The latest movie theater news and updates

  • May 12, 2004

    Port Theatre Loses Decision

    PORT ST. JOE, FL — The Port Theatre lost a first round in a battle tonite. A neighboring property owner is applying for the right to build a second story (most of which already existed, though pirated in the 1970’s). At Monday night’s meeting, it was decided to approve the plans of the current owners of the building adjacent to the theater.

  • May 11, 2004

    One Theater’s Experience with the National Register of Historic Places

    PORT ST. JOE, FL — Recently, I clearly saw the value of Historic Registry status for our Port Theatre.

    The process of application for National Historic Registry nomination is not a quick process. It could take 2 to 3 years to get through successfully. One needs to persevere and not get discouraged because in the long run it helps preserve one more theater, one more treasure.

    Contacting your state’s historic department is probably the best first step in the process. You may also want to visit the National Register of Historic Places website.

  • May 10, 2004

    Alcazar Theatre Building For Sale

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — In my search to find a theater for a second career, I came across this listing from the city by the bay. After looking at the price, I do not know if my heart will ever be the same.

    Property Detail – Commercial For Sale: Alcazar Theater Building

    $19,000,000 42800 1917 7
    Active 12/20/02
    650 Geary St San Francisco 94102

    Agent: Ash A Shaikh Office: Alpha Real Estate, Inc.
    Phone: 415-567-9840 Phone: 415-567-9840
    Marketing Remarks: Alcazar Theater Building; 500+ seat Theater Hall, parking and storage. Only the Building for Sale; the business, Alcazar Theater is not for Sale and is not included in the price. Building delivered vacant at COE. Seller take elsewhere, Alcazar Theater business. Seller reserves the right to accept or reject any offer. Shown to qualified buyers only.

  • May 7, 2004

    Somerville Theatre Celebrates 90th Birthday

    SOMERVILLE, MA — The historic Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, a local entertainment fixture since 1914, will be celebrating its birthday in style this year.

    May 11 marks the theater’s 90th anniversary, and in honor of the occasion, the picture palace will host a special presentation of John Ford’s classic film “The Grapes of Wrath”, along with selected vintage short subjects.

  • Loew’s to Become a Foot Locker?

    MONTREAL, CANADA — I passed by the Loew’s (Club Med World) and a contractor’s sign is on the front of theatre reads that Foot Locker will move in. The “space for lease” sign still remains, therefore I think this theater will split up soon.

  • May 6, 2004

    Oriental to Host Last “Silents Please” Showing

    MILWAUKEE, WI — This Saturday, the Oriental Theatre will hold the last of their Silents Please showings of a silent film for this season (and who knows if they will come again?)

    So, if you have not booked plans for 1pm this Saturday, May 8th, why not ready yourself for an unusual title: “The Italian Straw Hat” starring Rene Clair. This 1927 opus is described as: “A young man on the way to his wedding watches helplessly while his horse eats a lady’s hat.” It sounds like a one-joke play, but it is called ‘funny and elegant.’

    But as with all the ‘Silents Please’ monthly series, even if the film is not a classic, there is always the melodious and mellifluous tones of the giant Kimball Theatre Pipe Organ to enthrall your ears.

  • May 5, 2004

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  • Port Theatre Seeking Buyers

    PORT ST. JOE, FL — The Port Theatre is a unique theater in the heart of the downtown area in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. Built of brick and steel, it was built to last. It has survived hurricanes and economic change.

    Although it is not currently being used as a theater, the current owners are hoping someone with the energy to continue the project of restoration will buy this property.

    Contact Wade at 850-229-9282 or email us at . Long live theaters!

  • May 4, 2004

    The Grand: Before and After

    BALTIMORE, MD — Ed Dobbins writes…

    “These pictures are from 1940, showing how ‘grand’ the Grand Theatre was.

    Even up until I saw my last movie there, Return of the Jedi, Feb 1984, the theater still looked great. They still did the whole sequence of having the curtains closed & lit up, slowly opened, then dimmed to show a cartoon, followed by the movie. Up until the end, the theater still had class.

    These pictures show was once was and what could have been again."

  • Tour London’s Historic Theaters!

    LONDON, ENGLAND — The League of Historic American Theatres is planning a tour of London’s historic theaters!

    “A Celebration of London’s Historic Theatres”, planned for July 25 – August 1, 2004, will take tour participants to the heart of London’s theater district, with unique behind the scenes tours of some of the most renowned West End theaters.

    Support the League and join us for this unforgettable custom-designed tour. We are now accepting reservations for “A Celebration of London’s Historic Theatres.” For more detailed information, visit our special tour webpage.

    A Celebration of London’s Historic Theatres