July 30, 2013
LE MARS, IA — The future of the Royal 3 Cinemas was up in the air as its owner dealt with legal issues but Main Street Theatres is stepping in to save the day. The Omaha, NE operator has taken over the theatre for the time being and it will be run like their other cinemas with their active rewards program as well.
Reaf more in the Le Mars Sentinel.
July 29, 2013
FAIRLEEE & MONTPELIER, VT — An article at WCAX looked at how some local Vermont theaters are dealing with the switch to digital. The Fairlee Motel & Drive-In is mulling their options as they decide whether the risk of making a huge investment is worth it. The owners of the Capitol made the jump but after spending $750,000 to convert all their theaters.
(Thanks to ChasSmith for providing the photo.)
July 25, 2013
EL DORADO SPRINGS, MO — When Davin and Troy Allison reopened the Opera House six years ago, they figured they would be showing movies for many more years. That dream was cut short last February when they decided to get out of the film business because they don’t have a digital projector. They held a public meeting recently though to evaluate the options going forward.
Read more in the Marshfield Mail
CHICAGO, IL — Eddie Carranza, owner of the Portage and the Congress Theaters is looking for new operators following the abrupt closure two months ago. He’s looking to use the Congress for live music and the Portage for a mix of film and live entertainment. He’s also looking for tenants for the storefronts as well.
Read more at DNAinfo.
July 24, 2013
VANCOUVER, CAMAS and RIDGEFIELD, WA — With a tough marketplace out there, the Kiggins Theatre stages tv show marathons and trivia nights to bring in the crowds. The Liberty in Camas just tried to broaden their movie lineup. The Old Liberty on the other hand has left film almost together to focus on concerts.
Get a more in-depth look at their strategies in the Columbian.
(Thanks to warrendewy for providing the photo.)
July 23, 2013
GRAYSLAKE, IL — The Grayslake Patch featured a story about how a popular tavern, Charlie’s, was one the Star Theater. It only lasted for about 10 years but signs of the building’s former use still linger.
July 19, 2013
ANGELS CAMP, CA — Looking for a cherished community cinema to purchase? Consider the lovingly restored Angels 5 Theatre that is now up for sale for somewhere in the range of $1.5 Million. The triplex already has digital projection and a new owner could easily put further food and beverage options in place.
Read more at Calveras Enterprise.
Thanks to JohnRice for providing the photo.)
July 18, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, FL — The Sun-Ray Cinema has a storied history being the first theatre in the state to show sound pictures. The 86-year old cinema now does way more than that with in-theatre dining and a potential expansion on the way.
Read more in First Coast News.
(Thanks to Chuck1231 for providing the photo.)
July 16, 2013
TULSA, OK — The Circle Cinema has had its fair share of ups and downs between physical deterioration and its place in the community but it’s managed to make it through 85 years. It now serves as the place to go for art-house flicks in the area.
Read more in Tulsa World.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
July 12, 2013
LISBON, ND — Evan a city of 2,000 can save a theater. Locals came together in a big way to generate over $100,000 for a digital conversion of the Scenic Theater. Over 300 individual donations and a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture pushed them over the edge and ensured the theatre would be there for years to come.
You can read more about this inspiring story in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.