The latest movie theater news and updates
November 7, 2017
Imagine going to the movies for a nickel…
Come see a movie in Downtown Pittsburgh during the 2017 Holiday Season for only 5 CENTS! Theatre Historical Society of America opens a Pop-Up Movie Theatre to the public for a limited time, November 17th through December 31st, 2017.
Did you know that Pittsburgh became the birthplace of the commercial cinema industry by opening a nickelodeon in 1905? To celebrate the holidays, Theatre Historical Society of America will open a Pop-Up Nickelodeon beginning Light Up Night on November 17 from 5PM-9PM! “We’re calling it a ‘Pop-up Nickelodeon,’ but essentially, that’s what it was in 1905,” says THS Executive Director Richard Fosbrink “It’s a storefront, exactly what Nickelodeons were. It was an idea: ‘Let’s just charge people to see movies.’ They never thought it would last.” Pop in to see one of our selected films and see our special achieve presentation at:
811 Liberty Avenue. Opening night: Light Up Night on 11/17 from 5PM-9PM 11/18 – 12/31 Closed Mondays Tues-Sun Noon-7PM Closing night: First Night on 12/31 from 6PM-11PM
The Sponsors: The Nickelodeon, a collaboration with these wonderful sponsors, is one of their first major outreach events, to raise the local visibility of THS. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Port Authority of Allegheny County Showclix Pittsburgh Stage
The Exhibit: The exhibit will cover Pittsburgh’s essential role in cinematic history, and the first Nickelodeon, which was on Smithfield Street. The Nickelodeon will screen classic films from the Nickelodeon era, including Edwin S. Porte’s “The Great Train Robbery” and Georges Melies' "A Trip to the Moon,” as well as short films introducing the Theatre Historical Society of America and their mission.
October 11, 2017
Theatre Historical Society of America’s Executive Director, Richard Fosbrink hosted an interview with Heinz Hall yesterday in celebration of #HistoricTheatresDay. We certainly look forward to October 10th, 2018, what a wonderful why to highlight our Cinema Treasures.
October 10 is Historic Theatres Day!
In celebration, THS made their next stop at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA.
(click below to watch the interviews)
October 10, 2017
OCT 10th IS HISTORIC THEATRES DAY! PITTSBURGH, PA – Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) proclaims October 10th as Historic Theatres Day with a City of Pittsburgh Proclamation from Mayor William Peduto. Historic Theatres Day honors the legacy of theatres as well as the film and theatre industries in Pittsburgh that have impacted our city and the region.
For nearly fifty years, THS has been the guardian of the architectural, cultural, and social relevance of historic theatres in the United States. In that time, THS has documented nearly 18,000 theatres in the American Theatre Archives; many of which have been lost to the wrecking ball. THS moved their offices and archives to Pittsburgh in 2016 due to the rich history of the region, as Pittsburgh is widely regarded as the birthplace of the stand-alone, commercial movie theatre, the Nickelodeon.
“These venerable, temples of entertainment, have entertained for generations and continue to be icons of thriving communities across the country,”said Executive Director Richard L. Fosbrink. “THS is thrilled to launch Historic Theatres Day, what we hope will become a nation-wide event, right here in our adopted hometown of Pittsburgh.”
“We are delighted that the Theatre Historical Society of America has adopted Pittsburgh as its new home for its archives and institution. Among the many wonderful cultural aspects this city has to offer, the Society’s presence makes an excellent addition. With some of the grandest historic theatres in the nation here in Pittsburgh such as the Benedum Center for Performing Arts and the Byham Theater, we are overjoyed by this proclamation which will continue the celebration, preservation, and protection of these cultural landmarks for years to come”, said J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
ABOUT THE THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA:
Founded in 1969 as a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the rich history of America’s historic theatres, the Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) exists today as a common ground for all who value the role of these historic structures in our architectural, cultural and social history. Through preservation of the collections in the American Theatre Architecture Archive and our educational programming, including our flagship publication Marquee\ and Conclave Theatre Tour, THS increases awareness, appreciation and scholarly study of America’s theatres. Visit THS online at historictheatres.org.
