The latest movie theater news and updates

  • November 5, 2014

    A Tribute to Our Blog Editor Michael Zoldessy

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    If you’re like me, you visit the Cinema Treasures site for new cinemas, theater updates, and the latest news on classic cinemas and the contemporary moviegoing scene. If you’ve done the latter over the past decade, you have Michael Zoldessy to thank for making the CT blog a must-read.

    This site owes an enormous and incomparable debt to Michael for his tireless work and dedication to bringing the latest news to the site every week for nearly a decade. It’s hard to think of Cinema Treasures without him but I’m grateful that he’ll still be around as a visitor and I’m even more grateful to have his friendship.

    On behalf of Patrick, Ken, and myself, please help me thank Michael for everything he’s done for classic cinemas in Los Angeles and for his work on this site. Thank you Michael — we will miss you!

    P.S. The blog is on hiatus for the moment but we are happily seeking volunteers to work on the future of the blog.

  • October 31, 2014

    Matt Lambros Lecture in Chicago

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    CHICAGO, IL — Renowned photographer Matt Lambros will be giving a lecture at the Portage Theater entitled “The Fall of the American Movie Palace.”

    The free event will be at 7pm on Thursday November 13.

    Go to the Portage website for further details.

  • Eric Lochtefeld writes a blueprint for saving historic theaters

    REDWOOD CITY and MONTEREY, CA — Despite all of today’s challenges, an owner/operator of historic theaters in Northern California is showcasing one success story after another with his work on the Fox and Golden State theatres. Eric and Lori Lochtefeld have not only rejuvenated these properties but the areas surrounding them due to a popular slate of live entertainment.

    “If you have a stage capable of live entertainment your future as a historic theatre owner is still bright,” says Eric Lochtefeld, “you just have to learn how to operate it efficiently and productively.”

    To read more about their accomplishments, go to the Almanac News, Examiner and Mercury News.

  • In Defense of the Movie Theatre

    A blog post in We Got This Covered touches on the foundation of many members' love for this site, the joy of seeing a movie on the big screen. The brief read is worth your time as it really illuminates not so much the actual theatre but the components of experiencing a film with others. Enjoy!

  • October 30, 2014

    Agawam cinema to reopen

    AGAWAM, MA — The Agawam Family Cinemas is set to reopen after six months of darkness due to the efforts of new Kimberly Wheeler. She still needs $10K more to revitalize the theatre and install new projection.

    Read more at WWLP and go to their Kickstarter page for more info on their campaign.

  • “A Haunting on Washington Avenue” to play at the Temple Theatre about the haunted theater

    SAGINAW, MI — Is the historic Temple Theatre haunted? That is the subject of a movie about that theater which will play on November 7 and 8 at the Temple Theatre.

    Details, including video, can be found at WJRT.

  • October 29, 2014

    Gem Theatre launches Kickstarter campaign to buy digital projector

    BEAVERTON, MI — The Gem Theatre has launched a Kickstarter campaign as it cannot afford a digital projector. The goal of the campaign is to raise $50,000 to acquire a digital projector to keep the Gem Theatre open. If they can’t reach its goal it may be forced to close at the end of the year.

    Further details are at WJRT.

  • Bohm restoration almost complete

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    ALBION, MI — The Bohm Theatre could be returning earlier than expected with a possible November opening. The final touches are currently being made on a lovingly-crafted restoration that will respect the design of the gem but still bring it up to today’s standards.

    Get all the plans and more in Crain’s Detroit Business.

    (Thanks to Chris1982 for providing the photo.)

  • October 28, 2014

    B&B Coming to Wentzville

    WENTZVILLE, MO — Wentzville, Missouri calls itself the ‘Crossroads of the Nation’ because it sits smack-dab in the middle of the U.S. of A! And what better place to open a state-of-the-art megaplex!

    B&B Theatres is pleased to announce that they have entered into an agreement with Capital Constructor’s Development to build a new 12-screen theatre in Wentzville, MO, in the Wentzville Bluffs Development. Bob Bagby, President of B&B Theatres said: “We are excited to be working with Capital Constructor’s Development. The state of the art theatre will be a great addition to this premier retail development. We still have details to work out, but we hope to open the new theatre in the spring of 2015.”

  • October 27, 2014

    Blog Hiatus

    After this Friday, October 31, the blog at Cinema Treasures will be on hiatus. The space may evolve into something different as its future is currently being discussed.

    Thanks so much for your continued patronage and we will keep you posted on the next chapter of Cinema Treasures!