Champaign, Illinois, theatre news from THS member Chris Anderson:
Art (Park, 1913) Theatre – The Art Theater Co-Operative, has been in the news nationally (see http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-02-16/for-small-theaters-the-digital-future-is-dark ). More information, and a great photo of the theatre when it was the Park, back in the dawn of time, at https://www.facebook.com/TheArtTheaterCoop
Virginia (1921) Theatre A new marquee was installed on August 31, 2011 (see http://www.news-gazette.com/tag/virginia-marquee for some photos of the process). This replaced the theatre’s second marquee, which had been in place since 1937 and which was removed in November 2010. In other Virginia Theatre news, the original Wurlitzer (2/8, Opus 490) was refurbished by local organbuilders Buzard Organ Pipe Organ Builders, who added a Wurlitzer Orchestral Oboe and English Post Horn, resulting in a lovely single-chamber 2/10, which was rededicated on March 31, 2012 at 7:00 PM, with Chris Gorsuch as the featured artist. The Virginia closed in May for final stages of renovation, and is expected to re-open for Roger Ebert’s Film Festival in April 2013.
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Conclave Theatre Tour 2013
Every summer THS picks one of America’s great theatre regions for our week-long summer tour. Attendees are treated to exclusive tours of theatres and unprecedented behind-the-scenes access.
This summer, we’ll explore the Greater New York Capital Region and Berkshires — both exciting and under-explored areas, rich in theater history and a perfect summer destination.
• Schenectady • Albany • Troy • Cohoes • Rome
• Utica • Gloversville • Chatham • Poughkeepsie
• North Adams • Pittsfield • Great Barrington
• Waterbury • Thomaston • Torrington
Theatre stops include emerging projects in their first flush of rebirth, to a fully restored Art Deco movie palace and more.
For a full schedule, hotel booking information and
to register online, visit the THS website by clicking the THS header on this page.