June 30, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CA — The opening of the new Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 is more than a movie theater opening; it is a pivotal part of an economic revitalization of this important Los Angeles neighborhood.
The Baldwin Hills mall is one of the few shopping locations in the area and the closure of the Magic Johnson Theaters over a year ago further depressed the complex and closed the only movie house in the area. As patrons traveled to Culver City and other areas to see movies, dollars left the community. With eighty new jobs at the theater—including many for area residents—the new Rave location is bringing some much needed excitement and employment to the corner of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards.
I had an opportunity to visit the new theater yesterday and it’s a warm, inviting space with a mix of large screen entertainment for blockbusters—including the company’s new Rave Xtreme screen—and more intimate auditoria for smaller movies and perhaps more romantic settings.
For a tour of the theater, check out the photo stream from “Hollywood90038”.
For more information, check out the following news coverage:
NBC Los Angeles (VIDEO)
Southern California Public Radio (AUDIO)
June 29, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CA — Moviegoing in Baldwin Hills is back after a $10 million renovation of the former Magic Johnson Theaters. Rave has installed stadium seating and digital technology in all fifteen auditoria and fully redesigned the exterior and interior of the movie house. The new Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 serves a key area of Los Angeles that has been without a neighborhood theater since 2010.
The theater reopened last night with preview screenings of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” For more information, check out this article in the Los Angeles Times or to check showtimes and tickets, visit the Rave Motion Pictures site.
Update: Rave has just released this statement about the theater.
June 28, 2011
CORONADO, CA — The Village Theatre finally reopened on Friday, June 24th with “Cars 2” after closing for renovations over a decade ago in 2000. According to NBC San Diego, the former single screen theater is now a triplex with 195 seats in the main theater, along with two screening rooms for 45 patrons.
Murals have been added to all three auditoria designed by the recently deceased Joseph Musil and Disney muralist Bill Anderson. The theater has been refurbished throughout and has installed a new booming Dolby six-channel Digital sound system.
June 27, 2011
ST. JOSEPH, MO — The St. Joseph News-Press is reporting that the city will have a new drive-in theater next year. Jay Kerner, who previously owned the now closed Horseshoe Lake Drive-In, was granted conditional approval by the city council to operate a twin ozoner at 4814 S. U.S. Highway 169. Final approval is set for late summer 2011 for a 2012 opening.
The theater will be operated by Kerner but owned by Riley Cooke, who currently owns the Amusement Park Drive-In in Billings, Montana. (Cooke purchased the old equipment from the Horseshoe Lake Drive-In after it closed in 2009.)
June 22, 2011
SEATTLE, WA — After Landmark closed the Neptune Theatre in December, few knew what was next. Local musician Mark Lanegan was the first act to play there as it was reopened as a music venue last week. The support from people around town point towards a bright future for it.
Read more in the Seattle Times
(Thanks to Chris Blakeley for providing the pic)
June 17, 2011
June 16, 2011
KINGSTON, MA — The Plymouth Patch announced that the Regal Independence Mall 14 will be rebuilt in phases in order to incorporate all of Regal’s top state-of-art amenities like RPX and Real D 3D. Instead of starting over from scratch in a completely new structure, Regal is pouring a serious investment into this top location.
June 14, 2011
MADRAS, OR — Read this blurb about this new theater in Madras. The operator has been successful by targeting small towns in Oregon.
June 13, 2011
RIO RANCHO, NM — Premiere Cinemas opened the brand-new Premiere Theater in Rio Rancho last week. Not only is this Rio Rancho’s first new theater in 13 years, it’s the first theater in the Albuquerque area to have all digital screens.