December 4, 2013
BERWICK, PA — The Berwick Theater in Berwick Pennsylvania is facing a dilemma. It must convert to a digital projection system within the next year or so. If it does not it will no longer be able to show movies because Hollywood will no longer distribute films on..film.
This same situation is being repeated all over the United States as small town theaters and drive in movies must either “go digital or go dark”. Quite often the local citizens will rally around the theater and work with its owner to raise the 60 – 100 thousand dollars that is needed for a digital conversion. Sometimes though a solution cannot be found and theaters do go dark and, when that happens, we all lose a piece of our history.
November 25, 2013
November 21, 2013
SELMA, AL — The long history of the Walton Theatre could be coming to a close unless a resolution comes from a public meeting on November 25th. As the only theater for miles, it’s popular with locals but not popular enough to make a profit. Digital isn’t even the issue for a change as they already have a projector.
Read more in WNCFTV.
November 20, 2013
ORANGEBURG, SC — Locals had hoped that when the Camelot 4 closed in January, a new operator would swoop in. They’ve had no luck yet and if one isn’t found soon, the owner will have to convert it to retail. The community wants it as a theatre but that company will have to make an investment in the property first.
Read more in the The TandD.
November 15, 2013
October 7, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, PA — A proposal by iPic Theatres could lead to an eight screen theatre and restaurant in new construction replacing all but the front of the Boyd Theatre. This can only go forward if iPic can prove that restoring the theatre would be cost prohibitive. Howard Haas of Friends of the Boyd strongly opposes the proposal due to the irreparable damage it would cause.
(Thanks to Michael Wakely for providing the photo.)
September 4, 2013
FOLEY, MN — SC Times looked at the struggles faced by the owners of the Brickhouse Cinema given the digital deadline. The article details how the owners must tackle some tough decisions with raising money for a digital projector after only purchasing the theatre two years. Luckily, she has some small-town success stories to emulate like the Long Drive-In and the Milaca Theatre.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
September 3, 2013
PRINCETON, KY — Like so many other theaters around the world, the Capitol Cinemas is racing to buy a digital projector before the end of the year. They still have about $80K to raise but they remain hopeful with the community already stepping up with fundraisers.
Read about how they’re utilizing local talent to garner donations at WPSD.
(Thanks to Chuck1231 for providing the photo.)
August 28, 2013
SOUTH PASADENA, CA — Everyone seems to be on the same page about revitalizing the Rialto Theatre except maybe the owner. As the years of decay add up, the chamber of commerce is working tirelessly to line up all the options while the family trust that owns it and its former operator stay quiet.
Read more in the Pasadena Star News.
(Thanks to Scott Feldmann for providing the photo.)