Raymond Theatre will host a booth at the enormous Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena. The space will be donated by RJ Canning Enterprises which produces the show.

    The Friends of the Raymond will be selling raffle tickets, passing out flyers, and selling items to raise money for their cause. In addition, some music memorabilia will also be sold to raise money for the Friend’s fight to save the Raymond.

    The Rose Bowl flea market begins at 7:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. Admission is $7.00.

    For more information or to donate to the Friends of Raymond

    (Thanks to Gina Zamparelli for the announcement.)


    HOLLYWOOD, CA — The 3-strip presentation of the first Cinerama film ever produced, “This Is Cinerama”, has been extended through next Thursday, October 17th! The film is currently playing only at the Cinerama Dome at Arclight Cinemas. (Note: TIC will not be screened next Tuesday, October 15th.)

    For tickets and showtimes, visit the Arclight website


    STATEN ISLAND, NY — Preservation Magazine has just published a small story on the restoration of the St. George Theatre in Staten Island. According to the article, the 2,800-seat movie palace will need at least $12 million to be restored, but is currently being aided by a group of volunteers.

    Read the article

    (Thanks to Jean Siegel and Gregg Anderson.)

  • October 10, 2002

    New Photos: Southern Theaters

    Cinema Treasures takes a trip down south with today’s batch of theater photos.

    Today, we bring you recent pics of the Charlotte, NC’s Carolina Theatre; Dekatur, GA’s innocent-looking Belvedere Theatre; Statesville, NC’s Newtowne 1 & 2; Atlanta, GA’s Tara, a local arthouse fav; and several other great shots.

    Thanks to Tammy Conner/UA Girl for providing many of these images.

    Cross the Mason-Dixon line

  • October 9, 2002

    New Photos: Vintage Shots!

    We’ve just posted our latest batch of theater photos!

    These new images include vintage shots of the Cine Rubens in Antwerp, Belgium (courtesy of Serge Bosschaerts); the Colonial Theatre in Hagerstown, Maryland; the Harris Theatre in Findlay, Ohio; the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin; and the Worth Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Check out the new photos

  • October 7, 2002

    Lots Of New Theaters!

    We’re continuing to add theaters at a blistering pace with 50 new entries added this week and 200 in the last month alone.

    Thank you again to all of you who are helping us document this important part of movie history with your fond memories of those theaters which have gone dark, and a celebration of those remaining Cinema Treasures.

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