Take a trip back 100 years and get back to the present through 38 photos chronicling British cinemas through the past 100 years. Featuring favorites like the Ritz, former Gaumont Palace and the Regal Marble Arch, you won’t want to miss this photo history.
Check out 100 Years of cinemas at BFI.
LOS ANGELES, CA — After considering various locations around Los Angeles, Alamo Drafthouse has settled on a location at the new downtown development, the Bloc, set to open next year on the site of the former Macy’s Plaza. The Metro-friendly location will feature nine screens with about 800 seats total. In addition to discussing this exciting arrival, the Los Angeles Times also discusses how with art houses like the new Sundance Cinemas and the Downtown Independent, Angeleno cinephiles have more and more options of theatres to visit, old and new.
August 21, 2014
LONDON, ENGLAND — Lucky theatregoers are the Vue West End were handed free glow in the dark ice cream pops designed by Bompas and Parr for Wall’s Ice Cream. It’s still being tested but the goal is to have a product that you can see but won’t distract you during the movie.
Read more in Metro about this unique treat.
August 20, 2014
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Business Insider looked at the photos of Jonathan Saruk as he documented theaters in Afghanistan in 2009. With movies banned for decades prior during Taliban rule, his photos are a private look into this newly-appreciated communal experience..
August 18, 2014
YORK, SC — They took their time but the Syvlia Theater eventually set themselves up for the future with the purchase of a digital projector. They raised $13K through Kickstarter to help the cause and are back to presenting Hollywood favorites. Live music on the weekend will be coming back soon too.
Read more in the Herald Online.
August 13, 2014
ATHENS, GA — Wilmot Greene has owned the Georgia Theatre for 10 years and weathered the greatest storms of all including the theatre burning down five years ago. Now he’s sold it to a group of investors, Agon Sports and Entertainment. Don’t expect big changes though. The formula of bringing in top musical acts has been working and with the same group of employees, the experience will be preserved.
Read more in the Athens Banner Herald.
(Thanks to WHITEFIELD for providing the photo.)
August 12, 2014
PRINCETON, NJ — The Garden Theater isn’t the only local classic theater turning heads after reopening two months ago. Renew Theatres has been revitalizing cinemas across the Philadelphia suburbs like the Hiway in Jenkintown, the Ambler, and the County in Doylestown.
Read more about their strategy in Philly.com.
(Thanks to HowardBHaas for providing the photo.)
August 11, 2014
LONDON, ENGLAND — The Tricycle Cinema is refusing to host UK Jewish Film Festival as it is sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. They have offered to contribute funds to make up for the sponsorship but strongly oppose to support any initiative with support from either side in the Middle East conflict.
Read more in BBC News.
(Thanks to Ken Roe for providing the photo.)
August 8, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Chronicle has been profiling theaters lost long ago. While there are still some great ones around, as featured in a separate article, this piece looks at the great palaces.
(Thanks to William for providing the photo.)
August 7, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The old organ will soon be removed from the Castro Theatre, have started an Indegogo crowdfunding campaign to help fund the creation of a new organ for the theatre that will be the largest pipe/digital organ in the world, with seven keyboards and over 800 stops. The SFCODA website boasts that, “it will retain the glorious sound of the Wurlitzer pipes while employing cutting-edge digital technology to expand it into a classical and orchestral concert organ of unprecedented versatility.” An organ of similar design would usually cost somewhere in the millions of dollars to create, but the organ builder who is doing the work pro-bono is building and installing the organ for $700,000.
(Thanks to Tinseltoes for providing the photo.)