August 26, 2009
ROYAL OAK, MI — A developer is proposing to build a 10 screen multiplex in Detroit’s suburb of Royal Oak as part of an entertainment center that would include a bowling and a bar.
Catching a movie in downtown Royal Oak could become a one-stop fun shop in the near future.
The developer behind the Main North building wants to build a combination 10-screen movie theater complex, bowling alley, and bar. He will go before the city’s liquor commission tonight to make his case.
“You could get a drink and go see a movie or order something from the bar,” says Tim Thwing, director of planning for Royal Oak.
Read the full story in Metromode.
August 25, 2009
SZCZECIN, POLAND — According to its owner, the Kino Pionier in Szczecin, Poland will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year and that it is the oldest operating movie theater in the world.
When the first moving picture was projected on the screen in the Kino Pionier cinema – then called Helios – tickets cost just two pennies and Germany was ruled by an emperor. What is now the Polish city of Szczecin on the Baltic coast was then the German city of Stettin, just an hour’s drive northeast of Berlin.
While Hollywood may now be the film capital of the world, it was there in Szczecin that the very first movie was shown in 1909.
Read more in DW World.
August 24, 2009
CLEMSON, SC — Ever since the Astro III closed in August, 2008, the college town of Clemson, SC has been without a cinema. The city hopes that the Astro can be re-activated or that another cinema can be built, with the city able to provide at least some backing.
“It’s left a huge gap in the community,” Clemson Mayor Larry Abernathy said. “We miss it.”
The Astro had been open on College Avenue in Clemson for more than 30 years before it closed in August last year, Abernathy said.
He said the city has a “passionate interest” in acquiring the property but said he has discussed the issue with the owners, whom he said don’t want to sell.
Read more at Greenville Online.
August 20, 2009
BRACEBRIDGE, ONTARIO, CANADA — The Norwood Cinema is celebrating sixty years in business as it looks back at the changes in moviegoing over the years.
Joseph built the original 600-seat building in 1949, complete with a stage for live shows, two aisles and a screen to show movies.
Times have changed and the building now houses three cinemas. Cinema One has 235 seats, Cinema Two has 220 seats and Cinema Three has 120 seats.
The original theatre also had red velvet curtains and its live shows were well attended, remember its owners.
Read more in the Bracebridge Examiner.
August 19, 2009
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — Despite recent enthusiasm for the film market there, Jerusalem has been losing its theaters.
Ever since Nir Barkat won the mayoral race in Jerusalem in November, the new administration under his helm has gone out of its way to prove the city is vital and has much to offer young people. Barkat spoke of Jerusalem as a “film capital” and hosted Hollywood producers to persuade them to shoot movies there.
But even if this dream comes true, Jerusalemites may soon be forced to go elsewhere to watch these movies. The capital is turning into the periphery, culturally speaking, in the number of functioning movie screens. In just three months, six screening halls in the Malha shopping mall will close to make way for the H&M clothing chain. And a serious threat of closure hangs over the Lev Smadar, a historic and much-loved institution, active as movie house for the last 81 years in the German Colony.
Read more at Haaretz.
FLINT, MI — Television station WJRT reports at that the Spencer Agency, an advertising agency presently in Mundy Township, is renovating a storefront space next to the iconic Capitol Theatre/ downtown. Owner Joshua Spencer is excited to be a part of the revitalization of downtown Flint. The agency plans on moving to the theater building in the fall.
August 18, 2009
BERKELEY, CA — Closed since 2001, the UC Theater may become a live entertainment site.
B.B. King is coming to town—or might soon if Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board approves a new concert venue at the abandoned historic UC Theater on 2036 University Ave.
The proposed project would restore the dilapidated 21,000-square-foot UC Theater—designed in 1917 by noted local architect James Plachek—into an elegant three-tiered seating facility capable of holding 1,440 guests.
The city’s oldest surviving single-screen movie theater and a Berkeley landmark, the 1,350-seat UC theater is part of a 31,200-square-foot mixed-use building, which also includes five retail storefronts and 20 residential units on the second floor.
Read the full story in the Berkeley Daily Planet.
August 17, 2009
TAMPA, FL — The recent problems of the former Seminole Theater are set out in this report in the local press. Long in use as a church, serious money is needed for repairs.
For years, Hall has scraped by with little money and a desire to hold the church together, spiritually. Meanwhile, she has plugged roof leaks, replaced the church sign and done whatever else was needed to satisfy code enforcement inspectors.
The word “condemned,” Hall says, is overly harsh and inaccurate. She prefers “damaged.”
She has had offers to sell but each time has said no.
Read the full story at Tampa Bay Online.