December 26, 2005
LONG ISLAND, NY — Just before Thanksgiving, a fire was intentionally set to an old abandoned supermarket. The building burned down. Unfortunately, this building was connected the the Oceanside Twin movie theater.
The theater itself sustained no fire damage. It did however sustain heavy smoke and water damage. But the main damage was done by the fire department ripping the ceilings and walls open.
The theater is currently closed. All indications from the ownwers are that the theater will never re-open.
Long Island loses another of it’s oldtime movie houses.
December 5, 2005
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Fine Arts Theatre reopens today with the U.S. Premiere of “Mrs. Henderson Presents”.
November 7, 2005
NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA — Does anybody know what is happening with Tri-Boro Cinema in N Attleboro?
I heard they closed the door on labor day.
October 20, 2005
After 20 years without cinemas in Saudi Arabia, one is to (re?)open in Riyadh.
October 13, 2005
COLUMBIA, PA — The theater lights at the Columbia Drive-In will go out for the last time after Sunday night’s shows at Columbia Drive-In, according to Lancaster Online.
The theater, which is being sold to make way for houses and stores, will end a nearly-50-year run this weekend with a triple feature, including a showing of “ Witness.”
September 14, 2005
LAFAYETTE, CA — The owners of the Park Theatre announced yesterday that the single screen cinema would close after business concludes Sunday 9/18/05.
Renaissance Rialto had operated the theater for over 15 years with good success. However, in recent years, the times have changed and attendance appears to have had dropped off.
They will run the Park’s three most popular films during the theater’s final weekend for just $5.00 per person.
August 29, 2005
NEW YORK, NY — A new high-tech-style movie theater may anchor the southeast corner of Washington and 13th Streets/the Meat Packing district in the future, according to this report from the Villager.
The building, located at 837-843 Washington Street, is currently a low-rise building brokered by James Ortenzio, homoe to many meat businesses. When the building is refurbished, Robert K. Futterman and Associates, a national movie theater chain will take the 2nd and 3rd floors once the ground floor has something. The building is 60,000 square feet.
The current leases expire in 2 ½ years.
August 25, 2005
TARZANA, CA — I noticed that Mann closed it’s Valley West 9 plex in Tarzana. I’m not quite sure why, unless the valuable property it was on was sold. It was the only theatre in Tarzana and I would imagine it was profitable. The Valley West was taken over by Mann in 1982 after being a 2nd run 6-Plex named Theeeee Movies of Tarzana. They always showed double features of 2nd run films and would often move titles around and pair with new titles. Mann later added 3 screens and showed first run fare.
August 24, 2005
I am the editor of the CTA Bulletin – the UK’s cinema organisation newsletter. Here are some news items I have been sent for the current issue. I will try and make this a regular submission.
Fareham (Hants) – Apollo 5 screens 750 seats 29 July
Birkenhead – Essoldo Tranmere
Hull – Eureka
Newcastle-upon-Tyne – Warner multiplex
OLYMPIA, WA — Regal Entertainment is closing two movie theaters in Olympia, Wash., as it opens a new 16-screen megaplex in nearby Lacey, Wash.
Closing are the Lacey Cinemas (eight screens) and the Capital Mall 4. Both will close Thursday, Aug. 25. A local church will acquire the Lacey Cinemas space this year. The fate of the Capital Mall space (which is actually inside the mall) is not decided. Century Theaters, however, has announced plans to build a 14-screen theater on the mall campus.