CHAMPAIGN — Four months earlier than expected, the Art Theater has a new owner. Or owners — 1,200 and rising — to be exact.
The Art Theater Cooperative and its first general manager, Austin McCann, took over the art movie house on Friday from former operator Sanford Hess.
CHAMPAIGN — The University YMCA and Parkland College are offering the Global Lens 2012 film series this fall.
Rantoul's last connection to Hollywood — the movie theater — will be no more in a couple of weeks.
The Wings Theater building, 133 S. Garrard St., will be demolished.
The theater, which was opened in 1976 or 1977, according to village records, has been closed since February 2000.
CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Park District has canceled its showing of "The Maltese Falcon" that was scheduled for Sunday evening at Hessel Park.
"Due to weather, tonight's concert at Hessel Park and the screening of 'The Maltese Falcon' have been canceled," the park district says on its website. "There is no rain date."
Editor's note: This movie and the concert scheduled with it have been CANCELED.
By RICHARD LESKOSKY
CHAMPAIGN — The Virginia Theatre has never looked bigger, with its seats removed and light flooding in on the enormous hall from doors opened by workers.
Pretty spry for a 90-year-old.
Work has just begun on restoring the theater to its glamour of yore, with comfortable seats, repaired plaster works and a new paint scheme that fits with the feel of the space.
Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with Scott Aigner and Derek Clem, the Lumiere Brothers. In the Aug. 12 newspaper, we'll have a visit with songwriter and musician Margaret O'Brien of Monticello.
Onarga Theater owner Randy Lizzio needs $65,000 to buy a digital projection system to keep his movie house going. But he wouldn't think of asking a bank for a loan.
After all, the Onarga Theater, which shows first-run movies, barely breaks even.
CHAMPAIGN — It's believed that the seats in the Virginia Theatre have been playing an integral role to performances and movies in downtown Champaign since about 1939.
CHAMPAIGN — Due to the extreme heat, The News-Gazette Film Series in the Park screening scheduled for Saturday, July 7, has been postponed to July 21.
The movie was to be "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," with the Reels and Wheels Auto Show preceding it.