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  • Today

    Beloved Marin cinema could be torn down for housing

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    CORTE MADERA, CA — The 1969 shopping center cinema, the Century Cinema has been listed for sale and a developer is supposedly in the process of purchasing it to demolish it. The single-screen gem represents a style rarely seen in existing theaters and is a favorite of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, holding many important test screenings over the years.

    Read the full story in the Marin News.

    (Thanks to Kevin Tredway for providing the photo.)

  • Rescue the Russell from your seat

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    MAYSVILLE, KY — The Rescue the Russell campaign just announced the fall screenings for their increasingly popular film series taking place in the theatre. New classics like “Raiders of the Lost Ark” are mixed in with golden age favorites like “Holiday Inn” for only $5 admission. Just bring your own chair as that is the only option to sit in the theatre under renovation.

    Get all the details at WMKY.

    (Thanks to Drive-In 54 for providing the photo.)

  • September 30, 2014

    Big Anniversary coming for the Admiral

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    BREMERTON, WA — It’s three years away but locals are already making plans for the 75th Anniversary of the Admiral Theatre. They’re currently in the middle of a fundraising campaign to make essential updates to the theatre. That hasn’t stopped them from booking an ambitious slate of live performances and special events.

    Read more in the Bremerton Patriot.

    (Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)

  • September 29, 2014

    Bob White Theatre shows a film again

    PORTLAND, OR — 25-year-old Nick Haas wants to bring entertainment back to the Bob White Theatre which would be its first in 30 years. He plans to purchase the building soon as well and present a mix of film and live entertainment.

    Read more in the Oregonian.

  • Inside the fight to save the Town

    HIGHLAND, IN — The NW Times featured a personal look into the rallying to save the Town Theater. Closed for six years, the city now owns it and everyone seems very excited about the prospect of it opening again. How they’re going to get there is another story.

    Check out one man’s account of the excitement of this process covered in uncertainty.

  • September 26, 2014

    Civic reopens

    ALLENTOWN, PA — Civic Theatre’s Theatre514 reopened last week following extensive renovations including new seating and lighting. The art house’s capacity is now up to 92 and they’re now trying to get funds to improve the exterior.

    Get all the details about the bustling Allentown theater landscape in the Express-Times.

  • Updated organ and silent films at the Grand

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    EAST GREENVILLE, PA — Nowadays, it’s a privilege to be at any film screening with a live organ. That just wasn’t enough for the operators of the Grand Theatre. They recently invested $100,000 in their 1923 Marr & Colton organ and are breaking it in with their silent film series this fall. “Metrolpolis” this Sunday and more.

    Read more in the Morning Call.

    (Thanks to HowardBHaas for providing the photo and for providing a YouTube link of an organ performance there by Carl Black).

  • September 25, 2014

    Stratford theater to close

    STRATFORD, CT — Not even more recent stadium seating theaters are immune to closure. The Regal Stratford 14 is set to shut its doors by early next year and become an LA Fitness. Replacing it doesn’t seem to be a high priority either.

    Read more in the Stratford Star.

  • September 24, 2014

    50 Years of Pop

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    In honor of it being 50 years since its second premiere engagement at Radio City Music Hall, Cinema Treasures is celebrating the Golden Anniversary of “Mary Poppins.” With an interview featuring film historians from around the world and the always detailed account of its presentation history, Michael Coate’s two-page feature at the Digital Bits is one any film fan won’t want to miss. Check it out now!

  • September 23, 2014

    More than just movies at the Colonial

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    KEENE, NH — The Colonial Theatre has been keeping crowds happy for 90 years thanks to a mix of entertainment. Besides film, they regularly have a wide array of live events such as circuses and comedy shows.

    The Equinox took a look at its history and more importantly how this non-profit has found ways to truly become part of the community.

    (Thanks to mike(saps) for providing the photo.)