September 16, 2015
When you step inside the Admiral Theatre, it’s as if you’re stepping back in time. That’s because the West Seattle movie house, which sits along California Avenue SW, has gone largely untouched—save for a few tweaks in the ‘60s and '70s—since opening in 1942. (The theater first opened in 1919 as the Portola. You can read more about its extensive history here.)
September 12, 2015
“Visitors got a sneak peek at the restored beacon of downtown Glendale – the highly visible tower with a spire atop at the Alex Theatre as it was briefly relit about a week ahead of the historic venue’s 90th birthday.
Redoing the 100-foot-tall neon tower was the latest in a series of restoration efforts over the past several years. “The tower and the spire itself have been kind of falling apart for the last three years,” said Elissa Glickman, chief executive of Glendale Arts, the nonprofit that manages the theater.
In addition to the neon, there are sequential chase lights that light up vertically along the tower. Those lights were previously incandescent bulbs, which burnt out quickly, she said. LED ones are used now and last longer. “LED has a life span of five to 10 years, not to mention the energy-efficient component,” Glickman said. Four years ago, the marquee and the Alex sign were redone. Last year, a $5-million face lift added expanded dressing rooms. The renovations wrapped up ahead of the Alex’s 90th anniversary of when it first opened its doors on Sept. 4, 1925.
January 11, 2015
Dan Gase, the real estate agent in the process of brokering the sale of the shuttered Lincoln Theater, was in a sunny mood at a meeting with city officials.
“I thought I’d run to Swain’s and get popcorn,” Gase quipped at the movie house Thursday.
Joining him there: would-be theater buyer Scott Nagel, architect Michael Gentry, Port Angeles city building inspector Jim Lierly and city Fire Chief Ken Dubuc.
Last month, Nagel, producer of the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival in Port Angeles and the former director of the Seattle Folklife Festival and Sequim Lavender Festival, made his move to buy the theater, which has been dark since last spring.
Nagel offered Sun Basin Theatres, the Lincoln’s owner, $235,000, and now “he’s the buyer in first position,” Gase said.
But Nagel has no plans to buy the Lincoln with his own money.
He intends to instead find large donors who share his vision: restoring the Lincoln building at 132 E. First St. into a 500-seat film and performing arts center.
Read the entire article online at peninsuladailynews.com
December 17, 2014
As part of the Cameo Theater Building restoration a new sign has been installed on top of the building.
The sign was designed using the same font and lighting style of the original marquee after a historic picture of the Theater was found.
A small business façade improvement grant from the City of Orlando helped pay for the fabrication and installation of the sign.
The theater was built in 1939 and converted to offices for IBM in the 1950s. At some point, the original marquee was removed.
Read the entire article online at bungalower.com.
December 15, 2014
When the Regent Theater reopened early last month on Main Street in the Historic Core, completely revamped and ready for business as a live music venue, it was a big deal for the area: the Regent is the last historic movie palace left on Main Street; the Merced over by Olvera Street is the only other old theater left on Main at all. (The Merced was a live theater; it’s scheduled to become a city TV station by 2017.) Despite having hosted occasional special events in recent years, renovation photos of the Regent’s interior, provided by New Theme, the firm that oversaw the adaptive reuse project, show just how much the place was crumbling and underscore the impressive improvements made to the 100-year-old building. Now that it’s fixed up, the Regent is run by the same guy who operates Echo Park’s The Echo, and has a hip bar and restaurant inside, plus a fancy new sound system for its live acts.
Read the entire article online at la.curbed.com.
December 11, 2014
The 1940 Cameo Theatre building, 1013 E. Colonial Drive, has been outfitted with a rooftop bulb style sign, similar to the one that was there when the theatre was open. The present owner, Jorge Boone, petitioned the Orlando City Council for financial help with restoring a bit of history, and the elected officials approved it. The Cameo is currently home to SNAP!, a photography gallery. The film house opened in November, 1940, and was closed in the late 1940s. It was remodeled in the early 1950s, and was home for IBM offices for several years. Over a period of time, it has been occupied by many businesses.
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December 10, 2014
The year 2015 marks the year in which Bow Tie Cinemas will proudly celebrate its 115th anniversary. As part of its ongoing mission to deliver the best possible customer experience, Bow Tie Cinemas today announced large-scale renovation plans for its Sono Regent Cinema in South Norwalk, CT.
Starting in early 2015, Bow Tie Cinemas will begin a top to bottom renovation of the Regent Cinema. Planned upgrades include:
Luxury recliner stadium seating in all eight auditoriums and reserved seating in all eight auditoriums,brand new lobby and restrooms, new concession stands, a new menu of upscale full meal and beverage offerings, and new auditorium décor.
Read the entire release from Bow Tie Cinemas at the Norwalk Patch.
October 2, 2014
NATCHEZ, MS — Outside of some marquee work six years ago, there’s been little news on saving the Ritz Theatre. With a new developer though, that may soon change. The plans are unclear but they’ll like be similar to the work currently being done on the Choctaw Cinema.
Read more in the Washington Times.
September 26, 2014
ALLENTOWN, PA — Civic Theatre’s Theatre514 reopened last week following extensive renovations including new seating and lighting. The art house’s capacity is now up to 92 and they’re now trying to get funds to improve the exterior.
Get all the details about the bustling Allentown theater landscape in the Express-Times.
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.)