December 19, 2014
If you’re excited about catching a holiday flick at Agawam Cinemas, you’ll have to hold your horses.
Kimberly Wheeler, who bought the cinema in September, said the theater is expected to resume screenings at the end of January. The 31-year-old Agawam resident had hoped to open the cinema earlier this month, she said, but unforeseen electrical work has delayed renovations.
“I really wanted to be open for the holidays,” Wheeler said Thursday. “That’s the stinky part of it.”
Former owner Sal Anzalotti closed the theater in May. Anzalotti, who ran the business from 1996 to 2014, said he couldn’t afford to convert the theater’s projectors from film to digital and had difficulty competing with large multiplexes in the area.
Read the entire article at masslive.com
October 3, 2014
HOWELL, MI — After just over a year in darkness, the Howell Theatre reopened last week. They’ve updated the theatre, repainting and adding digital projectors but the programming is what really is catching eyes. They’re making a commitment to nurturing talent in the area by showing locally produced films and live entertainment. Classic films will be shown as well.
Get all the details at Livingston Daily
TUCSON, AZ — For the first time in 40 years, downtown Tucson have a first-run movie theater. What was a former music club is now the Screening Room. The recently renovated theatre plans to show art-house fare in conjunction with Grand Cinemas and Arizona Media Arts Center.
Read more about the exciting news in Arizona Public Media.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
September 19, 2014
LOWELL, MA — There are 20 theaters listed on Cinema Treasures in Lowell but only 1 is operating. It’ll be 2 come this weekend with the opening of the Luna Theater. The 80 seat gem will finally bring movies back to downtown with a mix of independent films and live performances.
Read more in the Lowell Sun
August 15, 2014
SEATTLE, WA — The Egyptian Theatre is reopening in October following a year of darkness after being acquired by the Seattle International Film Festival. They plan on showing film year-round and with over $300K in upgrades, the theatre should be in better shape than ever.
Read the full story in the Seattle PI.
August 8, 2014
July 9, 2014
PRINCTEON, NJ — The Garden Theatre reopened last week after about a month in darkness. They made upgrades to the concession stand and lighting as well as some other minor touch-ups. They converted to digital last summer. They plan on hosting a classic film series this summer and want more local input on programming.
Read more in the Princeton Packet.
(Thanks to Ken Roe for providing the photo.)
June 24, 2014
KANSAS CITY, MO — Good news from KC drive-ins! The I-70 and Twin have made the last minute switch to digital. Expanded menus and more are in store for the saved cinemas. The area lost nearly all their drive-ins but now with these and the Boulevard, they’re back to having a robust selection.
Read more in the Kansas City Star.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
June 20, 2014
PORTLAND, OR — Like the nearby Baghdad, the Mission Theater has reopened following extensive renovations. They’ll continue to be second-run but now have new seats and sound. The early adopter of brew and view will also still serve beer.
Read more in the Oregonian.
(Thanks to Lost Memory for providing the photo.)
June 19, 2014
SALEM, OH — After the Salem Twin closed last year, there were no first-run options for Salem residents. Now the theatre is reopening, better than ever. Not stopping just at digital projectors, there will be new seats as well as in interesting private screening room concept.
Read more in the Salem News.