October 7, 2010
JACKSON, TN — You can now beam down or drive over to the ten-screen Cinema Planet. Six of the screening rooms are designated as VIP, where food service is available. The facility features both a restaurant and a typical concession stand, digital projection, and 3D capability in some of the auditoriums.
His theater offer “a prime-time movie with a prime-time dinner …” he said. “You can save time since you don’t have to rush to eat someplace.”
Cinema Planet purchased the property in September 2008. The construction of the project was delayed when the economic downturn began. The wave of new development in the Pringles Park area led to the start of construction on the cinema, which began around November last year, Keshani said.
The story, with a picture, is in the Jackson Sun.
October 1, 2010
PORT WASHINGTON, NY — Clearview Cinemas has closed the six-screen Soundview Cinemas in the Soundview Marketplace. Clearview had been operating the theater since acquiring it in the late 1990’s.
“It’s disconcerting,” said Rina Smith, who grew up in Port Washington. “ I like the movie theater and it’s been here a long time. Something has to be done with the landlords in Port Washington. Rents are too high.”
Her husband Peter Smith will miss it, too.
“It is one of the cleanest movie theaters in the area,” he said. “This is one of the original great movie theaters.”
There is more in the Port Washington Patch.
September 30, 2010
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — Southeast Cinemas has given the former AMC Northwoods 8 a thorough gut-rehab and will be reopening it in late October as the Northwoods Stadium Cinemas. The company is also adding five additional screening rooms which are expected to open in early 2011.
Because of the expansion in the rear, removal of load-bearing walls and stripping the insides down to the concrete walls, Snodgrass said new engineering required the updated building to meet current fire codes and be handicapped-accessible, which added to the delay.
“It wasn’t simply coming in and slapping on a new coat of paint,” he said. “Nobody is going to recognize it when they walk inside.”
There is more in the Post and Courier.
September 29, 2010
CORAL GABLES, FL — Located in the Coral Gables arts district at 260 Aragon Avenue in a city-owned building, the new 144-seat Coral Gables Art Cinema is expected to open in mid-October. It will be operated by the non-profit Coral Gables Cinemateque, Inc. under the terms of a long-term lease.
The cinema is positioned to become an important destination for film lovers in Greater Miami and beyond with the most advanced technology of any stand-alone, nonprofit movie theater in the region, 144 stadium-configured seats, and a comfortable, intimate space in the heart of Coral Gables' cultural district.
Pictures and additional detail are in the Miami Herald.
September 24, 2010
MURRELLS INLET, SC — After extensive renovations, the Inlet Square 12 is reopening this Winter under Frank Theatres.
September 23, 2010
KANSAS CITY, MO – Open for less than half a year since its April opening, the Studio Movie Grill which originally was called the Majestic Theater, has closed. The closure is said to have resulted from its inability to compete for newly released films. The parent company’s operations in Texas and Georgia are apparently unaffected. The story is in Kansas City.com.
September 16, 2010
BONITA SPRINGS, FL — It took several months longer than originally anticipated but the Prado Cinema Café has opened in the space previously housing the Regal Stadium 12 which closed in 2009. It currently has nine screening rooms and new seating with tables between groups of seats that enables patrons to enjoy items purchased from the varied café menu which, in addition to the typical snack bar fare, includes pizza, sandwiches, beer and wine, and yes – champagne and caviar.
The full story is in the News-Press.
September 15, 2010
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA — Film lovers here will be celebrating the opening of the Bell Lightbox, the sparkling new headquarters of the the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The complex includes five cinemas that have capacities ranging from 80 to 550 seats; one screening room will have 70mm capability. In addition, the film center will have areas for seminars, galleries, a reference library, and administrative offices, and, later, a rooftop space. The opening on September 12 is highlighted by an open house and a “Wizard of Oz”-themed street festival.
September 13, 2010
CARPINTERIA, CA – The Plaza Theatre, opened in the 1940s as the Del Mar Theatre, closed on Thursday, September 9, after nearly five years of operation by the Metropolitan Theater Corporation. The theater was, according to president David Corwin, who is quoted in the Santa Barbara Independent, “not viable as a stand-alone operation.” The list of operating single screen theaters in California continues to dwindle …
September 8, 2010
HOUSTON, TX — The Angelika Film Center here closed on August 29, its lease apparently terminated. It had operated for thirteen years. Recently it had had air-conditioning failures.
Brown paper was placed over the full-length doors, blocking the view into the lobby and a white sign reading “We regret to inform you that The Angelika Film Center has closed today. After 13 years of continued service to the Houston community, the Angelika’s lease has been terminated by the Angelika’s landlord, Bayou Place Limited Partnership, an affiliate of the Cordish Company” hangs in the box office window.
Movie goers showing up to catch the first scheduled films of this Sunday were met by a woman in the box office who reimbursed the parking costs of those who parked in the garage with cash and turned them away. “They may relocate, but probably not,” the Angelika worker told CultureMap’s Nic Phillips.
There is more at CultureMap.com.