The latest movie theater news and updates
June 10, 2003
Fox Oakland Theater Coming Into Light
OAKLAND, CA — Read the Oakland Tribune
Is it The End for India’s Single-Screen Cinemas?
NEW DELHI, INDIA — Read the Indian Express article
It’s Summer, So Drive-Ins Are Back In The News…
The Goal: Reopen Harms at Year-End
PATTERSON, NJ — Read the NJ.com article
June 9, 2003
Communities Rally To Save Historic Theaters
Temple Theatre Updates In The Saginaw News
SAGINAW, MI — Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra Hopes to Move Into Temple Theatre
Temple Theatre Owner Spening $7 Million to Restore Theater
Thanks to Gary Flinn for the updates!
Lorenzo Theater Has Many Suitors
SAN LORENZO, CA — Read the Oakland Tribune
June 5, 2003
Thanks to all of our users and our tireless theater editor and contributor, Bryan Krefft, we’re proud to announce that we recently added our 3,000th U.S. theater.
We’re slowly reaching the 4,000 theater mark and we can’t thank you enough for your continued support!
June 4, 2003
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update.
St. Louis' Past May Hold Clues to Richmond’s Future
RICHMOND, VA — Read the Richmond.com article
County, Board Square Off Over Liberty Theater
OREGON CITY, OR — Read the Oregonian article
June 3, 2003
Clearview Cinemas Off The Market; To Be Spun Off
NEW YORK, NY — Read the Newsday article
Ski-Hi Provides Old-Fashioned Summer Fun
MUNCIE, IN — Read the Ball State Daily News
Huntridge Theater Profiled in Las Vegas Restoration
LAS VEGAS, NV — Read the Las Vegas Mercury article
TriMet Will Take Over Southgate Site
MILWAUKIE, OR — Read the Oregonian article
June 2, 2003
Cinema Scoped for Block 37 Site
CHICAGO, IL — Read the Chicago Business article
As Bryan Krefft notes, “The old movie palaces that used to sit on this block were the United Artists and the Roosevelt, which were both torn down with the rest of the block in 1989-90.”
Thanks to Bryan and Brendan McKenna for the update.
Car Museum at State Theatre Closes
WAIRARAPA, AUSTRALIA — Read the Wairarapa Times-Age
May 30, 2003
Lincoln Cinemas Safe For Now
LINCOLN, IL — Read the Lincoln Courier article
Academy Taps Understudy for Old Marquee
NORTHAMPTON, MA — Read the Gazette article
Economic Forces Hurting Bharat Mata Cinema Hall
MUMBAI, INDIA —
A New Dawn For Hansen Theater
MONTEREY BAY, CA — Read the Californian article
Former Nickelodeon Theater Reopens As Roxy
BURLINGTON, VT — Read the WCAX-TV article
Will Des Plaines Back Theater Preservation Effort?
DES PLAINES, IL — Read the Daily Herald article
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update.
Theater Owner Skeeter Maxey Dies
SENATOBIA, MS — Read the Democrat obituary
Former Belle Meade Theater
CHICAGO, IL — The following email was sent in by the Friends of the Uptown. The Central Park was Balaban & Katz' first movie palace and, according to Douglas Gomery’s “Shared Pleasures,” the first theater in America cooled by air conditioning for the sweltering summer months.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to assist in some house chores and heavy lifting, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at the former Central Park Theatre, on the West Side, in the North Lawndale neighborhood, at 3535 W. Roosevelt, east of Central Park Avenue. Look for the large sign that reads House of Prayer.
We will work until approximately 2 p.m. Please come and work for any amount of time that you can. Meet the group in the vestibule/lobby of the theatre/church building itself. RSVP by email to: .
Work clothes, gloves, a bottle of water and a snack are good things to bring along. Surplus cleaning supplies, brooms, mops, trash bags, light bulbs, etc. are always are appreciated.
We will meet and work with the Rev. Dr. Lincoln Scott and his staff. You may meet Mr. Butler or Mr. Roosevelt first if you choose to use the fenced parking lot adjacent to the building to the immediate west.
Home to The House of Prayer COGIC since the 1970s, this important Chicago venue will be featured on a special Chicago: Three Centuries of Theatres tour, July 8 through 13. A little work from Friends of the Uptown this Saturday will make for a better tour and will show our support for this very special landmark.
Theatre historians recall that the 1916 CENTRAL PARK is the fountainhead of movie palace design and the second successful venue of Balaban & Katz (following the CIRCLE). Its success led B&K to build later landmark venues and its design influence can be seen in other important theaters. After the RIVIERA came the TIVOLI, the CHICAGO, the UPTOWN, the ORIENTAL … from B&K and the same architects, C.W. and George L. Rapp!
Thank you for your time and attention. You will definitely enjoy this unique opportunity to experience the combination of historic theatre, appreciative owner-operator and vested constituency! Apologies for the impromptu notice. This was arranged to fit the venue’s schedule and needs.
The Friends' effort is in anticipation of the upcoming Theatre Historical Society of America conclave, “Three Centuries of Theatres,” to be held from July 8 -13, 2003 in Chicago.
For more information on the conclave, visit THSA’s website.
Have a great weekend everyone and see you on Monday!
May 29, 2003
Movie Theatre Revamp Bears Fruit
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Read the Business Day story
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the news.
Camelot Regained: Nevada Theater to Reopen
NEVADA, IA — Read the Ames Tribune article
Thanks to “Stacey” for the update.
Senator Owner, Tom Kiefaber, Honored
BALTIMORE, MD — Read the Baltimore Sun article
Congratulations to our old friend Tom who continues to inspire us and those around him.
Now Showing in the Neighborhood: Backyard Theatre
EASTHAMPTON, MA — Read the Gazette article
Under-21 Dance Club to Open At Former State Theater
LEBANON, PA — Read the Lebanon Daily News
Moving Movies Out to the Suburbs
WINFIELD, KS — Read the Winfield Courier editorial