Cinema Treasures

  • May 14, 2011

    We’re relaunching Cinema Treasures next week

    We’re excited to announce we’re launching a new version of Cinema Treasures next week.

    Over the weekend, we’ll be importing data from the existing website. To insure the import is successful, we’re turning off the ability to post new comments until next week.

    See you next week!

    Patrick and Ross

    PS: Wouldn’t it be cool if you could add photos to Cinema Treasures? ;)

  • December 14, 2010

    Cinema Treasures Reaches 30,000 Theaters

    Cinema Treasures is proud to announce that we have now reached over 30,000 theaters listed from a total of 181 countries! The growth of our theater database over the last two years has been incredible and we simply cannot thank you all enough for your contributions, comments, and support.

    This milestone comes at a particularly special time for us at Cinema Treasures as December 2010 is the official ten-year anniversary of the site’s launch. It is a time for us to look back to all of our users who have contributed so much to this community and, specifically, to our incomparable and tireless volunteer theater editor, Ken Roe. If you’ve ever added or updated a theater, Ken is the man who has formatted, edited, and/or published your information. In other words, there is no Cinema Treasures without Ken Roe. Period. He and our blog editor Michael Zoldessy make this place what it is.

    Reaching 30,000 theaters is not the only achievement worth noting. One of Ken’s more amazing projects is that in addition to editing all of the new submissions he also adds a ton of new theaters to the site from all over the world. If you see a man photographing a cinema in your country, it’s very likely to be him. (Please say hello for me. If it’s not Ken, run!)

    Ken and the site’s contributors have now added every cinema to have ever operated in the London/Greater London area, making this the first major international city on Cinema Treasures to have a fully comprehensive listing. The value of that contribution for film/cultural historians is invaluable and worthy of greater attention.

    Also in the UK, thanks to Ken, Cinema Treasures now lists all currently operating cinemas in the country, which includes England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. Cinema Treasures also now lists every historic cinema in the UK which has a designated ‘Grade Listing’.

    If you have a moment, please leave Ken a thank you message below. He deserves our undying gratitude for what he has helped build over the past decade.

    We are also grateful to have the input of the many members of Cinema Treasures around the world who continue to contribute to the expansion and knowledge that makes this site so great.

    I can’t believe this site is ten years old and I can tell you that when Patrick Crowley and I were putting this idea together eleven years ago on nights and weekends in a New York tech incubator, we would have been thrilled with 1,000 contributions. Your support and the site’s growth is simply unbelievable.

    We’ll have more to say about the anniversary in the coming days but for now, my sincerest gratitude to you, our users, and to Ken Roe for being Ken Roe. We couldn’t be luckier to have him.

    Happy Holidays,

    Ross & Patrick
    Cinema Treasures Co-Founders

    P.S. Thanks to “Camera Slayer” for the image.

  • November 25, 2010

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Cinema Treasures! We hope all of you have a happy and healthy holiday.

  • September 6, 2010

    Cinema Treasures Closed for Labor Day

    We’re closed today for the American Labor Day holiday, but, if you’re not working, why not head to the movies? If your answer to that question involves listing off the number of films you don’t want to see, why not try an alternative moviegoing venue in a park, on a rooftop, in a microcinema, in a pub … Wherever you are — surfing Cinema Treasures, at a drive-in, or in a movie house — we hope you enjoy the holiday.

  • January 1, 2010

    Happy New Year!

    It’s hard to believe, but Cinema Treasures is now more than a decade old. The organization was founded in October 1999 and we launched this website in December 2000. (We look forward to celebrating the site’s ten year anniversary later this year.)

    As a new decade begins, there is, as there was in 2000, great excitement and great concern about the future of theatrical exhibition. The Wrap just reported that domestic box office will reach $10.6 billion for 2009. Of course, those numbers only tell half the story. We wish the world’s ushers, projectionists, managers, bookers, operators, and owners the very best in the coming years. For those currently working to save and/or operate classic theaters around the world, we tip our New Year’s hats to you.

    Thank you to all of our loyal users and contributors who have made the last decade possible. All of us at Cinema Treasures wish you a very Happy New Year and our warmest gratitude.

    Ross, Patrick, Ken, and Michael

  • June 26, 2009

    Cinema Treasures adds its 25,000th theater

    Cinema Treasures passed the 25,000-theater mark this past week as our database of theaters keeps growing at a blistering pace.

    Thank you to all of the thousands of contributors who have made Cinema Treasures a destination site for movie theater exhibitors and patrons, journalists, and researchers.

    Finally, a special thank you to Bryan Krefft and our theater editor extraordinaire, Ken Roe, whose tireless dedication and expertise are the reason Cinema Treasures is what it is today.

    Thank you again and see you at 30,000. :)

    Ross Melnick and Patrick Crowley
    Co-founders, Cinema Treasures

  • June 9, 2009

    Yesterday’s site outage

    Hey, folks.

    As you might have noticed, Cinema Treasures was inaccessible for a good part of the day yesterday.

    Unfortunately, our hosting provider had a power outage at their data center, so our server was offline until the power was restored late last night.

    Sorry for the inconvenience!

  • May 6, 2009

    Historic downtown Philadelphia cinemas added or revised

    In honor of Philadelphia this summer hosting the annual Conclave of Theatre Historical Society, Howard B. Haas added to this site or overhauled Introductions to many historic downtown Philadelphia cinemas (many of which have since been demolished or converted to other uses).

    Eric’s Place (Trans-Lux)
    Locust Street (Fox Locust)
    Milgram (Stanton)
    Prince Music (Midtown)
    Sam’s Place (Aldine)

  • April 10, 2009

    Cinema Treasures is seeking a few volunteers

    Greetings, everyone.

    We’re looking for a few volunteers to help us improve the accuracy of our theater addresses.

    The majority of our listings have correct addresses. But there are some that do not. Sometimes, an address has the wrong number, street name, or direction… and we need to correct those mistakes.

    This job is best suited for someone who enjoys being a sleuth and hunting down the most accurate address for a movie theater. You should also be comfortable using various tools of the web (Google, Google Maps, Google Earth, etc.). Ideally, you’d also have 5 – 10 hours a week you could dedicate to this task.

    This is a volunteer position, and you will receive credit on our Volunteers page. And if things go well, there’s a possibility that we might bring you on as one of our theater editors.

    If you’re interested, please contact us.

    Thanks for your help,
    Patrick and Ross

  • March 23, 2009

    Notification changes

    We have made a number of changes to our notification system.

    First, going forward, you only be able to receive a notification when new comments are made on theater pages. This feature will not work for other parts of the website (such as our blog, link directory, etc.)

    Second, because many users were complaining about receiving phantom notifications (and there was no technical way to fix this problem), we have reset notifications for everyone.

    We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused, especially to our most active users. We are working on improved notification system that we hope to debut in the next few months.

    Thanks for your understanding.