February 2, 2011
HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA — The Movie Palace closing Thursday Feb. 3rd after six years of operation under its current name. The theatre dates back to the 1930s and operated formerly as the Lyceum and the Mountain.
Owner Dale Barker announced the closing in a news release, but didn’t return calls to say why.
“After nearly 6 years, The Movie Palace will be forced to close their doors this Thursday, Feb 3rd,” he wrote. “It is important for everyone to know that our closure was not from providing the best value in town, or the lack of support from Hamiltonians. We far exceeded single-screen expectations, along with occasionally having greater attendance than the local multiplex.”
Read more in The Spec.
January 26, 2011
CAMAS, WA — A cornerstone of the neighborhood, the Liberty Theater will reopen in March.
Opening the doors of the historic Liberty Theater is a big win for Downtown Camas and local merchants, helping push the downtown as a ‘destination’ for the entire community and surrounding areas. “The Liberty has always been at the heart of our Downtown with theater goers taking advantage of the many great restaurants, merchants and services we have here in Camas. We are very excited and welcome this catalyst to Downtown’s revitalization,” commented Carolyn Mercury, Downtown Camas Association President.
Read more at the official website.
January 13, 2011
NEWPORT, TN — The Newport Cinema 4 was closed as of January 7. The only operating cinema in Cocke County, the theater opened in in the mid-1990’s and was once operated by the O'Neil theater chain. The owners are hoping that a new operator can be found.
In Hooper’s opinion, the cinema closed after facing several different obstacles. He said the theater’s overhead kept getting more expensive. The economy impacted ticket sales. He also believes more stockholders were needed in the beginning. But overall, Judge Hooper feels the theater reached its goal of entertaining the community.
There is more with video at WBIR.com.
January 11, 2011
WAGNER, SD — The last time Wagner had an operating movie theater, “Jaws” was the featured first-run attraction. Now a new Wagner Theater has opened, co-owned by two couples who converted a former hardware and outdoor equipment store by performing much of the work themselves. The new single screen theater has stadium seating, digital projection and surround sound.
Cerny praised the initiative shown in starting the theater, given that a previous volunteer effort failed. He anticipated the new theater will draw customers from as far as Fairfax and northern Nebraska towns such as Spencer.
“This one will give a much needed amenity to people in town here,” Cerny said. “I think people in the area are kind of hungry for a theater. … It took a lot of hard work and a lot of risk to do this venture.”
The full story appeared in the Mitchell Republic.
January 3, 2011
HAARLEM, THE NETHERLANDS — The Palace, an original single-screen cinema built in 1915 will close after its farewell film festival, from January 3rd until the 8th. The building and facade haven’t changed much since it was rebuilt in 1917. In 1995 it was renovated and the seat capacity in the auditorium was taken back from 750 to 574 seats.
The Palace is one of the last remaining unsplit single-screen purpose-built theaters in the country, but like many others will have to close due to changing audience habits and a multiplex opening nearby. The building, nominated to be a local monument, will stay intact and soon house a store.
December 28, 2010
ROCHESTER HILLS, MI — The latest entry in the Michigan-based Emagine Entertainment chain opened on December 21. The new theatre is a thorough reimagining of the former AMC Star Rochester 10 which closed in 2007. The revamped theater features new stadium seating, online seat reservations, digital and 3D technology, and a gourmet pizza kitchen.
The completely renovated building features 10 auditoriums — all with digital projection and sound and stadium seating. Pizza and cocktails are also served (there is a two-drink limit). The decor inside is sophisticated, with tiles and muted colors throughout.
“The building is beautiful, and we are thrilled,” said Ruth Johnson, an Emagine Entertainment executive. “We think we will do very well here; there has been such a positive response so far.”
December 23, 2010
DALLAS, TX — The Highland Park Village Theater reopened on December 18 after being closed for renovations for over a year. The renovated theater will function essentially as a twin with digital and 3D capability. There are now also two screening rooms for private parties. A restaurant and in-theater dining will be added in 2011.
It will also have luxury seating and an all-digital projection system. When the food service is fully operational, probably in a few months, theatergoers will be able to order food delivered to their seats.
Last year, Washburne’s group bought Highland Park Village for $170 million from the extended family of Henry S. Miller and a New Orleans investment group. The Miller group had owned the plaza since 1976, when they paid $5 million for it.
There is more in the online Dallas News.
December 8, 2010
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY — The Movies at Jefferson Valley, an 8-plex operated by Trademark Cinemas and located in the Jefferson Valley Mall has closed once again, for the second time in four years. The Journal News quoted the CEO of Trademark Cinemas as saying the mall’s owner, Simon Properties, would not renew the company’s lease, despite repeated attempts to gain a long-term contract. Trademark had operated the theater (opened originally under the United Artists banner as a 6-plex about 25 years ago) since Regal closed it in 2006, calling it “underperforming.”
While the Journal News reports that this leaves the town of Yorktown “without a cinema within its 40 square miles,” it also notes that Regal pulled out after opening another multiplex in the Cortlandt Town Center, which, though not in the same town, is only four miles away.
According to the article, mall management issued a statement affirming their commitment to “a mix of retail, food and entertainment options” but not commenting on reasons for the theater’s closing.
CONWAY, AR — Cinemark will open its new Towne Center theater here on December 10. The new cinema features a dozen digital screening rooms, one of which houses one of the company’s large-format HD screens.
Frank Gonzales, marketing manager, described the auditorium as having a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen with a custom sound system and digital projection capable of showing any 2D or 3D movie.
The full story appeared in the Log Cabin Democrat.
December 6, 2010
JACKSONVILLE, FL — An upscale entertainment complex called Latitude 30 will be opening here in mid-December. In addition to boutique bowling, a restaurant, a sports bar, billiards, a high-tech arcade, and meeting and banquet facilities, the new facility features two cinemas, one seating seventy and the other three hundred, both with dining and cocktail service. An additional Latitude 30 complex is slated for Nashville, and the company is apparently looking for additional sites in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.
The 50,000 square foot entertainment center is housed in the former Toys R Us store on Philips Highway, across the street from The Avenues Mall. Construction began in December 2009, but the design and concept have been in the works for more than three years, Brent Brown, managing partner of Brownstone Group, which owns Latitude 30, said Tuesday.