The Terrace Theater switches hands

posted by Michael Zoldessy on April 20, 2010 at 7:40 am

CHARLESTON, SC — An article in the Charleston City Paper discusses the recent sale of the Terrace Theater to the Tranter family from longtime Cinema Treasures Michael Furlinger. Although he sold this theatre, Furlinger will continue to operate the Hippodrome Theater.

If you’re worried about any drastic changes to the Terrace, don’t bother. Brown and Tranter have no immediate plans to make revisions or additions, wanting to live with it for a little while and see how it goes. They’re going to start on a learning curve; they’ll figure out how the theater functions and stick with what works. They like the atmosphere that Furlinger created at the Terrace, Tranter says. They’re also looking to continue the Charleston Film Festival, which had its first run last month.

The concessions (including all the types of beer and wine) will stay. They’ll continue to counter program the multiplexes (with the exception of the occasional high-quality studio film), choosing pictures that will appeal to their core audience, but also challenge them. The couple and their bookers travel to festivals, attend conferences and conventions, and read industry publications, all in the search for the best movies. They have direct access to the organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival (where Slumdog Millionare and Ray premiered).

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm

There may be more going on here than the article reports; first Furlinger sells the Terrace; now, according to this article, the Hippodrome (a former traditional IMAX theater) is not doing well: http://www.wciv.com/news/stories/0410/727713.html

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on April 20, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Nothing more going on theHippodrome is having a tough time as are mist single screens. The terrace is one of the busiest mom and pop theaters in the nation.

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