Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Classic theater to reopen this weekend with a first-run show, and with some Hollywood fanfare to boot – red carpet, tabloids, starlets and spotlights.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The long-awaited reopening of the Times Cinema is scheduled for Friday night, with some interesting, exotic and downright scandalous plans for the evening. The Times will show "Django Unchained" at 7:30 p.m., but a red carpet will be rolled out for guests at 6 p.m. The Times, a property of Neighborhood Theater Group, which also owns the Rosebud Cinema, promises paparazzi from "Hush Hush Magazine," "The New York Tattler" and the "Hollywood Journal-Star." Guests can meet and greet starlet "Marylin Monrovia" – and snap some pictures in front of the celebrity wall before settling in for the first-run feature showing. If you've never been to the Times, it's at 5906 W. Vliet St., but you can also just look to the sky – there will be searchlight …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Author and director Peter Navarro will be in Wauwatosa for the first showing Thursday and will host a discussion following the film.
The newly reopened Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse is primarily a first-run movie theater, but its owner and managers promised to offer plenty of special features along the way. True to their word, they brought in a Milwaukee premier for the grand opening Sept. 6 – "WaterWalk," a movie set and made in the region, with some scenes shot in the Milwaukee area. Next up is a special showing of a documentary film on a timely, thought-provoking and spine-straightening topic. "Death By China" explores the steady rise of the U.S. trade deficit and the demise of American jobs lost to offshoring. Author and director Peter Navarro is considered world’s leading expert on U.S. economic trade practices with China. Navarro will be at the Rosebud on Thursday …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
A 'soft opening' Wednesday night treated invited guests to a free show in a successful test of the theater's readiness to start its new run on Friday.
The Rosebud Cinema came back to life Wednesday night. The couches, clean and comfy, some of them new, were lined up in rows, ready for movie-goers to relax. The concessionaires were prepared to fill orders for drinks, snacks, appetizers and dinners. The projectionist pronounced all systems were go. The owner and managers of the Rosebud offered invited guests – many of them other local business owners – a sneak peek at the refreshed theater with a free showing of "The Bourne Ultimatum," third in the "Bourne" series. The fourth, and a current first-run release, "The Bourne Legacy," opens the latest chapter in the Rosebud's long history this weekend. Wednesday's trial run was a success, with no more than a couple of small glitches to attend …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
After major studio make, neighborhood screen will show locally produced film as testament to its roots.
Action... suspense.... thrills! The marquee lettering is up, announcing that the Rosebud Cinema will open Aug. 31 with "The Bourne Legacy," the fourth in that series of hold-your-breath films. But even though it's the much-anticipated opener – or reopener – for the one-screen movie house on North Avenue, it's only one film. The real action, and some suspense, too, is behind the scenes. And the proprietors are thrilled to see how it will fly. The action is a new approach to running a small cinema or two in a world of multiplex theatre operations who have 18 screens per location and 800 overall. The suspense is in making that approach work – film after film after film, without letup – while also ramping up and amping up the food and beverage…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Lee Barczak says work on Rosebud and Times theaters is "full speed ahead," including hiring staff, toward an opening next month.
No firm date is set, but the owner of the Rosebud and Times cinemas says both theaters will reopen in August. Lee Barczak, who bought the theaters out of foreclosure at a sheriff's sale May 7, vowed to bring light back to the screens this summer, and it looks like he'll do just that. "Our game plan was to get it done correctly and really be ready for the public and not rush it, and that's what we've been doing," Barczak said Wednesday morning. Painters were working diligently on the balcony stairway walls, a sure sign that structural work is taken care of and the finishing touches are close at hand. "Renovations are in progress and work has been moving steadily ahead," Barczak said. "We've been in contact with both municipalities to make …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Formats will stay the same, says Avalon Theater owner, with continued first-run shows at the Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse.
The presumed new owner of the Rosebud and Times theaters says his intention is to reopen the movie houses as soon as practically possible and to continue to run them in the formats they had established. Lee Barczak on Monday was the successful bidder for the theaters in a sheriff's foreclosure sale, outbidding mortgage-holder AnchorBank. That purchase is subject to a confirmation hearing June 11. "Assuming the sale is confirmed, as we expect it to be, my desire is to get both theaters open as soon as possible, and doing what they did," Barczak said Tuesday. "First-run, second-run and classics." Barczak said he expected that the division of those formats between the two would remain as it was, with first-run movies showing at the Rosebud …
Monday, April 9, 2012
Legal tangles and large logistical costs hold up relighting of the marquees at historic neighborhood movie houses. But some powerful people with Wauwatosa backgrounds have both personal and professional interests in the drama.
The Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse in Wauwatosa and Times Cinema nearby in Milwaukee will reopen as soon as possible, according to the bank that holds the mortgage, the receiving company responsible for maintaining the properties, and the manager they have hired to run the places. But no date can be set, they said, and their attorney suggests that it could take quite awhile because of legal and business uncertainties — if at all. Russell Long of the law firm Davis & Kuelthau has represented Anchor Bank in its foreclosure on the properties. He said the theaters would be subject to a sheriff's sale on May 7 and that it would take "another couple of weeks" after that for the sale to be certified. "Presumably, Anchor Bank will be the owner," Long …
Monday, January 2, 2012
Neighborhood theater has been in business since 1931.
When the Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse celebrated its birthday last year, it commemorated the day by playing two old classics: Citizen Kane and The Birds. They're old, but the theater itself, at 80 and counting, is older still. Originally called the Tosa Theater, it has been serving the Wauwatosa community since 1931, when it was opened by Ross Baldwin at 6823 North Ave. The Baldwin family lived across the street from the theater, and the whole family worked there: Ross was the projectionist, his wife, Dorothy, sold tickets, and their children cleaned the theater. Back in those days, the theater changed pictures every two days, and showed double features on the weekends. “We’re talking about 100 rolls of film per week, between all the picture …