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
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.
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.
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.
December 3, 2010
WACO, TX — The “oohs” and “ahhs” were heard all day at the recent reopening of the renovated Jubilee Theatre at 1319 N. 15th. New curtains, doors, an expanded stage, more technology and even direct access to the World Cup Café for dinner theaters and Fair Trade is now a reality. A full venue of performances from plays to social justice films to talent shows and musical programs are scheduled. The “Price of Sugar,” an award-winning documentary is scheduled for Nov 14, followed by the dramatic reading of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Dec 18. See all of the new opportunities here for details. Rental fees and availability is also posted.
“Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Saturday, Dec 18, 7:00
Ticket donations for Jubilee Theatre event allow lower-income to attend
The acclaimed holiday story of the wild Herdsman children will be the first outside feature of the newly renovated Jubilee Theatre. Called “ … outrageous, lively, funny, and wonderful ” by the The Denver Post"; “could become a classic, one of the best Christmas books ever.” says Publisher’s Weekly. From the generosity of local Wacoans, over 100 tickets have been donated so that lower-income children and families can attend the event. Potter’s Cast from Tyler, Texas, will be producing the show which has become a favorite. If you are interested in attending or purchasing tickets for others, go online to theofficial website for details or call Mission Waco’s office, 254.753.4900.
Using data found mostly here on CinemaTreasures.org, I’ve created a stop-motion video detailing the rise and fall of cinemas in New Orleans. Thanks a ton to everyone that has cared enough to provide the information that served as the basis for this video!
December 1, 2010
ROCKLIN, CA — A sixteen-screen, all-digital cinema has opened here on November 19. The new theater, which is locally-owned, features an immersive Ultra Digital Cinema (UDC) screen, sophisticated Klipsch surround sound in all screening rooms, and remote control of projection and HVAC systems.
The owner, Dan Tocchini, stated that the theater is the first in the world to feature elevated digital projectors that do not require any projection booth. The technology allows them to maximize usable space and give the audience a better experience. Continuing with the advanced features in the theater, Tocchini stated that every aspect of each theater is controlled by an iPhone looking device: lights, projections, air conditioning and sound can be adjusted instantaneously — allowing for each movie to get a personalized touch.
The story, with pictures, appeared in the Sacramento Press.
November 30, 2010
BOCA RATON, FL — Living Room Theaters has partnered with Florida Atlantic University and has opened a new quad cinema in the new Culture and Society Building on the FAU Boca Raton campus. The theaters are used for instructional purposes on weekdays, but function as traditional public art and independent cinemas on weekday evenings and for most of the day on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The snack bar features typical and some atypical movie house offerings.
The 73,000-square-foot, $19 million complex has four screens of independent, foreign and classic films as well as a European-style café offering gourmet food, beer, wine and coffee. The building has 14 classrooms, conference rooms, offices and a three-story atrium.
While FAU’s film program is mostly housed at its Fort Lauderdale campus, students will take classes such as film critique and theory inside the theaters. They’ll also learn how to use digital film equipment.
November 29, 2010
HENDERSON, KY — The opening of the eight-screen Showplace Cinemas here comes as welcome relief to this city which has not had an operating theater of any kind since 2005. The $5 million complex has high-back rocker seats, all-digital projection, and 3D capability.
“I can only say thank you,” Mayor Tom Davis said, reflecting on how many times he had been quoted about the need for a movie theater in Henderson.
“The youth of our community will get the benefit of this more than you can imagine,” whether they are movie-goers or are among the 30 employees who have been hired by Showplace, he said. “Thank you for your investment in Henderson and your faith in this community.”
There is more, including pictures, at The Gleaner.com.
In spite of a number of recent articles predicting doom for movie theaters (such as this one) due to the plans of some studios to add more direct-to-viewer options, there have been several announcements of the construction of new theaters.
WESTLAND, MI — MJR Digital Theaters has announced that it will open a sixteen-screen megaplex in the Detroit suburb of Westland, to open in late October or early November of 2011, according to the Detroit Free Press.
WILMINGTON, DE — Penn Cinemas plans to build a $25 million dollar theater on a parcel of riverfront land here that it will acquire from a state agency. The new theater will have fourteen screens and an IMAX auditorium. The story is at Delaware Online.