March 12, 2014
BUFFALO, NY — The former Varsity Theatre just received a state grant for $150K which they plan to use to extensively renovate the interior and exterior. Everything from new seats to new plumbing await the venue that will be use for live performances and occasional screenings.
Get all the details in the Buffalo News.
March 10, 2014
WESTCLIFFE, CO — The nearly 135-year old Historic Jones Theater will launch a GoFundMe crowd-funding campaign on March 1st to raise money for repairs and updates to the building. The campaign is organized and directed by former Westcliffe residents Peter Link, and Julia Wade of Watchfire Music & Watchfire New Media.
The campaign aims to raise sixty thousand dollars to re-insulate and restore the Jones Theater auditorium. This includes restoring the floor of the auditorium with a concrete base, repairing the east wall of the auditorium and re-insulating it to cut down on heating costs. Additionally, the old heaters in the auditorium will be replaced with new energy efficient ones.
March 3, 2014
February 26, 2014
GUN BARREL CITY, TX — Hometown Cinemas is taking over the former Moviestar Cinema, bringing films back to Cedar Creek Lake after the closure last summer. Sony Digital 4K projection will be on all eight screens and they hope to reopen it in time for summer. They will also offer space for private events.
Read the full story in Cedar Creek Lake.
February 25, 2014
February 18, 2014
PEORIA, IL — A local investment group, NXG Developments, is proposing to purchase the Madison Theatre and extensively renovate it. They not only want to bring the theatre back in one form or another but also have plans for the neighboring buildings.
Read more in CI Proud.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
February 17, 2014
ANN ARBOR, MI — The former Fifth Forum’s cinema days are long gone but its next chapter will be as an office space for local tech company Nutshell. They’ve signed a three year lease and the space is in the process of being completely renovated for the purpose.
Go to MLive for more along with photos.
February 12, 2014
LEXINGTON, KY — This is the final weekend to get into the Kentucky Theatre for a while before it closes for a major renovation. They raised over $1 Million through various fundraisers and plan to replace all the seats, upgrade the lighting and restore the marquee. Its neigbhor, the State Theatre, will remain open to play art house fare.
Get a more detailed look at the project in the Lexington Herald Leader.
(Thanks to Mike Richardson for providing the photo.)
February 5, 2014
EUGENE, OR — The Bijou Metro hasn’t even been opened a year and it’s already getting one significant upgrade. Chris Mini and his wife, artist Mary Hornig, have a created glass ceiling panels to decorate the walkways between theaters. The new art deco touch will be on display for the ArtWalk this Friday.
Read more and check out some lovely photos at the Register Guard.
January 28, 2014
WAVELAND, MS — The former Star Cinema 3 is reopening after years of neglect following Hurricane Katrina. Two brothers, John and Charles Watzke, are actually taking it over and sinking thousands of dollars into bringing it up to today’s standards. They plan to reopen sometime soon with four screens and digital projection.
Read the inspiring story of how this family saved this theatre at Gulf Live.
(Thanks to Micway71 for proving the photo.)