• April 26, 2012

    Port Theater to reopen


    CORONA DEL MAR, CA — The long shuttered Port Theater will reopen this week as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. After a recent interior remodel, the theatre will provide free screenings and seminars as part of the program.

    Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

    (Thanks to RonP for providing the photo.)

  • March 21, 2012

    Princess reopens tomorrow


    HARRIMAN, TN— The Princess Theatre will officially reopen on March 22, 2012! A two-day event is planned with local music and dedications to be done on Thursday March 22nd, and Marshall Tucker will play on Saturday March 24th. Both events were sold out in 3 hours!

    The theater will be jointly owned by the Princess Foundation and Roane State Community College. Roane State will provide the managerial staff and the cleaning staff.

  • March 16, 2012

    KY man reopens Cocke Co. movie theater

    NEWPORT, KY — Just a man and a dream as Branden Joynt reopened the Newport Cinema 4 the other week. He just moved over 200 miles to takeover the theatre that closed its doors a year ago. They plan on showing first-run films at affordable prices.

    Read more at WBIR.

  • March 8, 2012

    Clio Cinemas reopens as Clio Square Cinema


    CLIO MI — The former Clio Cinemas which was last operated by NGC Cinemas was reopened last December by Emagine Entertainment which also owns Cinema Hollywood in nearby Birch Run. Emagine has renamed the four-screen cinema the Clio Square Cinema. It’s official URL is here.

    (Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)

    Submitted by Gary Flinn

  • February 27, 2012

    Taft Fox reopens


    TAFT, CA — As we reported last month, the Taft Fox was set to reopen. That finally happened last week as they finally passed all the necessary inspections.

    (Thanks to filmjedimaster for providing the photo.)

  • Regency Fontana 8 reopens

    FONTANA, CA — After taking it over a few months back, Regency has reopened the Fontana 8 following some improvements. They’ve upgraded the sound and projection along with replacing fixtures.

    Read more in the Fontana Herald News.

  • February 8, 2012

    New Smithsonian theater opens

    WASHINGTON, DC — The new theater at the Smithsonian reported two months ago, opened up last week with a gala for Clint Eastwood. The donations with help from Warner Bros. have now made the space state-of-the-art with 3D capabilities.

    Read more in the Huffington Post.

  • January 9, 2012

    Live music to return to a storied theater

    PORT CHESTER, NY — One of rock and roll’s most illustrious venues will soon breathe new life, as music entrepreneur Peter Shapiro has announced plans to reopen the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, for live performances by some of the biggest names in music.

    In its distinguished history, the 1,835-capacity theatre has hosted concerts by the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Derek The Dominos, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, David Bowie, Santana, and many more. With state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment in-house, and bookings by Shapiro, in partnership with concert promoter The Bowery Presents, the 85-year-old theatre is poised to emerge as the East Coast’s premier concert destination. Current plans have the Theatre re-opening in mid-2012.

    “The Capitol Theatre is a rock and roll icon and we are going to treat her as such,” says Shapiro. “We are going to spoil her and give her the best of everything – the best sound, the best lights, and the best video projection technology of any theatre anywhere. Our plan is to turn the knob to 11 in every way possible.”

  • December 29, 2011

    Joy Theater on Canal Street comes back to life

    NEW ORLEANS, LA — As the first downtown theater to reopen post-Katrina, the Joy Theater is coming back. Not only will be used for film, but it will now be a showcase for concerts and live events.


  • December 27, 2011

    Two closed theaters to reopen

    KAILUA, HI — The former Keolu Center Cinemas is reopening after over the three years dark. The new owners have a ten year lease on the space and will focus on family fare. Read more in the Pacific Business News.

    ANDERSON, CA — After abruptly closing two months ago, the new Valley Cinemas reopened December 23rd. They intend to maintain the same low prices, use real butter on their popcorn and install a screen for 3-D. Read more in the Record Searchlight.