March 30, 2011
CLARENDON, TX — Recently named to the list of the Ten Most Endangered sites in Texas, the 1940’s era Mulkey Theatre is being embraced by local supporters interested in raising funds for its gradual restoration and reopening as a movie theater. Roof repairs have been completed, but more structural repair is needed, and the current goal is to repair and relight the marquee.
The Mulkey, once a cinematic gathering place for rural Donley County, has fallen into disrepair, but not yet rubble. The peach, salmon and navy blue tiles that decorate the exterior are still there. So are the hooks that once held the neon lights in place, dangling from the street overhang. A sign in the ticket booth advertises 9-cent admission for children.
For now, refurbishing and repairing the Mulkey is a one-step-at-a-time process, but one of its backers is optimistic about completing the project, especially since the theater has been named to Texas' Most Endangered list by Preservation Texas, a private advocacy group that encourages support and funding for historic places, archives and artifacts.
There is more in the Amarillo Globe-News.
March 23, 2011
HIALEAH, FL — Muvico remodeled the Hialeah 12. They removed two auditoriums (now 12 screens) to make a giant arcade (called Glitch) with over a 100 games and bowling, added stadium seating, all digital (Sony 4K), expanded concessions menu, beer and wine, new carpets, and new seats.
Read more in the Press Release.
March 15, 2011
STOUGHTON, MA — A concert on March 26 will be the initial event to raise funds to restore and reopen the 1927 State Theatre here, most recently known as the Stoughton Cinema Pub. The theater closed in 2007, and the current owner apparently indicated a desire to tear it down for a parking lot. It is estimated that at least a quarter of a million dollars will be needed to restore the theater to a usable condition.
Most recently known as the Stoughton Cinema Pub, the theater closed in December 2007, just six days shy of its 80th birthday.
“Once that closed, the rest of the remaining downtown started dying with it,” Mutascio said, adding that reopening the theater could help revitalize the downtown.
The full article about the restoration effort, including a vintage photo, appeared at Boston.com.
March 14, 2011
CARROLLWOOD, FL — The Main Street 6 is being remodeled. All theaters will have digital and reserved leather seats.
Main Street Cinemas, which is owned and operated by the same group as Channelside Cinemas 10, recently signed a lease with the shopping center’s property owner, RMC Property Management Group.
The building on N Dale Mabry, north of Hudson Lane, will span 20,500 square feet and show the latest films. In keeping with CineBistro theaters in Wesley Chapel and Hyde Park, moviegoers will be able to order from a restaurant-style menu and be served inside the theater.
Read more in the St. Petersburg Times.
March 3, 2011
CHICAGO, IL — The former Harper Theater which last operated as as a quad called the Hyde Park Theaters will be renovated and reopened as five-plex according to a press release issued by the University of Chicago which owns the property and the surrounding retail space. The theater opened in 1915 and has been operated by several theater chains but has been closed for several years. The university has reached an agreement with the owner of the New 400 Theaters in Chicago’s Rogers Park to manage the revamped theater.
“We believe students, faculty, staff and our neighbors will be very excited about having a new movie theater within walking distance,” said Kimberly Goff—-Crews, Vice President for Campus Life. “As we talk to members of our community about how to enhance campus life, this is one of the ideas that comes up frequently.”
The agreement with The New 400 Theaters is part of a broader effort to revitalize the 53rd Street corridor as a focus of commercial, retail and entertainment activity.
The full release can be read here.
February 22, 2011
MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA — Locals are looking at the potential of reopening the long dormant Empress Theatre.
“The idea started last year, told Metro Elaine Ethier. I thought it would be interesting to open a cinema in the district because there is a shortage at this level. The idea is to have a neighborhood theater for the locals. A film addressing people of West Island, which provide projections in English, French and other languages. ”
For now, the project is embryonic. The three employees are still trying to determine the potential of their idea. “You have to see if people in the community will follow, if the project is feasible, if it is profitable, said Ms. Ethier. We can still save the building. It is not in the same state as the Seville Theatre [which was demolished to make way for condos, Ed]. You have to see how much it will cost and then we’ll be able to prepare a financial package. ”
Read the full story(in French) in Metro.
February 14, 2011
February 11, 2011
CLEVELAND, ENGLAND — It has been announced that a £4 million restoration project on theGlobe Theatre will start soon,creating a new large entertainment venue between Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne. Stockton Council will contribute £1 million to the scheme with owners Jomast funding the remainder. The venue has been closed for over a decade was last in use as a bingo hall. During its heyday, it hosted many top groups, including The Beatles & The Rolling Stones. It is expected to open late 2012.
February 3, 2011
MARBLEHEAD, MA — The Historic Warwick Cinemas may once again be showing movies. The Theatre closed in 1999 an had been used in the interim by the local YMCA. Now a developer wants to renovate the building and there is a grassroots movement afoot to bring movies back to Marblehead.
As to the former theater, which closed its doors on Oct. 28, 1999, and reopened sometime later as the YMCA’s gymnastics center, the plans would “restore and conserve existing original elements at façade, canopy and signage.” That includes the marquee, which would have its lettering “reconditioned.” The rest of the façade would be beautified as well but would still be recognizable to longtime residents.
There’s more in The Marblehead Reporter.
There is also a Facebook page for those rallying to the cause.
January 18, 2011
COLUMBIA, TN — The Maury County Arts Guild has initiated efforts that would enable them to acquire the long-closed Polk Theatre. Once acquired, the group plans to embark on a drive to raise the estimated $2 million it will take to turn the theater into a mixed-use venue. The theater opened in 1948, was later twinned, and then used for retail.
The Polk Theatre and Cultural Arts Center would include a theater with a seating capacity of up to 500, but the building will be much more than that, Manning said.
“This place is not just going to be a theater; it’s going to be an art gallery where we’re going to have classrooms, it’s going to be a banquet room where we could hold lectures and parties,” Manning said. “It’s just going to be pretty darn incredible.”
There is more in the Daily Herald.