July 25, 2006
CHULA VISTA, CA — The theater is now closed. We want to thank everybody for 61 years of coming to the movies. and ahh… have a good one.
Hello Cinema Treasures,
The Vogue Theatre in Chula Vista, California is now officially closed. The last day of “Now Playing” movies was on July 20, 2006. The building is for sale but I’m not sure for how much. I will find out. The concessions stand still has the ads on the walls, popcorn machine, and window display counters. I just came back from taking pictures. If this is of any interest please tell me how to send them.
I would like to know how I can organize a community meeting to bring this theater back. Possibly by numerous private and city investments, taxes, etc, not sure. I already wrote a letter to the city of Chula Vista about the closing of my beloved Vogue Theater. Below is a copy. If there is anything else I can either do or say please direct suggestions to me.
June 16, 2006
The formerly closed Marquee Theater of Springfield, MA is now OPEN again… it re-opened as the Entertainment Cinemas with a matinee price of $4.75!!!
My prayers were answered!!
KEEP THE FAITH!!
June 6, 2006
WILLOW STREET, PA — Having been taken over by a group of investors from Baltimore, MD and calling their investment Diamond Theatres, the Kendig Square 6 outside of Lancaster, PA reopened on May 26th.
The investors spent $250,000.00 upgrading the complex. According to their opening ads. they installed new “tiered” seating and added stereo sound. This complex has gone through many operators since it was first opened.
This is the groups first investment in a movie theatre. According to local newspaper articles, they are looking for theatres in smaller markets to take over.
The theatre has opened with first run attractions with a lower admission than the major national chain operating in the area has. Maybe now with more amenities such as stereo sound and new seating, it will draw bigger crowds.
Prior to this the floors in the theatres were not even sloped. Fortunately, the screens were placed higher on the wall so the sight line was good.
It would be nice to have another complex besides the Regal multiplex in the Lancaster area to choose from!
May 23, 2006
GRAND BLANC, MI — The 14-screen NCG Trillium Cinemas outside Flint opened on Friday, May 19 with construction still in progress.
Four screens will initially open with the new movies “The Da Vinci Code” and “Over The Hedge”. Among the construction crew completing the megaplex is co-owner Gary Geiger along with his son Jeff.
This is the 10th location for Neighborhood Cinema Group, based in Owosso, MI, which specializes in multiple screen theaters in smaller cities. The NCG chain’s URL is http://www.ncgmovies.com and the website for this cinema is http://www.ncgmovies.com/index.asp?iTheaterID=10.
May 19, 2006
CHICAGO, IL — After a year of refurbishing the Portage Theater from a worn-out twin back to its original one-screen auditorium seating over 1300, the Silent Film Society of Chicago is reopening the Six Corners (Milwaukee, Irving Park, and Cicero) landmark as a showplace for Silent Films and much more.
Doors open May 19 at 7 with pre-show entertainment by the Ron Smolen Orchestra, and the opening film will be an early full-length comedies, 1914’s Tillie’s Punctured Romance, starring Charlie Chaplin with Mark Noller on the theater organ. Also on Saturday and Sunday, Chaplin’s classic Modern Times will be showing.
This weekend kicks off the Spring Silent Film Festival, featuring a different silent each Friday through June 16. Visit www.silentfilmchicago.com for more details.
May 18, 2006
The Village Voice is running a report about the closing of the Polk Theater:
Harold Gussin never expected that one day he’d end up running a porn theater. When he started working at the Polk, a theater in Jackson Heights, Queens, it was the late 1950s and the Polk was just a regular movie house.
But only a decade later, it was starting to show films like charscalex98 Carmen, Babcharscalex98 y, an update on the opera that was billed as “Carmen in modern undress!” And for the next 40 years, the Polk showed nine dirty films a day. The place got increasingly run-down.
By last winter, there were only five flickering bulbs above the entrance.
