August 5, 2013
August 2, 2013
HARRISBURG, PA — Rumors were swirling months ago that the end was near for the Midtown Cinema when they let go of some long time managers. However, the owners have made a substantial investment in bringing the theatre up to today’s standards and the new team is seeking advice from the community on what kind of programming and amenities they’d prefer. It looks like the downtown fixture will continue to be integrated into an increasingly vibrant local arts scene.
Read more in the Patriot News.
July 31, 2013
July 30, 2013
LE MARS, IA — The future of the Royal 3 Cinemas was up in the air as its owner dealt with legal issues but Main Street Theatres is stepping in to save the day. The Omaha, NE operator has taken over the theatre for the time being and it will be run like their other cinemas with their active rewards program as well.
Reaf more in the Le Mars Sentinel.
PASADENA, CA — Hometown Pasadena featured a great piece by Sheryl Peters of Pasadena Museum of History about the never built Mission Theater. It focuses on an entrepreneur named Mrs. Fenyes that got very close to building it but it never came to fruition. Complete with blueprints, the story gives an intimate look at the process of purchasing land and building a theater 100 years ago.
July 29, 2013
FAIRLEEE & MONTPELIER, VT — An article at WCAX looked at how some local Vermont theaters are dealing with the switch to digital. The Fairlee Motel & Drive-In is mulling their options as they decide whether the risk of making a huge investment is worth it. The owners of the Capitol made the jump but after spending $750,000 to convert all their theaters.
(Thanks to ChasSmith for providing the photo.)
July 25, 2013
EL DORADO SPRINGS, MO — When Davin and Troy Allison reopened the Opera House six years ago, they figured they would be showing movies for many more years. That dream was cut short last February when they decided to get out of the film business because they don’t have a digital projector. They held a public meeting recently though to evaluate the options going forward.
Read more in the Marshfield Mail
CHICAGO, IL — Eddie Carranza, owner of the Portage and the Congress Theaters is looking for new operators following the abrupt closure two months ago. He’s looking to use the Congress for live music and the Portage for a mix of film and live entertainment. He’s also looking for tenants for the storefronts as well.
Read more at DNAinfo.
July 24, 2013
VANCOUVER, CAMAS and RIDGEFIELD, WA — With a tough marketplace out there, the Kiggins Theatre stages tv show marathons and trivia nights to bring in the crowds. The Liberty in Camas just tried to broaden their movie lineup. The Old Liberty on the other hand has left film almost together to focus on concerts.
Get a more in-depth look at their strategies in the Columbian.
(Thanks to warrendewy for providing the photo.)
July 23, 2013
GRAYSLAKE, IL — The Grayslake Patch featured a story about how a popular tavern, Charlie’s, was one the Star Theater. It only lasted for about 10 years but signs of the building’s former use still linger.