September 11, 2014
LOMBARD, IL — The Yorktown 18 has been growing and growing since opening 1970 but now it’s scaling down a bit, at least in seating capacity. This is because they’re now becoming AMC’s first dine-in theatre in Illinois thanks to their RedKitchen program. There will also be a bar and lounge, MacGuffins, near the theatre entrance. Most of the work should be done by the end of the year.
Read more in the Daily Herald.
(Thanks to Xave for providing the photo.)
September 8, 2014
DETROIT, MI — The former Michigan Theatre in downtown Detroit is slated to be redeveloped. Plans call for the old theater space, converted into a parking garage with much of the old details intact in 1977, to be converted into an amphitheater pending an assessment of the building. The office building portion of the Michigan Theatre Building would be freshened up aesthetically.
Further details are in the Detroit Free Press.
August 28, 2014
FAIRFAX, VA — Patrons probably thought the digital conversion recently at the University Mall Theatres would be the last upgrade for a while for the second-run theater, but even bigger things are coming. After not knowing anything about Kickstarter months ago, the operator launched a “Save Our Butts” campaign to replace the aging seats and have already reached the $100,000 goal. Improvements to the floors are next.
Read more about this successful chain of discount theaters in the Washington Post.
(Thanks to Jack Coursey for providing the photo.)
August 19, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, LA — With many theatres getting revived post-Katrina like the Saenger and the Civic, the State-Palace is looking to take its turn. New owner, developer Gregor Fox, isn’t sure what the next steps will be but he wants to restore it to its former glory.
Read more about the exciting developments at NOLA.com.
(Thanks to Shaw for providing the photo.)
July 3, 2014
GLENDALE, CA — The art deco Alex Theatre has reopened and is better than ever. Not all the upgrades are front of house with new larger backstage areas, sound and lighting. They hope to be a new medium-sized contender for live productions.
Read more in Variety.
(Thanks to DavidZornig for providing the photo.)
July 2, 2014
WOODLAND, CA — Shuttered since 2010, the State Theatre could be making a comeback. Unfortunately though, it won’t be coming back in its original single-screen format or even like the triplex it was turned into in the 70’s. The plan is to sell it to Cinema West and collaborate on making it into a state-of-the-art 10-screen multiplex.
Read more in the Sacramento Business Journal.
(Thanks to JohnRice for providing the photo.)
June 27, 2014
MOUNT LEBANON, PA — The Denis Theatre Foundation is working to make the theatre an arts complex with two small theaters as well as a learning center and gallery. More than anything, they’re building it with the community in mind as a center for education and discussion. There’s a fundraiser tonight at the Hollywood Theatre for the project.
Read more in Trib Live.
June 2, 2014
COVINGTON, LA — Shuttered since 2008, the Holiday Square has long-been in renovation limbo, waiting to be converted into a dine-in theatre. The wait may finally be over as Southern aims to reopen it this summer. They’ll lose 5 screens from their original 12 to make way for a kitchen.
Read about all the plans at NOLA.com.
May 7, 2014
LOS GATOS, CA — After two quiet years, the Los Gatos Theatre is making a triumphant return. Newly renovated, the theatre opened to guests the other week and has a new upstairs screening room. The single-screen has been restored downstairs and they have equipment to take them into the next generation as well.
Read more in the Mercury News.
(Thanks to GaryParks for providing the photo.)
April 15, 2014
MILWAUKEE, WI — Not only is the Avalon Theater set to reopen this summer but they plan to install a 24-foot marquee. It’s not exactly a replica but at least it keeps with the vintage style they’re trying to maintain all around the property.
An exciting development for a theatre shuttered since 2000 and one that would have made Jim Rankin happy.
Read the full story in the Milwaukee Business Journal.
(Thanks to Lou Rugani for providing the photo.)