Openings

  • 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!

  • April 11, 2007

    Buzzards Bay Theater now open!

    BUZZARDS BAY, MA — After 5 long years the Buzzards Bay Theater has reopened!

    Yesterday was opening night at the new Buzzards Bay Theater. The scene that played out in the projection room was representative of the underdog struggle of a guy trying to realize his dream of movie theater ownership in a village that needs a happy ending.

    Ever since Hoyts Cinemas closed at the Buzzards Bay location in 2001, Avery, a Wareham resident, has been dreaming of owning a movie theater.

    Working nights and weekends while holding down a full-time job as a chef for the Raytheon Corp. in Rhode Island, Avery rehabbed the run-down building and raised the capital. When he had trouble getting investors, he knocked on doors in Buzzards Bay, eliciting residents' enthusiasm for the movies to show investors there was a demand, Sullivan said.

    For more, go to Cape Cod Online.

    You can also visit the Buzzards Bay Theater Website.

    Additional Cape Cod Online Article on the entire neighborhood.

  • April 4, 2007

    New Drive In for Brooklyn Ohio

    Plans are in the works to keep the Drive-In audience in Brooklyn ohio going by the new Drive-In about ¼ Mile from the Memphis Drive-In in Brooklyn Ohio that was sold to American Greetings. Plans are to raze the Old Hills Dept Store (was Gold Circle) and put in 3 Screens and new state of the art projection and audio systems. Engineers and city members are going over the drawings and details. Stay tuned for futher details.

    T/H

  • April 3, 2007

    Granby’s future in question

    NORFOLK, VA — With numerous violations closing it down, it’s unclear when/if the Granby Theater will reopen.

    City officials announced today that they have revoked the special exception for the Granby Theater, meaning that the venue will no longer be permitted to offer entertainment or serve alcohol.

    The announcement follows a public safety inspection Wednesday night that uncovered multiple violations, officials said.

    The announcement means the future of the theater will remains in doubt after a man was critically injured during a private party.

    To read more, go to the Virginian Pilot.