September 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CA — Some underused venues are in the middle of an unusually active period with the Radar L.A. Festival visiting. While the event is taking place in spaces across Los Angeles, this is the first time they’re programming in such Broadway treasures as the Los Angeles, Million Dollar and Palace. The biennial festival showcases new works from theatre companies around the world.
Read more in LA Weekly.
(Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)
September 23, 2013
WINDOM, MN — Locals came out big in raising funds and renovating the State Theatre after it was in danger earlier this year. Now nearby Luverne is trying to save their Palace Theatre through fundraising events. Their stories show how it literally takes a village, all on the same page, to get behind and save one of these.
Read more in the Star Tribune.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
September 20, 2013
September 19, 2013
ANTIOCH, IL — The future is unclear for the Antioch Theater as it’s temporarily closed as the owners don’t have the funds to convert to digital. The theater needs community support to raise the money to remain financially viable. With $650,000 being the price tag on all the developers plans though, they have a big hill to climb.
Read more in the Chicago Sun Times.
September 18, 2013
TRAVERSE CITY, MI — After completing the conversion of the former Con Foster Museum into Bijou By the Bay in time for the Traverse City Film Festival, additional touches were made to the theater in preparation for its official grand opening on October 11.
One controversial detail was how the marquee would be designed. Objections were raised regarding having moving lights on the marquee. It was decided that the marquee would not have moving lights and the marquee would be lit only when the theater is open. It will serve as the second screen for the nearby State Theatre.
Additional details are available in the Ticker.
September 17, 2013
September 13, 2013
ELK RAPIDS, MI — It’s not easy but the 70+ year-old Elk Rapids Cinema is coming along nicely following an extensive renovation three years ago. They now have a digital projector thanks to their steady business from the community but are keeping around their film projector just in case.
Read more an watch a video at UpNorth Live.
(Thanks to LouRugani for providing the photo.)