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.
August 18, 2010
LUBBOCK, TX — Most recently operated as a discount house, the Showplace 6 will be closed as of August 22. The theater opened in 1972 as a quad and was operated by Noret Theatres.
Business at Showplace did not factor into the decision. Noret said, “Our business is thriving, and we regret having to leave the Lubbock market without a secondary run at a great price.”
Rather, Noret said that Trinity Church wants to proceed this year with expansion of its Trinity Christian School in the shopping center where Showplace is housed.
There is more at Lubbock Online.
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.