August 29, 2014
HOMER, AK — It’s been a labor of love for its owners for the past 12 years but they’re putting the Homer Theater back up for sale. This time however, the new owners will get a theatre all set for the next generation of moviegoers. In recent years, the theatre has been extensively renovated with new seats, digital projection and a remodel of the lobby area. They have the distinction of being one of the only small-town theaters that present Metropolitan Opera broadcasts and have even launched a successful documentary film festival.
Read more about the special theatre in Homes News.
DAVENPORT, IA — The deep history of the Capitol Theatre is about to take another turn with plans to convert it into a luxury theatre. Shuttered since 2010, the plan is to replicate the work done on St. Louis' Moolah Theatre which means upscale touches like leather couches and loveseats.
Read more in the Quad City Times.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
August 27, 2014
August 22, 2014
Take a trip back 100 years and get back to the present through 38 photos chronicling British cinemas through the past 100 years. Featuring favorites like the Ritz, former Gaumont Palace and the Regal Marble Arch, you won’t want to miss this photo history.
Check out 100 Years of cinemas at BFI.
LOS ANGELES, CA — After considering various locations around Los Angeles, Alamo Drafthouse has settled on a location at the new downtown development, the Bloc, set to open next year on the site of the former Macy’s Plaza. The Metro-friendly location will feature nine screens with about 800 seats total. In addition to discussing this exciting arrival, the Los Angeles Times also discusses how with art houses like the new Sundance Cinemas and the Downtown Independent, Angeleno cinephiles have more and more options of theatres to visit, old and new.
August 21, 2014
LONDON, ENGLAND — Lucky theatregoers are the Vue West End were handed free glow in the dark ice cream pops designed by Bompas and Parr for Wall’s Ice Cream. It’s still being tested but the goal is to have a product that you can see but won’t distract you during the movie.
Read more in Metro about this unique treat.
August 20, 2014
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Business Insider looked at the photos of Jonathan Saruk as he documented theaters in Afghanistan in 2009. With movies banned for decades prior during Taliban rule, his photos are a private look into this newly-appreciated communal experience..
August 18, 2014
YORK, SC — They took their time but the Syvlia Theater eventually set themselves up for the future with the purchase of a digital projector. They raised $13K through Kickstarter to help the cause and are back to presenting Hollywood favorites. Live music on the weekend will be coming back soon too.
Read more in the Herald Online.
August 13, 2014
ATHENS, GA — Wilmot Greene has owned the Georgia Theatre for 10 years and weathered the greatest storms of all including the theatre burning down five years ago. Now he’s sold it to a group of investors, Agon Sports and Entertainment. Don’t expect big changes though. The formula of bringing in top musical acts has been working and with the same group of employees, the experience will be preserved.
Read more in the Athens Banner Herald.
(Thanks to WHITEFIELD for providing the photo.)
August 12, 2014
PRINCETON, NJ — The Garden Theater isn’t the only local classic theater turning heads after reopening two months ago. Renew Theatres has been revitalizing cinemas across the Philadelphia suburbs like the Hiway in Jenkintown, the Ambler, and the County in Doylestown.
Read more about their strategy in Philly.com.
(Thanks to HowardBHaas for providing the photo.)