Openings

  • May 24, 2017

    Austin, TX – Sneak peek inside Austin’s new art house movie theater before it opens

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    From Culture Map Austin: On Friday, May 26, Austin Film Society will open the doors to its new art house movie theater at 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd. Ahead of the premiere, CultureMap has a first look at AFS Cinema.

    The property, formerly Marchesa Hall and Theater, officially transformed into the AFS Cinema in spring 2016, but it closed last fall for a major overhaul. Updates include a new lounge area; full-service bar; marquee sign; updated event hall; and additional cinema, bringing the total to two screens.

    Designtrait and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture teamed up with AFS founder and acclaimed director Richard Linklater to redesign the space. The goal was to make AFS Cinema a destination for casual moviegoers and film buffs alike.

  • May 2, 2017

    Miami, FL – CMX Dine-In Movie Theater Opens at Brickell City Centre

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    From the Miami New Times: Why go to dinner and a movie when you can do both at once? CMX, the newly opened dine-in movie theater at Brickell City Centre, offers full-service in-seat gourmet dining complete with “ninja” service — waiters who move silently throughout the cinema so as not to disturb viewers.

  • April 27, 2017

    Scranton, PA – Movie Theater with a Twist Opening in Scranton

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    From WNEP.com: A long-awaited movie theater is set to open this week in downtown Scranton.

    The Iron Horse Movie Bistro is a blend of both restaurant and theater.

    A company from Tennessee bought the old Marquee Cinemas about a year and a half ago. Some construction snags delayed its opening by almost a year.

    The place will finally open Friday and offers a different kind of movie-going experience.

    The decor inside the Iron Horse Movie Bistro is a nod to Scranton’s past but not to the past movie theaters that have been at the corner of Lackawanna and Penn Avenues.

    Aspiring chef Nicole Santiago was surprised to learn that she could work as a cook. The place serves a lot more than popcorn. The movie bistro is a combination of a restaurant, bar, and movie theater.

    One theater will offer at-your-seat service.

  • Dobbs Ferry, NY – Luxury movie theater to open in Dobbs Ferry

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    From LoHud.com: Those looking to elevate the traditional dinner and a movie date night will soon have a new option.

    An eight-screen, 580-seat iPic Theater that combines a luxurious film-watching experience with high-end food and drinks is set to open May 5 in the still-under-construction $150 million Rivertowns Square development.

  • April 13, 2017

    New York, NY – Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village reopening in glitzy new form

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    From AM New York: An art house icon returns to business in a spiffy new form when the Quad Cinema reopens Friday at its West 13th Street location. After a massive two-year renovation, the return of the Greenwich Village institution, which first opened in 1972, marks the latest highlight in what has become a golden moment for New York City cinephiles. The past several years have seen an explosion in specialty cinemas across the city, from the Nitehawk in Williamsburg to the Syndicated in Bushwick to the Metrograph on the Lower East Side and more.

  • March 20, 2017

    Saline, MI – New Emagine movie theater has 1,000 recliners, 48-foot screen

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    From MLive.com: Whether it’s to a magical kingdom or a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Saline’s new Emagine Entertainment theater is prepared to take visitors where they want to go.

    The 54,000-square-foot movie theater is celebrating its grand opening Saturday, March 18 at 1335 E. Michigan Ave. in the Commons at Saux Trail retail complex. Movie showings this weekend on its nine screens include Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” “Logan” and “Kong: Skull Island.”

    But not before a party to commemorate Emagine Entertainment’s 10th movie theater in Michigan. A VIP event was scheduled Friday with sneak previews of the theater, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and movie showings to benefit the Foundation of Saline Area Schools and Saline Area Social Service.

    It took nearly seven months to turn the former Country Market grocery store into an Emagine Entertainment movie theater.

    “We had competitors tell us it couldn’t be done,” CEO Paul Glantz said, noting it is the third grocery store-conversion for the company.

    There was an eight-figure capital investment, validated by a trade analysis showing a need in Saline and significant growth in nearby Pittsfield Township, Glantz said.

    Staff were already busy, vacuuming carpets and washing windows, preparing for the first round of moviegoers to be ushered into a lobby filled with sofas and a gas fireplace. A bar has Michigan breweries on tap and an assortment of liquor bottles lined up neatly on the counter.

    Iconic movie posters, like “Rocky” and “Citizen Kane” line the hallways, and the concessions stand is neatly packed with candy and a variety of popcorn and beverages.

