• November 24, 2010

    AMC to shutter historic Uptown Cinemas in Seattle

    SEATTLE, WA — AMC will close another theater claiming that its continued operation is not economically viable, only this time it is the eighty-four-year-old Uptown on Seattle’s Queen Anne Avenue. Most recently operated as a triplex, the theater opened in 1926. The last day will be November 28.

    The brief announcement is at

  • November 23, 2010

    Nine-screen theater opens near Cincinnati in Sycamore Township

    SYCAMORE TWP, OH — Theater Management Corporation opened its third cinema on November 19. The Kenwood Theatre at Kenwood Place now occupies space formerly used by two furniture stores; it has nine screens, digital projection and one 3D capable screen. The theaters occupy two levels of the converted structure. The refreshment menu includes sushi, gourmet cookies, beer wine, and cocktails, as well as more conventional fare.

    Theater Management had spent years looking for a site near the mall, managing principal Gary Goldman said earlier this year. The need for a theater in the area became particularly clear when the mall’s Showcase Cinemas closed in May 2009.

    “The trend has been in both Clifton and Mariemont that a great deal of our customers frequent the restaurants and shops in the area,” said Goldman, who manages and is an investor in all three theaters. “We needed to be in an area where there were options like that.”

    There is more at

  • November 22, 2010

    AMC reopens the Essex Green in West Orange as Fork & Screen location; others coming soon

    WEST ORANGE, NJ — The AMC Essex Green reopened on November 17 as the fourth of AMC’s Fork & Screen locations. The remodeled theater now features four screening rooms billed as Cinema Suites with upscale dining and cocktail service, and five others for more casual dining, and the MacGuffins bar and lounge.

    AMC plans to open two more Fork and Screen operations in New Jersey, the AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 in Bridgewater on Nov. 22 and the AMC Menlo Park 12 in Edison on Dec. 15.

    The AMC Grapevine Mills 30 in Grapevine, Texas will also be and Fork & Screen location as of Dec. 8. There is more in the Sun Herald.

  • November 17, 2010

    First drive-in in Ireland opening near Cork

    CORK, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND — Reportedly the first permanent drive-in ever in Ireland, the Movie Junction in County Cork is set to open soon. The facility has space for 170 cars and will have FM radio sound. The cost of entry is said to be the equivalent of $21 per carload.

    Ireland is set to get its first permanent drive-in movie theater in Co. Cork. Movie Junction, which is the brainchild of two Cork businessmen, is due to open a 170-car facility in the coming weeks just in time for the screening the latest Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”.

    Promoters John Caulfield and Stephen Redmond, originally came up with the idea five years ago after they attended a drive in movie at the Cork showground, which was part of the Cork film festival.

    The full story is at Irish Central.

  • November 16, 2010

    Grand Theatre opens at Fort Bliss

    FORT BLISS, TX — The first megaplex on a U.S. military installation has opened as part of a new shopping mall on the Fort Bliss army base called Freedom Crossing. As earlier reported, the Grand Theatre, operated by Southern Theaters, features ten screens, stadium seating, and all digital projection. Civilians may attend the Grand Theatre if they enter the base at one of two designated gates and provide government-issued identification.

    There are stories about the new mall and the theater’s opening at KFOX and in the El Paso Times

  • November 5, 2010

    Ocala Drive-in to reopen

    OCALA, FL — Closed for over three years and in need of much work, nonetheless the Ocala Drive-in is going to reopen in late December. Brothers John and Charles Watzke have leased the theater from its Illinois owner; they and their new manager, Jeff Beenblossom, are working to get the property in shape. It will have both traditional speaker poles and FM sound.

    The new theater will have about 150 parking spaces with speakers and another 400 that will be able to pick up the audio portion of movies through FM radio signals.

    The three men plan to repaint the screen, rewire the speakers and restore the concession stand.

    There is more at

  • November 4, 2010

    New Great Escape theater opens in Dickson City

    DICKSON CITY, PA — Alliance Entertainment opened its new Great Escape Dickson City IMAX 14 on November 1. The all-digital theater includes a digital IMAX screen.

    Take the curved IMAX screen: it’s four stories tall, longer than a city bus and uses two projectors compared to regular films that use just one.

    Not every blockbuster movie is available in IMAX and seeing one is more expensive, about $12 a ticket.

    The full story is at

  • November 2, 2010

    Another upscale multiplex opening in Scottsdale

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Moviegoers in the greater Scottsdale area will have even more options before the end of the year. In addition to the new IPic theater, UltraStar Cinemas will be opening its new cinema at the Scottsdale Pavilions, which is a two million dollar renovation of the former UA Scottsdale Pavilions 11 which closed in 2009. The renovated cinema will have VIP amenities in six of the eleven screening rooms, and a dramatic front entrance and lobby area.

    “We like to think we have the perfect moviegoing experience for everyone,” said Damon Rubio, UltraStar executive vice president of operations.

    Movie theaters have long been among the most accessible forms of entertainment with a one-size-fits-all approach to serving customers on a first-come, first-served basis. Now, premium theaters have upgraded amenities but with ticket prices two to three times higher than standard cinemas.

    There is more, including a link to a slideshow of the theater, at

  • October 25, 2010

    New theater to open in December in Scottsdale

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ — IPic Entertainment of Boca Raton, which recently took over the operation of the Gold Class Cinemas in the U.S., has announced that it will be opening a plush new eight-screen theater in the Scottsdale Quarter in time for the holiday movie season. Amenities will include advanced digital projection and sound, premium food offerings, online reserved seating, and cocktail service.

    IPic Theaters will transform Scottsdale’s movie-going experience to a gold-standard evening out thanks to amenities such as reserved online seating; complimentary valet parking; complimentary popcorn; as well as high-end food and beverage service throughout the film. The Scottsdale Quarter movie theater will house eight intimate auditoriums, each with two tiers of custom-designed plush seats, wall-to-wall movie screens and state-of-the-art digital technology.

    “What makes the IPic experience unique is the additional activities and amenities we offer, making a night at the movies truly customizable for each and every movie lover,” said Hamid Hashemi, president and CEO of IPic Entertainment, which recently acquired the Gold Class Cinemas chain in the United States. “Our guests can enjoy their favorite movie in a relaxing and comfortable setting, with the option to come early for a great dining experience before or during the movie or to stay late and enjoy the theater’s after-hours ultra lounge, Salt.”

    There is more in this press release.

  • October 20, 2010

    B&B Theatres opens new cinema in Wildwood, MO

    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.