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.)
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.)