May 4, 2009
DANVILLE, VA — A new theater being built for the local science center is starting a dialogue about whether public funds should be used for the project.
The building will cost $3.4 million dollars. Two-thirds of that will come from the state, and some say they don’t want their tax dollars going to a movie theater when there’s so much else to pay for.
“Spending $3 million on something that’s not going to bring a lot of revenue or a lot of jobs into the community right now, in this economy, I have to wonder,” said Lisa Guill, Danville resident.
Read more at WDBJ.
LIVERMORE, CA — Looking towards the future, Livermore Cinemas installs state-of-the-art solar panels.
Bring ‘em on, said the owner of Livermore Cinemas, now the largest of the country’s handful of solar-powered movie theaters.
Monday, local business and city leaders gathered at the cineplex on First Street for a presentation on its state-of-the-art solar-power system, which has been up and running since February.
Unlike traditional solar panels, the modules — cylindrical tubes about the length and width of shower curtain rods — can be lined up side-by-side on a flat roof. They do not need to be fastened down to keep them from blowing away.
Read the full story in the Mercury News.
ITHACA, NY — Two independent theaters in Ithaca are joining forces for a new expanded venture.
To the unobservant eye, Home Dairy Alley is a dark, empty gap between Maté Factor and Center Ithaca. But beyond this breach is a paint-chipped door leading to a hidden gem: Cinemapolis, Ithaca’s nonprofit independent movie theater. The two-screen theater is as mysterious and interesting as the movies it shows.
Next month, the theater will close its steel door for the last time and will join with three-screen Fall Creek Pictures in a new home on Green Street. The new theater will open on May 27. The building will feature five large screens, more seating and popular concessions at the snack bar.
Read the full story at the Ithacan.
April 29, 2009
Click below to watch local TV coverage of the Glendale 9 and Scottsdale 6 Drive-In promotion…
April 23, 2009
BURLINGTON, NC — Leaving many questions marks, the West End Cinemas has been sold to a local sock manufacturer with no clear plans except that it won’t be a theatre.
After being vacant for about nine months, the West End Cinemas property on South Church Street has been bought by a local sock manufacturer.
According to records filed with the Alamance County Register of Deeds earlier this month, Burlington-based Carolina Hosiery Mills Inc. paid Carousel Cinemas LLC $1.85 million for the 5.6 acres. Of that, 37,798 square feet comprise the heated area once used by the movie theater.
But don’t expect to see a movie shown there or a sock outlet being put at that location.
Read the full story in the Times News.
April 22, 2009
BUFFALO, NY — A nice look into the past and future of a surviving movie palace, Shea’s Performing Arts Center.
Motion picture industry pioneer Marcus Loew once said, “We sell tickets to theaters, not movies.”
Loew had movie palaces like Shea’s in mind when he said it.
Everything about the lavish, ornate and palatial “Wonder Theatre” and its neo-classic Spanish Baroque interior was meant to transport people into a breathtaking world of elegance befitting a European palace or opera house.
Read the full story in the Buffalo News.
(Thanks to Aneurysm9 for providing the photo.)
TRUMBULL, CT — The office of the Marquis 16 was robbed last Wednesday, police said. The manager of the of movie theater complex at 100 Quarry Road was confronted by two masked males as he was leaving about 2:30 a.m.
Inside the office, one suspect tied Hotchkiss up and the other took an undetermined amount of cash from the safe, Harry said. Once they left, Hotchkiss was able to free himself and call police.
Theaters should be adding more security, not less in these hard economic times. Customers and employees need to feel safe when going to the movies.
Read the full story at the Trumbull Times.
April 21, 2009
FLINT, MI — Louis Warrington III, whose father owned the US 23 Twin Drive-in Theatre until his death last February, has announced that a five-year lease is being negotiated to reopen the drive-in for the summer under new management. Warrington is now stating that he is not selling it. The lessee as well as the planned opening date has not yet been announced.
Further details can be found in the Flint Journal.
April 17, 2009
BETHEL, CT — The arts come back to Bethel at Center for New Media and the Arts, the 2200 sq. foot loft on the second floor of the Opera House.
On May 2, 2009, Bethel First Selectman Bob Burke will cut the ribbon for the Grand Opening of Bethel’s new Center for the arts.
Located at the historic Opera House in Bethel, CT, we offer professional video production and post-production services, sound stage capabilities, photo restoration, film transfer, web services, and more. We are opening the Center Art Gallery, the first to come to Bethel in years.
Events and happenings at the Center include: HD Video Production & Editing * Video Duplication – VHS to DVD, etc. * 8 & 16mm film-to-digital Transfer * Filmmaking Workshops * Acting workshops * Guitar and Music Workshops * Digital Music & Recording workshops * Poetry & Literature Readings * Acoustic Music Jams * Film Screenings * Dance Recitals * Rehearsal Space * Soundstage * Private & Public Event Hall * Connecticut Film Festival screenings coming Fall, 2009. We are also community-minded, and will work with our clients for good causes (e.g. a fundraiser for Family and Children’s AID in Danbury). And there is more to come!
April 15, 2009
A group trying to save the city’s last movie theater is exploring building a hotel on the site to save at least one of the four movie screens.
President Steve Jackson, of the Beach Theatre Foundation, said it may be possible to fit 50 to 75 hotel rooms on the property, and thus entice a developer willing to pay $12 million for the Beach Avenue property. Jackson said a hotel could be built on the property, which takes up a city block, while still retaining part of the movie theater.
Read the full story in the Press of Atlantic City.