April 21, 2014
SAN DIEGO, CA — Landmark has announced they’re not renewing their lease on the Ken Cinema which expires at the end of the month. Without digital projection, the future of the site is unclear. The art house favorite has been open since 1947.
Read more in U-T San Diego.
(Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)
April 18, 2014
ROME, NY — The plan was to keep the drive-in open but changing technology and lagging sales spelled the end for the West Rome Drive-In. The 60+ year-old cinema will not reopen this summer and there is no word on the future of the site.
Read more and watch a video on the story at WKTV.
(Thanks to Drive-In 54 for providing the photo.)
April 8, 2014
March 28, 2014
LAKEVIEW, OR — Open since 1940, the Alger Theatre has shut its doors due to lack of digital projection. There simply has not been the support for the theatre which still has its original seats. With few options, they’d gotten into the habit of showing a film for three or four weeks at a time.
Read more in the Herald News.
March 21, 2014
CLOVERDALE, CANADA — No exact date is set for it but it appears the Clova Cinema will stop showing movies this summer. A church is purchasing it and renovating it to the point where presenting films will not be practical. The theatre had been struggling to operate without digital projection.
Read more in the Cloverdale Reporter.
(Thanks to hermangotlieb for providing the photo.)
March 6, 2014
TERRE HAUTE, IN — The Meadows 1 & 2 has been delighting audiences since the early 1970’s but it was forced to close Sunday. They could not afford to provide digital projectors for their screens. Also, with films being released on DVD sooner than ever, their bargain cinema model just didn’t work anymore.
Read more in the WHITV.
February 28, 2014
PORT ANGELES, WA — The Lincoln Theatre has had its fair share of ups and downs in its 98 years but a digital conversion was just not something it could handle. This Sunday will be its final day of business but its employees will thankfully be relocated to other nearby theaters. The owners hope to find a party to purchase the venue and still maintain most of its features.
Read the full story in the Peninsula Daily News.
January 31, 2014
January 14, 2014
SAGINAW MI — After 40 years in operation, the Saginaw 12, originally the Quad, closed its doors after the last shows Sunday. Moviegoers saw a video montage of the history of the Quad/Saginaw 12 in the lobby and some lucky moviegoers went home with pieces of the theaters' screens with the opening and closing dates stamped on the screen fragments.
Invited moviegoers will get a sneak peak at its replacement, the Quality 10 GDX, for a set of benefit screenings on Thursday before the new state of the art cinema opens to the general public on Friday. The Saginaw 12 will be torn down. Both theaters are owned by Goodrich Quality Theaters.
Further details including video are at ABC.
January 10, 2014
SAGINAW, MI — This is the final weekend that the Saginaw 12 will be open. The theatre’s owner, Goodrich Quality Theaters, has setup displays explaining the history of the theatre. It first opened in 1974 as the Quad with four screens. Moviegoers are encouraged to take photos and will have a chance to win a piece of one of the Saginaw 12’s screens with the opening and closing dates stamped on the screen fragment. The Saginaw 12 will be torn down. Its replacement next door, the Quality 10 GDX will open the following Friday.
Further details are available in the Saginaw News.