August 23, 2007
SOUTH PASADENA, CA — My wife and I battled our way along the insane freeways of California to say “goodbye” to South Pasadena’s venerable Rialto Theatre.
This was our only visit and found the old lady looking very stressed-out -the facade looked like a bad case of sunburn from decades ago. In fact it must be countless decades since the structure, in and outside ever saw any TLC.
Entering the almost pitch black auditorium we were welcomed by the wonderful sounds of George Wrights recorded pipe organ music… so lovely, but not the NON-air conditioned atmosphere which smelled hot and very stale. The latter must have come from the rock-hard, ancient seats. No wonder the audiences moved away.
August 17, 2007
OCALA, FL — It has been over 25 years since the Marion Theatre felt the glow of a projector on her screen. On Saturday August 11th the seats were full and lights dawned her stage after a four year $2 million renovation.
Charlotte Spell Bunyan has fond memories of the Marion Theatre.
“We came here in 1945,” she said. “We were here all the time…This was something special that my mother and I would do.”
Bunyan was one of dozens of people present for the theater’s grand reopening Saturday, a day that brought back fond memories for many.
Please go to the Star-Banner for more details.
August 7, 2007
BARNSLEY, ENGLAND — Almost two years ago, 19th of September 2005 to be exact, Barnsley Odeon was closed and thought to be never open again. However this Wednesday, the 8th of August, it will reopen as a Parkway Cinema and will broadcast its first film of Shrek 3 at 1.10pm.
July 19, 2007
ORLANDO, FL — On October 1, a new movie theatre in downtown is scheduled to open. Currently under construction, when it is operating it will be the first movie theatre to be located in the city’s center in 30 years.
There is no word yet on what company will operate it. This information is from Cameron Kuhn, Orlando downtown developer.
June 20, 2007
HONOLULU, HI — Here’s a report from the final day at the Varsity Twin.
After 68 years, the Varsity Twin Cinema closed its doors for good yesterday, drawing a modest Sunday audience of theater regulars and foreign-film buffs.
Nu'uanu resident Clifton Hew, who attended a noontime screening of the French comedy “The Valet,” said the Varsity was a “one of a kind” neighborhood theater whose broad aisles and art-house ambience can’t be replaced.
“I’m kind of disappointed to see it go. But I guess we live in the age of multiplexes and it’s more profitable to show several movies on a smaller screen,” said Hew.
For more read the Honolulu Advertiser.
June 18, 2007
YORK, ENGLAND — It has been announced today that the former Odeon Cinema, in York, which closed last August after 69 years, will reopen under the ownership of Reel Cinemas, a company that is bringing the whole movie-going experience back to the cinema.
After months of silence, the company has taken over the lease of the Art Deco, Blossom Street landmark, which is the city’s last remaining pre-war picture house.
The company are hoping that after an intial cleanup the cinema could reopen as soon as August. After that a major refurbishment will take place to create a 5 screen complex with original art deco features being restored. The complex will remain open during this time apart from perhaps the occassional day or week. Managing director Mr Kailash Suri said he was confident that there would be sufficient custom for the cinema, despite there being a multi-screen complex and arts cinemas elsewhere in the city.
June 11, 2007
CHICAGO, IL — It becomes my sad duty to report that the Inner City Entertainment’s(I.C.E.) Lawndale Theatre here in Chicago’s Lawndale Community was closed and boarded-up permanently this past Monday due to declining attendance. Ironically this theater is only two blocks from the old building that was formally B&K’s Central Park Theater.
June 7, 2007
TYLER, TX — A new one screen drive-in is slated to open in mid June on U.S. Highway 69 north. Sky-Vue Drive-In will have a screen 35 ft by 70 ft. with spaces for 180 cars.
June 4, 2007
TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Michael Moore has announced that the Traverse City Film Festival has acquired the State Theatre. They have plans to keep the theatre open year-round and of course keep the film festival there.
Dear Traverse City Film Festival Volunteers,
I have some very good news for you. Yesterday at 10 a.m., I signed the papers that make the Traverse City Film Festival the new owner of the historic State Theatre in downtown Traverse City! That’s right — the film festival not only now has a permanent home, we are going to re-open the State Theatre as a year-round, state-of-the-art film theater showing the best of American independent, classic, and foreign cinema.
This resurrection of the State has been made possible through the generosity of Rotary Charities of Traverse City — until Tuesday, the owner of the building. They have “sold” it to us for a performance-based mortgage which states that the $600,000 “cost” of the theater is forgiven if we keep it open a certain number of days for at least five years. If we do, the mortgage is torn up and the theater is ours for free.
In order to bring the State back to life, it will take the active involvement of our area’s very large group of movie lovers — namely, you! Those of you who live in the Traverse City area know about the long history of a variety of groups trying to re-open the State. Each group attempted a major fundraising campaign to restore the theater. Sadly, their goals were not met, and the darkened theater changed hands a number of times.