ABOUT THE COLLECTIONS:
Visitors to Theatre Historical Society of America have the opportunity to explore in the greatest theatre architecture-related archive of its kind, the American Theatre Architecture Archive (ATAA). The collections housed in the ATAA contain information on over 18,000 theatres (both domestic and international) and span nearly every style and period of theatre architecture. Composed of photographs, negatives, slides, postcards, artists’ renderings, scrapbooks, books, periodicals, business records, blueprints and architectural drawings, supplier and trade catalogs, architectural artifacts, theatre furnishings, ushers’ uniforms, and numerous other items, the collections exist to document and preserve the cultural and social history of America’s theatre buildings. Find out more and explore our collections online at historictheatres.org.
use hashtag #HistoricTheatresDay tomorrow to share stories, photos, and videos from your favorite Theatres.
You can also CONTACT: Gina Vensel
September 28, 2017
photograph by Fred Beall from Fred Beall Collection
September 14, 2017
From the Daily Voice: Movie-goers will soon have a new dine-in theater in Hackensack.
The AMC Dine-In Shops at Riverside 9 will be open to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 13, on the second level next to Morton’s Steakhouse and above The Cheesecake Factory.
and offers a slightly different take on the Dine-In model.
The concession stand offers all of the movie theater classics, but guests can choose from a full menu of fresh, handcrafted entrees, appetizers and desserts that wait staff will deliver to the seat before the movie begins.
Some menu options include the Caprese Flatbread, Chicken Bacon Mac & Cheese, Asian Steak & Shrimp Bowl, our famous Royal Burger, and a Chipotle Chicken Melt (see photos above for more).
The theater also boasts a bar in the lobby, serving beer, wine and cocktails to enjoy before, during or after the movie.
From Market Watch: “It,” the updated big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 1980s novel, captivated and terrified audiences this weekend as it reinvigorated a slumping box office.
Pulling in $123.1 million in its opening weekend, “It” set a record for a September debut, far exceeding what Warner Bros. TWX, -0.11% studio execs were hoping for. The film accounted for 80% of the box-office revenue for the weekend’s top 10 films.
Cinema chains have had a rough year, especially during a summer movie season that was the worst in more than a decade.
But in the wake of the record-breaking weekend for “It,” shares of AMC Entertainment Corp. AMC, +3.24% were up close to 8% during intraday trade on Monday, while shares of Regal Entertainment Group RGC, -0.16% and Imax Corp. IMAX, -0.48% were up more than 6%, and Cinemark Holdings Inc. shares CNK, -0.49% were up nearly 6%.
From the Malibu Surfside News: All good things must come to an end.
The Regal Malibu Twin Theater played its last show Sunday, Sept. 10, saddening many and causing some to reflect on how important the theater had been to their families over the years.
The theater opened in 1972 as a single screen cinema. Hollywood Theaters reopened it as a twin movie house following renovations in November 2006, according to cinematreasures.org/theaters. In 2013, it was taken over by the Regal Entertainment Group whose favorable lease expired at the end of 2016. Since then, the theater has been on a month-to-month lease and its vitality has been in peril.
“I feel very sad about it closing,” Stella Allan said. “I’ve been coming here for more than 20 years. It’s nice to have a local theater to come to. It will definitely be missed.”
Some locals made sure to see the theater out, taking in the very last movie, reminiscing about old times and noting how its loss diminished the sense of community.
“We came to pay homage to the theater,” David Olan said. “We have a lot of good memories of the theater. I used to bring my son here. We saw Star Wars two weekends in a row. It’s sad to lose it. It was one of the simple things in life.”
Others remembered special moments at the theater.
“I saw my first 3-D movie at this theater,” Mary Russyniak recalled.
Malibu City Councilmember Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner bought the very last movie tickets and popcorn. He reflected on the significance of the theater closing.
“I am sorry to see such a tradition leave Malibu,” he said. “We’re losing so many traditions and the millennials are missing out on socializing instead of always being on 2-inch screens.”
The economic repercussions of the theater closing concerned some.
“I feel so sad about this,” Candace Brown said. “I hope all of the employees have jobs.”
In an internet age of Netflix, Hulu and similar platforms, many movie theaters are threatened.
“It’s sad to see the theater go,” said Barbara Bruderlin, president of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce. “I enjoyed going to the movies and eating popcorn. The Chamber wants to thank the theater for all the years it had here in Malibu and to wish everyone at the theater the best in whatever endeavors they pursue next.”
Like many a movie that played in the theater over the years, this story did not end as many would have liked.
It is unclear what the property manager Jamestown has in store for the space.