    The location’s nine theaters are decked out with state-of-the-art sound and projection systems and contain nearly 1,000 leather recliners that stretch 7 feet. Emagine made a point not to put seats too close to the screen, Glantz added.

  • March 17, 2017

    Gibsonton, FL – New state of the art movie theater with enormous screens opens just in time for ‘Beauty & The Beast’

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    From ABCactionnews.com: A brand new movie theater featuring giant-sized screens opens Thursday in Gibsonton just in time for the opening of “Beauty and the Beast.”

    The Riverview 14 GDX will offer film fans a unique movie-watching experience.

    The theater has fourteen theaters, each with IMAX-rated sound walls to ensure no sound bleeds through. Each theater comes complete with full-motion, plush leather recliners in stadium style seating.

  • Wilmington, NC – The Pointe 14 Movie Theater Opens in Wilmington

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    From WWAYTV3.com: The Pointe 14, Wilmington’s newest 14-screen theater, had its grand opening Thursday night.

    The theater is an anchor tenant in the 34-acre mixed use development at 17th Street and Independence Boulevard.

    There was a red carpet, popcorn, soda, and of course movies.

    The Pointe 14 has more than 2,000 seats, luxury club seating, discount Tuesdays and $1 Summer movies.

    “This side of Wilmington needed a truly deluxe theater,” Stone Theatres President and CEO Herman Stone said. “And that’s what this theater is.”

    You will be able to get tickets through the Stone Theatres mobile app and online.

  • March 7, 2017

    Saginaw, MI – Saginaw’s historic Court Street Theatre gets new life

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    From Mlive.com: After sitting vacant for nearly two years, Saginaw’s historic Court Street Theatre is getting new life.

    The single-screen theater, built in 1938 and located at 1216 Court, closed in 2015. Now, signs posted outside announce that a newly refurbished theater is coming soon.

    Saginaw-based Raynemaker LLC purchased the property in April 2016 for $85,000, according to the Saginaw Area GIS Authority.

    Two city permits were pulled recently for work on the property: a building permit for siding and painting and a plumbing permit for fixtures and drains. Gerald G. Bergman Inc. and Earegood Plumbing & Heating Inc. are the contractors.

    Crews have been working on the building for months. It has an all-new facade but the vertical sign on the marquee still reads “Court.” Painters were working inside the lobby Thursday morning, March 2, applying fresh coats of bright colors.

    The building’s owner could not be reached for comment and details of the project, including a timeline for reopening the theater, are unclear.

    “My understanding is that they are working on the interior at this point and that their goal is to return it to the grander state it has been for the past several decades, which is obvious by the exterior work,” said Paul Barrera, owner of Jake’s Old City Grill, 100 S. Hamilton St. in Old Town Saginaw.

    “At a point when they’re ready, and that readiness they’ll determine, they’ll open up for movies as well as special events.”

  • February 19, 2017

    Oklahoma City, OK – Historic Tower Theatre Reopens On 23rd Street

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    From News9.com: The historic Tower Theatre on NW 23rd Street held its grand reopening Saturday after falling into years of disrepair. New owners now hope to capture the theater’s glory days. The beacon of NW 23rd Street is shining brightly once more, but while the iconic marquee reflects the rich history of the NW 23rd Street strip, the Tower Theatre has a whole new vibe.

    Hip-hop beats reverberated through the near-century old entertainment hall Saturday.

    The starting line-up of rappers was headlined by Oklahoma City-native Jabee, whose dream of seeing his name on Tower’s marquee started as a child.

    “My mom brought me here to Sound Warehouse when I was 10 to buy a cassette tape, and the cassette tape was Jackson 5,“ he said. "On the way back home, I saw the (Tower) sign and I was asking her about it, and she was telling me it was a theater, and I was like man I’ve got to get in there.”

    The Pivot Group bought the building two years ago, when the strip’s revitalization was just getting underway. The developers strived to recreate the essence of the original theater, adding era-influenced elements from floor to ceiling.

    “They came back in and inlaid original floor to match the time period, that Art Deco feel,” described the facility operator Scott Marsh of Levelland Productions. “They had a custom fixture put in to match that. The ceiling on the theater itself is stair-stepped and is back to its original glory; things that we put in like a special velour curtain both for aesthetics and sound.”

    “You walk in, you feel like you’re taking a step back into the 30s, 40s, 50s. You’re going to be able to expect a great room that changes, that molds itself to what the show is,” Marsh said.