October 23, 2013
TRAVERSE CITY, MI — The Bijou by the Bay officially opened on October 18 with the classic 1939 film “Gone With The Wind.” Admission for the weekend shows are $5 and a community celebration is planned for November 21. A schedule of films at the theater can be found at their official website.
October 17, 2013
LA CIOTAT, FRANCE — Home of the first presentations of early films by the Lumiere Brtohers, the Eden Theatre has reopened following extensive renovations. Opening in 1889, the building hasn’t had consistent usage in over thirty years. The theatre will now house a permanent exhibition to these pioneers of film along with regular film screenings.
Read more in the Guardian.
October 4, 2013
MUSKEGON, MI — The 90+ year-old Harbor Cinema is back in business following some extensive renovations. Now under new ownership, the theatre has an updated concessions area, digital projection, and a newly-painted lobby. The theatre will get back to showing first-run films and locals couldn’t be happier with the results.
Read more in MLive.
September 12, 2013
RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ — After closing in May, the Ridgefield Park 12 is reopening under the watch of new owner, Staplex Cinemas. They plan on starting up shop in the next few weeks following the addition of all digital projection, Real-D 3D and new luxurious seats.
Read more in the Ridgefield Park Patriot.
August 28, 2013
GARNER, IA — The Avery Theatre has finally reopened after 40 years following extensive renovations. They’re trying to bring crowds in with family friendly pricing of $4 for adults and $3 for children. They even have a party room available for rent upstairs.
Locals seems to be loving having the cinema option back after the 1931 theatre spent years as a pharmacy.
Read more in the Globe Gazette.
August 21, 2013
BALTIMORE, MD — There’s been no shortage of activity the past few years at the Senator Theatre from ownership changes to restoration. A look at the theater’s page on this site reveals a list of news links too lengthy to even choose from.
Hopefully, all the news will be positive from here forward as the theatre is scheduled to reopen October 10 with a throwback to one of its finest moments, a screening a of John Waters' “Hairspray.” It had its premiere there 25 years ago.
Go to the Baltimore Sun with further details and photos of what to expect inside.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
August 20, 2013
SANTA FE, NM — The Jean Cocteau Cinema reopened the other week after it was announced in April that George R.R. Martin (“Game of Thrones”) had purchased it. Right now it looks like they will focus on classics and art-house fare. It had been closed since 2006.
Read more in the Christian Science Monitor.
(Thanks to dslentz for providing the photo.)
August 16, 2013
GLENDALE, CA — Delays due retrofitting made the wait longer than expected but Glendale’s luxury Five Star Cinema is now open in the former Mann Exchange 10. Like local competitor iPic, Five Star aims to bring patrons in with in-theater dining and plush seats with a call button. Their tickets are about $10 less expensive though.
Read more in the Glendale News Press.
August 1, 2013
KALAMAZOO, MI— Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas is renovating the former Rave CityPlace 14 and has announced that they will reopen the renovated cinema in October 2013. They already have an official web site for the new Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo at with Facebook and Twitter links. It will be Alamo Drafthouse’s first location in Michigan.
Details about the renovated cinema’s amenities can be found here.
July 26, 2013
TRAVERSE CITY, MI — The new Bijou by the Bay in the former Con Foster Museum will open by July 29 but just barely. Traverse City Film Festival founder Michael Moore stated that the construction budget for the theater came in at $800,000 which is well under the $1.5 million previously quoted by festival director Deb Lake.
Further details are in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.