February 27, 2013
DALLAS, TX — Have a favorite theater in the DFW area? DFW.com is looking for the top cinemas in the area and wants your help. Go to their site by tomorrow to make your picks in various categories.
February 26, 2013
GRAHAM, NC — The Graham Cinema has vowed to stay in business, even though they have to purchase a digital projector. Other local cinemas haven’t fared as well, but they’re raising admission to cover the costs. They still plan to keep their 35mm projectors for special screenings.
Read more in the Times News.
(Thanks to Brad Smith for providing the photo.)
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that theater chains are turning the tables on movie studios by being more aggressive on compensation for playing trailers. With Regal, two free trailers used to be standard but they’ve now cut it down to one?
Will other major chains follow and will independent owners ever have the clout to receive payments as well?
February 25, 2013
CORVALLIS, OR — The independently-owned and operated Darkside Cinema continues to pack them in due to their close relationship with neighboring Oregon State University. Participation in film festivals as well as all types of courses enables the theatre to keep going, even while they continue to screen most films in 35mm.
Read more in the Daily Barometer.
February 22, 2013
My first novel, entitled Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away, is scheduled to be released on May 25th, 2013. It’s a quirky, contemporary, coming-of-age novel set in the Summer of 1977 when the Star Wars fan phenomenon was in its earliest stages. Here’s a brief synopsis:
When Erika’s best friend, teen beauty queen Cassandra Abbott, disappears during the early hours of Memorial Day 1977, Erika isn’t exactly surprised. After all, they’ve been plotting and planning Cassie’s escape for months. But then Cassie’s departure unleashes a whirlwind of questions, suspicions and accusations that Erika never expected.She’s lying to the police. She’s being bullied by older students. Worst of all, she’s starting to doubt she ever REALLY knew Cassie Abbott at all. Under the weight of scrutiny and confusion, Erika struggles just to breathe…until a strange new movie transforms her summer with A New Hope.
February 21, 2013
February 20, 2013
BASTROP, LA — The smell of hot popcorn cooked in coconut oil and the light bouncing off the silver screen, nothing is more American than the grand tradition of seeing a movie in a true single-screen movie palace, well except for baseball and apple pie of course. That tradition is set to return this spring to the city of Bastrop, La. as the Rose Theatre is set to become the second single-screen theater in Northeast Louisiana to return to her roots in motion picture exhibition.
“The Rose Theatre is thrilled to offer this new entertainment option as we strive to fulfill our mission in the community,” Sara Holley, Vice President of the Cotton Country Players, said. “We are thankful for the support of devoted actors and volunteers, generous patrons, and cooperative business and civic partners—all of whom play a crucial role in keeping this treasure alive in Morehouse Parish. Now, we are looking forward to complementing our current line-up of live entertainment with some of the best pictures ever to hit the silver screen.”
February 19, 2013
SELMA, AL — Thanks to the Jacksons, it looks like the Walton Theater will be around for its 100th Anniversary next year. The couple have poured countless hours into running the theatre, mostly on their own, and they’ve managed to become one of the more successful single-screens around.
Read the full story in the Republic.
February 18, 2013
FLINT, MI — The Flint Fire & Ice festival was held Saturday in front of the historic Capitol Theatre. But the main draw seemed to be the theater itself with restoration of the lobby well underway to make the John Eberson designed theater look pretty much the way it did when it originally opened in 1927. It suffered through a 1957 modernization. According to Troy Farah, representing the family that owns the theater, it will take another $5 million to fully restore the theater.
More details are available from WJRT.
(Thanks to Gary Flinn for the photo and the story.)