The latest movie theater news and updates
August 23, 2002
We close out our latest batch of theaters photos with an outstanding group of images from Cinema Treasures UK volunteer Ian Grundy.
Ian has helped us greatly expand our UK theater listings and photo collection, and today is no different. This group of 20 images includes shots of the Baroque theaters Coliseum and Theatre Royal, as well as shots of the majestic Empire and the quirky Roxy (which is actually located on the banks of a canal!).
August 22, 2002
MONTREAL, QB, CANADA — The 900-seat Imperial Cinema will undergo a major restoration and renovation effort next month, following the end of the Montreal World Film Festival on September 2nd.
According to the Montreal Gazette, the $4,5 million project is being funded through $1.4 million of federal and local contributions, $1.7 million from the theater itself, and an additional $500,000 from Senator Kolber whose contribution will give the building a new name, the Sandra and Leo Kolber Building.
In addition to repairing the facade and adding a brand new marquee, the theater will also relocate the projection booth and update its capabilities for 16mm, 35mm, and 70mm presentation as well as add a new sound system. Most intriguing, perhaps, is the addition of two new auditoriums in a building just north of the Imperial that was recently purchased for $450,000.
The Imperial will continue to be the annual host of the Montreal World Film Festival and is scheduled to reopen in time for the FantAsia festival next July. The imperial originally opened in 1915.
REGINA, CG, CANADA — In other Canadian news, the Cornwall Cinemas will close its doors tonight after 21 years. According to the Regina Leader Post, the Famous Players movie house did not renew its lease following months of dwindling audiences who the Canadian exhibitor says are venturing, instead, to newer complexes.
No new tenants have been found for the old four-screen plex.
(Thanks to Mike Rivest and Chad Irish!)
Today’s batch includes photos of two Forest Hills, Queens theaters: the former Forest Hills Theatre and the UA Brandon Cinema Center; as well as shots of Philly’s AMC Orleans 8, the Kansas City Paramount, and Trenton, MO’s former Plaza Theatre.
Thanks to Michael R. Rambo Jr., William Hamilton, and Ian Grundy for today’s images.
Come back tomorrow for a huge batch of UK theater shots!
August 21, 2002
Today’s batch of theater photos is a collection of 20 new images from theaters in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
Cinema Treasures volunteers Ian Grundy and Roger Katz bring us shots of Boston theaters the Century and the Orpheum, as well as Connecticut’s Edmond Town Hall Theatre, Palace Theatre, and Forest Theatre.
Additionally, Ross Melnick continues his exploration of Long Island cinemas with shots of the Sag Harbor Cinema, Trylon Theater, UA Midway 9, UA Southampton, Loews Elmwood, Loews Fresh Meadows, and the Lafayette Theatre.
August 20, 2002
Today, we’re glad to bring you another great batch of theater photos
August 19, 2002
We’ve got a terrific new batch of west coast theater photos thanks to Ron Pierce, William Gabel, Keith Altomare, and Ian Grundy!
August 16, 2002
We’ve got an amazing new batch of international theater photos thanks to Ian Grundy, Chad Irish, Gayle Munro, Famous Players, and “Mark”!
August 15, 2002
HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Los Angeles Times has given the Cinerama Dome/Arclight Cinemas complex a passing grade in its latest architectural review.
According to the Times' Nicolai Ourousoff, the combination of the 1963-era Cinerama Dome and the modern Arclight complex “works on many levels” and is “crisp in its conception, with a refreshing lack of fussiness.” He concludes that “it reminds even the most disheartened critic that it is not impossible to make everyday architecture that works.”
(Thanks to Dennis Wilhelm for the review.)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The Promised Valley Playhouse is finally coming down next month. The former Orpheum Theatre opened in 1905 and is being torn down because of its advanced state of deterioration. The Salt Lake Tribune recently published a long article detailing the history of this soon-departed theater.
August 14, 2002
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia Mayor John Street, in his weekly radio address on Saturday, publicly proclaimed that his “administration is committed to exploring every possibility to preserve the Sameric Theater.”
According to the KYW radio address, which has been reprinted on www.boydtheatre.com, the mayor also stated that, “Although I respect and fully support our development community, I do hope that by working together with the current owner, the Sameric can share the same success as the old Midtown Theater. In 1997, the Midtown Theater underwent a $10 million restoration and now houses the Prince Music Theater.”
(Thanks to Howard Haas for his tireless work on behalf of the Sameric and for sending this in!)
CHICAGO, IL — The legendary Chicago Theatre is reportedly on the auction block again as the Chicago Theatre Restoration Associates is “on the verge of defaulting on a $21 million loan from the city”, according to a report in today’s Chicago Tribune.
The theater’s current operator, the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), is rumored to be a possible buyer. If the venerable theater is sold, CAPA would be among the many different owners who have controlled the former movie palace over the past two decades.
Elsewhere in Chicago, the Broadway Theatre is scheduled to reopen this fall as a live venue. According to the Tribune, the former movie house will be given a $25,000 makeover for various improvements and its name will revert back to the Lakeshore.
And finally, as we reported yesterday, the Water Tower Theatre will reopen this Friday, but this time as a three-screen art house cinema. An $8 ticket will admit you for either “13 Conversations About One Thing,” “Lovely and Amazing,” or the new version of Giusseppe Tornatore’s brilliant epic, “Cinema Paradiso.”
(Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the update!)