June 4, 2008
BRADENTON, FL — A mixup involving the possible tax=exemption from showing certain films may shutdown the Lakewood Ranch Cinemas.
Lakewood Ranch moviegoers may lose their only theater, and theater operators say it’s because of a property tax mix up.
The non-profit Sarasota Film Society just opened the Lakewood Ranch Cinemas in December, and the group believed it was eligible for a property tax exemption. But the Manatee County Property Appraiser says it doesn’t apply. Now the Film Society is passing out flyers, hoping you’ll come to the rescue.
Read more at My Suncoast.com.
June 2, 2008
DORMONT, PA — The Hollywood Theatre, one of two theatres in the Pittsburgh suburb of Dormont was praised after it reopened on March 30th 2007. The Hollywood Theatre had been closed since 1998. Sadly more people wanted it to reopen than people would actually support it and it once again closed on May 25 just a little over a year after it reopened.
From member Susan The Bass Player:
A second Pittsburgh area second run house has bitten the dust. Not long after the shuttering of the Screenworks 14 in Bridgeville comes the news that the Hollywood Theatre in Dormont has also closed. Like the Screenworks, the re-incarnated Hollywood lasted a very short time—only 14 months from its re-opening to the time of closure.
May 28, 2008
BRIDGEVILLE, PA — The Screenworks 14 Cinema in has closed. This theatre used to called the Star City South Fayette 14. It opened in 2000 amid much hoopla, with city officials happy to add a long-dormant piece of property to the tax rolls. It was to be the first of six planned Star City theaters, including two in West Virginia, but it was the only one ever built.
The problem was that the 20-screen Destinta Theater, which screened more popular first-run movies, dinners, and table service, opened up nearby. Destinta also killed the Loews 20 North Versailles (which lasted less than two years). Star City lasted only from 2000 to 2005. It was re-opened a couple of years ago as the Screenworks 14 Cinemas and operated as a 2nd-run bargain house.
April 22, 2008
CHARLESTON, SC — AMC is closing three theaters in Charleston.
AMC Entertainment, Inc. announced that their multi-screen theaters at Citadel Mall and Northwoods Mall will close. Both theaters were purchased by AMC Entertainment, Inc. in 2002. Both theaters were built before the trend to Megaplex theaters. Neither theater has ever been significantly remodeled.
Get the full story at SC Movie Theaters here.
March 17, 2008
ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE, UK — The future of the Tameside Hippodrome is in doubt as the local Council have failed to appoint anyone to run the venue. It has been managed by Live Nation for the past 10 years, but their contract ran out at the end of 2007, they have continued to run the theatre for the last six months to allow appointment of a new management company, but none has been forthcoming.
Due to close for a refurbishment in 2008, it is not now clear if this will be carried out, or if it will be curtains for the theatre which opened in 1904, and was rebuilt as a cinema in 1933, retaining the original stage (architects Drury and Gomersall). It became a Union Cinemas house and thus passed to ABC. Films ceased in 1986, and it has been a live venue ever since, but completely unaltered.
Meanwhile the staff have been made redundant, or moved to other Live Nation venues , and at the end of March 2008 the Hippodrome will be boarded up.
Read more at The Stage.
February 26, 2008
ORANGE, CT — The National Amusement’s Showcase Cinemas is closing on March 3rd, 2008. According to a NA spokesperson, the decision to shutter the 14-year-old theater is purely economic.
Best attempts are being made on their part to find employment for the theater’s 37 workers at other cinemas in the state.
January 17, 2008
NEW YORK, NY — The Chelsea West is to close for good February 10, 2008, so I am told.
December 27, 2007
KINGMAN, AZ — The Movies, a fourplex that showed first run films at bargain prices, closed just before Christmas, leaving Kingman without a single operating movie theater. The theater was nothing fancy, possibly an old two theater complex that was turned into a fourplex years ago. The seats were cramped, the sound was iffy, but despite all this the theater was very popular ($2 matinees). Apparently their lease was up and it was not renewed.
For more check out the story in the Kingman Daily Miner.
December 12, 2007
PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL — This theatre has closed for good; according to locals, it showed its final films this past summer, a victim of the competition provided by the new Grand Theatre 16, which features stadium seating at slightly cheaper prices.
November 20, 2007
STATE COLLEGE, PA — Another representative of the quickly disappearing post single-screen era, the Cinema 5, is set to close.
The only Carmike Cinema remaining in the borough is expected to close its doors within months.
Building owner Sid Friedman plans to convert Cinema 5, a five-screen operation at 116 Hiester St., into a five-tenant commercial and retail complex, according to plans submitted to the borough.
A cinema has occupied the downtown site for more than three decades. If it were to remain in business, the Fraser Centre complex planned for the 100 block of South Fraser Street would introduce substantial new competition.
Read more in the Centre Daily.