November 14, 2007
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.
Contributed by Larry Murray
November 9, 2007
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
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.
November 7, 2007
AUSTIN, TX — The historic Ritz Theater has reopened and is showing films again, much to the delight of the Austin populous. It’s operating under the full name “Alamo Drafthouse At The Ritz”, as it’s part of the Alamo Drafthouse chain now that originated in Austin, a company recognized nation-wide as one of the best things to happen to moviegoing in decades
Read more here on why the Drafthouse rocks.
For a full set of the re-opening photos and redesign images, a photoset is online at Flickr.
November 2, 2007
Does anyone happen to know what happened to the RKO Century Paramus Theaters on Rt.4 in Paramus, N.J? I used to love catching a glimpse of this theater and it’s marquee from my bus window on the way into N.Y.C.– I don’t see the building anymore. Thanks,
October 30, 2007
COSHAM, ENGLAND, UK — The 1934 classic three screen Carlton Cinema (Classic/ABC) in the High Street of Cosham in Hampshire, England is to close on Thursday 1st November 2007.
The final special screening will be “The Majestic” at 7:30pm in screen one. It will mark the end of a era for moviegoing for the local people of Cosham.
With it being the end for the Carlton, only one (small) traditional cinema for the County of Hampshire will remain open.
It is also reported the Odeon Cinema in Portsmouth will also close on the same day or in the near future.
October 22, 2007
ORLANDO, FL — The Park 11 recently closed its doors after years as a discount house and 43 years of lots of changes.
It was final call last night (Thursday) at the Park 11 cinema, the ancient multiplex that has been a part of Orlando-area movie going for 43 years. The Park, the place Walt Disney told Orlando what he was about to build on the outskirts of town, something that would change the city forever, will be partly-knocked down and become a Lifestyle Family Fitness Center (gym) sometime next year, acording to Arik Basso, manager of the property for Mainstreet Management.
Built as a stand-alone theater, a two-screener, in 1964, the Park became a triple, then jumped to 11 screens in 1991, eventually becoming the discount house it has been for years.
Read more in the Orlando Sentinel.
October 19, 2007
The Bethesda Theatre joins this group of preserved deco landmarks with some of the same compromises. On Thursday, the 1938 movie palace reopened as a venue for live dramatic performances with “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The title of the musical revue well summarizes the attitude toward reviving the old cinema on the part of Smith Payes of Bethesda and the Bozzuto Group of Greenbelt.
After skirmishes with local preservation groups, the developers embraced Montgomery County’s requirement of finding a new cultural use for the building and enlisted Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment to operate it as a theater for lighter off-Broadway fare. They resuscitated the worn-out structure by hiring Oehrlein & Associates Architects of the District to meticulously restore its interior, down to 32 original paint colors.
Read the full story in the Washington Times.
October 10, 2007
BEAUFORT, SC — The Lady’s Island Cinema will cease its film showing operations but stay open to serve other purposes.
The owners of Lady’s Island Cinema shut its doors as a public movie theater last month, hoping to seize an opportunity to rent the property for other uses.
Trask Development’s L. Paul Trask Jr., manager of the building at 100 Sea Island Parkway, said Wednesday the decision to close the 11-year-old, family-owned business stemmed from a desire to make the location “available to other groups for meetings and so forth,” and was not due to any financial hardships at the theater.
Trask pointed out that two area churches — The Parish Church of St. Helena, an Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina congregation, and the Waters Edge United Methodist Congregation — will continue existing leases to use the facility.
Read more in the Island Packet.
October 5, 2007
BALTIMORE, MD — A new multiplex in Baltimore will suddenly add to Baltimore’s theater count while providing a new venue for arthouse fare. One can only hope this won’t affect the performance of some of the city’s older cinemas.
The number of movie screens within Baltimore is set to practically double, with the planned Nov. 2 opening of a seven-screen theater in Harbor East, the burgeoning neighborhood between the Inner Harbor and Fells Point.
The 1,300-seat facility, to be operated by Los Angeles-based Landmark Theatres, will be part of a 35,000-square-foot commercial and residential complex at Aliceanna and President streets. Its opening will increase the number of theater screens within the city’s borders to 15, including five at the Charles, two at the Rotunda Cinematheque and the single-screen Senator.
Read the full story at the Baltimore Sun.