July 15, 2014
SOUTH PASADENA, CA — All of South Pasadena has been abuzz since it was announced last month that the [Rialto Theatre(/theaters/20) is finally up for sale. Supposedly there’s already been multiple inquiries. However, the owners haven’t said anything about how it has to be used once they sell it.
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
(Thanks to Scott Feldmann for providing the photo.)
July 11, 2014
DOWNERS GROVE, IL — With 86 years behind it, the Tivoli Theatre is getting the star treatment this year with an exhibit at the Downers Grove Museum. “The Movie Magic: Celebrating 86 Years of the Tivoli Theatre” will run until December 20 and feature artifacts from the theatre’s rich history.
Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.
(Thanks to R8teco for providing the photo.)
FORT WAYNE, IN — Being a non-profit art house isn’t easy but Cinema Center is making it work by collaborating with its community. From staging a “Dudefest” the featured a screening of “The Big Lebowski” paired with bowling, to partnering with a local Volkswagen dealership for an outdoor screening of “The Love Bug,” the theatre is definitely getting creative to reach people.
Read more in the Bradenton Herald.
July 7, 2014
BERWICK, PA — We are happy to announce that the Berwick Theater is now working with the Berwick Area United Way to become a non-profit community theater! It has run as a for-profit business since its construction in 1890 as an opera house. Now, with low demand and a failing building, The Berwick Theater must make a change.
As the movie industry converts to a digital format for new release films theaters must transition to that format. This requires the installation of a digital projection system which can cost in excess of $50,000.
June 27, 2014
ANN ARBOR, MI — Two cinema powerhouses are joining forces with of the Michigan Theater’s acquisition of the State Theatre. The deal won’t close for a few months and improvements are on the way to bring it up to today’s standards. Best of all though, regular movie screenings will continue.
Read more in MLive.
June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — The popular art-house chain is venturing into new territory with a pop-up location behind Union Market. Inside a warehouse, they’ll serve unique snacks and craft beer with three screens pumping out indie favorites.
Read the full story with pictures in the Washington Post.
OSHKOSH, WI — The 100+ year-old Time Community Theater just celebrated five years back in business. Besides a dedicated community supporting it, presenting classic films has also been a key ingredient in not only bringing in patrons from Oshkosh but from other nearby cities as well.
Read the full story and catch a video in the Northwestern.
June 23, 2014
BANGKOK, THAILAND — The luxury cinema craze has made it to Thailand with the opening of the Embassy Diplomat Screens. Plush, private seats with call buttons and one cinema with a wine cellar are the highlights.
Check out the pictures and more at the Bangkok Post.
The Economist posted a piece last week on some success stories of independent theatres in England. The move to digital has actually been great for them with the access to a wider range of programming. By catering to more of an adult audience, they’ve been able to position themselves separately from multiplexes.
(Thanks to Ken Roe for providing the photo.)
June 18, 2014
BUFFALO, NY — Hinted at six months ago, the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center is set to close tomorrow. The current operators cannot afford to install digital projection. Don’t panic just yet though. There are numerous parties looking to reopen it and the city is weighing its options.
Read more in the Buffalo News.
(Thanks to MovieMark for providing the photo.)