Openings

  • March 25, 2004

    Odeon Drive-In Won’t Reopen for 2004 Season

    WINNIPEG, CANADA — According to this report from the CBC Manitoba, Cineplex Odeon has no plans to reopen the popular Odeon Drive-In this summer, ending a nearly 40 year tradition of bringing outdoor movies to the citizens of Winnipeg during the summer months.

    Cineplex spokeswoman Pat Marshall remarked, “I think with the advent of our new mega-plexes which have become just great entertainment destinations, people are choosing to go to those theatres moreso than the drive-in.”

    Marshall says the increasing costs of running the old drive-in could not be made up with declining attendance during the city’s short summer season.

    (FYI… the article includes a section where readers can share their memories of the Odeon. You can also submit them .)

  • March 22, 2004

    Mason City’s Arlee Theater Reopening This Week

    MASON CITY, IL — The Arlee Theater on Main Street in Mason City is about to reopen after four years of sitting vacant, according to this report in the Lincoln Courier.

    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’s Bloor Cinema to Reopen on March 19th!

    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

    Historic London Cinema Under Threat

    NOTTING HILL, ENGLAND — The historic Coronet Theatre is up for sale and may close as a cinema for the first time in its 105-year history, according to this report in the BBC News.

  • February 23, 2004

    Forest Theatre to Close on Thursday

    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

    Avon Theatre Reopens Today!

    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

    Adelaide Regent Closes After 75 Years

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA — On Wednesday, the 75-year run of the Regent Theatre came to an end with a screening of the Billy Wilder film Seven Year Itch, according to a report in the Advertiser.

    As chronicled in a previous report on Cinema Treasures, the theater is being closed by the Hoyts theater chain due to poor attendance and escalating operating costs.

    Here’s a roundup of coverage on the Regent’s long goodbye:

    Curtains close on 75 years of film magic
    Curtain falls on last picture show

  • January 26, 2004

    Stamford’s Avon Theatre Reopens

    STAMFORD, CT — The Avon Theatre is due to reopen this month, according to a report in the Stamford Advocate.

    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

    Edwards Temple Cinema 4 Goes Dark

    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

    ‘Bittersweet’ Closing in Greeley

    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.