August 16, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Opened as a nickelodeon in 1910, the Clay Theatre is slated to close at the end of the month. Most recently operated by Landmark Theatres, it was one of the few remaining classic movie theaters operating in San Francisco.
Reaction around the neighborhood was uniform. Sandy Mullin, a longtime employee of nearby Browser Books, expressed her disappointment at the announcement. “It’s a blow to the neighborhood. It is a wonderful theater. It has a wonderful staff. I loved it when they showed European films, and art house films. I’m sad,” said Mullin.
The Clay, which first opened as a nickelodeon (admission to the movies was then only 5 cents), has played host to many memorable screenings, special events, and film festivals over the years. On closing weekend, the Clay will host another screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, with the cast of the participatory film event putting on a funeral for the theatre.
There is more about the closing in the Examiner.
WEST ORANGE, NJ — The AMC Essex Green closed on August 8. A $5 million investment will convert it into one of AMC Fork & Screen operations, featuring bar service and in-theater dining. Approximately 60% of the theater’s seating will be sacrificed to accomplish the transition. AMC also plans two other Fork & Screen theaters in New Jersey.
AMC said in a statement today, “Fork & Screen is the name of AMC’s in-theatre dining concept, featuring Fork & Screen, a casual, in-theatre dining and entertainment experience; Cinema Suites, a premium, upscale in-theatre dining and entertainment option; and MacGuffins, a bar and lounge area.”
Two other movie-and-dining theaters are also planned in the state — in Bridgewater Commons and at Menlo Park, AMC’s press department told Baristanet by phone today (Aug. 6).
There is more here.
August 5, 2010
LAKELAND, FL — Dickinson Theatres closed the Lakeland Square 10 on July 29. Although the caption under the picture accompanying a recent article reads “for good,” the information in the article announcing the closing indicates that theater has been sold and may reopen under new management.
“The theater’s not maintained,” Yocum said. “We have lights out in the auditoriums, holes in the ceiling, light water damage, things like that.”
He said two of auditoriums are currently out of service because of maintenance issues, including lack of sound in one auditorium.
The full article can be read at The Ledger.com.
August 2, 2010
“They are moving toward larger communities and larger theaters,” he said.
Nationally theaters have been undergoing the slow, expensive process of upgrading from traditional projectors to digital projectors.
The upgrade to digital costs about $70,000 and the 3-D add-on can run another $30,000. Vermillion said there is an industry consortium that helps small theaters make the transition.
July 27, 2010
SPENCER, IA — Fridley Theatres will soon be closing the Spencer 3 which opened as the New Spencer in 1941 and became a triplex in 1979. Jeri Lagenfeld, who started working for Fridley in 1978 as a summer employee at one of their drive-ins and who has managed the Spencer 3 since 2004, shares her thoughts in this article from the Spencer Daily Reporter.
Originally, the theater utilized reel-to-reel projecting.
“The projectionist had to flip from one projector to the next and had just a matter of seconds to flip-flop and the movie continued onto the second reel,” Langenfeld explained.
Because the projectionist had to change and manually rewind reels every 15 to 20 minutes, he or she stayed in the booth for the entirety of each film.
July 21, 2010
WATERTOWN, NY — Regal has announced that its Salmon Run Mall 8 theater will be closing on July 29 and then be demolished. New construction will begin on the Regal Cinemas Salmon Run Stadium 12, which is expected to open in the spring of 2011.
The new Regal Cinemas Salmon Run Stadium 12 will encompass approximately 51,000 square feet with more than 2,100 seats in a total of 12 auditoriums. Visit www.REGmovies.com/grand-openings for updated information about the new theatre.
Regal Salmon Run Mall Stadium 12 will feature these amenities:
— Digital projection in every auditorium to provide a crystal-clear picture.
— RealD 3D projection systems available for 3D enhanced presentations.
— Digital surround sound completes the true digital cinema experience.
— Stadium seating in every auditorium for an unobstructed view of the screen.
The full story is in Market Watch.
CORONA, CA — Krikorian Theaters abruptly closed the Dos Lagos 15. The theater opened December 15, 2006. An extremely short-lived theater.
Kerri La Torre, associate general manager of Taps Fish House & Brewery, across the parking lot from the Krikorian, said the news was a shock for them, too. “They’ve been jam-packed all week,” she said.
La Torre said she didn’t hear anything about the closing until she showed up for work Monday. Even then, “I thought maybe they were just cleaning.”
It isn’t the first business to close in Dos Lagos. A Starbucks shut down months ago, a Coach store is gone, and so is an ice cream shop.
Read the full story in thePress-Enterprise.
July 15, 2010
BAKERSFIELD, CA — The Regal UA East Hills Mall 10 Theater which closed on June 27 will soon be operated by Regency Theaters as a discount operation; July 30 has been set as a target for the re-opening. Two screens will be primarily devoted to showing foreign and independent films.
Regency Theatre is a discount movie theater with $2 admission prices and $1 hot dogs. “They’re more discount oriented. Similar to the dollar theater on California Avenue,” said Lynch. With its policy of discounts, Regency Theatre vice president Andrew Golin said East Hills Mall was the perfect fit. “The opportunity came available, and we jumped on it. That market could definitely use that theater with that policy in this economy. It’s become a popular policy within our company,” said Golin. “We’re going to have a value oriented family driven theater where people can see discount movies, buy food for kids, take the whole group out and not break the bank,” said Lynch.
It’s a different type of attraction for a mall many people think is going out of business. Especially since all the major anchor stores have left and the movie theater was the last major attraction. “People have been talking about the nail in the coffin at East Hills Mall for a while. East Hills is not going out of business. Which is evidenced by the fact that the moment one theater moves out, Regency couldn’t wait to get here and they’re excited,” said Lynch. “We’re excited about it. I think the community will really like it,” said Golin. “Wow! It’s exciting to see this mall turning around again! We lost a lot of customers with the news of the old theater leaving, but a new one coming in will bring more people in,” said mall shop owner Andy Carrillo. “I’m feeling optimistic. The theater can only improve traffic here at the mall so I can’t wait to see what it brings,” said mall shop owner Danny Villa.
July 14, 2010
SAINT NICOLAS, QUEBEC, CANADA — This would be the last drive-in in the Quebec City area. It opened on July 23rd, 1970.
The full article is in Le Journal du Quebec.
July 13, 2010
NORMAL, IL — The University Cinemas were closed suddenly by Carmike on June 30. Although the city approved plans to build apartments on the site months ago, films had been booked through the Independence Day weekend. The theater was the area’s first multi-screen theater, opening in 1971 as a twin; over time, an additional six screens were added.
She said that the office was notified Tuesday by Carmike’s Atlanta, Ga.-based corporate headquarters that the theater would close the next day. Less than 24 hours earlier, the office had supplied The Pantagraph’s GO! entertainment section with bookings targeted for a traditional Friday opening.
By Thursday, Kreiser was in the theater helping oversee the closure with the theater’s staff.
There is more in the Pantagraph.