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.)
January 24, 2014
PORTLAND, OR — Besides taking a look at the theater scene in general, The Oregonian specifically looked at the renovations at the Bagdad Theater, Cinema 21 and the Empirical. They may have lost some of their older features, but new projectors and sound have ensured their futures.
(Thanks to GaryParks for providing the photo.)
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December 18, 2013
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The nearly 100 year-old Images Cinema has received a new marquee after not having one for decades. The lack of one was becoming a driving hazard with drivers going in one direction having to look over their shoulder to see what’s playing. With this and digital projection, the theatre is now better than ever.
Read the full story and see pictures at iBerkshires.
December 16, 2013
BAY CITY, MI — Goodrich Quality Theatres Bay City 8 Theatres in the Bay City Mall is building a two-screen addition which is expected to be open by this summer. The construction is not expected to disrupt activities at the mall.
Further details are in the Bay City Times.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
December 13, 2013
BUFFALO, NY — While Buffalo has been having problems saving some treasures others have been more fortunate. The North Park Theatre is reopening and couldn’t be better. The extensive renovation has brought back their dazzling marquee and reveal elements of the auditorium not visible in years. They plan to reopen in late January.
Read the full story in the Buffalo News.
(Thanks to MovieMark for providing the photo.)
December 12, 2013
WICHITA, KS — The Orpheum Theatre has announced plans for an ambitious renovation aimed to bring it up to modern standards for a performing arts center. The six-phase project would take two years and update virtually every facet of the space, from backstage to the areas surrounding the building.
Read more in the Wichita Eagle.
(Thanks to Joel Weide for providing the photo and story.)
October 17, 2013
VACAVILLE, CA — The Vacaville Theater has been sitting vacant for 25 years but it’s about to make a comeback. Developers are pouring millions of dollars into the project to test out a new format, Theatre DeVille. They’ll focus mainly on music acts but plan to provide a variety of live events. If the concept works and brings significant business to the downtown area, they plan to renovate similar buildings elsewhere.
Read more in the Reporter.
(Thanks to John Whyte for providing the photo.)
October 16, 2013
OWOSSO, MI — Rebuilding of the fire damaged Lebowsky Center has reached its midway point. The $6 million project to rebuild the theater, which was almost destroyed in a 2007 arson fire, will offer several improvements which include a larger lobby and bigger seats which reduces the seating capacity of the theater. Because of the extent of the damage and cost, the theater’s original interior details could not be restored. But the Owosso Community Players, which own the theater, says that you will not be disappointed because of all the state of the art improvements made to the theater which includes a state of the art fire suppression system. Reopening of the theater is planned for next year.
Further info, including video, can be found from WJRT.