October 2, 2006
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.
September 29, 2006
VALPARAISO, IN — After a hard-fought battle to keep it open for a bit longer, it looks like the Village Theatre will soon shut its doors.
Village Entertainment CEO Ron Rooding hoped the movie theater could remain open until January, but Porter Superior Court Judge William Alexa ruled Tuesday that the theater has 15 business days to cease all operations.
The north-side theater located in the former County Seat Plaza can file for an extension of 15 additional days for good reason, Alexa said. After that, Porter County police will be called to change the locks.
For the full story, visit The Post-Tribune.
September 19, 2006
PITTSBURGH, PA — The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s September 14, 2006 edition reports that the Hollywood Theater in the city’s Dormont neighborhood will reopen sometime this fall after an extensive remodeling.
Bradley Center has agreed to lease the theater for 10 years with options to renew and, after renovations, wants to open it by Thanksgiving. But center officials said that contractors' work might not be finished until the holiday season in December.
Mayor Thomas Lloyd announced at last week’s council meeting that Bradley has applied for a building permit to start renovations. No money details were released.
For the full story, visit The Post Gazette.
September 15, 2006
CHICAGO, IL — According to the Chicago Tribune, the Esquire Theater in Chicago is closing and may be demolished as soon as next year. One possible proposal is mixed retail and hotel.
The last movies will show at the Esquire Theater on the Gold Coast Thursday, after which its owner will start raising the curtain on a possible retail-hotel complex that would replace the theater once its 1930s-era building is demolished.
The residential and retail developer acquired the Oak Street property four years ago. Most recently, AMC Entertainment Inc. has been managing the theater, often showing films that already have run at downtown megaplexes.
Shapack expects to begin demolishing the Esquire in about 14 months and start construction on a mixed-use complex likely to include retail, restaurants and, perhaps, a hotel or condominiums.
For more, see the article in the Sept 14, 2006 edition by Susan Diesenhouse.
(Thanks to Adam Martin at Cinematour for providing the photo.)
September 14, 2006
WAPELLO, IA — Plans are being executed for a new drive-in, north of Grandview, Iowa.
Property owners Greg and Shilah Lindle are the parents of Kelly Daniels. The Daniels are proposing to use about 5 of the 15 acres to construct an outdoor drive-in movie theater called Cruise-in Drive-in with enough space for up to 300 vehicles. They requested a 15-acre rezoning to avoid claims of spot zoning, which is illegal.
Bob Simmering of HWS Engineering of Muscatine said plans call for a 50- by 35-foot screen on the west end with an entrance on the east end of the 5-acre location. Near the center would be a concession stand/projection booth/arcade, Simmering said. There would be a 1,500-gallon sewage system.
For more, read the Muscatine Journal.
Within the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) “Vault” is a short film titled “The Case Against the 20% Federal Admissions Tax on Motion Picture Theatres”. I recorded it sometime within the last decade and want others to be informed of its existence. It was produced circa 1952 (references “since 1946” and “within the past six years”) about 4500 theaters had closed (“one out of every four in the country”). Serious researches ought access the source files both in the Los Angeles archives of the AMA and the archived historical papers of the various State Representatives (Congress) who submitted data for the report.
September 13, 2006
VICTORVILLE, CA — After some delays that left residents frustrated for convenient entertainment, Cinemark’s new multiplex in Victorville is scheduled to open in the next few months.
Stadium seating, surround sound and 16 screens are all coming to the Mall of Victor Valley this fall — but 18 extra stalls for the women’s restroom might just steal the show.
After demolishing the old mall movie theater in 2005, Cinemark is able to add things like more women’s restrooms to the new theater — and in the process, it has also nearly doubled the square footage, from 35,000 to 65,000 square feet.
To read more, visit The Victorville Daily Press.
September 5, 2006
While visiting the beautiful RMS Queen Mary this week, I learned that they plan to screen “Rocky Horror Picture Show” on a regular basis.
This has been playing at the venerable Art Theatre on 4th Street in Long Beach. I’m also told that the Art will be closing its movie programs and will reopen as a night club. I do hope they will restore the original Chinese decorations on the walls. The seats were a bit hard, but I enjoyed supporting the Art -such nice people!
September 4, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA — The Capitol Theatre will reopen in the next few months providing a much needed addition to the city’s cultural landscape. They will be showing independent, revival, and spanish-language films.
The Capitol Theatre has been a fixture in downtown Chambersburg since 1927. Many residents of Franklin County saw their first movie there.
In the early days of movies, Chambersburg had two theaters — the Rosedale and the Capitol. After the Rosedale closed, the Capitol was all alone until the 1970s, when a movie theater opened across from Southgate Shopping Center. Eventually, the Capitol stopped showing films and the theater at Southgate was torn down, leaving Chambersburg Mall as the only site for movies in the greater Chambersburg area.
For more, read the full story in Public Opinion.
August 30, 2006
VINEYARD HAVEN, MA — Despite rumors saying otherwise, the Capawock Theatre’s owners still aim to reopen the theater in a few months.
A sign posted last week over the Capawock Theatre’s entrance on Main Street in Vineyard Haven reads, “Reopening November 1st or earlier.”
Despite costly and time-consuming setbacks in renovating the vintage 1912 movie theater building, the prospect of operating a business that loses money, a mounting campaign of public criticism, and veiled threats of eminent domain, the Hall family set a date to reopen the movie theater after its screens have been dark for almost two years.
The full story is availablein the Martha’s Vineyard Times.