Moment For Signs Mastermind
ShowEast Honors Shyamalan
Fla. Signs writer-director M. Night
Shyamalan was honored with ShowEasts Kodak Award
at the conventions Oct. 12 final night award ceremony.
32, became the youngest recipient of the honor, presented
annually to an executive or filmmaker who has risen
to the top of his/her profession.
you talk about great entertainment, you cant help
but think of the films of M. Night Shyamalan, said
Robert Mayson, general manager and vice president of digital
systems for the Eastman Kodak Company.
recipients of the Kodak award, born in 1988, include Jerry
Weintraub, Norman Jewison, James L. Brooks, Ron Howard,
Brian de Palma, Rob Reiner, Martin Scorsese and Sidney
True Cinerama To Dome
Pacific Theatres Cinerama Dome in Hollywood,
welcomed during the week of Oct. 4 its first-ever screenings
of a Cinerama film in its true Cinerama format.
is Cinerama was presented for a week in three-strip
format, utilizing three separate 35mm projectors
on a traditional Cinerama curved screen.
run marked the 50th anniversary of the Cinerama process,
which was introduced Sept. 30, 1952 with the premiere
of This is Cinerama at the New York Broadway
take advantage of the facilitys new projection configuration,
Warner Bros. struck a new print of How the West
Was Won, one of the final films made in true Cinerama,
for a subsequent run at the Dome.
Arizona Sites In Pipeline
Harkins 32 For
Ariz. Harkins Theatres announced on Aug. 28 plans
to construct 32 screens at two sites in the Phoenix area.
Harkins Gateway Pavilions 18-plex, slated to open Nov.
15, will be located at the intersection of I-10 and Loop
101W in Avondale. The multi will feature myriad amenities,
including a childrens play center and specialty
foods that you cant get in any other theatre,
according to circuit CEO Dan Harkins.
May 2003 opening is planned for the chains new Scottsdale
14-plex, to be situated at Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road.
one is going to be special, said Harkins. In
each of our new builds, we try to introduce something
innovative and unique in the case of this theatre,
that will be an understatement.
continue to look to build in areas that make sense, and
so far weve been extremely fortunate in finding
strong sites that respond well to our brand of neighborhood
Harkins currently operates 233 screens at 21 Arizona sites.
Meet the Writer
The Scriptwriters Network and Pacifics ArcLight
multiplex in Hollywood have teamed to introduce a new
film series titled Meet the Writer.
first event, held Sept. 10, featured author, screenwriter
and playwright Ray Bradbury, who discussed his film career
and participated in a Q&A session following a screening
of 1956s Moby Dick, which Bradbury adapted
for the big screen.
scribes tapped to participate in the series include Tom
Schulman (Dead Poets Society), Joseph Stefano
(Psycho) and Kevin Williamson (Scream).
screenings, hosted by CNN entertainment correspondant
Dennis Michael, take place on the second and fourth Tuesday
of each month inside Hollywoods historic Cinerama
Network, established in 1986, is a nonprofit organization
of writers helping writers dedicated to, among
other things, celebrating the art and craft of the scriptwriter.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. Tivoli Enterprises officers
Willis and Shirley Johnson were named the first recipients
of the Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) Presidents
Award. The honor recognizes the couples contributions
to the nonprofit educational organization.
truly fitting that this first award be presented to the
Johnsons, said THS president Lowell Angell. Without
their dedicated efforts, we would literally and figuratively
not be where we are today. Eleven years ago, they encouraged
us to move our facilities from a damp church basement
to a much larger, and much nicer, space in their York
being our friendly landlords, the Johnsons devoted considerable
time to helping our organization grow in other ways.
Johnsons own Downers Grove, Ill.-based Tivoli Enterprises,
which oversees 14 Classic Cinemas movie theatres, the
Tivoli Bowling Center, the Tivoli Hotel, and various other
commercial properties throughout Northern Illinois. Willis
Johnson is also president of NATO of Illinois.
Theatre Historical Society of America, founded in 1969,
boasts more than 1,000 members worldwide and maintains
archival information on more than 9,000 venues.