Openings

  • October 20, 2005

    New Cinema in Saudi Arabia

    After 20 years without cinemas in Saudi Arabia, one is to (re?)open in Riyadh.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4356892.stm

  • October 13, 2005

    The Sun is Setting on the Columbia Drive-In

    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’s Park Theatre Closing

    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 Movie Theater In NYC?

    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

    Mann Closes Valley West?

    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

    UK Update from CTA

    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.

    Closings:
    Barnsley Odeon – 17 September
    Harlow Odeon – 29 August
    Ipswich Odeon – August 5-screen multiplex only 14 years old (see above)
    Halstead Empire – end July

    Openings:
    Fareham (Hants) – Apollo 5 screens 750 seats 29 July

    Demolitions:
    Birkenhead – Essoldo Tranmere
    Hull – Eureka
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne – Warner multiplex

  • Theaters Closing in Olympia

    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.

  • August 2, 2005

    Classic Grand Theater Reopens

    EAST GREENVILLE, PA — After nearly one year of remodeling and restoration work, and close to $750,000 in expense, the Grand Theater at 252 Main Street in East Greenville, PA celebrated its grand re-opening over the July 30 weekend.

    The theater, built as a vaudeville and movie house in 1924, has been known by the names Valley Theater and Grand Theater over the years.

    The new owners acquired the building almost one year ago and have taken great care to both remodel and restore the theater to its earlier glory days. The theater was in complete shambles. There were holes in the floor and roof and carpet needed replacing, but the new owners had a vision and worked hard to see it materialized.

    Now, gold-colored, ornate, tin-stamped panels line the interior walls. Multi-hued, plush carpet covers the floor that the town’s mayor said once streamed water due to the leaky roof.

    East Greenville is located south of Allentown and north of Philadelphia.

  • July 29, 2005

    Dome Cinema Closes for £2.2 Million Renovation

    WORTHING, UK — The Dome Cinema had its final show on Saturday, 23rd July. The last film was “Pollyanna” starring Mary Pickford. As this was an archive print from UCLA, the show had to be run on two projectors. The normal FP20 xenon with tower and one of the original Simplex E7 projectors with carbon arc and 2000 ft spoolboxes that is still installed. This was the opening film in 1921.

    The evening finished with “The Smallest Show On Earth” (UK 1957). The cinema should re-open in August 2006. The work is being financed by a Lottery grant and English Heritage.

  • July 26, 2005

    New Luxury 20-Screen Theater For Moore, OK

    MOORE, OK — A new, $30 Million, 20-screen movie theater is set to open in Moore. The theater is being built by Warren Theaters of Wichita, Kansas. The multiplex will be 150,000 sqaure feet and will occupy 25 acres of land. Auditorium capacities will range from 175 to 700 seats, with a total capacity of 7000.

    The theater will allow only adults into a balcony area with love seats and cocktails and also feature a sit-down family restaurant in the lobby.