Openings

  • October 15, 2010

    Victoria Theatre reopens in Blossburg – after 35 years!

    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

    Final curtain for the Majestic in Wills Point

    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.

  • Aksarben Cinema to open at site of former race track

    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’s Senator Theatre set to re-open Oct. 15

    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.

  • Cinema Planet welcomes earthlings

    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

    Clearview shutters Soundview Cinemas

    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

    Former AMC Northwoods 8 becomes Northwoods Stadium Cinemas; five more screens coming

    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.

  • September 29, 2010

    New art cinema opening in Coral Gables

    CORAL GABLES, FL — Located in the Coral Gables arts district at 260 Aragon Avenue in a city-owned building, the new 144-seat Coral Gables Art Cinema is expected to open in mid-October. It will be operated by the non-profit Coral Gables Cinemateque, Inc. under the terms of a long-term lease.

    The cinema is positioned to become an important destination for film lovers in Greater Miami and beyond with the most advanced technology of any stand-alone, nonprofit movie theater in the region, 144 stadium-configured seats, and a comfortable, intimate space in the heart of Coral Gables' cultural district.

    Pictures and additional detail are in the Miami Herald.

  • September 24, 2010

    Frank Theatres and Entertainment Centers coming to Murrells Inlet, SC in 2011

    MURRELLS INLET, SC — After extensive renovations, the Inlet Square 12 is reopening this Winter under Frank Theatres.

  • September 23, 2010

    Studio Movie Grill fails in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, MO – Open for less than half a year since its April opening, the Studio Movie Grill which originally was called the Majestic Theater, has closed. The closure is said to have resulted from its inability to compete for newly released films. The parent company’s operations in Texas and Georgia are apparently unaffected. The story is in Kansas City.com.