The latest movie theater news and updates
October 27, 2003
PITTSBURG, CA — In early spring of 1919, the Pittsburg Post newspaper announced that the Enea brothers of the Palace Theater “will erect a handsome new playhouse on Railroad Street, which will embody in every way a most modern type of theatre building, handsome in appearance and substantial in construction.”
DETROIT, MI — The nine democratic presidential candidates debated each other onstage at the Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit yesterday. The 90-minute event filled the 3000-plus seat movie palace to overflow capacity. The debate, which followed Sunday morning appearances by various candidates in Detroit-area churches, was co-sponsored by the Fox News Channel and the Congressional Black Caucus.
“She moves the seats. One of the first nights I was working here alone I was up in the balcony, right by the railing. There was nobody else in the theater; all the movie people had left. All of a sudden I heard all these seats, as if there were several people getting up. I ran downstairs as fast as I could, but there was nobody there. No one had exited. I kind of took it as the ghost’s way of saying, ‘Welcome.’”
October 24, 2003
LEWISTOWN, PA — With all the pomp and circumstance befitting a grand picture palace, the Embassy Theatre’s beautifully replicated marquee of 1,000 Lights came to life in front of a crowd of about 1,000 spectators, a larger crowd than the theatre itself could seat! The multi-colored sign was lit officially on October 16, in a ceremony to mark this important milestone in the theatre’s rebirth. While much work remains inside the theatre until it can be opened, the restored marquee is a visible reminder that the theatre will once again become a proud part of the community.
Photo by Brian Auman
Theater chains are going back to the past for inspiration for the newest mega-palaces being constructed across the country by circuits like Loews, Muvico, AMC, Krikorian, Pacific, Harkins, and more. As journalist Andreas Fuchs writes in this Hollywood Reporter article, “These days, successful multiplex design involves emulating stylish hotels, evoking nostalgia for classic theaters and renovating or expanding on those original palaces of dreams.”
October 23, 2003
ST. AUSTELL, ENGLAND — A plan to redevelop the town center of St Austell, in Cornwall, would include the demolition of the 1936 Art Deco Odeon Cinema, which would be replaced by a new four-screen cinema, according to a report in the Western Morning News. Though conservationists are campaigning to save the Odeon, both developers and the conservation organization, English Heritage, seem to agree that since a remodeling from the 70s, there isn’t enough left of the original design to warrant saving the Odeon. One conservation consultant said that the cinema now looks more like “an industrial shed.”
IDYLLWILD, CA — The Rustic Theater, located in the San Jacinto Mountains, 5000 feet above Palm Springs, California in a quaint village called Idyllwild, is reportedly for sale, according to ‘morrierustic’. The owner is retiring after 27 years. The theater has been in continuous operation since 1956.
October 22, 2003
- A Storied Theatre’s Second Act
- Venue marks 75 years of entertaining
- Fox Theater may be site for art students
- Old cinema faces a makeover
- Dinner theater at the Park?
- Mansfield board approves theater plan
- 99-cent movie ticket
- Off Broadway and into refurbished theater
- Film expo fills gap left with fest’s demise
- Cape movie house targets Oct. 17 debut
October 21, 2003
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Friends of the Loews, the non-profit group which has worked since 1986 to save and preserve the Loews Jersey, is seeking to replace its current lease of the theater with a more permanent arrangement. The lack of such an arrangement has made it difficult for the theater to attract corporate sponsors, according to this story in the Hudson Reporter.