March 22, 2004
The theater was last used as a country western music venue. Before that, it was a movie house from 1936 until 1984. But in May of 2003, John and Gaye Maxson of Mason City purchased the 450-seat Arlee, and since then have put a good deal of time, effort and money into cleaning up the theater. “I bet I’ve scraped 2,000 pieces of gum off the floor,” says Gaye, “Some of it’s pretty old.”
March 11, 2004
TORONTO, CANADA — It’s been a long two months for fans of the Bloor Cinema in Toronto. At long last, it’s set to reopen officially on March 19, 2004.
The Bloor was closed after a piece of the ceiling fell on the front rows on January 16 during a showing of the documentary, The Corporation.
For further information about the reopening, check the Bloor’s website at http://www.bloorcinema.com/.
February 26, 2004
February 23, 2004
WEST HAVEN, CT — The Forest Theatre, one of the last remaining single screen movie theatres in Connecticut, is closing down for good this Thursday.
According to this article in the New Haven Register, the owner has become sick, possibly with multiple sclerosis, and cannot run the theater any longer.
February 13, 2004
STAMFORD, CT — The Avon Theatre is finally set to officially reopen today. There were a couple of test screenings on Wednesday to run through the operation one last time before the theater reopens to the public. The projection was superb and the popcorn was excellent! (See previous story — includes photos of the newly-restored Avon.)
To read more about the reopening, check out this article from the Stamford Advocate.
January 30, 2004
Here’s a roundup of coverage on the Regent’s long goodbye:
January 26, 2004
The theater, which closed down in November 1999, was originally opened in 1939. A $1 million renovation has made this cinema look better the new with refurbished seats, new carpets, and much new equipment in the booth.
Here are a few recent photos I took of the Avon:
January 14, 2004
TEMPLE CITY, CA — The Edwards Temple Cinema 4, which sits on the spot of the 2nd Temple Theatre, at 9021 Las Tunas Drive, is dark, and the marquee is blank. It’s been this way now for at least a week. From speaking with people who used to go there, some have said that the inside was not being kept up. Others say that a restaurant is to be built there. Sad to see!
January 12, 2004
GREELEY, CO — The Bittersweet 4 in Greeley closed this Sunday after the owner of the four-plex sold the theater to a developer, according to the Greeley Tribune.
Regal Entertainment, which operated the Bittersweet, did not renew its lease on the theater. Developers, which plan to build a Walgreens drugstore on the site, are also eyeing Regal’s other Greeley movie house, the Cooper Twin, one of only a few twins remaining in Colorado.
CHARLOTTE, NC — After 15 years of operation, Eastern Federal has closed the Delta 6. Employees unfortunately were given two days notice. The building and land are for sale/lease.
On a side note, the Delta 6’s sister theater, Movie at the Lake (Hunsterville, NC), sits very close to a recently closed, not yet 5 year-old, independent theater that is now advertising the showtimes and website for EF.