Life Magazine seeks the most interesting cinemas in America

posted by Patrick Crowley on May 5, 2006 at 7:04 am

CinemaTour is working with a Life magazine writer to come up with a list of the most interesting cinemas in America.

Recently, the Life cover was on unusual churches — the smallest, the hippest, the most stained glass. It was a big hit and now we want to do movie theaters. Specifically, we’re looking for things like the most romantic, most remote, most haunted, highest altitude, best food, most family friendly.

Nominations of categories and cinemas can be made on the CinemaTour Forum at

Comments (9)

DaveWiegers on May 5, 2006 at 7:11 pm

For many years a group has given haunted theater tours on Halloween at the Lincoln Square Theatre in Dectur, IL.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 6, 2006 at 3:38 pm

Hey Decatur Dave, that spec sounds like “most stupid concept for a magazine article in history?”

carolgrau on May 7, 2006 at 12:04 pm

Seems like the only stupid one is you, I have worked many a theatres where allot of unexplained things have happened. Projectors starting up on thier own in a manual booth, lights going on & off, by themselves, the booth toilet flushing, the hand washing sink turning on & off, and oh yes the strong smell of cigar smoke in the booth and the balcony was empty, every once in awhile the rewind table would start running with a manual switch. All this with ice cold air in a booth with carbon arc lamps, plus a large generator throwing off heat. Ask anyone whoever worked one of these booths, they can get realy hot, not ice cold.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 8, 2006 at 1:23 am

Yes, Norelco. I have worked old theatres with faulty electricity, drafty unsealed vents and crap plumbing. Must be the work of aliens.

carolgrau on May 8, 2006 at 8:34 am

Guess so,the booth was rewired,we had Noreco projectors AAII`s where you had to push a large green button to start them, the toilet wAs replaced, and the cigar smoke could only be smelt in the booth, with the only exhaust being the lamps. You could walk out of the booth and not smell anything, go back in and there it was. I also remember the ice cold air, that came and went and was noit always present, one would think it would be constant, not come and go in a soundproof booth, with one door witch we kept shut. just to many weird things, believe me I thought of everything to check, and turned up allot of mystery,as to why.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 8, 2006 at 8:07 pm

I don’t see anything stupid about it. Any publicity for old movie theatres is welcome.

Unless of course you think CinemaTreasures itself is stupid, in which case why post here?

carolgrau on May 9, 2006 at 7:42 am

I love Cinema Treasures, I think they are even better than the historical society. One it is free, two, you have more people responding who know what they are talking about,(not reading,or hearing)hands on expeirience. You are right, there is nothing stupid, just my spelling sometimes. I also want to appologize to aLL, I am on a friends computer till mine gets fixed. It is very sensative, some of my post have registered 2 & 3 times. SORRY.

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