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.)
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.)