December 2, 2004
The York Square, which has been on Broadway since 1970, plays art films and sub run material. The film companies do not give them access to first run product. The York Square has filed a suit against the motion picture industry to attempt to force them to provide first run films, but it likely will fail.
This month, the five screen state-of-the-art Criterion Cinemas opened in downtown New Haven. It will also play art films. Is there enough of an art film market in a mid-sized city such as New Haven for two art films, or will the new Criterion spell the end of the downtrodden but venerable York Square?
More on this story from the Business New Haven magazine.
November 30, 2004
November 22, 2004
NEW YORK, NY — The New York Times is reporting that the Metro Theatre in Manhattan’s Upper West Side will reopen on December 3rd as an independent movie house after several tense months in which its future was the subject of numerous rumors (including that it would be converted into a supermarket).
The theater, operated by Peter Elson (of the famed Embassy theaters), will now be known as Embassy’s New Metro Twin and will cater to foreign and independent films, joining other Upper West Side staples as Lincoln Plaza, the Thalia, and Loews Lincoln Square. Its location, 30 blocks from its chief competitors, will give it some breathing room for bookings.
November 19, 2004
PASADENA, CA — The United Artist Pasadena Marketplace 6 has closed. Ever since Pacific Theatres opened a new 14-plex a few years ago down the street, this theatre has been a ghost town. This doesn’t surprise me because it was very outdated. But then again, it’s right in the middle of Old Town Pasadena.
You would think the area would be busy enough to support the theatre. I don’t know if the lease was up or why Regal Entertainment pulled the plug. Last year, AMC Theatres abandoned its 8-screen theatre across the street. Laemmle Theatres reopened it — showing first-run movies and independent films.
October 27, 2004
BRIDGEPORT, CT — The former Bijou Theatre, last known as the Downtown Family Cinema, will reopen sometime in 2006 according to developer Philip Kuchma who nows owns the building.
The Bijou operated from 1908 through 1998 under a number of names. According to The Connecticut Post, the newly renovated Bijou will show artsy films geared toward the more sophisticated audience as well as some live shows.
Whether a single screen venue can be successful in this day and age in downtown Bridgeport remains to be seen, but if it is maybe there is hope for the magnificent Palace and Majestic theatres down the street.
October 18, 2004
CHICAGO, IL — Due to circumstances beyond our control, it looks like we will not be opening up the Adelphi Theater as soon as we like.
The current owner (the one preventing us from buying the theater) is threatening to board the place up and kick us out. We are unsure how long we have to leave, so if you want to check out the theater, now is the time to do it. We do plan to come back soon and try again. We have a great love for this building and will not give up that easily.
Thank you to all that have helped us and supported us. Unfortunately, money talks, and we didn’t speak the language very well.
October 11, 2004
LOS ANGELES, CA — “Sad news — I work at the Mann Plaza and as of now, October 14 will be the last day. It is set to be demolished and a shopping center will be built in its place (just what Westwood needs)!
The staff is bummed about this little gem closing. If you haven’t seen a film here yet, please do, or make one last trip to the Plaza to see one last film here. The small but cosy balcony is a must!"
September 29, 2004
LOUISVILLE, KY — Showcase Cinema Louisville officially closed on September 13, 2004.
National Amusements still owns the property, but it is for sale. At this time, the theater is to be torn down.
September 23, 2004
I received an email today, part of the weekly programming newsletter, that Washington, DC’s Visions Cinema Bistro Bar (formerly the Loew’s Embassy Theater) will be closing this weekend after four years of operation. It seems they were losing a lot of money for the last year and a half. Here is the email text received today:
‘September 21, 2004
To all of our Friends, Neighbors and Founding Members:
Recently there have been many rumors circulating that Visions bar noir is going to close. Sadly, we must now confirm that the rumors are true.
September 20, 2004
SAN JOSE/STOCKTON, CA — Both the San Jose Fox California Theatre (now called the California Theatre) and the Stockton Fox Theatre (renamed the Bob Hope Theate) reopen this week. According to The San Jose Business Journal, San Jose spent $75 million to restore the California while Stockton spent $5 million.