February 25, 2011
ERBIL, IRAQ — Cozy up to the Idea of Stadium-like Viewing with Empire Cinemas. A unique event is about to unfold in Iraq, where for the first time ever a cinema multiplex will open in the recently constructed “Family Mall”, the region’s newest shopping and leisure destination. “This is a one of a kind project,” says Gino Haddad, C.F.O / Business Development Director for Empire Cinemas. The leading cinema circuit and movies distributor in Lebanon and the Gulf will spearhead the group into Iraq, hosting 14 state of the art screens, equipped with 3D digital projectors and DTS digital surround sound systems. Taking a cultural page out of a glorious history of the country, Empire Cinemas designed very spacious theaters with stadium-like architecture, which can boast more than 2500 seats, including an exquisite section for the VIP. The large multiplex lobby will be adorned with comfortable lounge couches, as well as a sizable concession area catering to the whim of all movie fans; children and adults; offering a wide array of refreshment and snack categories from flavored popcorn and sizzling cheese nachos to imported American chocolate delights.
Hollywood blockbuster movies are scheduled to be released concurrently with U.S and European launch dates, while Arabic and commercial Indian movies' enthusiasts can regularly rejoice in top selections on offer.
LAUREL, MT — The town of Laurel in Montana will again have its own movie theater, and like the last one that operated there, it will be known as the Movie Haus. The original Laurel Movie Haus burned down in the 1990’s and Laurel has been without its own cinema ever since. The new theater will be a triplex.
The space for the three-screen theater had been a J.C. Penney store and most recently a dollar store. The Cookes are renovating the entire interior, doing much of the construction and decorating by themselves.
This will be the only movie theater in Laurel and the owners hope to capitalize on visitors from more rural areas. “We’re hoping to bring people from Columbus, Joliet, Bridger, and all down the valley. They come here to shop too so we hope to be part of that experience,” Riley said.
There is more at KULR8.
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.