June 25, 2004
O'FALLON, MO — A new 14 Screen will be part of a new $40 Million Shopping Center in O'Fallon. It is part of one of the many sites that developers have staked out along Highway 40 in St. Charles County for retail development. The Center will be called Caledonia. (The new theater complex also is part of the recent spree of cinemas being built in the St. Louis area.)
This will be the Indiana-based Great Escape Theatres' first theater in the St. Louis Market. With the explosive growth of the WingHaven area in St. Charles County, this was an ideal opportunity for Great Escape. A new theater will be highly welcomed by the O'Fallon residents since they currently have to drive all the way to Mid-Rivers Mall (to the Wehrenberg theaters) in St. Peter’s.
June 16, 2004
CHARLESTON, SC — Thank you to the Friends of the Garden Theater for your efforts to save the Garden as a theater. Thanks to Cinema Treasures for providing a place to post notices and news. Thanks to the many fine folks who responded to our posts.
The scheduled meeting for June 17, 2004, has been cancelled due to recent developments. Yesterday, we were told by workmen at the theater that the curtain, seats, and rigging have been donated to an opera company in Pennsylvania and the floor is soon to be leveled from the stage to the rear wall of the auditorium so that the space can be leased to a retail store.
June 7, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Westates Theatres closed the Trolley Corners Cinema after its final showings on June 3, 2004. The triplex theater will be gutted and replaced by a 24-hour fitness health club.
Trolley Corners opened December 23, 1977 and was the last of Salt Lake’s 70mm theaters. Theater #1 featured stadium seating, 770 seats, and an 8-channel SDDS digital sound system. The large, curved screen was covered with curtains. Murals of “Star Wars” and “Sound of Music” adorned the lobby walls. The projection booth held two projectors.
June 4, 2004
MONTREAL, CANADA — Yesterday, the Famous Players Dorval Cinema closed its doors once again, but this time probably for good.
The theater will soon be transformed into the new regional head office for Famous Players.
Opened in 1962 with 2 cinemas, Salle Doree and Salle Rouge. Salle Rouge twinned in 1977 making the theater a triplex. In 1986, a 4th cinema was built upstairs. The theater closed in 2000 and reopened June 29, 2001.
April 30, 2004
BEAUFORT, SC — About three weeks ago, a group of people headed by Bill Gerke and is brother-in-law, Joe Barth, purchased the Highway 21 Drive-In Theater in Beaufort, South Carolina.
The refurbished drive-in reopens its gates Friday, April 30 with second-run screenings of “50 First Dates” and “Starsky and Hutch.” Plans include a move to first-run features after the theater is re-established.
April 14, 2004
HILLSBORO, OH — I have started a nonprofit preservation group, HCPG, whose purpose is to own, restore, and operate the 1895 Bells Opera House. We currently are seeking ownership, funding, and nonprofit status, working with our local congressman, and state representative in Ohio. It’s been a nine month track for me of dreaming, learning, and working on a business concept.
Sometime between the 1920s and 1940s, the Opera turned into a theater… but we want to take it back to its origins. Any links or advice we could use? Any Angel money out there for our group? What a great website… it’s nice knowing others are going through the same process.
FLORA, IL — The Town Theater opened last spring and is thriving by playing first run movies. Showtime Cinemas purchased the theater and has renovated it into two screens instead of one — to bring viewing pleasure to all.
The theater is currently opened Friday-Monday. Come check us out. And as always, we hope to see you at the movies…
April 8, 2004
PLYMOUTH, MI — The Compuware Sports Arena’s parking lot in Plymouth township may be drive-in theater according to this report from the Detroit Free Press.
The site could be a drive-in as early as May 15, if the township approves the proposal.
March 25, 2004
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
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.”