October 20, 2010
WILDWOOD, MO — B&B Theatres opened the latest addition to its growing chain of theaters in this outer suburb, about thirty miles west of Saint Louis, on October 1. B&B is calling the new Wildwood 10 the flagship of its operations; the theater boasts all-digital projection and two suites for those over 21. There are no projection booths and no boxoffice; ticketing occurs at concession registers. The largest screen is fifty-four feet in width.
The theater’s unique, adults-only Marquee Suites feature reclining leather chairs with foot rests and marble side tables to accommodate its concessions, which include mixed drinks and hot foods such as flat-bread pizzas from the nearby Table Three restaurant.
Bagby hopes the theaters will become a community social hub on the newly developed Main Street in Wildwood. She said her family is bullish on presenting movies in theaters, which have traditionally thrived when the rest of the economy has suffered, and she’s not worried about competition from home theaters.
There is more in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
October 19, 2010
LAKE WORTH, TX — Starplex Cinemas put out the welcome mat at the Lake Worth Movies 14 on October 15. In addition to all digital projection and 3D capability, the cinema has high back rocker stadium seating and a birthday party room among its amenities.
Lake Worth Movies 14 is a brand new all digital theatre featuring Real D 3-D digital projection and a new expanded concession menu including hand dipped Blue Bell ice cream, pizzas, mini corn dogs, pretzels and more. Plush, stadium high-back rocker seating will be installed with cup holder arm rests for patrons' convenience. Digital surround sound and wall-to-wall screens are in all auditoriums. Avoid the lines with the convenience of at-home ticketing or Automated Box Office (ABO) kiosks for easy ticket purchasing. Birthday party rooms will also be available for event rentals.
There is more in the Business Wire.
October 18, 2010
WAYNESBORO, VA — The first Zeus Digital Theatre opened in Waynesboro on October 8. Complementing its name, the theater has a lobby reminiscent of ancient Greece, all stadium seating, and eight screens (the article mistakenly says ten), two of which are 3D capable.
Economists say they see the potential, but the size of the impact will depend on how much new spending the theater generates in the city as opposed to revenue from patrons who would have spent money elsewhere.
“This an amenity that has been missing for quite some time,” Assistant City Manager Jim Shaw said. “It will be good for our citizens and continues to make Waynesboro a draw in the region.”
The story with two pictures is in the News Virginian.
October 15, 2010
BLOSSBURG, PA — The Victoria Theatre here is showing movies again after being closed for over three decades. Apparently kept in relatively good condition, the building dates to 1901 and it use as a theater to 1915. Movies are now being shown on weekends.
Though Gorda couldn’t say how much was spent on the project until all the bills come in, he did say that they were “lucky” the building had been “grandfathered” in under zoning laws, which helped keep down the costs.
“Mostly what we did was patch and paint the walls, and (did) a lot of cleaning,” Gorda said.
There is more in the Sun Gazette.
October 8, 2010
WILLS POINT, TX — The last film was shown at the Majestic Theatre on October 3. Opened in 1926, it was one of the oldest operating movie houses in Texas; its struggle to survive was was reported earlier this year.
Despite the comedy playing on the screen, few were in the mood to laugh, knowing.. they were watching the end of one of the state’s oldest movie theaters.
“I know it’s coming for a couple of years, but you’re not ready for it,” said Majestic employee John Allen. “It’s still real tough.”
The full story, with a video, is at WFAA.com.
OMAHA, NB — The ten-screen Aksarben Cinema is scheduled to open around the first of December as part of a development which is located on the site of the former Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack and arena which were demolished in 2005. (It was built, by the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben, an Omaha philanthropic organization founded in 1895, to turn the fortunes of Omaha and Nebraska around; hence, Ak-Sar-Ben is Nebraska spelled backwards).
The multiplex will feature Dolby Digital and surround sound technologies, stadium seating and — if the Omaha City Council agrees — booze.
Unlike Midtown Crossing’s CineDine at Marcus Midtown Cinema, Aksarben Cinema won’t offer a dinner-during-the-movie experience. Instead, alcoholic drinks would be sold at the regular concession stands, said theater owner Bill Barstow.
There is more at Omaha.com.
October 7, 2010
BALTIMORE, MD — The new management of the Senator has set a mid-October reopening. Some renovation work has begun; a public meeting to present further plans and garner input is also planned.
On Thursday, the Cusacks will unveil their latest plans to build a bar, a crepe shop and a small-plate restaurant in the north side of the building, and to construct a new, second auditorium on the south side of the building (while keeping the large theater intact).
They hope to complete the “global renovation” a year from now, and plan to celebrate a “grand reopening” in Fall 2011.
But starting Oct. 15, the Senator will be scheduling two matinees and two evening shows a day, roughly from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a $9 general admission price and $7.50 for all shows before 6 p.m.
There is more in the Baltimore Sun.
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.