WICHITA, KS — The Orpheum Theatre has announced plans for an ambitious renovation aimed to bring it up to modern standards for a performing arts center. The six-phase project would take two years and update virtually every facet of the space, from backstage to the areas surrounding the building.
Read more in the Wichita Eagle.
(Thanks to Joel Weide for providing the photo and story.)
October 17, 2013
VACAVILLE, CA — The Vacaville Theater has been sitting vacant for 25 years but it’s about to make a comeback. Developers are pouring millions of dollars into the project to test out a new format, Theatre DeVille. They’ll focus mainly on music acts but plan to provide a variety of live events. If the concept works and brings significant business to the downtown area, they plan to renovate similar buildings elsewhere.
Read more in the Reporter.
(Thanks to John Whyte for providing the photo.)
October 16, 2013
OWOSSO, MI — Rebuilding of the fire damaged Lebowsky Center has reached its midway point. The $6 million project to rebuild the theater, which was almost destroyed in a 2007 arson fire, will offer several improvements which include a larger lobby and bigger seats which reduces the seating capacity of the theater. Because of the extent of the damage and cost, the theater’s original interior details could not be restored. But the Owosso Community Players, which own the theater, says that you will not be disappointed because of all the state of the art improvements made to the theater which includes a state of the art fire suppression system. Reopening of the theater is planned for next year.
Further info, including video, can be found from WJRT.
September 19, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CA — In the Globe Theatre previous incarnation, Club 740, the nightclub was more known for its frequent violence than its opulent surroundings. New owner Erik Chol hopes that’s not the case with his new nightclub venture that plans to be more respectable with a focus on the charm of the building. The centerpiece will be a cleaned up marquee with an entrance back on Broadway.
Read more in the LA Downtown News.
(Thanks to JohnRice for providing the photo.)
August 22, 2013
LYNBROOK, NY — The Lynbrook 6 has been fading for years with outdated seats and equipment. But Regal is ready to invest in the location through a major renovation that will bring the complex an additional 9 screens. No word on a completion date but the site will include all the standard amenities including a Regal Premium Experience room.
Read more in the Malverne-Lynbrook Patch.
(Thanks to Ed Solero for providing the photo.)
August 12, 2013
TEANECK, NJ — Held up by some paperwork, the former Cedar Lane Cinemas, is almost ready to reopen with mid-September as the target. As previously reported new ownership plans to fully revamp the theatre with digital projection plus other amenities.
Read more in the Teaneck Patch.
(Thanks to btkrefft for providing the photo.)
August 1, 2013
July 23, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, VA — All signs pointed to the Old Town Theatre becoming retail when Rob Kaufman purchased it last year. When he found out all the possibilities for the space though, he couldn’t help but bring it back to its former glory. They reopened last week and plan to feature a variety of live entertainment.
Read more in the Alexandria Times.
(Thanks to Jack Coursey for providing the photo.)
July 11, 2013
July 1, 2013
The Loew’s Pitkin Theatre, closed since 1969, will reopen (sort of) on September 13th as a mixed-use space for the Brownsville Ascend Charter School and more than 10,000 square feet of retail space. The theater had fallen into severe disrepair in recent years before a $43.3 million renovation project. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, “The completion of this project is a key milestone in the revitalization of the once vibrant Pitkin Avenue corridor…. The renovation of the Loews Pitkin [also] preserved many architectural details, including the terra-cotta ornamentation” and the “original detailed neoclassical and Art Deco-themed cornices, pilasters, and niches.”
(Thanks to our illustrious editor Ken Roe for the image.)