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.
February 27, 2006
MACON, GA — The Capitol Theatre re-opened to the general public on January 18, 2006 after being closed for 31 years. Thanks to the efforts of countless volunteers, the facility will now operate as a movie house and live entertainment facility.
Friday and Saturday nights are dedicated to movies showing at 7 PM and 10 PM. Thursday nights shall feature live entertainment. Future plans call for the complete restoration of the stage with lighting and sound equipment in place to support both live music and live productions.
As a 501©3, the facility will be available free of charge to school and educational productions on Monday and Tuesday evenings. In March the marquee will again be lit thanks to the generosity of Cox Communications. The marquee is a reproduction of the 1916 original.
January 23, 2006
FULTON, MO — B&B Theatres is shutting its doors on the historic downtown building and moving to a new 8-screen cinema on the south end of town in May, 2006.
The old building is currently only 2 screens. The main auditorium is located downstairs, and a steep set of stairs leads to the smaller upstairs auditorium, a renovated balcony.
“Having only two auditoriums limits the movies we can show,” says current Fulton Cinema employee Alex Dzurick. “We always have to keep a family-friendly show in, and we don’t always get the newest releases.”
The B&B Theatres chain has owned the building since 1980, and it is currently the only theatre in the city.
“I grew up in the old place,” says Dzurick. “My mom worked there before I did, and I spent my toddler years under the counter reading while she ran the box office. It’s going to be hard to leave, but it will sure be nice to have more screens.”
The new building will be an 8-screen complex, all on the same level. Some current employees are helping to build the new building, but not Dzurick.
“I’m not old enough to work in construction,” he says. At 16, Dzurick is the youngest employee at the Fulton Cinema. “It’s hard being the new kid, but a lot of them knew me before I got the job. I even work with some of my teachers and siblings of classmates.”
The project is slated for completion in May, and the theatre hopes to open for business mid-month. The old building is being turned over to the Fulton Fine Arts Council, and it will be renovated into a live stage for community productions. The upper floor and screen will be removed and the upstairs will become a balcony again. The marquee will be removed and projectors taken out.
But there will always be the faint, lingering smell of hot buttered popcorn.
January 16, 2006
SPRINGFIELD, MA — The former Regal Cinemas is now closed. What happened? Someone buy this awesome theater and reopen it for me. :) I loved catching the 12 noon show for $5 and being the only one there. But maybe that’s why they are closed.
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.