May 4, 2016
The Ector Theatre that drew families to the center of a humming downtown finally faded from its old glory in 1985, when its original owner locked the doors after more than three decades and walked away. By then, it had become a financial burden.
But for the last 15 years, Don and Toni Stice kept the historic venue alive even in the age of the multiplex. They leased the building for a pittance from the City of Odessa, which bought the 1950s-era theater in 1994 for $155,000 in federal funds with hopes of keeping it open to the public.
He served as the artistic director and her as the business manager keeping the books. Performers and the classic films returned to the marquee.
“They loved being entertained by that,” Don Stice said in an interview inside the Ector Theatre, where he first came to work in 1959 as a projectionist. “They love going back in time. I call this place a time machine.”
That ends this month, after a final series of events, as the city begins laying the groundwork for a downtown hotel and convention center estimated to cost some $77 million and incorporate the theater. The city will not tear down the Ector Theatre but officials are still working out the specific plans about how to renovate and reopen it.
But first, there will be a performance by a Johnny Cash tribute artist on May 7. Then, the Ector Theatre will show “The Last Picture Show” on May 13 and May 14.
Finally, after a couple junior high choir shows and an Odessa High reunion, the Ector Theatre will close.
January 21, 2016
It’s fade to black for Midtown’s iconic movie palace the Ziegfeld movie theater — but the iconic venue at 141 W. 54th St. will be reborn as a spectacular high-end event space, The (NY) Post has learned.
January 7, 2015
Mention of the location, which is in Bedford Village, had been removed from the company’s website by Monday. The location and details were displayed on the website as recently as Sunday, which was also the last date for scheduled show times.
People at the Playhouse site also confirmed that the movie theater closed on Sunday. Workers were busy coming out of the theater’s bottom level, with several items being moved out.
Read the entire article online at chappaqua.dailyvoice.com
October 22, 2014
BLANCHESTER, OH — With a building dating back to 1941 the Showplace Cinemas has closed. Called the cheapest theatre in the U.S. (i.e. the cheapest patron-cost to see movie), the discount theatre could not convert its three screens to digital. They hope to reopen soon.
Visit their website for further details.
October 7, 2014
HILO, HI — While it had only been operated by Regal for a year, the Kress Cinemas‘ art deco building has been standing since 1932, most of its time spent as a department store. The fourplex will no longer show films and will now be home to the Sure Foundation Hilo church.
Read more in Pacific Business News.
(Thanks to Ross Melnick for providing the photo.)
September 25, 2014
September 19, 2014
BABYLON, NY — After almost 100 years, the Babylon Cinemas has closed. Its latest operator, Bow-Tie, claimed it just couldn’t keep up with the competition. They installed digital and even lowered prices but the theatre just couldn’t bring enough business.
Read more in Newsday about the closure and the fading theatre landscape of Long Island.
(Thanks to bway for providing the photo.)
August 26, 2014
AMBRIDGE, PA — The summer of 2014 may be remembered as the last hurrah of many older theaters that couldn’t make the jump to digital. The Ambridge Family Theater closed its doors after almost 50 years in business. The owners are putting it in the market so maybe an enterprising younger steward can help it along. They’ll have to buy a new projector first though.
Read more and catch a video at WPXI.
August 25, 2014
DESTIN, FL — The Lively Cinema 10 closed last weekend after 27 years business. They spent more than half their time as the only cinema in town and didn’t even suffer greatly when a competitor opened nearby. The digital conversion was one obstacle they couldn’t overcome.
Read the full story in the Destin Log.
July 28, 2014
LONGMONT, CO — It may have only opened in 1997 but the Twin Peaks 10 gave its audiences its fair share of memories. Once the former Twin Peaks Mall is redeveloped into the Village Twin Peaks, there will be a new theater. That’s not until 2015 though.
Read more along with personal recollections at the Times-Call.