July 15, 2011
BETHLEHEM, PA — The Bethlehem Patch is reporting that the Boyd Theatre will unfortunately be closed for the rest of the year due to water damage from a couple months ago. The good news is this extra time will allow them to make some improvements and modifications.
They’re currently seeking recommendations on things they can do to make it a more viable venue. Their commitment to making it a place for more than just movies will hopefully ensure its health in the future.
(Thanks to Jeshua Nace for the photo.)
July 13, 2011
VANCOUVER, WA — After we reported a few months ago of the nearby Liberty Theatre reopening, it’s now time for the Kiggins to roll out the red carpet. Thanks to community support, there will hopefully be more improvements on the way.
Read the full story in the Columbian.
(Thanks to ahockley for providing the photo.)
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June 29, 2011
PITTSBURGH, PA — “The old-fashioned, single-screen neighborhood movie house seems to be undergoing a slow, but noticeable comeback” the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. After decades of single screen cinemas closing in the city and in outlying areas, the newspaper reports on the rising fortunes of the Hollywood Theater, the Denis Theatre, The Oaks Theater, as well as the Strand Theater in Zelienople.
(Thanks to macwagen for the photo of the Hollywood Theater.)
June 27, 2011
June 16, 2011
PATASKALA, OH — A local group, Pataskala Town Hall Inc., had a screening over the weekend to raise funds for renovating the long dormant, Sterling Theater. They’ll be using profits from a summer film series and children’s fair before screenings to redo the bathrooms and A/C system. Donations have already helped them make great progress.
May 4, 2011
EDWARDSVILLE, IL — Originally opened as an opera house in 1909 and closed in 1984 by Plitt Theaters, the Wildey is now sparkling again on Edwardsville’s Main Street after many years of civic restorative effort and an expenditure of nearly three million dollars. The Wildey will now be a mixed-use performing arts facility, including occasional film showings on a newly installed screen.
“In the mid-1980s, it went dark and it left a void in a large part of downtown,” he said. The last movie to be shown was “The Big Chill,” circa 1983.
Once the mayor was given a round of applause, Walker came to the stage and said, “Hear that sound. It’s applause. It has not been heard here for 25 years and it’s great.”
There is more in the Daily Journal.
April 26, 2011
PARK RIDGE, IL — Once some changes are made to the local preservation ordinance and the theater’s historical status is recognized by the Illinois Historical Preservation Agency, Dino Vlahakis, owner of the eighty-two-year-old art deco Pickwick Theatre, hopes to embark on an extensive renovation plan that will include installation of digital projection and restoration of of the theater’s original fire curtain.
The renovations will cost roughly $1.5 million, Vlahakis said. The larger seats will result in the loss of seating in the Pickwick’s main theater and in the smaller rear theaters, but Vlahakis said many moviegoers have complained about the quality of the current seats. The seats in the main theater were installed in the 1960s, he said.
The digital projection will make films appear sharper on screen and will eliminate problems like lines and wear marks that are common with 35 mm film, Vlahakis said.
There is more in the Herald-Advocate.