October 12, 2010
WENATCHEE, WA — Sun Basin Theaters has permanently closed the twin Vue Dale Drive-in after fifty-seven years. The closing leaves only six remaining drive-ins in a state that once had over eighty. The property will be sold for redevelopment.
The two-screen, 650-car outdoor facility — a relic from the 1950s age of motoring — has become a victim of advancing technology, dramatic shifts in movie-going habits and rising property values, he said.
Closure of the drive-in also figures into Sun Basin’s plans for construction of a new 14-screen multiplex, the Gateway Cinema 14 in north Wenatchee’s Olds Station. Financing of the new $8 million multiplex could be partially funded by the eventual sale of the 11-acre Vue Dale property, although long-term plans call for use of the property by light industry or development of condos or apartments.
There is more in Wenatchee World.
September 27, 2010
CARPINTERIA, CA — Metropolitan Theaters has closed the Plaza. It operated the 1940’s as the Del Mar, then for a time as a Pussycat Theater before being remodeled by Metropolitan in 2005 and returned mainstream cinema use.
Former employees of the movie house were offered positions within the MTC family of theaters that are located throughout Santa Barbara. MTC is currently in talks with local community organizations that may be interested in utilizing the venue for their operations. Corwin says his ideal scenario would be to secure a financial commitment from a business or organization that can either work in tandem with a movie theater operation or eventually replace it. Local church groups and the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council have been contacted by MTC.
The story is the Santa Barabara Independent.
September 23, 2010
FRACKVILLE, PA – After three decades, the Schuylkill Mall 4 theaters will be closed by Regal as of October 4. It opened as as the UA-operated The Movies at Schuylkill Mall, one of a group of theaters with similar names that UA opened around the country in the 1970s and 80s.
The four-theater complex began operations when the Schuylkill Mall opened in 1980. Regal Entertainment was formed in 2002 when United Artists Theaters and two other theater chains became part of the new parent company.
Mall general manager Elaine Maneval received the bad news Friday by e-mail.
“We knew that the lease was coming up for renewal,” said Maneval, “so you always put a company on your radar for when the lease is almost up.”
The full story is in the Republican Herald.
September 20, 2010
FORT MYERS BEACH, FL — The four-screen Beach Theater has closed due to poor attendance. Recent attempts to sell it were unsuccessful, but a buyer may now be coming forward.
Manager Nick Campo blamed the economy and a lack of good movies being released.
The theater’s attendance had dwindled to 50 or so people a day – compared to 150-200 a day at Marco Movie Theater, Campo said. Both theaters are owned by the same business partners.
The full story is in the News-Press.
September 16, 2010
WOODLAND, CA — Its future now uncertain, the State Theater closed on Labor Day. Opened in 1936 and triplexed in 1977, the theater retains many of the architectural features given to it by co-designer S. Charles Lee, though its facade was forcibly and drastically altered in 1966. One of two proposals in front of the city council would restore the State and incorporate it into a new multiplex.
Through such personal attention and ticket prices lower than those at Woodland’s other theater —– a five-screen Cinemark multiplex —– Morgan drew enough business to afford first-run Hollywood films, despite lacking the clout of the chains.
Then the recession hit, followed by changes in film-viewing habits. Woodland residents skipped hometown theaters for Sacramento screens with 3-D and digital projection, Morgan said. Or they rented DVDs for $1 at supermarket kiosks.
There is more and a slideshow in this article from the Sacramento Bee.
September 13, 2010
TAMPA, FL — The aging Regal University 16 has been closed by its owner, Glimcher Realty Trust, which is exiting the theater business. Originally opened by GCC in 1974 as a twin, it was later expanded to a quad and eventually to its current megaplex status. The University Mall owner is hoping to attract a new operator who will renovate the theater complex.
The full story is at Tampa Bay Online.
September 8, 2010
MACON, GA — Regal closed the Rivergate Cinema 14 on August 29. The cinema, opened in 1991, has been acquired by Naos Entertainment, which plans to reopen it later this year after a million dollar makeover. Naos recently renovated a former Regal theater in Birmingham, AL which is now called The Edge which is what this theater will known as when it is renovated.
Felts said furnishings and upgrades at the Macon multiplex will be similar to those in the company’s other theaters.
According to the Naos website, all auditoriums feature “wall-to-wall screens, stadium seating with 18-inch risers for backs and lifting cup holder arm rests for the ultimate in comfort.”
The full story is at Macon.com.
August 27, 2010
BLYTHE, CA — The All Star Cinemas, formerly the Blythe Cinema 4 is closing as of August 29. The theater, which opened about a decade ago, had been for sale in recent months.
Ramin Hashemi, managing partner of the local movie theater – the All Star Cinemas and Entertainment Center – came to town recently and sadly informed the staff that the curtain will come down on the only movie franchise in the Blythe environs on August 29th. The three-screen theater has been in operation for over a decade, replacing the old Blythe Movie Theatre that closed back in the early ‘90s.
The full story is in the Desert Independent.
August 19, 2010
AUSTIN, TX — Its current lease having expired, Landmark Theatres is closing the Dobie Theatre as of August 22. The theater, near the University of Texas campus, has been managed by Landmark since 1999. The theater’s landlord has been looking for a new operator for several months.
The move had been expected, but the date was unclear. In March, Landmark said it was not renewing the lease on the theaters where Richard Linklater’s “Slacker” premiered in 1990. But the center’s landlord, the Carlton Group, said at the time that it was talking to potential operators to take over the four-screen arthouse and return it to its tradition as an independent film space with a strong local flavor.
There was no immediate word on whether the Carlton Group, an international real estate investment bank, had secured another theater operator. As recently as last month, the owner was advertising for a theater manager.
There is more at Austin360.com.