• July 13, 2010

    Carmike abruptly closes University Cinemas in Normal

    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.

  • July 1, 2010

    Rave closing Maumee 18 earlier than expected

    MAUMEE, OH — Rave Motion Pictures will be closing the Maumee 18 earlier than previously announced; it will now be shuttered as of July 11. The theater was one of the group of former National Amusements theaters that Rave acquired last year. It was formerly known as the Cinema de Lux Maumee 18.

    Beginning July 2, Rave will drop prices by 50 cents on adult, child, and matinee tickets. Discount combos are in place as well, including free refills on large-sized drinks and popcorn.

    The Maumee 18 is Rave’s largest theater in the area. It has 4,600 seats, 33.5 acres, and 74 employees. The Maumee 18’s closing leaves three Rave theater locations in the area: Levis Commons, Fallen Timbers, and Westfield Franklin Park.

    There is more in the Toldeo Blade.

  • June 15, 2010

    AMC Magic Johnson in LA to close, be renovated; will reopen under new operator

    BALDWIN HILLS, CA — Extensive renovations and upgrades will be made to the theater currently operating as the AMC Magic Johnson at the Crenshaw Plaza.

    The full press releases are here and here.

    Starting Monday, the movie theaters at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza are getting an extreme makeover. The mall’s owner, Capri Urban Investors, LLC (“Capri”), a commingled fund of institutional investors, will transform the current theaters into a modern, state-of-the-art multiplex featuring stadium seating, new amenities, digital technology, 3-D screens and new decor throughout. The theater upgrade also calls for a new operator, which Capri plans to announce later this month.

    “We are thrilled to be bringing in a new theater operator at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza,” said Ken Lombard, Partner and President of Capri Urban Investors, LLC. “We are currently finalizing a new contract with an operator that truly understands Los Angeles, the urban marketplace, and has an absolute commitment to delivering the best movie experience you’ll find anywhere. Transforming the mall is about giving shoppers more choices and better amenities, and having a new state-of-the-art multiplex is an important step in that direction.”

  • June 9, 2010

    Regal opens Tikahtnu Stadium 16 in Anchorage; closes Fireweed Cinemas

    ANCHORAGE, AK — On June 6, Regal Theaters closed the Fireweed Cinemas, which opened in the 1960s as a single screen cinema. The next day the company opened its new Anchorage megaplex, the Tikahtnu Stadium 16, which also includes a digital IMAX screen.

    The new Tikahtnu Stadium 16 features plush upgrades to the current Anchorage movie experience. The stadium seating is arranged on a step incline with 16-inch risers ensuring an unobstructed view of the screen. Cushy chairs are arranged with enough leg room to stretch out and have no worries that the chair, or your head, will be kicked by the person behind. The row space even offers enough room to pass by fellow movie-goers without stepping on toes, bumping into knees or the need for the already seated person to stand to make room. The chairs also feature moveable armrests with cup holders, rocking capabilities and tall backrests.

    There is more here.

  • June 2, 2010

    Century Center closes

    CARRBORO, NC — The Carrboro Century Center Cinema, located in Downtown Carrboro, with its monthly cinema series sponsored by the Town of Carrboro, is closing its doors after three years of film showings. The Carrboro Cinema included independent films from a variety of different cultures and genres including showings of classic films as well.

  • May 18, 2010

    Carmike 6 closes in Mt. Lebanon

    MT. LEBANON, PA — The Carmike Galleria 6 will be closed as of June 17. The impending closure will be the latest in a series of Pittsburgh area closings. The cinema opened twenty-one years ago.

    The theater, which welcomed its first paying customers on June 16, 1989, will go dark June 17. No word yet on what will occupy its sprawling space on the upper level.

    Dale Hurst, director of marketing for Carmike, today cited dwindling business and said the other Pittsburgh locations would not be affected. “We try everything we can to maintain a top-notch operation,” he said by phone from Georgia, calling this and other closures “always the last, last, last resort.”

    Here’s the full story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

  • May 17, 2010

    Cedar Grove movie theater closes after 12 years

    CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Not being able to make it through the summer, Cinema 23 abruptly closed its doors last week.

    A recorded message left on the theater’s phone system on Wednesday thanked patrons for their business over the past 12 years.

    A spokeswoman for the Clearview Cinemas chain in Florham Park, which owns the local theater, confirmed Wednesday that the chain had closed but did not provide further details about the facility or others the chain owns in other parts of Essex County, including Montclair and Millburn.

    Read the full story in the Verona-Cedar Grove Times.

  • May 13, 2010

    Rheem Theatre closes

    MORAGA, CA — The Rheem Theatre closed approx. 4 weeks ago. The owner of the property is looking for someone to continue the operation as a theatre.

    The theatre was bult as a single screen in 1957 by Donald Rheem. It was closed for a while in the early to mid 70’s and reopened as a concert venue circa 1980. It became a single screen theatre again in the 90’s and more recently was four-plexed.


  • April 8, 2010

    Rave Cinemas Pittsburgh West 12 closing as of April 15

    ROBINSON TWP., PA — Rave Motion Pictures will shutter the Pittsburgh West 12 on April 15. Opened in 1978 with five screens, it was acquired from National Amusements in December, 2009 and was previously known as the Showcase Cinemas West. National never followed through on plans to replace the theater with a much larger and up-to-date megaplex, and a newer Cinemark theater with stadium seating has opened nearby.

    Part of the problem lies just a half mile down the road from the old Showcase Cinema where a brand new Cinemark theatre has opened its doors.

    Folks who go to movies at the new facility love the stadium seating and the 12 screens, but many will miss the Showcase Cinema.

    “I think it’ll be sad, because I used to come here when I was little and see movies all the time,” said Stephanie Carnahan, of Findley Township. “But I like the new movie theater.”

    There is more at

  • April 6, 2010

    Chicago’s Lakeshore Theater closes on April 10

    CHICAGO, IL — The Lakeshore Theater, which most recently has served as a live performance venue for comedy and other acts, will close on April 10. Originally opened in 1914, it became a part of the Balaban & Katz chain. It was later operated by Cineplex Odeon as the Broadway Cinema before closing in 2002, as one of the last ( if not the last) of Chicago’s neighborhood single-screen theaters to close. Its future is at best uncertain, as substantial upgrades are needed to its physical plant.

    What I had initially hoped was an April Fool’s Day joke was in fact a sad truth, The Lakeshore Theater announced last night via twitter, Facebook and a heartfelt email that it will close permanently on April 10.

    According to owner Chris Ritter, “Although revenues have been growing year after year, and the Lakeshore brand of great comedy, music and good times has been successfully established, our revenues are simply insufficient to fund ongoing operations and the plant improvements that would be required to continue and take the business to the next level of success.”

    There is a story here in Time Out.