April 14, 2014
SANTA MONICA, CA — Westside moviegoers rejoiced the other month with the announcement of a new Arclight Cinemas at Santa Monica Place. One just wasn’t enough though as there are now plans for a second ArcLight just blocks away.
While this will drastically improve the moviegoing options for the area, will it be yet another serious blow to nearby single screens like the Regency Village?
Read more in Curbed LA.
April 11, 2014
NEW CASTLE, PA — David Esposito, Principal and Project Manager of Eckles Architects and Engineering, and Jerry Kern, President of of the Historic Warner Cascade Theatre (formerly Warner Film Center), today announced that their companies have entered into an agreement to develop final architectural drawings and specifications for the reconstruction of the historic Warner Cascade Theatre at 18 S. Mill Street, downtown New Castle.
Eckles Project Manager Mark Scheller will take charge of the project, which consists of recreating the original nickelodeon auditoriums that comprised the Cascade Theatre, using original drawings of the building from Eckels’ archives along with photographs and even the memories of individuals who remember the Warners’ first theatre.
April 10, 2014
CHICAGO, IL — The Uptown Theatre, 4816 N. Broadway, has been named to Landmarks Illinois' annual Ten Most Endangered Historic Places list, which was announced today, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at a press conference in Springfield.
April 9, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CA — Regal LA Live will be the first theatre in the country to provide a 4-D experience. CJ Group announced the technology two years ago but has struggled to find distribution since. There is no word yet on how much a screening will cost but if it’s successful, expect to see it soon at a theater near you.
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
April 4, 2014
PORTLAND, OR — There are going to be more upgrades at the Mission Theater but not necessarily those that will make it a first run theater. They plan on updating the sound, screen size, and seating in a move to make it a permanent second run theater instead of its most recent incarnation of special event space.
Read more in the Portland Mercury.
April 3, 2014
MANITOWOC, WI — The Strand Theater closed Sunday but for a change it wasn’t because of lack of digital equipment. In fact, they purchased new projectors just last year. Unfortunately, they found out shortly thereafter that Carmike was building a new 10-screen theater on the other side of town.
Read more and see a video at HTR News.
March 31, 2014
ST. PAUL, MN — Dormant for a decade, city officials are currently weighing the options for the former Palace Theatre. Their $12 Million proposal to renovate it and feature live events has been favorably received but there’s talk of making it available for film screenings as well. What’s difficult is figuring out its place in a cultural landscape not built to support downtown.
Read more in the Pioneer Press.
March 27, 2014
TROY, MT — As the list of cinemas without digital dwindles, the Lincoln Theatre still charges ahead. A local couple, Josh and Tina Moore, took it over a few years ago but still haven’t raised the funds for new projection. They continue to operate week to week based on the availability of prints.
Read the full story at the Western News.
March 26, 2014
ARLINGTON, WA — Without digital projection, the clock is ticking for the 75 year-old Olympic Theatre. There was hope for a fundraising campaign to purchase equipment but the owner prefers to just sell it outright. They’re not restricting themselves to buyers solely interested in presenting films though.
Read more at HeraldNet.
(Thanks to Lost Memory for providing the photo.)