Openings

  • June 4, 2007

    State Theater Lives again

    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.

  • May 30, 2007

    Twin Hi-Way Drive-In to reopen

    MCKEES ROCKS, PA — I just saw on this morning’s news that the Twin Hi-Way Drive-in will reopen at the beginning of June. The most recent article i can find is this one frome February!!!

    The Twin Hi-Way will be the third drive-in theater in the western suburbs when it opens this spring, joining the Dependable in Moon and the Kane Road in Hopewell.

    That doesn’t worry Jerry Salnoris, president of the company formed to run the drive-in. “I’ve looked at the demographics,” he said. “There’s enough business there for all of us.”

    He also believes there is a resurgence of interest in drive-ins, part of a retro movement in America.

    “People long for the times of long ago,” he said. “Drive-ins are part of that nostalgia.”

    For the full story, read the Post Gazette.

  • May 16, 2007

    Greenport Theatre opening May 24th

    GREENPORT, NY — I’m the new GM for the Greenport Theatre and we are pleased to announce our opening for the year and not the season on Thursday May 24th with a showing of Pirates of the Caribbean 3! Our official grand opening is May 25th where we will be showing Pirates 3, Shrek 3, Spiderman 3 and either Waitress or Away From Her.

    We are all very excited about the new beginning here at Greenport Theatre and hope to see you all very soon. Any questions or comments can be directed towards my .

    -Scott Fioretta

  • May 8, 2007

    Mann National Theatre to reopen this week

    LOS ANGELES, CA — I was walking in Westwood Village after a screening of Spiderman 3 at the Village Theatre. I passed by the National Theatre and the marquee made mention that the theatre will re-open on Friday 11 May 2007. I have no idea who the new operator will be.

  • May 4, 2007

    West Wind Drive-Ins reopens Solano Twin Drive-In

    CONCORD, CA — After two years of sitting dark, the Solano Twin Drive-In has reopened. Located at 1611 Solano Way, one of the last remaining Bay Area ozoners has been rejuvenated with a fresh paint job, newly paved ramps and a new projection system that promises to bring light to the screen that will rival that of a walk-in theatre.

    Drive-In fans were treated to a free double feature on May 3rd of Shrek 2 and Nacho Libre. The Drive-In will continue on May 4th with a double feature of Spiderman 3 and Ghost Rider. Later in the month, the second screen will come to life later in May with another double feature.

    West Wind continues value pricing of only $6.50 per person 12 and older. Children 11 and under continue to be free. Tuesdays is bargain night where each adult is only $4.50.

  • Star-Vu Drive-In Opens May 18

    COSTA MESA, CA — Star-Vu-Drive-In, the new drive-in movie theater debuting with an inflatable screen at the Orange County Fairgrounds, will open Friday, May 18 with two showings of SHREK 3, marking the first time in a decade a movie has been shown at an Orange County drive-in. Gates will open at 7 p.m. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

    The Star-Vu Drive-In is the brainchild of four principals, three of them from Orange County: Fred Armendariz, Jeffrey Teller and Mary Jean Duran. The fourth is Bob Deutsch of Rockville, Maryland and owner of Outdoor Movies, the supplier of the screen and state-of-the-art projection system.

    Along with the 65' x 33' inflatable screen, an airscreen Premiere, the drive-in will include food concessions in the Westside Grill, a facility also used during the weekend swapmeet at the fairgrounds, and an adjacent Star-Vu Snack Shack, a kids play area with inflatable attractions, permanent restrooms and accommodation for 300 cars.

  • April 23, 2007

    US-23 Twin DI in Flint MI to open for season on April 27

    FLINT, MI — The locally owned US-23 Twin DI, operated by the Warrington family from the day it opened in 1951 to now, will open for the season on April 27. On the heels of the previous announcement on Tuesday, April 17 that the rival Miracle Twin DI in Burton (owned by National Amusements) will open on April 20, this continues the extremely rare rivalry between local competing drive-in theaters. As with the Miracle Twin, this contributor also maintains a web page devoted to the US-23 Twin DI.

  • April 18, 2007

    Mann National goes dark

    LOS ANGELES, CA — After a long period of rumors of the plug being pulled, it appears the Mann National is finally closing tomorrow.

    For more, go to LA Observed.

    I’ll try to dig up some more information on this one and report back.

  • April 17, 2007

    National Amusements' two remaining drive-in theaters will open this year

    BURTON, MI and LOUISVILLE, KY — The last two remaining drive-in theaters out of many operated by National Amusements will open for the season.

    While National Amusements does not maintain web sites for each of these drive-ins, individual webmasters unaffiliated with National Amusements are maintaining drive-in web sites on their own.

    This contributor, Gary Flinn who is not connected with any drive-in theater, maintains a web page devoted to the Miracle Twin DI in Burton, MI outside Flint. The Miracle Twin DI will open for the season on April 20. The management of this drive-in has an April special. During the month of April, admission is $10 a carload!

  • April 16, 2007

    Hilltop Drive-In reopens

    JOLIET, IL — The Hilltop Drive-In on Route 6, Maple St. is re-opening after 8 years.
    Under new ownership the Hilltop is targeted to re-open this summer.

    The Hilltop Drive-In will offer:
    A Family Environment with affordable prices!
    Two First Run movies each night, seven nights a week.
    A weekend Flea Market (with live entertainment in the future).
    Car shows and other outdoor events.
    Great food, drinks and Fun Fun Fun!