Openings

  • January 15, 2007

    Former titan of multiplexes to be demolished

    WAUKEGAN, IL — The former largest theater in America, the Lakehurst Cinema, will be torn down for a hotel. Plans to get rid of it sped up when numerous fire code violations were recently reported.

    The Lakehurst Cinema, which was briefly the king of the multiplex world when it featured 12 screens in 1987, has locked the doors as plans move forward to build a Holiday Inn Express on the Waukegan Road site.

    “We received a complaint regarding the heat. People told us there was no heat in one of the theaters,” Jurkovac said. “So we went out there right away with the fire department, and it turned out there was more than just no heat.”

    For more on this story, go to Lake County News-Sun.

  • November 16, 2006

    Capawock Theatre returns

    VINEYARD HAVEN, MA — After being shuttered for two years, the nearly hundred year old Capawock Theatre has resumed normal operations.

    It was a sight unseen for the last two years on Main street, Vineyard Haven: the easy conversation amongst friends standing outside the Capawock theatre after a movie, bathed in the yellow light of the old-fashioned building with green and red trim.

    The re-opening of the movie theatre on Wednesday night was ample reason to celebrate. Downtown residents delighted in walking to the movies again instead of driving. Business owners revelled in seeing life on the streets after 9 p.m.

    All rejoiced in the return of the theatre whose distinctive quirkiness was not lost in the new paint and upholstery. Few cared what movie was playing, so much as there was one.

    To read more about this exciting event, go to The Vineyard Gazette.

  • November 15, 2006

    Star City Cinemas reopens as a bargain movie house

    BRIDGEVILLE, PA — The Star City Cinemas reopened Friday Nov. 10, 2006 under a new name, Screenworks, and is now a bargain movie theater.

    As a bargain house, the South Fayette theater will show movies weeks after they open elsewhere. The initial selection, for instance, includes “All the King’s Men” and “The Gridiron Gang,” along with “World Trade Center,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”

    Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and the movie start times today are staggered from 1 to 2 p.m.

    To read more on this, go to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

  • November 9, 2006

    Closure of former Gaumont Palace, Cheltenham, UK

    CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK — The former Gaumont Palace cinema, latterly the Odeon Cheltenham, closed down permanently on 5th November 2006.

    The cinema opened in 1933 and had a long history of live music performances as well as film. In the 1970’s, as with most Odeons, the single auditorium was triplexed and subsequently awkwardly sub-divided still further into seven screens.

    Despite this, it struggled to remain competitive and, in the wake of the opening of the nearby Cineworld multiplex, staff were given just thirty days to revive its fortunes or face closure.

  • October 23, 2006

    New Regal theater opens in Salem

    SALEM, OR — The Regal Lancaster Mall is opening with some benefit days in order to raise charity and show off their high-end amenities.

    The new Regal Cinemas Lancaster Mall Stadium 11 one-ups Santiam 11 in many ways, from size to handicapped accessibility, amenities and ticket prices.

    The 2,481-seat theater opens to the public Monday with the first of three benefit days featuring second-run movies, an invitational VIP night and a grand opening Oct. 27-29 with first-run features.

    To read more aout this story, visit the Statesman Journal.

  • Lake Mills to have new theater

    LAKE MILLS, IA — With no movie theater within miles, residents are banding together to construct a new theater that will also be used for performing arts.

    In Lake Mills, construction of a theater may begin in a few weeks. It will resemble the 1937 art deco building it is replacing. The goal is to have the theater open for the July Jubilee celebration July 13-15.

    The Mills Theatre closed in the spring of 2001. Since then, residents have had to drive to Forest City, Mason City and beyond for movies, with high gas prices adding to the price of a ticket.

    For more, read the Globe Gazette.

  • October 18, 2006

    Biograph reopens

    CHICAGO, IL — Not showing films but as a venue for the Victory Gardens Theater, the Biograph is open again.

    It was at the Biograph Theatre that bank robber John Dillinger was gunned down by FBI agents July 22, 1934, after taking in the movie “Manhattan Melodrama” and being betrayed by the “Lady in Red.”

    The Biograph is one of Chicago’s last remaining landmarks from its gun-slinging past; Al Capone’s Lexington Hotel hangout and the warehouse site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre have been demolished.

    Over the weekend, the Biograph held its coming-out party as a newly rehabbed venue for Victory Gardens Theater live shows, and theater leaders echoed Mayor Richard Daley in playing down its bloody past.

    To read more, visit the Seattle Times.

    (Thanks to Eric Olson for providing the photo.)

  • October 16, 2006

    Mall’s movie blackout to end

    YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY — After reporting the theater’s closing two months ago, small Florida-based chain Trademark Cinemas is coming in to reopen the Jefferson Valley cinema.

    Two months after Regal Entertainment Group closed its eight-screen multiplex, the movies are coming back to the Jefferson Valley Mall.

    Mall officials have confirmed an announcement by Trademark Cinemas of Lake Mary, Fla., that the fledgling theater chain will make Jefferson Valley its second location. The news was first reported on Trademark’s Web site, though rumors of the theater’s return have swirled for days.

    To read more on this story, go to The Journal News.

  • October 5, 2006

    Fair Theater now open

    PLAINVIEW, TX — The Fair Theater has been and is now open for business.

    To read more, visit the Fair Theater Webpage.

  • October 2, 2006

    Woolton Cinema, Liverpool (UK). Closes after 75 years

    WOOLTON VILLAGE, ENGLAND — This single screen cinema, situated in Woolton Village closed on 03/09/2006. The untimely closure of the cinema was due to the death of its owner, Mr David Wood. Mr Wood’s widow felt she could no longer operate the cinema and a decision was made to close the doors.

    A group formed by members of the local community is campaigning to raise enough funds to reopen the cinema. There is a website which has more infomation and links to members of the campaign: Woolton Picture House Homepage.