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Ritz Theatre in Baxter Springs to reopen next month

Ritz Theatre in Baxter Springs to reopen next month

The historic Ritz Theatre in Baxter Springs, Kansas, will reopen in July after it underwent nine years of renovations by a local couple. The Joplin Globe reported: A retired Caterpillar manager, Ron Puckett, 74, did much of the work himself…

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New Mexico aims to help old theaters

New Mexico aims to help old theaters

The state of New Mexico is trying to fix up movie theaters in small towns not only for the sake of historic preservation, but also to give an economic boost. The Associated Press reports: An economic development program, similar to…

New Route 66-inspired sculpture dedicated in Albuquerque

New Route 66-inspired sculpture dedicated in Albuquerque

“Reels and Wheels,” a new public art sculpture in front of the historic Hiland Theatre, recently was dedicated in Albuquerque. According to KRQE-TV: The art piece serves a dual purpose as art and as the ABQ Ride bus shelter for…

Coleman Theatre vandalized

Coleman Theatre vandalized

Workers at the historic Coleman Theatre in Miami, Oklahoma, on Wednesday found broken windows in the Route 66 landmark because of someone shooting a BB gun. KOAM-TV reported: Coleman Theatre Managing Director Shannon Duhon says the vandalism is a disgrace to…

Maplewood Big M proposed on Route 66

Maplewood Big M proposed on Route 66

The St. Louis suburb of Maplewood, Missouri, wants to use a giant letter M, plus other letters that stood on a theater’s marquee, as a gateway into the city at Manchester Road, also known as an early alignment of Route…

Sky View Drive-In has new owners

Sky View Drive-In has new owners

The Paul family owned the Sky View Drive-In Theatre along Route 66 in Litchfield, Illinois, for the last 30 years. By early March, another family in Litchfield also will own the theater. The Sky View is under contract to be bought by two…

County’s Pecos Theatre purchase finalized

County’s Pecos Theatre purchase finalized

Guadalupe County officially struck a deal to buy the closed Pecos Theatre in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, according to last week’s print edition of The Communicator, based in Santa Rosa. The newspaper reported the county signed a purchase agreement of $60,000 from longtime owner…

Coleman Theatre marks 20 years of organ’s homecoming

Coleman Theatre marks 20 years of organ’s homecoming

The Coleman Theatre in Miami, Oklahoma, is marking the 20th anniversary of the homecoming of itsMighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. The organ was built in 1928 and installed at the theater before its opening a year later, reported the Joplin Globe.…

100 years of drive-in theaters in one map

100 years of drive-in theaters in one map

The first of many drive-in theaters opened in New Mexico in 1914. More than 100 years later, someone has compiled an interactive map that shows more than 4,600 drive-in theaters built in the United States. Below is a screen capture of…

Neon lights at Tower Theatre turned on again

Neon lights at Tower Theatre turned on again

  The neon lights of the Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City glowed with life for the first time in nearly five years Friday as a preview for its spring reopening as a performance venue and bars. The Associated Press reported: Scott Marsh,…

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