The latest movie theater news and updates

  • March 16, 2004

    Theater Ownership 101?

    Is there an idiot’s guide-type book out there that explains what goes in to buying, restoring, and operating a theater?

  • March 15, 2004

    Cinema Treasures Hits 5000 Theaters!

    Over the weekend, Cinema Treasures’s Theater Guide officially passed the 5000 theater mark!

    With help from thousands of theater fans around the world, it has taken us just over three years to reach this amazing milestone. In fact, the day that we launched the site — with just 100 theaters — seems like eons ago.

    Some interesting stats about the guide:
    • 5086 theaters
    • 189 theater chains
    • 64 functions
    • 29 styles
    • 165 architects
    • 64 architectural firms
    • 768 theater links
    • 1620 photos

    Of course, there is so much more work ahead, as there are many, many more theaters to add and new features to bring online (photo system, message board, etc.), but we’re both tremendously excited at how large and comprehensive this website has become.

    Special thanks to our illustrious theater editor Bryan Krefft and all of our current and former volunteers, as well as everyone who has ever made a contribution to Cinema Treasures!

    Patrick Crowley and Ross Melnick
    Co-Founders, Cinema Treasures

  • Montreal’s Imperial Cinema Under Restoration

    MONTREAL, CANADA — Montreal’s last surviving single screen movie palace, the Imperial (1913), is finally under restoration.

    This week saw the framing of the new marquee installed. The theater was last run by Famous Players and was donated by Viacom to the Montreal World Film Festival in 1995.

  • March 12, 2004

    Ritz Savior Takes on New Project

    TIFFIN, OH — Dennis Sankovich, who oversaw a $5 million renovation of the Ritz Theatre and helped grow the theater’s annual budget to $1.4 million, is stepping down from his position, according to this report in the Toledo Blade.

  • Killer Trees to Attack the Warner?!?

    TORRINGTON, CT — Deadly killer trees, shown here attacking the trapped occupants of a car, will invade the city of Torrington just one week from today, according to this report in the Register Citizen.

  • Microwave Popcorn Harmful to Your Health?

    Microwave popcorn may be harmful to your health according to a report that appeared on the Fox News website on Thursday.

  • Seeking Stories from Projectionists

    I am doing research on the projectionist during the golden age of cinema from the thirties through to the seventies.

    Experiences in the booth, funny moments, tragic moments, moments when the projectionist was the hero. I am also looking for info on booth setups and stories about the love projectionists had for their machines.

  • March 11, 2004

    UPDATE: Oriental To Screen “College” Saturday

    MILWAUKEE, WI — Note: there has been a change in the film to be shown at the Oriental Theatre this coming Saturday. The new selection will be “College” starring Buster Keaton. Still football and still a great movie.

    The show will be complete with Marching Sousaphones and the Pom Squad along with West End Jazz playing those hot college tunes of the 20’s. Lets all get out an cheer for our boy Buster!! See you Saturday March 13th, at 1 pm, at the Oriental Theatre at Farwell and North Milwaukee WI.

  • Toronto’s Bloor Cinema to Reopen on March 19th!

    TORONTO, CANADA — It’s been a long two months for fans of the Bloor Cinema in Toronto. At long last, it’s set to reopen officially on March 19, 2004.

    The Bloor was closed after a piece of the ceiling fell on the front rows on January 16 during a showing of the documentary, The Corporation.

    For further information about the reopening, check the Bloor’s website at

  • Danforth Music Hall Now Closed?

    TORONTO, CANADA — Yet another historic cinema in Toronto is closed. The Danforth Music Hall, which started life as Allen’s Danforth Theatre in 1920, has been closed since the third week of February.

    Since 1998 the Music Hall has been a member of the Festival Cinemas chain, showing second run films mostly with the occasional concert or play thrown into the schedule. It is the last operational theatre built the Allen’s chain. All its sister theatres have been either demolished or converted into other uses.