• January 17, 2011

    East Nashville’s Roxy to become mixed-use venue

    NASHVILLE, TN — Originally opened in 1938, the Roxy closed as a movie theater in 1960. After lying dormant for several years, it later became a recording studio. Plans now will convert it to a mixed-use music venue with some movie showings; some space will again be used as a recording studio.

    The 1998 tornadoes destroyed the small studio. Solomon plans to reopen Woodland Studios as part of the Roxy Theater. The recording studio will take about 3,400 square feet of the venue’s space.

    Stephanie Silverman, managing director at Belcourt Theatre, said she supports Solomon’s decision to expand the venue beyond a film house.

    There is more at

  • January 12, 2011

    Capitol Theatre in contest

    FALL RIVER, MA — The grand Capitol Theatre, the only one left in Fall River, was hidden for years. Sold two years ago, the new owners are trying to restore it. They are included in the Pepsi Grant Challange. All you have to do is vote for their project, if they can get enough votes, they get a grant. The site is here.

  • January 10, 2011

    How Coronado’s Village Theatre is being saved

    CORONADO, CA — The previously announced renovations of the Village Theatre are finally getting under way as this piece discusses the city’s relationship with this classic gem of a theater.

    Older residents long for the “pre-bridge,” small-town character of Coronado and many new residents come because they like what’s still left of that atmosphere, said former Mayor Tom Smisek, who was involved in the early restoration talks.

    “People can walk or ride their bikes anywhere,” Smisek said. “That wide landscaped median strip down Orange Avenue may not be the best way to move traffic, but it keeps that area nice. We have the overall ambiance of a little town, and our little theater kind of fits with what we’re trying to keep here.”

    Read the full story in Sign on San Diego.

  • December 22, 2010

    Irvine Co. revamps Fashion Island movie theater

    NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Along with renovations to the entire mall, the Island 7 at Fashion Island is about to undergo a year-long renovation to modernize the 20-plus year old theater.

    The next segment of the revamp will focus on transforming the theater into an upscale venue complete with a lobby designed to reflect the retail center’s Italian-style architecture. Updates include adding stadium seating in all auditoriums and wider aisles. The theater will close Jan. 12 and reopen by the 2011 holiday season, according to the Irvine Co.

    Read the full story in OC Metro.

  • December 9, 2010

    Hotel chain to help spiff up Rexburg theater

    REXBURG, ID — The former Westwood Theater will be refurbished as part of a hotel preservation program.

    Now, Hampton Hotels says the 420-seat theater will be 1 of 5 projects its employees help restore in 2011.

    The city has been pushing a “Bring back the Romance” campaign to spiff up the theater, with help from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

    Read more in the KHQ.

  • November 19, 2010

    Academy’s East Coast theater gets generous donation

    NEW YORK, NY — Thanks to real estate developer Charles Cohen, the Academy of Arts and Sciences' east coast theater on East 59th Street is being renovated and reopened.

    Over the years, however, the cinema fell into disrepair and since the charity didn’t have excess funds to upgrade the theater, the academy considered not renewing its contract with the Lighthouse. “I jumped in with both feet,” says Mr. Cohen, who often passed by the Lighthouse on his way to work.

    He says he was able to utilize his own real-estate experience to help negotiate contracts and work with top designers and film specialists. “After four months of construction, it’s now the best-looking, best-sounding screening venue in the city,” he says.

    Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

    UPDATE: 11/21

  • November 10, 2010

    Work to renovate Westbury Theater begins

    WESTBURY, NY — A long-delayed renovation project has begun to turn the closed Westbury Theater into a multi-use venue, including movie showings. The theater opened in 1927 and is designed in a Tudor-revival style.

    “This is really the culmination of our downtown revitalization process,” said Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, as his voice rose above Post Avenue traffic and the sounds of construction work on the theater roof.

    “This project is the keystone of what we have in mind for Post Avenue. We look at it as a magnet for new businesses, new consumers and new residents,” Cavallaro said. He also recognized the assistance of the county in providing essential community development funds before welcoming Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.

    There is more in the Westbury Times.

  • Plans made to reopen Royal T III Theatre in Le Mars

    LE MARS, IA — Eric Hilsabeck, who owns the Riviera Theatre in Sioux City, has submitted plans to renovate and reopen the Royal T III Theater which closed in 2009. The theater originally opened at least eighty years ago as the Royal, and was later twinned, then triplexed.

    According to a letter to the Le Mars City Council from Neal Adler, director of the LBIC, designs to renovate the theater are complete, cost estimates have been gathered, and a purchase agreement is in place.

    The total cost to restore the historic downtown building and update the theater will be more than $700,000, Adler stated.

    There is more in the Le Mars Sentinel.

  • November 9, 2010

    Historic Des Plaines Theater gets a new lease on life

    DES PLAINES, IL — Work is being done to renovate the Des Plaines Theater in time for its 85 Anniversary December 19th.

    Theater owner Dhitu Bhagwakar and local nonprofit Stage One Productions have teamed up to revive the landmark and turn it into more than just a large-screen movie house.

    Bhagwakar, who purchased the large single-screen theater in 2003, tried to make it work as a destination for Bollywood films and had some success for a while.

    With only occasional showings in the past year, the theater has been dark in recent months. Renovations began in earnest last week as workers started gutting the interior, which will be completely refurbished.

    Read more in the Daily Herald.

  • October 25, 2010

    Former AMC Star Rochester gets $4.2 million makeover

    ROCHESTER, MI — EMagine Theaters is in the midst of making major renovations to the former AMC Star Rochester which closed in 2007. Improved seating and wider aisles will reduce the seat count to 1,900 from the original 3,200. The renovated theater will have upgraded food service and VIP seating in some of the screening rooms.

    New and bigger screens, more comfortable seats and wider aisles mean seating will drop from 3,200 seats to 1,900 seats in the 10-theater complex at Rochester and Auburn roads, said Emagine Entertainment founder and Chairman Paul Glantz.

    To appeal to patrons who might have theater systems in their homes, Emagine Rochester Hills will offer about 20 luxury seating spots in each theater. For an extra $2.50 per ticket, guests will be able to watch flicks from high-backed leather rockers with a table between every two chairs.

    The full story is in the Detroit Free Press.