Happy New Year!

posted by Ross Melnick on January 1, 2010 at 8:25 am

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

Comments (38)

sporridge on January 1, 2010 at 8:59 am

Ross, Patrick, Ken, Michael — Happy New Year and Decade to you as well, and THANKS for continuing to make Cinema Treasures one of the best destinations on the information superhighway!

Bud K
Bud K on January 1, 2010 at 11:07 am

Gentlemen, this one of my favorite places to visit daily, Thank you for all your hard and super work, hopefully with the help of this site we will never see a theater like the National be destroyed again – Bud

JodarMovieFan on January 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

This site is one of my favorites, too, if not THE favorite site I visit daily, especially when there is a comment made on a favored theater or article. The way venues, articles and other cinema-related discussions are presented, in addition to providing for member comments is just genius. Kudos to you guys!

Since I’ve been a member of this site, it is great place to virtually meet and converse with other cinephiles. I now happily rest knowing I’m not cuckoo in travelling great distances to see movies at classic venues. Growing up, my brother thought I was nuts to travel hundreds of miles to go see a movie. I’ve read how some members here have flown across country, or even half way around the world to see that special movie in that special venue. Maybe if I had the deeper pockets that some members have, I would travel further…who knows? :)

HowardBHaas on January 1, 2010 at 11:39 am

It certainly is my favorite blog! Thanks to Ross, Patrick, Ken, Michael, the other volunteers, and so many who post. Looking forward to another year of learning much, and posting some, here.

moviebuff82 on January 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm

this is the wikipedia of movie theater sites.

tarantex on January 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm

jUST WANTED TO say many thanks to
Ross,Patrick, Ken and Michael for having this site!
and wishing all of your a Very Happy New Year!

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on January 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Same to ya guys. I’m here daily and really appreciate the site.

RickB on January 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm

NOW PLAYING! 470TH SMASH WEEK! (more or less)

telliott on January 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Happy New Year! My very favourite place to visit, several times daily! All the Best…

MPol on January 1, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Happy New Year and Happy Tenth Anniversary, CinemaTreasures. Thanks to the guys who started this great blog. I visit it whenever I can.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 1, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Keep up the great work!

dstear on January 1, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Do you think, looking back, that this website has been able to help in saving valuable examples of American theater architecture? I certainly hope so and I think this site serves as a necessary repository of cataloging historic theaters past and present and hopefully for the future too.

Playhousegoer on January 2, 2010 at 5:56 am

Happy New Year to you all too.

Had given your beautiful Cinema Treasures book as a Christmas present, lovely stuff, any chance of a European version anytime, such as the cinemas of Paris, Berlin, London…maybe. You can only ask :)


View link

Suwanti on January 2, 2010 at 6:49 am

Happy New Year.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 2, 2010 at 8:52 am

An addictive and educational site. What a great hobby old cinemas are!

Congratulations and thanks to all involved.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 2, 2010 at 8:52 am

An addictive and educational site. What a great hobby old cinemas are!

Congratulations and thanks to all involved.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on January 2, 2010 at 10:14 am

Thank you all for your comments above. They mean a great deal to us.

Regarding Cinema Treasures (2004), the book is currently out of print and I am speaking to the publisher to see if an updated version is possible. As for a European version, Andreas Fuchs and I discussed that a few years back. Stay tuned. :)

As for whether we have saved theaters since our inception: it’s always hard to tell, but I have heard from several exhibitors who have told me that they purchased or leased a theater, or became a film booker/manager after finding information on this site. Those are incredibly gratifying tales.

The work of Cinema Treasures, and other terrific organizations like the Theatre Historical Society, is to emphasize the importance of theatrical exhibition and commemorate those theaters still in operation and those we have already lost. In that way, I hope we’ve made at least a small contribution to commentary in the press and the national discussion about the importance of moviegoing in the public sphere.

abcman on January 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

Great site and thanks to all the above for making it so.Happy New Year to you all.

monika on January 2, 2010 at 11:16 am

Happy New Year, everyone!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Thank You for not making me feel like some oddball,my ex-wife could never figure out what i saw walking in Old Drive-ins, sliding though an old busted exit door in some old busted downtown to look inside.
Honestly, I thought I was the only person in the world that cared about old theatres. CINEMA TREASURES has proved me wrong.Boy, Have you. Happy 2010.

CSWalczak on January 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm

This site has brought back many memories. I was happy to have found it, and reading what its community has brought to it. Happy 2010 to all who make this site such a delightful one.

Playhousegoer on January 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm

The book may be available here, by late 2009: View link.

