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.
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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.
BALTIMORE, MD — New developments in the future of the Senator Theatre.
But the city’s plans to purchase that debt, unveiled April 12, kept it from auction. Mayor Sheila Dixon is slated to take the city’s recommendation to the Board of Estimates for approval within the next month.
“The auction was cancelled because the City has agreed to buy the note from First Mariner Bank,” said Baltimore City Deputy Mayor Andrew Frank in an e-mail response Tuesday. Frank said after the city purchases the debt, it will foreclose on the theater and schedule a new auction.
Read more at the Baltimore Business Journal.
April 14, 2009
PATCHOGUE, NY — With an urban revival about to take place, locals look towards the Plaza Theater to tie together the new downtown.
Today the East Main Street movie theater invokes memories for people such as Tim Mazzei, a lifelong Blue Point resident and now a Brookhaven Town councilman. Mazzei, 54, remembers sneaking off to the Plaza as a young boy some 45 years ago to watch a certain Alfred Hitchcock movie – one about birds – that his parents had forbidden him to see because it would terrify him.
The Plaza showed its last movie more than 20 years ago and has since descended into disrepair. The empty marquee, crumbling facade and boarded entrance are eyesores, and town officials say it has become a haven for drug use, vagrants and vandalism.
And Mazzei is now helping lead the charge to get the Plaza torn down – finally.
Read the full story at Newsday.
April 13, 2009
WABASHA, MN — Thanks to some renovations, the new Broadway Theater is giving locals some cinema options.
Would you like to maybe see a good movie at a low price? In a theater that boasts surround sound, a HUGE screen, and that can play Blu-ray discs?
Well, have we got the answer for you!
How about next weekend trying out Wabasha’s new Broadway Theater!? Or, should we say, old Broadway Theater? Because the new Broadway Theater is really the old Wabasha High School Auditorium, located in what was Wabasha High School, then the middle school, and now is the Mittel Schule.
Read more in the Post Bulletin.
April 10, 2009
SAN ANGELO, TX — The wheels are in motion for San Angelo to get a drive-in.
The city council Tuesday approved the sale of 40 acres in the city’s industrial park – at U.S. Highways 67 and 277, and Loop 306 in northeast San Angelo – to Lamesa Enterprises. The company wants to develop a three-screen drive-in theater there.
According to the agreement, the company will pay $8,000 an acre for the land. In turn, the city will build a 3,300-foot sewer line to the property and let the company drill a water well for the business.
Read the full story at Go San Angelo.
April 9, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Celebrating ten years in service, the Cinema Paridiso is still going strong
In the 10 years of its existence, Fort Lauderdale Is your Fort Lauderdale restaurant clean? – Click Here.’s Cinema Paradiso has seen plenty of noise and bustle. It’s hosted fundraisers, barbecues and classic car shows; motorcycle rallies, rock festivals and Halloween shindigs.
But Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports’s lone art-house cinema is quiet as a church on most weekday mornings —– appropriate for a place that used to be one. On one morning last week, the lights are dim and the air conditioning is scant. The theater is empty except for Hal Axler, the theater’s programming director and the executive director of the Broward County Film Society. Sitting alone in the spacious second-floor office, he fields all the phone calls and even helps to unpack Bud Light cases from a hand truck during a morning delivery.
Read the full story in the Sun Sentinel.