September 4, 2008
MALVERN, AR — After a 70 year run, the Ritz Theatre is closing its doors.
After 70 years of continuous operation, thousands of screenings, tons of popcorn and even more memories, the Ritz movie theater made its final curtain call Thursday night.
Its proprietors expected a packed house of about 150 for the cash-strapped cinema’s final show.
Barely half that number showed up.
The full story is at Arkansas Online(subscription rqr’d)
August 22, 2008
DAVENPORT, IA — Although not quite as early as initially reported, the Reel to Reel drive-in is still in the works.
Located off West Locust Street and north of West Lake Park in Davenport, the family’s Reel to Reel Drive-in – co-owned by Aaron, Randy, and Terri – is scheduled to open in the spring of 2009, and will stand as the first operational outdoor theatre the Quad Cities area has seen since the closing of Davenport’s Oasis drive-in in 1987.
The two-screen Reel to Reel was originally slated to open this past April, but Mother Nature nixed that plan. “The rain was the big delay for us,” says Arron. “We basically have to move every square inch of dirt on our entire eight acres, and we were told [by contractors] that unless the ground’s solid six inches through, it’s not even worth coming out.
Get the full story in the River Cities' Reader.
(Thanks to mjcarrasquillo for providing the photo.)
PORTLAND, OR — Hi all, What a fantastic site for the theater universe!!
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know we restored and re-opened the Roseway Theater.
Pics will be on site soon. We restored it as a single-screen and it now is all digital picture and sound as well. A google search for Roseway Theater flickr can lead to some pics if interested. Thx again for the site.
August 19, 2008
NORTH HUNTINGDON, PA — Never changing from its 4-screen format, the Norwin Cinemas is finally succumbing to the competition and closing its doors.
Norwin Cinemas made its debut with advanced technology for its time, but because of slow business throughout the years, the theater was never upgraded to newer digital technology, Kight said.
After almost 30 years, the theater still uses its original 35 mm projection equipment, which in 1980 was a step toward better quality special effects with less granularity.
Even when it first opened, Kight said, the owners did not predict great success for the theater because it was competing with a larger, more popular one at Eastgate shopping center near Greensburg.
Read the full story at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
EAST STROUDSBURG, PA — After a brief few months with its future in doubt, the Pocono Cinema should return in the fall.
The vacant Pocono Cinema — closed since April — has been sold, and the new owners plan to reopen the North Courtland Street theater this fall.
There is no official date for the opening, but two of the partners behind the new opening, Dan Dunn, 62, of Stroudsburg, and Ray “Skip” Scheetz, 60, of Stroud Township, said they believe it will be open sometime in October.
Read more at the Pocono Record.
July 31, 2008
FONTANA, CA — After a thorough restoration, the Center Stage Theatre reopened with a Boadway revue.
The curtain has opened at Center Stage Theater, and the audience is cheering.
Fontana’s newly-renovated theater held its grand opening this past weekend (July 25-27), adding another jewel to the city’s downtown crown.
The dinner theater’s first show, “Best of Broadway,” will continue on weekends through Sept. 14 at 8463 Sierra Avenue, just south of the new Lewis Library and Technology Center (which opened in April).
Get the full story in the Fontana Herald News.
July 22, 2008
LONG BEACH, CA — After being sold and closed in March of this year, the Art Theatre is scheduled to re-open on August 15th.
The facade will be restored, a replica of the 1934 marquee will be installed, and maybe best of all, a new proscenium arch and curtains will be installed in front of the screen!
Long Beach’s venerable Art Theatre is scheduled to re-open Aug. 15, pushed back by owners two weeks later than the date previously posted on the theater’s Web site.
The 84-year-old Fourth Street institution, which has been closed since March, will showcase some of its past glamour with more than
$1 million in restorations and renovations, courtesy of the theater’s new owners, V Squared.
See this link for the full article in the Press Telegram.
June 27, 2008
WASHINGTON, GA — Retro Cinema and Books has opened and is a tiny little theatre that has to be seen to be believed.
Not only is the place a work of incredible work of art with attention given to every detail, but it also includes a bookstore and wine bar off of the theatre itself!
The following is from a recent review in Flagpole Magazine
The heart of the Retro is the theater. Seats are limited, lending to a feel that’s more reminiscent of watching a movie at home with a group of friends rather than sharing an auditorium with 200 popcorn-chomping strangers. And there’s a reason it’s called the Retro: the owner, Dana Kibbey, says, “We select our movies carefully, looking for themes and genres that would appeal to this market, while at the same time standing as special movies in their own right. We do play classic Hollywood films from the ‘40s and '50s on "Retro Nite.”
They aim for the special charms and appeal of the classics, leaving the typical Hollywood blockbusters to the chain theaters. They’re also planning to expand a bit by hosting a special film festival in the fall of ‘08 that Kibbey reveals will also include guest appearances by classic film stars to discuss their films and their books. Housed in the rear corner of the cozy theater is a concession booth, complete with popcorn, cookies and Tab. But they offer a wider variety of sodas, if you’re not feeling quite that retro.
Here is their website.
June 25, 2008
PEARISBURG, VA — While the future is still unclear for the Pearis Theater, it opened up for the first time in a while to showcase a local production of “The Three Musketeers”.
After a period of silence, the halls of the Pearis Theater are ringing with the sounds of music and laughter once again.
The theater, built in 1939, is still for sale, but a recent agreement has its doors reopened.
Get the full story in the Roanoke Times.
June 19, 2008
ROCHESTER, MN — There is going to be an article in the July issue of Design Cost Data magazine about the construction of the Galaxy Cine 14. Its sister facility, recently opened in Bloomington, IL. The article goes into great detail regarding the specifics in architecture in modern day theaters.
For more info on Rataj-Krueger Architects Inc., go to their website.