New theater opening in Pittsfield

posted by CSWalczak on November 13, 2009 at 3:40 pm

PITTSFIELD, MA — The new Beacon Cinema opening on November 20 combines elements of the old and new. Housed within the 91-year-old Kinnell-Kresge building, designers have restored original ceilings and woodwork. The six-screen theater itself is technologically up-to-date with stadium seating and automated digital projection. The theater will serve beer and wine, in addition to typical movie concession fare.

The Eagle got a sneak peak of the state-of-the-art movie theater on Friday afternoon, however, and from the building’s original tin ceilings and woodwork to its state-of-the-art Dolby digital sound system, the public is in for an architectural and theatrical experience that’s sure to stimulate the senses.

The behind-the-scenes look included a tour of the six-screen, 850-seat cinema, which evokes memories of an old neighborhood picture house — albeit with modern upgrades such as stadium seating, which is designed give moviegoers a comfortable viewing experience, and a bar serving wine and beer.

Read more in the Berkshire Eagle.

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danpetitpas
danpetitpas on November 18, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Unbelievable. $21 million was spent, some of it grants, taxpayer money, and tax incentives, to refurbish the building. There is office space and retail for rent in the building, but it seems the six-screen theater takes up most of the space. This is after all the other movie theaters in town died out. Will the town even support this project, or will people prefer to go to the nearby suburban multiplex? Who knows?

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