The latest movie theater news and updates
November 27, 2002
We also want to let everyone know that Cinema Treasures will be on hiatus during the upcoming holiday season.
Beginning December 16th, we will not be publishing our daily theater preservation news. Of course, if any major preservation alerts occur, we will post them, but otherwise, there will be no news during this time.
Additionally, we’ll continue to add any new theater submissions, though updates may be less frequent than usual.
This will be Cinema Treasures' first official vacation since we began work on our site over 3 years ago, so you can probably imagine we’re relishing a little time off. :)
Worry not, though, Cinema Treasures fans! The site will return in its fully glory during the first full week of the new year, on Monday, January 6th.
Meanwhile, have a terrific holiday and we’ll see you back here on Monday!
We’ve added another 13 theater photos, with shots from five different states around the US.
Highlights include the colorful Cine Capri in Phoenix, AZ; a recent shot of the Loop in Chicago, IL; a vintage postcard view of the California Theatre in San Jose, CA; and a great shot of the famous marquee of the Weirs Drive-In Theater in Weirs Beach, NH.
Thanks to Bryan Krefft, Roger Katz, John Elwood, Ron Pierce, and Dave for submitting this latest batch of images.
November 26, 2002
The Chicago Tribune recently took an in-depth look at the Chicago Theatre and the companies who have applied with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development to take over the theater and manage it on an ongoing basis.
Because each of the bidders (Chicago Theatre Alliance, TheatreDreams Chicago LLC, and The Entertaiment Group Fund Inc.) have radically different concepts for the future direction of the Chicago, there is great debate about which proposal will bring the most cultural and economic impact to the city of Chicago.
Definitely worth a read, if you have a spare moment. (Note: registration is required to view this article.)
(Thanks to Cinema Treasures regular Bryan Krefft for this story!)
The Glenwood Arts Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas opened to packed houses last weekend. The Fine Arts Group restored the former Metcalf Theatre with items salvaged from the original Glenwood Theatre, including seats and the 40 foot tall marquee sign. The theater will eventually house two more screens and a soda shop.
(Special thanks to Keith LeBrun for keeping us in the loop on this one.)
November 25, 2002
Today, we’ve added over 50 new theater photos to Cinema Treasures, with some truly outstanding images from all around the US!
Highlights include a 1940s postcard view of Purcell, OK’s Canadian Theater; a neon nighttime view of San Francisco’s 4-Star; a recent exterior view of the Willimantic, CT’s Capitol Theater; a stunning matinee view of the Del Mar Theater in Santa Cruz, CA; a recent view of the aptly-named Little Theatre in New Haven, CT; a new view of Dallas, TX’s Majestic Theater; a detail marquee view of the Shores Performing Arts Theater in Miami Shores, FL; and recent views of two Idaho theaters, the Rio theater in Idaho Falls and the Sun Valley Opera House in Sun Valley.
Thanks to the following contributors for today’s photos: John Elwood, Bryan Krefft, Gary Parks, Roger Katz, Jean, Wes Reeves, redbean, Ron Pierce, Ross Melnick, Chuck Parker, Greg Kacir/Detroit Pix, Jack Tillmany, Steve Anderson, Pete Christy, Mark Wolodarsky, Martin Trainer, Jayson Wall, Rich Simone, and Mark Gulbrandsen.
November 22, 2002
HONOLULU, HI — Consolidated Amusmements, which had operated the historic Waikiki 1, 2, 3 theaters, has announced their abrupt closure. According to the Honolulu Advertiser, the company has cited dwindling attendance in closing the triplex and said plans to close the theater have been discussed since 1990.
The Waikiki 3 theater is actually the original Waikiki Theatre which opened in 1936 and was later joined by the Waikiki 1 & 2. Consolidated Amusements opened a nearby megaplex a few years ago which has been slowly killing their one-time flagship cinema, the Waikiki.
With the busy holiday season, the company decided to close the older theater and switch its employees to the megaplex in order to avoid having to hire seasonal help.
Along with the shuttering of the Hawaii Cinerama Theater, the passing of the Waikiki is a major blow to movie theater enthusiasts on the island. No further word is available on the fate of these three theaters.
We’ve just added over a dozen new theaters thanks to Philip Goldberg, Bryan Krefft, Steve Smith, Salvatore Salonia, Bruce Talanian, and Ron Pierce. We currently have over 2,500 U.S. theaters, over 200 each from Canada and the U.K., and hundreds more from another 28 countries.
JACKSONVILLE, FL — Another 1960s movie house has taken its final bow with news that the St. Johns 8 has been closed and sold to a real estate developer with plans to demolish the old movie house. According to the Times-Union, StarNet Cinemas has already begun removing all of the theater’s equipment.
The St. Johns Theatre originally opened in 1969 as a single-screen movie house and has slowly expanded to eight during its more than three-decade run.
BRANFORD, CT — The former Branford Theatre appears headed for the pages of history after the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conversion to retail and apartment space.
According to the New Haven Register, the vote came down yesterday approving the conversion of the theater space into 20 apartments. The Branford Theatre Building retail space will remain largely unaltered. The old Branford closed in 1999.
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL — The gold dome of the Richey Suncoast Theatre has been restored as part of an $18,000 makeover which will also add a new coat paint to the exterior as well as new signs and carpeting.
According to the Tampa Tribune, the Mediterranean Revival theater originally opened in 1926 as a silent movie theater and currently hosts live theater and performances.
November 21, 2002
More than 50 new theaters have just been posted thanks in large part to Jose Mendez and Bryan Krefft, as well Philip Goldberg and Steve Smith, who have been adding an enormous number of New York City theaters.
Additional theaters were also added by Jean, Donald John Long, Graeme McBain, theater historian Jim Rankin, Ron Pierce, Mark Gulbrandsen, and Pete Christy. Thanks everyone and keep ‘em coming!!!
November 20, 2002
DAVIS, CA — The Davis Musical Theatre may be moving out of the Varsity Theatre, which it has performed in since 1984, to a new building with a smaller auditorium, but better facilities for its productions.
According to the Sacramento Business Journal, the city of Davis is currently “thinking” about purchasing the 427-seat movie house from its owner.
HILTON HEAD, SC — A group of local arts associations has banded together in an effort to raise $70,000 in tax grants from the town of Hilton Head Island in order to lease the former Main Street Cinema.
According to the Beaufort Gazette, if the request is approved, the former twin movie house would then be renovated into a 220-seat performing arts venue.
LAGRANGE, OH — The former LaGrange Theater in the downtown area will be renovated into the LaGrange Performing Arts Center and is scheduled to reopen in 2005. According to the Ledger-Enquirer, the former movie house has been closed for several years.
When it reopens, the LaGrange will house nearly 600 patrons and will have a new stage area for “visiting musical, theatrical and dance organizations to perform.” No costs have been reported.
The LaGrange originally opened around 1930.