The latest movie theater news and updates

  • September 19, 2014

    Downtown Lowell gets a theatre again

    LOWELL, MA — There are 20 theaters listed on Cinema Treasures in Lowell but only 1 is operating. It’ll be 2 come this weekend with the opening of the Luna Theater. The 80 seat gem will finally bring movies back to downtown with a mix of independent films and live performances.

    Read more in the Lowell Sun

  • Babylon Cinemas closes

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    BABYLON, NY — After almost 100 years, the Babylon Cinemas has closed. Its latest operator, Bow-Tie, claimed it just couldn’t keep up with the competition. They installed digital and even lowered prices but the theatre just couldn’t bring enough business.

    Read more in Newsday about the closure and the fading theatre landscape of Long Island.

    (Thanks to bway for providing the photo.)

  • September 18, 2014

    3 Classic Movies About the Movies at Loew’s Jersey Theatre

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ — Celebrating the 85th Anniversary Year of The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 Tel. (201) 798-6055 Fax: (201) 798-4020 Web: http://www.loewsjersey.org/

    The Landmark Loew’s Jersey is a historic theatre operating as a non-profit arts center

    Friday, September 26 8PM “Barton Fink” Starring John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner. Directed by Joel Coen. 1991, 116 mins, Color Rated R.

    Ethan and Joel Coen’s stock-in-trade is to serve up a smorgasbord of quirkiness and kinkiness where nothing is what it seems and nothing turns out as planned — so Old Hollywood is a tailor-made setting that they make the most of. John Turturro is the title character, a 1940s socialist playwright based on Clifford Odets, brought to Hollywood to work inside the studio system. So from the outset, it’s obvious that this is going to be a whale (pardon the pun) of a fish-out-of-water story, and as Barton encounters some of the other inhabitants of Tinseltown, he reacts with the innocence of a schoolboy and also comes down with a terrible case of writer’s block. John Goodman is a seemingly genial salesman who is Barton’s neighbor in the seedy hotel he’s staying in. There is a subplot with John Mahoney as a William Faulkner-inspired novelist and Judy Davis as his suffering secretary/mistress, which very nicely adds another layer to the assault that Hollywood is leveling on Barton’s personality. Then there is the tour de force performance by Michael Lerner as the boorish studio boss who hires Barton to write a wrestling picture — a character who anyone familiar with the history of Old Hollywood will recognize as a mix of two very real moguls: Louis B. Mayor at MGM and the even more infamous Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures. Turturro is pitch perfect in the lead role, his physical appearance perfectly complementing his personification of the blocked writer. The story elements and characterizations come together to combine with the Coen brothers’ usual craftsmanship from script to cinematography — and create a striking, interesting and entertaining movie.

  • September 17, 2014

    A look into the Belcourt

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    NASHVILLE, TN — Open since 1925, the Belcourt Theatre has had a varied history filled with film and live music. It’s going better than ever but not with tireless work from its staff.

    The Tennessean took a detailed look at its history and the stories behind.

    (Thanks to Danny Proctor for providing the photo.)

  • New life for small-town theaters

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    It certainly can’t be said for independent theaters in general but many are having a revival. Small communities are looking for reason to come back downtown and the neighborhood theater can be a focal point.

    The Wichita Eagle is featuring a photo gallery of some of its local success stories like the State in Larned, St. Francis' Cheyenne, the Stafford Ritz and the Pretty Prairie Civic.

    (Thanks to Hosehead_Jones for providing the photo.)

  • September 16, 2014

    What about the curtains?

    So much is written about the decline of cinemas in general but how about how curtains have been forgotten? The Chicago Reader took a look at how this one omission has vastly changed the moviegoing experience.

  • September 15, 2014

    Palace Flashback Mondays are back

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    SYRACUSE, NY — The Palace Theatre is reviving it’s $5 Flashback Monday series but this time you might want to leave the kids at home. It’s all R-rated films from 1971 on with classics such as “The Shining” and “Pulp Fiction.” The series begins September 22 and goes till Thanksgiving.

    Read the full story at Syracuse.com.

    (Thanks to silentfilmmusic for providing the photo.)

  • Missoula movie theater meets the wrecking ball

    MISSOULA, MT — The 30+ year-old Village 6 came down last week after closing late last year. The plan is to use the space for further retail in the South Crossing development.

    Check out a video and more at KPAX.

  • September 12, 2014

    Laurel residents picture uses for old movie theater

    LAUREL, MD — The Laurel Cinema has been in limbo for years but locals haven’t given up on the 1929 theatre. The city now owns it and may demolish it as it’s been vandalized numerous times and frankly needs a lot of work. There’s still hope though that it would be renovated into some form of arts facility.

    Read more about the decision to be made soon in the Gazette.

  • Quad Cinema changes hands

    NEW YORK, NY — The 1972 Quad Cinema, the city’s first four-screen theatre, has been sold to real estate developer Charles S. Cohen. Not to worry though, the former owners turned down higher offers because of Cohen’s commitment to the theatre. He plans to extensively renovate it in 2015 and turn it into a repertory house primarily. The art-house favorite will live on.

    Read more about the exciting development in Variety.