The latest movie theater news and updates
March 24, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The original 1964 Andorra Theater, last known as the AMC Andorra 8, is slated to be demolished and replaced by a fitness center.
This all too familiar story serves as a reminder that the most endangered theaters in the country have, of late, been those built after 1960.
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Loew’s Jersey Theatre will host the following events this coming weekend:
The 2nd Annual Classic Comedy Weekend
Saturday, March 29, 4PM
The Sons of the Desert (1933) 73 min.
Saturday, March 29, 8PM
A Night At The Opera (1935) 92 min.
Shown with three classic Three Stooges shorts!
Paul Wesolowski will display rare posters and film stills in the Loew’s and will give a brief introduction to A Night At The Opera that will include questions from the audience.
Sunday, March 30, 2PM
Bob Hope’s 100th Birthday Double Feature
The Road To Morocco (1942) 83 min.
The Seven Little Foys (1955) 93 min.
If you haven’t been to the restoration-in-progress, this is a perfect time to show your support.
Thanks to the Friends of the Loew’s for the update!
SANTA MONICA, CA — The following email has been sent from Chris Allen of the Aero:
I’m pleased to announce that we will be hosting a farewell party on Saturday, April 12, 2003. The movie “Blazing Saddles” will be the feature presentation because it is a time for laughter and not tears. Like our other special events, there will be food and wine, and tickets will once again be $20.
I want to thank all of you for your support over the last year. Without your help, the Aero would have surely met its demise.
American Cinematheque will have a representative on hand that night to let us all know of their plans to bring the Aero back to its original glory! I hope to see everyone that night. Continued vigilance will assure the Aero’s safety for years to come.
For more information, visit the Aero Theatre website.
March 21, 2003
Latest News On Chicago Theaters
CHICAGO, IL — Read the Chicago Tribune article
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update!
Sameric/Body Editorial In Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA, PA —
Read “Don’t let Sameric fade to black” editorial
For the accompanying illustration, please see the print edition.
Thanks to Howard Haas for the update!
March 19, 2003
American Cinematheque To Renovate and Operate Aero After Closure
SANTA MONICA, CA — Read the Lookout
Theater’s Friends Respond
IRONWOOD, MI — Read the Ironwood Daily Globe article
Gateway Theatre Project Among Top 10 Rural Initiatives
LINCOLN, NE — Read The Independent story
Business 2.0 Looks at Arclight Cinemas Complex, Home of Cinerama Dome
HOLLYWOOD, CA — Read the Business 2.0 profile
Thanks to Joshua Melnick for the news.
Washington Mutual Opens Bank inside former Bayside Theater
BAYSIDE, NY — Read the Bayside Times story
Plainview Hee-Haw Set For March 29
PLAINVIEW, TX — Read the Plainview Daily Herald article
March 18, 2003
Preservation Alert High Street Cinema To Close
ALDERSHOT, ENGLAND — Read the Aldershot News and Mail
Thanks to Mike Luck for the update.
Film Critic Molly Haskell Recalls Moviegoing in New York
NEW YORK, NY — Read the New York Times story (Reg. Req.)
Minnesota Theatres to Offer Proposal to Restore Local Hollywood Cinema
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Read the Boxoffice Magazine story
Preservation Alert Fight to Save Historic Odeon Appears Lost
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Read the Herald article
March 17, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — The list of potential owners and operators of the famous Chicago Theatre has been reduced to two.
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update.
(Three more stories below.)
SANTA MONICA, CA — The following email was sent out by Chris Allen of the Aero:
The Aero has just received a 30-day notice to vacate the property. As far as we know right now, this means that as of Sunday, April 13, 2003, the Aero Theatre will have to close its doors.
We have been informally told that the American Cinematheque will be coming in to operate the theatre, but we do not know what they plan to do with the Aero or when they plan on taking over.
This sounds like an exciting prospect for the Aero, but there are many questions that we have asked that have not been answered by the property manager or by American Cinematheque.
Therefore, we are turning to you, the friends of the Aero Theatre, to help us insure the future well-being of the Aero Theatre.
For the full text of the email, visit the Aero Theatre website.
Thanks to Jason Axe for the update.
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent by Friends of the Boyd Chairman, Howard Haas:
We are really eager for you to join us at our film fundraiser of The Show-Off, 8 PM, Friday March 21, at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. $15 includes live music & reception afterwards at International House with White Dog Cafe food, Yards Brewing Co. beer, and 1920’s music from radio D.J. Dan Buskirk.
The Show-Off is a silent 1926 romantic comedy starring Louise Brooks, and was filmed in Philadelphia with scenes of Swann Fountain, City Hall, and old Pennsylvania RR Broad Street Station. Movie critic Carrie Rickey will introduce the film. Hope to see you there. Please bring your friends!
For tickets, call Upstages at 215-569-9700 or buy at Prince or Plays & Players when Upstages open at those theaters, or with cash or credit card at International House from 2 hours before the film. Friends of the Boyd is raising funds for business and architectural studies to restore the Sameric.
For more information, visit the Friends of the Boyd website.
Thanks to Howard for the update.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today is the last chance to sign up for the early registration rate at the National Town Meeting, to be held May 18-21 in Cincinatti, Ohio.
To qualify for this rate, you must sign up by 5 pm today.
For more information on the National Town Meeting, visit their website.
Thanks to David Tully for the update.