What is clear is that for all who came to see the theater’s last performance, as the credits rolled for the last time, the end of an era happened in Malibu.
From the Lake Geneva Regional News: The Showboat movie theater complex has abruptly closed its doors, after providing Lake Geneva movie goers with big-screen entertainment for 20 years.
The six-screen theater at 2565 State Road 120 in the town of Lyons ceased operations Sept. 5, with a sign posted in the theater’s front window that reads “temporarily closed.”
A similar message was posted on the business Facebook page: “We are temporarily closed, sorry for any inconvenience.”
From The Sentinel: Many residents were upset when news that the Metro 4 Cinema in downtown Hanford was going to close in July, but a large response from the community kept the theater’s doors open; and now it seems there is a possibility the theater will stay open for good.
What could save the theater is a model from the company Movie Heroes, which asks customers to pay a monthly membership fee in order to watch an unlimited number of movies.
Filmmaker Matt Sconce and his business partner, Keith Walker, used the exact same model to save their hometown movie theater in Oakhurst.
Sconce said he found out about the Metro 4 from a friend, and rushed to Hanford the day before it was set to close to provide the solution to the theater’s problems.
On Oct. 1, Sconce and Walker will officially take over ownership of the Metro 4 Cinema.
Along with unlimited movies, the monthly membership will include discounts on food and drinks. For those not wanting a membership, ticket prices will be lower, Sconce said.
Walker likens the system to a “brick-and-mortar Netflix.” He said many customers have told him that the system takes the guesswork out of watching movies.
If customers don’t like a movie, they can simply walk out without feeling like they wasted their money.
“They no longer have that fear of not liking the movie they went to see,” Walker said. “There’s no guilt.”
“They won’t feel ripped-off,” Sconce said.
There’s also no monthly commitment, Walker said. Customers can buy memberships for a month without having to renew every month.
Walker said it was a combination of things that made them want to save theaters: first and foremost was a love for their hometown theater, but also their desire to help others.
With their first project, Walker said they essentially let the people in the town of Oakhurst decide if they wanted to save the theater, and they did.
Not only did the system stabilize the Oakhurst theater, but sales have tripled, Walker said. Movie Heroes also helped a theater in Coalinga stay open.
“We love helping theaters with history that people care about and are willing to preserve,” Sconce said.
In Hanford, Sconce said the monthly membership will be $19.95 per month for one person or $34.95 for two people. He said child rates are still being finalized.
Walker considers the model “innovative” and “liberating,” and hopes it will turn into a movement with more and more theaters adopting this method.
“We’re hoping this not only saves the theater, but revitalizes peoples’ love for movies,” Sconce said.
Mai Xiong, general manager of the Metro 4 Cinema, said she was extremely excited about the changes at the theater and hopes everything turns out great for the theater and the community.
“I’d love to thank that community,” Xiong said. “Especially all those people who visited the theater and expressed their support and happiness when we stayed open.”
From lohud.com: A New York City developer has purchased the iconic Larchmont Playhouse and plans to keep it as a movie theater, focusing on foreign, independent and arthouse films.
Charles Cohen closed on a deal Friday to buy the three-screen theater, according to a news release. The theater has remained vacant since last year.
No financial details on the acquisition were released, but Cohen said he hopes to begin an 18-month renovation and redesign of the playhouse by early 2018. He said he plans to keep the exterior as is, to preserve its historic character. The most recent asking price for the theater was $1.5 million.
August 28, 2017
From The New York Times: Along the walls of The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is a pair of murals, painted in 1927 when the space was known as the United Artists Theatre, depicting members of Hollywood’s creative class in heaven and studio heads as demons.
In the back of the theater is a projection booth, added in the 1950s, which made the Ace one of the first Los Angeles-area movie houses able to project the larger-format 70-mm film. And painted in open spaces of ornamental gold lattice in the building’s lobby is a line from Psalm 119: “Forever O Lord, thy Word is Settled in Heaven,” a holdover from the theater’s 20-year stint as the home of televangelist Gene Scott (it was then called the Los Angeles University Cathedral).
A century ago, downtown Los Angeles was the center of the city’s entertainment, with movie and vaudeville theaters seemingly on every block. Today, as the neighborhood’s renaissance enters its teenage years, the remaining cinemas are coming back to life, with live music bringing crowds and energy back to neglected venues.