August 19, 2013
NORTH HOOSICK & GREENVILLE, NY — The Hathaway’s and Greenville Drive-In’s have been trying to raise money for digital projectors but it looks like Project Drive-In contest from Honda will be their last hope. They’re part of six remaining drive-in’s in the Capitol Region of New York but competition is fierce with entries from around the country.
Read more in the Times-Union.
(Thanks to Drive-In 1954 for providing the photo.)
August 16, 2013
LONGVIEW, TX — Ever since it closed a few months ago following a final stint as a discount, the future was unclear for the Movies 9. It’s still not completely set in stone but the Volkswagen dealer next store has bought it. It will likey be torn down so they can expand the dealership but nothing has been announced. The cinema was built nearly 50 years ago as the Cargill Theater.
Read more in the News Journal.
August 15, 2013
PORTLAND, OR — Like so many other theaters around the world, the Academy Theater is in trouble if it can’t raise enough funds for a digital projector. After a celebrated reopening in 2006 (which led to preservation award, they now need to raise $120,000 to stay open. They’ve enlisted indiegogo.com to manage the donations.
Read more at Oregon Live.
August 14, 2013
ENCINITAS, CA — The SoCal favorite La Paloma was featured on Movie Houses of Worship. From the charm of being right next to the train tracks to its annual involvement in the local Italian Film Festival, there is no shortage of reasons to visit. Plus there’s the always popular Rocky Horror tradition.
(Thanks to KenRoe for providing the photo.)
RALEIGH, NC — Ambassador Entertainment wanted to wait until all the kinks were out with digital technology and has finally made the conversion. The Rialto and other local cinemas like the Colony, Six Forks and Mission Valley have all made the switch. The theaters can now even be rented for $60 outside of operating hours.
Read more in the News Observer.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
August 13, 2013
GUN BARREL CITY, TX — MovieStar Cinema is no more after an abrupt closing last week. No official word has been given from the former operator on the reason for its closing but the building has construction issues that need to be repaired along with digitization. With the rising costs, its future is unclear but there is a strong local following as it’s one of the few entertainment options nearby.
Read more at Cedar Creek Lake.com.
August 9, 2013
TUPPER LAKE, NY — Locals aren’t giving up on the State Theatre, a nearly 100 year-old treasure that’s in need of a digital projector to keep going. The Tupper Lake Arts Council is rallying for donations and hosting fundraisers at the theatre to raise $90,000 for the project.
Read more in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
(Thanks to videoguy for providing the photo.)
August 8, 2013
KYLE, TX — A city of less than 30,000 with no cinemas may have two new large ones by next summer. Competing projects at the Villages of Kyle Shopping Center and Kyle Towne Center are both rushing to make it through the approval process in a city that’s not sure if it can support each of them. Both projects include a bowling alley and arcade in addition to the theater.
Read more about the city’s take on this and the history of each in Hays Free Press.
FALMOUTH, ME — Locals weren’t completely upset with the closing of the Regal Cinemas last year because they were promised a larger Walmart in its place. Now that Walmart has cancelled those plans, the closed theater is just left sitting there with no word on the future of the site. It was the only cinema in town.
Read more in the Portland Press Herald.