Openings

  • December 3, 2007

    Fully restored Balboa Theatre reopens January 31, 2008

    SAN DIEGO, CA — Finally, the Balboa Theatre is returning next month.

    After more than 2 years of restoration and $26.5 million, the curtain is almost ready to rise again at the Balboa Theatre in Horton Plaza. The old vaudeville venue, which originally opened in 1924, has been restored to its original glory. The theater was gutted and seismically retrofitted to modern standards. Then, a team of architects, historians, artists and craftsmen refurbished the interior, restoring the original color scheme and replacing broken fixtures with recreations of the originals.

    The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of the ornate interior decoration, project manager Gary Bosse said. Workers have taken special care to remain faithful to the original design in all of the public spaces, he said.

    A full article along with a video and 47 pictures of the interior and exterior restoration can be found at the NBCSandiego.com web site.

  • November 30, 2007

    ImaginAsian Center to open next month

    LOS ANGELES, CA — The ImaginAsian Center is set to open on December 7th on the site of the old Linda Lea.

    Read more in L.A. Downtown News.

    Some images from inside courtesy of blogdowntown

  • November 28, 2007

    Sherburn theatre reopens

    SHERBURN, MN — After half of year in darkness, the only theater in Sherburn returns.

    The small town of Sherburn gets its movie theater back next week.

    The town’s only movie theater was built in 1942 and had to shut down this spring because its projector could no longer show modern movies.

    But the people of Sherburn missed their movies. They raised $33,000, enough to pay for a new projector, surround sound, and a new screen.

    Read more at WKBT.

  • Warner Quad makes a comeback

    RIDGEWOOD, NJ — Some new improvements are intact with the reopening of the Warner Quad

    Workers scurried on Tuesday to clean the construction dust from the refurbished Warner Quad theater to get ready for today’s reopening.

    “There has been a slight decline in people walking up and down the avenue, so we’re looking forward to it reopening,” said Gus Lainis of the Daily Treat restaurant across the street from the 1930s-era theater in the heart of the business district on East Ridgewood Avenue.

    Read the full article on North Jersey.com.

  • November 21, 2007

    Bow Tie Cinemas opens new theater

    WEST HARTFORD, CT — Bow Tie Cinemas, based out of Ridgefield, CT and Manhattan, has opened their newest location, the six-screen deluxe Criterion Cinemas at Blue Back Square in West Hartford Center, CT. The complex features custom-designed seating, Dolby Digital sound in every auditorium, fresh popped popcorn served with Real Butter, and freshly brewed coffee and a selection of baked goods. The theater opened to the public on November 2nd.

    Bow Tie Cinemas is a four-generation family run company that began in 1900 as B.S. Moss Enterprises. Visit the theater’s website.

  • November 20, 2007

    Plaza Twin opening under new management/name

    PORT ORCHARD, WA — I am part of a group that’s reopening the Plaza Twin Cinema. We are renaming it The Orchard Theater and are shooting for a mid-December opening. The theater will show art/independent, foreign and classic films.

    Set to open in early December, the Historic Orchard Theatre, as it will be renamed, is the eighth cinema acquired by Far Away since 1997.

    In Kitsap County, the company also owns the Historic Lynwood Theatre, first opened in 1936, Bainbridge Cinemas and Olympic Cinemas, formerly the Redwood Plaza. Its other properties are in Oak Harbor, Anacortes and Ocean Shores.

    Here is a link to the full article in the Kitsap Sun about the opening…

    Hope to see you there!

    Thanks

  • November 19, 2007

    NCG Trillium Cinemas' IMAX Theatre opens

    GRAND BLANC, MI — The NGC Trillum Cinemas opened its 350-seat IMAX Theatre at midnight Thursday with the new 3D feature “Beowulf” as its inaugural movie on its 50' x 65' screen.

    Tickets for IMAX movies are $2 more than for other shows at the megaplex. The IMAX Trillum Theatre will show documentaries on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning with “Bugs: A Rainforest Adventure.”

    Additional info from the Flint Journal.

  • November 14, 2007

    Colonial in business

    PITTSFIELD, MA — The Colonial Theatre restoration is complete and is simply magnificent. I have been to many live performances there. They also acquired the former auto dealer showroom adjacent to them and use it for a greatly expanded lobby. They have enough restrooms so that patrons don’t have to line up at intermission for very long.

    Their website

    Contributed by Larry Murray

  • November 9, 2007

    “Oswald’s” restored Texas Theatre to reopen January 2008

    DALLAS, TX — After nine years and 3.5 million dollars the Texas Theatre in Dallas will reopen on January 19th. Lee Harvey Oswald was captured at the Texas Theatre after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The theatre will show the PBS documentary, “Oswald’s Ghost,” for the opening.

    Standing just a few feet from the seat where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured, Oak Cliff Foundation Chairman Monte Anderson said the nine-year, $3.5 million renovation is nearly complete.

    “This blighted theater what it was, back in action, is very important for the culture of this neighborhood and the restoration of this neighborhood,” Anderson said.

    A complete article with a couple of pictures can be found atWFAA.

  • November 8, 2007

    Turnage Theatre has an encore

    WASHINGTON, NC — The Turnage Theatre, built in 1930 and closed in 1979, reopened this past weekend after a 10 year restoration effort. The theatre will serve a variety of venues including plays, dance and film.

    Ten years of restoration work culminates this weekend with an opening-night gala and public open house for the Turnage Theater.

    “It’s going to open,” Robert Chumbley, interim executive director of the Turnage Theater Foundation, said Wednesday. “That’s sort of our mantra around here right now.”

    Celebrations — private and public — to commemorate the opening of the restored theater are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Restoration efforts have been ongoing for more than 10 years since the formation of the Turnage Theaters Foundation in 1996. Since then, the foundation has raised about $2.5 million to restore the 1930s-era playhouse.

    The full article on the weekend opening on November 4th can be found here in the Washington Daily News.