• June 23, 2017

    THS Exclusive Preview: Going Attractions (6/28/17)


    Theatre Historical Society of America invites you to an exclusive preview of “Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace” on Wednesday, June 28th at the historic Million Dollar Theater in Downtown, Los Angeles.

    This fundraiser event and sneak peek film screening and reception will honor those who have worked to restore LA’s historic theatres.

    Beginning at 7pm, guests will enjoy a documentary exploring the beauty and history of historic movie palaces and a Q&A with the filmmakers following the screening. Concessions will be available.


    This special sneak peek is open to the public for $25 admission, and is included in THS' Full Conclave Registration. For more Conclave info visit here.

    For more details on the film, please visit


    1. Leonard Maltin: (film critic and historian) Interviewed in the United Artists flagship theatre (Ace Hotel) in Los Angeles
    2. Rosie Novellino-Mearns: (led the Showpeople’s Committee to save Radio City Music Hall in the 70’s) Interviewed in the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles
    3. Ross Melnick (PhD in media and entertainment, media historian UCLA) Interviewed in the Saban (former Fox Wilshire) Theatre in Los Angeles
    4. Escott O. Norton: (Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation) Interviewed in the Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena (as seen in “La La Land”)
    5. Richard Fosbrink: (Executive director of the Theatre Historical Society) Interviewed in the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago
    6. Jerald Gary (30 year old owner of south side Chicago theatre) Interviewed in his Avalon New Regal Theatre in Chicago
    7. Matt Lambros: (New York photographer of abandoned theatres) Interviewed in the Loews ‘Wonder Theatre’ in Jersey City
    8. Barbara Twist: (managing director of the Art House Convergence) Interviewed in Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles
    9. Craig Morrison: (President of the Theatre Historical Society Board of Directors) Interviewed in the Music Box Theatre in Chicago
    10. Jerry Michelson: (owner of the Uptown Theatre in Chicago; awaiting restoration) Interviewed in the magnificent Uptown in Chicago
    11. Dave Strohmaier: (film historian and director of Cinerama Adventure documentary)

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  • November 6, 2015

    A History of the Movies exhibited in Salisbury / Rowan County, North Carolina from JANUARY 1920 - DECEMBER 2014


    Here is an interesting record of movie posters and performances in the Salisbury / Rowan County areas of North Carolina from 1920 to 2014.

    Did you visit theatres in this area?

  • January 7, 2015

    “Alamo Drafthouse to explore subscription service” From San Antonio, TX.


    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, with three locations in San Antonio, soon will consider partnering with a New York City company that offers a monthly subscription service for film buffs.

    (We’re not subscribers to this news service, but thought it was a must share none-the-less!)

    The original article is available at

  • December 22, 2014

    “Secret Cinema reveals it showed The Great Dictator at protest secret screening, following Sony’s The Interview cancellation”


    Secret Cinema has revealed that it showed Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator at a one-off secret screening on Sunday to protest against ‘the attack on freedom of expression’ represented by the Sony hacking.

    Staged on Sunday at simultaneous events in London, New York, San Francisco and Rome, the 1940 film portrays fictitious dictator Adenoid Hynkel, a thinly-veiled version of Hitler. In London the movie was shown at the Troxy Cinema, while an additional event in Los Angeles screened The Red Chapel.

    Over 2,000 people attended from across the five cities and at least £11,500 of the total proceeds will go to global free speech charity Article 19.

    Read the entire article online at

  • December 15, 2014

    “For film lovers! Ikea surprises moviegoers by replacing every seat in Russian cinema with double beds” From Russia.

    The comfort of reclining chairs, bean bags, pillows and couches that sometimes enhance the cinematic experience have been one-upped in Russia, where an entire movie theatre has been filled with beds.

    While sites such as the Electric Cinema in London’s Notting Hill have a front row devoted to beds, one screening room in the Kinostar De Lux Playhouse was gutted of all of its seats with 17 double beds brought in.

    The project has been dubbed ‘Wake Up Love’ in line with a campaign by Swedish furniture chain Ikea, which provided the beds.

    The film lovers' experience at a multiplex a shopping centre in Khimki, north of Moscow, doesn’t just include the bed on which to watch a latest release, but on entry they’re given slippers.

    Read the entire article online at

  • December 11, 2014

    “ The Most Romantic Kisses in Cinema” From the NYTimes.

    In this year’s Great Performers issue, A.O. Scott writes that kissing in movies ‘‘established a glamorous iconography and an elegant choreography for an experience that, in real life, is frequently sloppy, clumsy and less than perfectly graceful.’’ Here, a few of the most romantic kisses on film, from young love to foiled love.

    Check out the entire infographic at

  • December 21, 2011

    Looking for theater seats

    SEATTLE, WA — I am presently converting my garage into a family & friends, deluxe cinema and need about:

    WANTED: 20, professional, used but clean, red color cinema seats w/cup holders and 10 end caps, for a flat floor mounting.

    Will pick-up and willing to remove if required! I have advertised on Craigslist, under the Seattle-Tacoma columns, but without any luck!

    Simon Overton

  • November 28, 2011

    L.A. movie palaces get starring role

    LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Times had a feature last week about the cinemas of downtown Los Angeles popping up frequently in recent films. Check out how many of this season’s top flicks have cameos.

  • November 22, 2011

    New Trailer for Film, “The Rep”

  • November 16, 2011

    Limited patience for limited releases

    A story in the Stony Brook Press discusses the writer’s frustration in having to go all the way into Manhattan to see a particular film in limited release. She poses the question of what would happen if certain films were released wider.

    Check it out and comment about what lengths you’ve taken to see a limited release.