• October 5, 2011

    Demolition of Beach Theatre

    CAPE MAY, NJ — The inevitable finally happened as the Beach Theatre came down last week. Residences or a hotel will most likely go in its place.

    Read more in the Press of Atlantic City.

  • September 29, 2011

    Coram movie theater revamp nears start

    CORAM, NY — Ever since the UA Coram closed in 2004, it has slowly decayed and been a site for vandalism. That should change soon as the town aggressively moves forward in building a retail and housing project.

    Read more in Newsday.

  • September 19, 2011

    Fires destroy two British cinemas

    In a strange coincidence, two British cinemas were victims of fires this past weekend, the Savoy Cinema in Kettering and the Essoldo Kings Heath. While the Savoy’s fire is suspected to be from an arson attack, the cause of the Kings Heath cinema’s fire is still unclear.

    Read more about the Essoldo here and the Savoy here.

  • July 27, 2011

    Demolition begins on Columbia 4

    GRAND FORKS, ND — After being closed down by Carmike three years ago, the Columbia Mall 4 is finally being torn down. In its place, an Olive Garden.

    More and a video at WDAY.

  • July 1, 2011
  • May 31, 2011

    Casino Theater (1909) torn down in Ware, Massachusetts; sad, ugly video

    Historic Ware movie theater comes down:

    WARE, MA — NBC affiliate WWLP reports that the Casino Theatre has been demolished with all sides pointing the blame away from themselves. For more on this incredibly frustrating story (that is light on details), visit the WWLP site.

  • April 19, 2011

    Page Cinema Arts Theatre meets wrecking ball

    DAYTON, OH — Without ceremony, or any public announcement, demolition of the former Page Manor Twin Cinema (Page Cinema Arts Theatre) located in the Riverside section of Dayton, began on Monday the 11th of April. Tearful onlookers shared childhood memories of The Page as bulldozers started razing the theatre that had served the area since the early 1970’s. Opened originally as a single screen by Century Theatres, the property was taken over by Chakeres Theatres of Ohio and Kentucky who operated The Page as a twin cinema for several years. As a first run theatre, The Page was a popular venue for the area near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Air Force Museum. Several owners operated the theatre following Chakeres' exit and The Page remained a popular sub-run and eventually bargain venue. The Page Twin closed and remained dark for several years.

    In 2009 Nouveau Cinema Group, Inc., NCGI, a Dayton-based, 501 c 3, non-profit Corporation, expressed interest in renovating and reopening the long-shuttered venue as a reperatory, classic film and live venue. The cinema was renamed The Page Cinema Arts Theatres and met with great public and community support. NCGI’s plans were curtailed when it was discovered that one of the groups founders had used the majority of funds raised for his personal use. The case is currently being handled by the Montgomery County Prosecutors office.

  • March 30, 2011

    Christchurch cinemas demolished after earthquake

    CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND — Three Christchurch cinemas were demolished in March 2011 as a result of the September 11/February 22 earthquake. They are the:–

    Joyland/Princess cinema, New Brighton. Opened in 1918 abd closed 1946. It had a seating capacity of 500.

    Harbour Lights Cinema, Lyttleton. Opened March 20,1917, closed 1979-1985. Seating capacity was 575.

  • February 3, 2011

    Charles I-II-III in Lake Charles soon to be demolished

    LAKE CHARLES, LA — When it opened in 1970, the Charles Theatre, later the Charles I-II-II, was a model of modern suburban single screen theater design. It closed in 2006 after it survived a battering by Hurricane Katrina and a subsequent tornado, ending its movie exhibition days as a discount house. It will soon only be a memory, as demolition preparations are underway.

    It’s a landmark that brings back memories for many if not most long time residents of Lake Charles— the Charles Cinema. When it was first built it was what local preservationist AdleyCormier calls the “first suburban style movie house” and an early version of a multi-plex movie house with three screens showing three different movies at one time.

    A story with video is here.

  • December 30, 2010

    Showcase Toledo is now just memories and rubble

    TOLEDO, OH — Once a prestige first-run and 70mm Cinerama house, the Showcase Toledo has been leveled. The theater was closed in 2005 by National Amusements. It originally opened as twin in 1964 and ended its days as a five-plex.

    In fact, Waniewski says water leaks inside of the building left it in bad shape. He also says the theater’s seats had been damaged and that repairs would have been too costly for the building that just wasn’t selling.

    The price tag has dropped from more than $7 million to around $3 million and a potential investor pulled out within the last year.

    The story with a demolition video is here.