May 5, 2006
CONCORDIA, KS — In July of 2002, the Apollo Theatre closed and left the North Central Kansas community of 5,000 without a movie theatre until last night, when The Majestic, a four screen complex opened.
The Majestic is a joint venture with B&B Theatres of Liberty Missouri and a group of 20 local investors. The $1.4 million dollar project features wall to wall screens, a family arcade, stadum seating in all auditoriams, and DTS and Dolby surround sound in the auditoriams. The new theatre’s lobby is a 1900s-vintage design. While the theatre is completed work remains to be done on the parking area.
This project is a part of an effort to spur development in the city’s downtown. The municipality is offering property owners grants, and Citizens National Bank is offering low interest loans. B&B Theatres is the majority stockholder of the project with 20 local partners who collectively invested $640,000. B&B signed loans from Concordia’s four banks for the remainder.
The Apollo, which was a twin theatre, was located in the adjcent block from the restored Brown Grand Theatre which is used as a live production facility.
May 4, 2006
MIDDLETOWN, PA — After being closed for six months, the GMEDC has found an operator months ago, purchased a new sound system, projector, and installed necessary up-to-date fire code devices, the Elks Theatre is finally ready to open!
I went to the test screening last night of “Yours, Mine, and Ours,” and the place looks fantastic.
The theatre opens to the public for the first time since October with “Scary Movie 4.” The theatre will continue to get “newer” second run films, but the price has gone up all little. I encourage as many as you can to come!
Friday, 7pm, 9pm…
Adults $5, Children $3
Saturday, Sunday, 2pm, 7pm…
All tickets $3 for the matinee. Adults $5 and Children $3 for 7pm show.
April 21, 2006
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The grandly reopened Fine Arts Theatre will host the SAG theatrical premiere of “CYXORK 7” (starring RAY WISE) Saturday, May 20th at 8 PM. Scheduled to appear: RAY WISE, SONYA SMITH, BEATA POZNIAK, JOSEPH CULP, CASSANDRA CREECH, PAGET BREWSTER and GREG PROOPS.
The dark twisted satire follows a hungry movie crew making yet one more sequel in a burned out sci-fi franchise. How hungry are they? They’re hoping for a predicted cataclysmic earthquake that they can use for free special effects. Directed by John Huff, Cyxork’s original screenplay was co-written by Huff and producer, Andreas Kossak.
This is a special showing for us,“ Kossak explained. Screen Actors Guild rules require a theatrical ticket performance before sales begin. "We wanted the technology that went into Cyxork to show to full effect in projection and sound. Then our line producer, Warren Smith, recommended Michael S. Hall and the Fine Arts Theatre.”
A side note: The Fine Arts Theatre has been brought back to life under the scrupulous eye of Michael S. Hall, third generation projection master and restorer extraordinaire. See LA TIMES article.
“We chose the Fine Arts,” Kossak said, “because Michael’s team offers state of the art, full resolution 2K HD projection from our D-5 master tape.”
March 29, 2006
Act 1&2 Theatre at 2128 Center St., showed final screenings of C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America and Summer Storm to sparse audiences Sunday before closing down for good.
The lease for the two-screen cinema, owned by Landmark Theatres, had run out, said Vice President of Marketing Ray Price.
He refused to comment on specific reasons for the closure, but said, “In general, one of the problems with theater properties is the retail value of the square footage is higher than the value of the theater. Other retail venues can better afford to pay that.”
“It’s not uncommon,” he said.
Landmark operates 57 theaters nationwide and specializes in art-house first-run independents, foreign film classics and other nontraditional cinema. In the East Bay, the company owns the California Theatre, Shattuck Cinemas, Piedmont Theatre and the Albany Twin. It acquired Act 1&2 in 1994.
Employees who chose to stay with the company were given the option to transfer to other theaters, said Act 1&2 Manager Chris Hatfield.
Last week, a theater employee told the Daily Californian on condition of anonymity that the theater was closing because low customer turnout was exacting a toll on financial solvency. Price would not confirm that.