August 13, 2013
FLINT, MI — Flint, Michigan’s annual Back to the Bricks events kick off tonight with Bricks Flicks at the US 23 Drive-in Theatre with new digital projectors installed. Many classic vehicles will fill up the drive-in’s field and possibly spill over onto Fenton Road like in previous years. There will be a DJ spinning oldies and the free movie tonight is the 1978 film Grease starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Further details are in the Flint Journal. They’re encouraging participants to send photos of the event to the paper for a planned photo gallery. Expect quite a few patrons to be dressed up like the characters in “Grease.” You may recall that part of the movie was filmed at the long gone Pickwick Drive-in Theatre in Burbank, CA.
(Thanks to steelbeard1 for providing the photo.)
August 2, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Hyatt Regency New Orleans has a bar called Vitascope Hall in honor of the city’s first for-profit cinema of the same name that opened in 1896. To celebrate the theatre’s anniversary, they screened silent classics on their tv’s last week.
Read more about the interesting connection in the Times-Picayune.
July 29, 2013
July 22, 2013
VANDERGRIFT, PA — A weekend full of nostalgic retro thrills and chills, DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA is two nights of classic horror and science fiction 35mm prints presented at an authentic drive-in movie theater. There will be two big shows on two consecutive nights which will start at dusk and go on until really late into the night! This is the seventh year in a row that we are hosting such an event, so we encourage all drive-in movie fanatics to travel from near and far, as you’re not going to find anything else like it, anywhere!
This year’s weekend event will be presented as a Peter Cushing Centenary, celebrating the 100th birthday year of the iconic genre star (1913-1994). All eight feature films have Cushing in a starring or supporting role. This is the ONLY major Cushing Centenary event happening in the US, so you won’t want to miss it!
July 5, 2013
The Reading Gaslamp Theatre in downtown San Diego will be showing newly restored 2K Digital prints of four Cinerama titles as part of their weekly Forty Foot Films series. Cinerama digital films include the overture, prologue, intermission and walk out music just as originally shown and presented in “SmileBox” which simulates the curved screen.
Cinerama Holiday, July 27, 28, 30
Seven Wonders of the World, August 24,25,27
South Seas Adventure September 21,22, 24
Windjammer November 16,17, 19
All seats are $7.00. Showings are Saturday and Tuesday at 7:00pm and Sunday at 1:00pm
(Thanks to John Sittig, Cinerama Inc., for the news.)
June 28, 2013
The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is featuring “70mm Spectacular, Part 2” between July 4–September 2. As their website notes, “There’s nothing like seeing large-format films on the big screen, and this summer, AFI Silver delves deep into the history of 70mm filmmaking. … Surviving 70mm prints are extremely rare; theaters equipped to project 70mm films are even rarer. This summer’s edition is a follow-up to 2012’s very popular series; 70mm prints will be presented wherever possible along with several stunning new restorations on the Silver’s new Digital Cinema Package (DCP) system.”
For more information, visit the AFI Silver.
(Thanks to JackCoursey for the photo.)
June 20, 2013
ATHOL, MA — Throughout the twentieth century, significantly during the first half, movie theaters have played a vital role in both American society and culture. These buildings of public assembly, many of which were ornately designed, brought communities across the nation a wide variety of entertainment, public service, and inspiration.
The town of Athol Massachusetts had two theaters that did just that. The York Theatre and the Capitol Theatre both opened in the year 1930, and during their thirty-year legacy provided patrons with a luxurious atmosphere to enjoy a wide array of entertainment.
May 21, 2013
DETROIT, MI — In 2013 the Senate Theater started showing movies again. Movies with sound and silent films too that feature live accompaniment on the 4/34 Wurlitzer theatre organ. A new wide movie screen is arriving around the middle of 2013. There are also live music shows and other events.
May 17, 2013
After years in the making, the documentary about the rise, fall and rise again of drive-ins in the U.S. is done. Coinciding with the 80th Anniversary of the drive-in, the film will now be able to easily be shown on actual drive-ins due to the help of digital projection.
For a sneak peek, watch the trailer on the official website.
A news-trivia show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” has been causing waves by being broadcasted to cinemas nationwide. TIME talked about how perceptions of the popular show have changed now that it features more than just voices.