February 3, 2014
MEMPHIS, TN — This new book was released in November in the Images of America series is written by Cinema Treasures contributor Vincent Astor, who is a native Memphian and local historian. With 127 pages and 220 photographs assembled from the Memphis Public Library, Memphis Heritage, Malco Theatres collection and personal collections of the Astor family. Vincent Astor has much to tell with his local knowledge of the theatres of Memphis which gives this book, like others in the series, ample historic information to accompany the photographs. A great read and a ‘must have’ for collectors of movie theatre books.
January 31, 2014
PARAMOUNT, CA — The Los Angeles area hasn’t exactly been kind to drive-ins over the years. That’s about to change though with plans announced to reopen the Paramount Drive-In. They plan to have two new 75-foot movie screens and digital projectors and still keep the swap meet, that had initially shut the theatre down, open during the day.
Read more in Curbed.
January 29, 2014
January 27, 2014
MIDDLETOWN, DE — The Everett Theatre has a new Executive Director and he has lots of exciting plans for it. An interview in the SC Sun-Times discusses his drive to ramp up programming with a variety of live theatre and film. He wants to make it a year-round destination and without direct competition nearby they can.
January 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — D.C. is in the midst of the a theater boom with various projects in the works in addition to their almost 50 existing screens. They’re comparing it to the building boom of 100 years ago with the culmination being the opening of the new Landmark theatre opening next year in Northwest.
Read more in the Washington Post.
January 20, 2014
EMERALD ISLE, NC & SCRANTON, PA — The Emerald Plantation Cinema recently made the switch to digital and continues improvements around the theatre. The Marquee Cinemas though seems to be less concerned about its future. They haven’t jumped to digital yet and haven’t announced plans. With the lease set to run out this year, no one knows what will become of the space.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
January 15, 2014
OMAHA, NE — The Omaha World Herald has been dusting through their archives and are presenting features on former theatre photos. For this first installment, they roll out pics of the Cinema Center, Chief, and the Dundee. If you have any interest in these forgotten theatres, you don’t want to miss this.
January 14, 2014
WESLEY CHAPEL, FL — A movie theater was the site of another unfortunate incident yesterday when a retired cop opened fire on a couple at the Cobb Grove 16. A man has already been pronounced dead and the theatre is currently closed. The altercation arose from a disagreement over texting.
Read more and see exterior photos from the scene at WTSP.
January 13, 2014
I am looking anywhere in the U.S. for a one to three screen Art Deco theater to purchase and operate. I have financial backing and will consider renovations, digital upgrades, struggling theaters or retiring owners.
Thank you and happy new year!
January 10, 2014
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA — The last downtown multiplex closed its doors last weekend when the former Empire Theatres ceased business. Landmark had purchased the lease a few months ago but can’t reach an agreement with the property manager. If a new operator isn’t found soon, the future of the building will be in question.
Read more in CBC News.