May 31, 2011
CARLINVILLE, IL — The Marvel Theatre held its reopening on Thursday, May 26, 2011. The theatre has been in operation since the 1920’s until March of this year. Now with a new operater and some $300,000 in updates and refurbishments it is reay to open for the Memorial Weekend. Updates include new digital projection and 3D capabilities.
The new manager is Steve Dougherty, owner of the Westside Cinema in Litchfield. Dougherty’s improvements to the Marvel took about seven weeks and cost about $300,000. The most interesting new thing about the Marvel is the fact that it will be showing movies in 3-D as well. There will be around thirty new 3-D movies playing this year which will give plenty of opportunities for the Marvel to show them.
There’s more on this story at Carlinville Online.
May 26, 2011
WESTFALL, PA — Located in a space once occupied by a supermarket, the Majestic 7 opened on May 20. Operated by Majestic-Star of Teaneck, New Jersey, the seven-screen theater will be the only theater in a twenty mile radius, featuring wall-to-wall screens, digital projection and “wild purple” carpet.
New, high-back rocking seats, still covered in protective plastic, give off a sort of new-car smell in each auditorium.
The cinema has been under construction for the last six months. Page and partner Tom Ferrie signed a deal in late 2010 to take on the $3 million project, which includes full digital 3-D projection and sound and wall-to-wall screens.
The news appeared in the Pocono Record.
May 19, 2011
Yonkers, NY — May 18, 2011 — National Amusements, Inc., a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, today announced the opening of its Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill luxury theatre in Yonkers, New York. Featuring the highest quality in movie projection technology with Sony 4K and RealD 3D, the theatre will bring all of the latest movie releases to the amenity-rich location. The theatre opens for business on Friday, May 20.
Yonkers Mayor Philip A. Amicone, Chairman of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency said, “National Amusements' impressive new cinema is an important cornerstone of the Ridge Hill development, both of which were made possible with the assistance of key economic incentives provided by the Yonkers IDA.
“This state-of-the art theater will provide 110 part-time jobs and 10 permanent jobs at a time when unemployment — particularly for our young people — is still too high. I’d like to congratulate National Amusements and its development partners for their hard work and determination in making this exciting family-friendly entertainment venue a reality.”
May 18, 2011
BURTON, MI — The six-screen Courtland Cinemas, first opened as the single-screen Eastland Mall Theatre in 1969 and last operated by National Amusements until it closed in 2008 will reopen on Friday, May 20 under the management of NGC Cinemas. It is now being called the NCG Courtland Cinemas. This will bring movies back to the east side of the Flint, MI area. Details from the Flint Journal and from NCG Cinemas, which shows very reasonable ticket prices and offers free refills on all sizes of pop and popcorn. All screens have stadium seating.
May 12, 2011
MONETTA, SC — Last week, under decent weather, the Big Mo Drive-in in opened its third screen. After a successful Summer in 2010, it was time for a third screen in this very rural town that pulls moviegoers from Augusta, GA and Columbia, SC. The first two features on that screen are “Soul Surfer” and “Rio”. A far cry from when it closed in the 80’s running X-rated movies.
May 9, 2011
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Closed since 2008, the Surf-n-Sand Movies 8 will be renovated and become the seven-screen Beach Movie Grill. In addition to burgers and fries, more upscale entreés will be available including some seafood offerings. The theater is expected to open on May 20 and was once a Regal operation.
Virginia Beach brothers Donald Pollard Jr. and John Pollard, both with national experience in retail real estate, joined with two out-of-town partners in the movie theater business to form Beach Movie Bistro Inc. The Pollards' parents owned the long-gone Surf ‘n’ Sand Motel, which stood on the site that became the movie theater.
There is more in the PilotOnline.
KANOPOLIS, KS — Closed since 2006, the Kanopolis Drive-in will be back in business as of May 6. Now operated by by Josh and Amanda Webb, the drive-in can accommodate 160 cars. There are still even a few post speakers available though most patrons will hear the soundtrack through their car radios tuned to an FM frequency. Currently the drive-in is running 35mm, but the Webbs expect that a conversion to digital will inevitably occur.
He said his goal is to upgrade to digital or laser projection, but that’s going to mean saving money and possibly taking out financing for the project.
“It’s gonna be awesome when it opens up,” Amanda Webb said. “It’ll bring people together. We need their patronage for it to work.”
The story appeared in The Republic.
May 6, 2011
DETROIT, MI — The Detroit Senate Theater, current home to the unique 4/34 Wurlitzer Organ from Detroit’s Fisher Theater, reopens Sunday May 15, 2011 at 3 PM with a show featuring Jelani Eddington playing a wide variety of popular music.
6424 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
Tickets: $12.00 / $8.00 ages 12 and under
Many exciting things happening at the Senate. Volunteers have been hard at work painting, cleaning, refreshing, and much more. The Wurlitzer is sounding better than ever after recently being professionally releathered (including the electro-pneumatic relay !)
Many recent pictures and updates at http://www.facebook.com/DTOSonFB
May 2, 2011
AUSTIN, TX — The Violet Crown, a new quad art cinema, opened on April 29 on Austin’s Second Street. The new cinema features a full bar and cafe, and will soon present a series of Criterion classics as part of its art and independent film programming. The theater’s name is a reference to an old nickname of the city of Austin. The theater’s owner, Bill Banowsky, is a former Landmark Theatres executive and former owner of the Magnolia Pictures distribution company.
This article about the theater, from the Austinist, features an interview with Banowsky and an architect’s sketch of the cinema.
April 29, 2011
ROCKY MOUNT, NC — The Booker-T. (aka Savoy) has been restored and will reopen this coming weekend, 4/29-30/11. It is part of a community revitalization project called the “Douglas Block.” Another theater, the Manhattan, has also been left standing but this theater has been repurposed for retail. Both of these theaters were African-American theaters during segregation and to my knowledge, the Booker-T is the only African-American theater in North Carolina to have been restored and to be used for an entertainment venue.
We are heading up there for the dedication and celebration and will share photos and more history when we return.
If anyone has more info on these historic theaters, please let me know. There are so few of them left.