• April 30, 2008

    Plans to reopen Denis

    MT. LEBANON, PA — The Denis Quad is planning to open for movies following upcoming renovations.

    Turns out you can’t keep a good theater down. Or dark.

    Plans were announced yesterday to raise $3 million to renovate the 71-year-old Denis Theatre in the heart of Mt. Lebanon’s business district. It has been closed for nearly four years and sat vacant along Washington Road, where passersby hoped for a rebirth but peered in the doors and saw mounds of trash.

    Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

  • April 18, 2008

    Reseda revival

    RESEDA, CA — The long shuttered Reseda Theatre is being converted into a live venue for local acts.

    CIM Group, a company that operates the Hollywood & Highland complex in Hollywood that includes the Kodak Theatre, has entered into an agreement with the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles to renovate the 60-year-old structure and transform it into a venue showcasing community-oriented entertainment.

    The $8.7-million project should be completed this fall, said Shaul Kuba, principal and founder of CIM Group, based in Los Angeles. “The intent is to have a Latino band playing there one day, a Persian band the next day, and the day after that, a little rock band can come in and play,” Kuba said. “The venue will be there for all different sorts of events.”

    Get the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

  • April 11, 2008

    Abandoned theater converted into a haunted house

    CLARKSVILLE, IN — The Greentree Theater was a landmark theater in the Clarksville area for many years starting in the 1960s. After numerous owners and names, the old theater went through many changes including a shift from two large theater houses to four.

    In 2003, the theater unexpectedly closed to the public and has been vacant and weather battered ever since. This year the theater is being converted into a haunted attraction called Psychomania – The Theater of Terror. The majority of what was there is being left as is.

    There is a link to the local newspaper story here.

  • April 7, 2008

    SVA acquires Chelsea West

    NEW YORK, NY — A bright future may be in store for the Chelsea West Cinemas. New York’s School of Visual Arts is renovating it to serve as a repertory house.

    One of the boldest moves in Gotham exhibition this decade is taking shape along a quiet stretch of West 23rd Street.

    The Clearview Chelsea West Cinemas, a somewhat unlikely center of gravity for the film biz in recent years, has been acquired by the School of Visual Arts. The school, which signed a 26-year lease to operate the site, is renaming it the Visual Arts Theater and renovating inside and out under the guidance of noted designer Milton Glaser.

    More at Variety.

  • March 28, 2008

    Vogue becomes Supperclub

    LOS ANGELES, CA — The vacant Vogue Theatre is to become another stop in the chain, Supperclub.

    Sure, there are plenty of supper clubs in L.A. (see Ritual, Foxtail, etc.), but only one has the audacity to call itself the Supperclub. Supperclub at the Vogue Theater, a forthcoming 17,000-square-foot restaurant/nightclub inside a historic building (the long-vacant Vogue Theater at 6675 Hollywood Blvd.), is actually part of an international chain called Supperclub. The first Supperclub bowed in Amsterdam 15 years ago and gave birth to locations in Rome and San Francisco. Now, the concept is coming to L.A. (a Singapore outpost is also opening soon).

    Read more in the L.A. Times.

  • March 27, 2008

    Lebowsky rebuilding update

    OWOSSO, MI — In the latest newsletter from the Owosso Community Players, The OCP gives the latest updates on the rebuilding of the Lebowsky Center.

    The Vital Cities Grant has been changed from a cultural center grant to a facade grant. As a result, the grant will pay only for the rebuilding of the theater’s walls facing Main and Park Streets. So the OCP will need to cover the costs of rebuilding the wall adjacent to the West Annex as well as the roof.

  • March 19, 2008

    NYC once again seeking developer for Brooklyn’s Loew’s Kings Theatre

    BROOKLYN, NY — New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a developer and operator for the former Loew’s Kings Theatre.

    New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in cooperation with the Brooklyn Borough President, is seeking a developer and operator for the former Loew’s Kings Theatre (the “Theatre”). Responses to this Request for Proposals (RFP) must present plans to lease, rehabilitate and operate the theatre.

    More in the Press Release

    RFP Details

  • Old Berri cinema to become Theatre TELUS

    MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA — After the Spectrum closed, the cultural landscape of mid-sized concert venues got that much smaller.

    But now a new concert hall is born out of a new ten year partnership between cell phone provider Telus and Groupe Laberge, owners of the popular Quebec City showbar Dagobert.

    Rumours have been circulating for awhile that they were going to buy up and fix up the old Berri cineplex on St. Denis Street near Ste-Catherine Street.

  • March 18, 2008

    Re-renovation planned for Detroit’s Fisher Theatre

    DETROIT, MI — A $3.5 million update is in the works for Nederlander’s Fisher Theater, as reported in a Detroit News article late last year.

    The Fisher opened in 1928 as an ornate movie palace in the unusual Mayan Revival style, but even its 1961 remodeling for theatrical performances was historic: it was the last architectural commission credited to the firm of Rapp and Rapp.

    The article points out that the current renovation plan is tentative, and doesn’t offer details about how the auditorium might change other than by gaining 300 seats. The Nederlander site doesn’t offer any information at all.

  • March 17, 2008

    Northwood theater renovation continues

    Progress is coming along in the renovation of the Northwood Theater.

    The smell of popcorn and fresh wood shavings combined to welcome residents checking the renovation of a historic building that will some day house a movie theater.

    On Wednesday, walking on a plywood floor and between yet-to-be-drywalled frames, citizens got a sense of how the theater will look once the J.B. Thompson building is restored.

    For more, go to the Globe Gazette.