Today’s Newsreel

posted by Ross Melnick on November 22, 2002 at 4:22 pm

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Another 1960s movie house has taken its final bow with news that the St. Johns 8 has been closed and sold to a real estate developer with plans to demolish the old movie house. According to the Times-Union, StarNet Cinemas has already begun removing all of the theater’s equipment.

The St. Johns Theatre originally opened in 1969 as a single-screen movie house and has slowly expanded to eight during its more than three-decade run.


BRANFORD, CT — The former Branford Theatre appears headed for the pages of history after the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conversion to retail and apartment space.

According to the New Haven Register, the vote came down yesterday approving the conversion of the theater space into 20 apartments. The Branford Theatre Building retail space will remain largely unaltered. The old Branford closed in 1999.


NEW PORT RICHEY, FL — The gold dome of the Richey Suncoast Theatre has been restored as part of an $18,000 makeover which will also add a new coat paint to the exterior as well as new signs and carpeting.

According to the Tampa Tribune, the Mediterranean Revival theater originally opened in 1926 as a silent movie theater and currently hosts live theater and performances.

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