August 26, 2013
GALLATIN, TN — The 1913 Palace Theater was in danger of closing this year due to lack of digital projection but its prayers have been answered. The theatre received $10,000 from Gallatin along with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will keep it going for many years to come.
Read the full story in The Tennessean.
(Thanks to Danny Proctor for providing the photo.)
August 23, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, FL — Locals have been supporting the Sun-Ray Cinema for years and now they’re truly being rewarded. They plan to open a second 45-seat theatre next door in the next month to focus on art-house films. The owner is also looking to build another nearby theater to give the neighborhood even more options.
Read the full story in the Florida Times-Union.
(Thanks to Chuck1231 for providing the photo.)
August 20, 2013
CLAYTON, NM — While theaters around the world are struggling to convert to digital, New Mexico has been getting ahead of the curve by investing in its historic cinemas. A very interesting piece at Preservation Nation showcases the history of the Luna Theater and how the community has enabled it to stay open. Thanks to New Mexico’s MainStreet Historic Theater Initiative, they secured funding and were able to construct a robust volunteer staff to keep costs down.
Obviously, it takes a proactive local government to pull something like this off, but it’s nice to see everyone coming together for one cause.
(Thanks to Brad Smith for providing the photo.)
August 19, 2013
NORTH HOOSICK & GREENVILLE, NY — The Hathaway’s and Greenville Drive-In’s have been trying to raise money for digital projectors but it looks like Project Drive-In contest from Honda will be their last hope. They’re part of six remaining drive-in’s in the Capitol Region of New York but competition is fierce with entries from around the country.
Read more in the Times-Union.
(Thanks to Drive-In 1954 for providing the photo.)
August 16, 2013
LONGVIEW, TX — Ever since it closed a few months ago following a final stint as a discount, the future was unclear for the Movies 9. It’s still not completely set in stone but the Volkswagen dealer next store has bought it. It will likey be torn down so they can expand the dealership but nothing has been announced. The cinema was built nearly 50 years ago as the Cargill Theater.
Read more in the News Journal.
August 15, 2013
PORTLAND, OR — Like so many other theaters around the world, the Academy Theater is in trouble if it can’t raise enough funds for a digital projector. After a celebrated reopening in 2006 (which led to preservation award, they now need to raise $120,000 to stay open. They’ve enlisted indiegogo.com to manage the donations.
Read more at Oregon Live.
August 14, 2013
ENCINITAS, CA — The SoCal favorite La Paloma was featured on Movie Houses of Worship. From the charm of being right next to the train tracks to its annual involvement in the local Italian Film Festival, there is no shortage of reasons to visit. Plus there’s the always popular Rocky Horror tradition.
(Thanks to KenRoe for providing the photo.)
RALEIGH, NC — Ambassador Entertainment wanted to wait until all the kinks were out with digital technology and has finally made the conversion. The Rialto and other local cinemas like the Colony, Six Forks and Mission Valley have all made the switch. The theaters can now even be rented for $60 outside of operating hours.
Read more in the News Observer.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
August 13, 2013
GUN BARREL CITY, TX — MovieStar Cinema is no more after an abrupt closing last week. No official word has been given from the former operator on the reason for its closing but the building has construction issues that need to be repaired along with digitization. With the rising costs, its future is unclear but there is a strong local following as it’s one of the few entertainment options nearby.
Read more at Cedar Creek Lake.com.