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  • October 22, 2015

    October is National Archives Month!

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    Do you have material that you have been collecting and producing, documenting your favorite theatres? Have you ever been curious on how to best preserve it to ensure it’s long life and ongoing appreciation? October is National Archives month and the perfect time to learn some easy tips on how to safeguard your important records. Contact Archives Director Pat Seymour for some quick and easy steps for preserving your materials today. archivedir@ historictheatres.org

  • October 20, 2015

    Programs & Performances: Watch Great Silent Films Online for Free!

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    Enjoy some wonderful movies from silent film stars like Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Louise Brooks & Mary Pickford. You can find more great old movies to enjoy free on site like Fandor and Open Culture’s 101 Free Silent Films: The Great Classics including Charlie Chaplin’s two rel parody of Bizet’s Carmen.

  • October 19, 2015

    Share Your Personal Memories of Historic Theatres: ‘Please Remain Standing’

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    Please Remain Standing is the title of a portfolio of work encompassing over 350 movie theaters built before 1965 across America. With an eye for architectural details, whether in a grand movie palace or a small hometown theater, Benita VanWinkle has traveled from Alaska to New York, LA to Miami for over thirty years capturing the experience of attending one of these treasures with color photographs that embody their novelty and charm.

  • October 16, 2015

    The State of Theatres in Boston – From the Boston Globe

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    The Colonial Theatre would be transformed into a dining hall and performance space under Emerson College’s plan. Shirley Lang writes, “As I sat in Emerson College’s Colonial Theatre on Sunday, it was hard for me to enjoy the hysterically funny musical “The Book of Mormon” without wondering whether this is the end of the Colonial as we know it.

    But it wasn’t just that. I got ticked thinking about what’s happening to the acclaimed Huntington Theatre Company, possibly put out on the street by Boston University’s decision to sell the drama group’s longtime home. Or that Citibank, in exiting the Massachusetts market, will end its multimillion-dollar sponsorship of the performing arts. Meanwhile, the Boston Lyric Opera announced last week that it will leave the Citi Shubert Theatre in search of a more affordable venue.

  • October 15, 2015

    Programs & Performances: The Most Important, Invisible Person in the Theater: The Stage Manager

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    On 10 October we celebrated National Stage Managers Day. Here is a great tribute to their skill, talent, and hard work from LA Weekly and USITT.

    During rehearsals, the stage manager is the one responsible for seeing that the actors show up on time, that the props and, later, the costumes are in place. The stage manager is the one responsible for holding the text and feeding lines to actors who are in the process of memorizing them. The stage manager is the person who must utter the correction when the phrase isn’t quite accurate, when a word or two is out of place, and then must patiently endure the exasperated expression of the actor who might react with a look that asks, “Is the exact line really that important?” The stage manager must log all of the actors' movements, as staged by the director, so that if the actor forgets where he or she is supposed to be, there’s an official log of the director’s intent.

  • October 13, 2015

    A Look Inside The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama

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    Enjoy this report on Fox News about the Birmingham Theatre’s Wurlitzer, lovingly named Big Bertha. Larry Donaldson, crew chief for Big Bertha’s volunteers, leads a tour of the four story maze of pipes and valves. https://www.facebook.com/aaronlee64/videos/10150548844926506/

  • October 12, 2015

    Patio Theater To Be Sold, But Not to Portage Theater Owner

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    Portage Theater owner Eddie Carranza will not buy the Patio Theater, the broker handling the sale said Thursday. The 88-year-old former movie palace at 6008 W. Irving Park Road went up for sale in July 2014 for $2.9 million, three months after it closed because of a busted air conditioning system.

  • October 6, 2015

    After it was decided that the Paramount Theatre in Aurora would produce its own Broadway-style shows, Jim Corti was chosen as the theater’s first artistic director.

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    Several years ago, the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora announced it was going to try something audacious: putting on its own Broadway-style shows.

    Many people shook their heads. Still, Paramount officials were confident they could tap the area’s professional theater talent and create musical productions suited for their historic, 1,888-seat theater.

  • October 2, 2015
  • September 30, 2015

    What it Takes to Save a Neighborhood Theater on Detroit’s East Side

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    For decades, neighborhood cinemas were commonplace throughout the city of Detroit. Today, just a handful remain, and only the Redford Theater in northwest Detroit and the Senate Theater on the city’s west side have been restored and feature regular programming. But if an east side nonprofit group is successful, the Redford and Senate will soon have a cross-town compliment in the Alger Theater.