I will say, that when I ordered this before Xmas, around mid-late November to early December 2009, it was * Out of Stock, but within a couple of weeks later, I received an email stating is was * Packed & Posted. Best news I’d had all week!!!

If there will be a Euro book, can I please recommend these cinemas:





Best regards and I’ll place my order here and now too ;)

raysson on January 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I worship this site…..I’ve been a huge fan of cinema treasures since 2007.

kencmcintyre on January 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I found this site by googling when a neighbor mentioned that there was a drive-in where my home is now. It’s been fun contributing. Thanks to all who make it possible.

markp on January 3, 2010 at 5:30 am

It has been fun for me to post comments on all the sites of theatres where my deceased father worked, and I hung out as a kid, and now at all the theatres I have worked at. I hope to someday own a copy of the book if it ever comes back in print. Please Ross, let us know as soon as this happens, if it ever does. And keep up the good work.

MPol on January 3, 2010 at 7:03 am

I, too enjoy perusing this site, reading what people have to say about old memories of movie theatres, etc., and, occasionally, adding a pearl or two of my own.

GaryCohen on January 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I can’t tell you the great pleasure it has given me reading and writing about the many movie theaters, long gone, I practically grew up in and the many wonderful films I saw in these theaters. Memories not only of my childhood but of a better time growing up in Brooklyn and in this country. I was watching “Its a Wonderful Life” on Xmas eve. and after it was over I turned to my wife and said: “I miss James Stewart, I miss John Wayne, I miss Cary Grant, I miss Charlton Heston, I miss Gregory Peck.” They and all of the other great stars can never be replaced by the individuals we have in Hollywood today. And I have no doubt that most of the films of today will not be remembered in 40 years the way I remember the films of my childhood in the ‘50s and '60s. Anyway, I am so happy I have discovered this website. Thanks again.

Patsy on January 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Congratulations! Life with Cinema Treasures? Can’t imagine!

Patsy on January 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Opps! Life without Cinema Treasures? Can’t imagine!

johndereszewski on January 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I have just celebrated the second anniversary of my discovery of this wonderful site and the placement of my very first comment. I just wish I had discovered it much sooner.

During the past two years, CT has added a wonderful dimension to my life and provided the opportunity to meet, converse and – at times – disagree with a wonderful cast of characters. Congratulations on your anniversary and I hope you will continue this terrific venture for many years to come.

Also, the reissue of an updated version of your book is a wonderful idea. I am already reserving a spot onmy book shelf for it.

redfishpaw on January 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Nice text based site. I like this site and enjoy reading up some theaters now and then, but this site would be 100 times better with photos working. Some people post links to photos which usually only work for a short while (and then comment cant be edited/corrected). Now, CT has simply turned into a site of broken links. Since its been so long without the photos working on CT, lets not make any mention of the fact the this site is 10 years old. Its not cool to go that long without the site being fully functional.

42ndStreetMemories on January 4, 2010 at 4:55 am

Ross, Patrick, Ken, and Michael

Thanks for the fun, the education and the memories.

Jerry Kovar

ChasSmith on January 4, 2010 at 7:25 am

CT becomes more valuable to me every time I log in, and I haven’t even BEGUN to spend the time here that I need to. But it serves so well on both a public and a personal level, that already I can’t imagine not having it.

I must echo the very critical need for a photos database.

Here’s to another ten wonderful and productive years. Thank you for everything!

Dublinboyo on January 4, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Well done you guys and keep up the good work. I’ve found a community of people and a home for folks like myself who still care about these theaters and remember a time when seeing a film at a real movie theater meant something. Also a great resourse for the hstory of these theaters and they live on in memory because of it.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on January 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Wouldn’t it be lUverly…
if owners and/or managers of cinemas and theaters (especially historic places) were to have a movie-size poster made for their lobby advertising this website.
This form of publicity about “CT”, with a brief explanation of what this incredible site has to offer, would bring so much pleasure to those who don’t know about it! I didn’t until I bought CT’s publication at the mind-boggling Paramount Theatre in Oakland, Ca.

Eric Friedmann
Eric Friedmann on January 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I have to say that this is the ONLY blog I participate in. Thanks everybody!

Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm

A belated HAPPY NEW YEAR to Ross, Patrick, Andreas and all the great folks who make Cinema Treasures possible! We are happy to work closely with you guys to keep America’s Historic Theaters in front of the public eye. Here’s to the next generation who picks up this torch!

Karen Colizzi Noonan, President of Theatre Historical Society

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on January 7, 2010 at 7:23 am

I’ve said it before and this is a good place to say it again: this is the best site on the Internet.

Thanks Ross, Patrick, Ken and Michael, and congratulations on 10 years and many, many more.

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