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.)
August 13, 2013
Large automaker Honda has put their money where their mouth is with their summer initiative, Project Drive-In. They’re launching a nationwide campaign to make people aware of the difficulties of converting to digital. In a month, by popular vote, they’ll be giving away five digital projectors to theaters in need.
With so many stories coming in about theaters closing because of digital, it’s refreshing to hear about a corporation getting involved.
July 17, 2013
SAN JOSE, CA — Locals are joining forces to save the Century 21 as its lease is up and its future is in doubt. The first domed in the Century circuit, the almost 50-year old cinema has gotten attention with “Save the Dome” T-shirts and a preservation group working to incorporate it into any future developments on the site.
Read more in Mercury News.
(Thanks to neeb for providing the photo.)
July 11, 2013
PRATT, KS — The clock is ticking for the Barron Theatre as the owners look to sell the property. They simply can’t cover the costs of operating it anymore and a digital conversion would just make things worse for them financially. If it closes, residents would have to drive to Kingman or Larned for a flick.
Go to KSN for more on the story along with a video.
July 9, 2013
Kansas TV stations KSN and KAKE are reporting that the 83-year-old Barron Theatre in Pratt may close, starving the city of its only remaining theater and forcing residents to drive 100 miles – yes, 100 miles – to other theaters in Wichita or Hutchinson. While ticket sales are brisk, the owners don’t want to invest in digital projection and see this as a good time to sell the Barron or close the theater. Maybe they should try Kickstarter …
June 11, 2013
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND — Movie lovers across New Zealand are invited to help embed the art of cinema in the artistic hub of resurgent Christchurch. The substantial post-quake rebuild of the Isaac Theatre Royal provides the perfect opportunity to bring back a sense of occasion to movie going and celebrate the art and artists of the giant screen in Christchurch.
All that’s missing is the projectors, the screen and the audio system. We’re looking for your assistance in getting them there! The Christchurch City Council is backing the project with a $70,000 grant towards the estimated $280,000 costs, provided that the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) find the balance of the money before July 5.
Read more at Boosted.
May 14, 2013