February 2, 2009
KNOXVILLE, TN — A new marquee is up to celebrate the Bijou’s Centennial.
A blue vertical sign with 448 LED bulbs and sidewalk marquee was turned on just before 6 p.m. at the 803 S. Gay St. theater to celebrate the building’s first century.
The ceremony began four days of Bijou 100 Year Jubilee events and the culmination of the “Light Up the Bijou” campaign that raised money for the marquee and sign that gave the Bijou a look similar to one of its past. The Bijou for decades had a sign and marquee. The last marquee apparently was removed when the theater was saved from demolition in the 1970s.
Read more at the Knoxville News.
(Thanks to lumierefl for providing the photo.)
January 30, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD — The city of Baltimore is offering up money to keep the Senator Theatre going, but the owner will have to turn it into a nonprofit.
Not wanting to see the Senator Theatre closed on their watch, city officials are offering $320,000 to keep it open – provided the 70-year-old movie house is turned into a nonprofit business.
“The Senator Theatre is a Baltimore icon,” Deputy Baltimore Mayor Andrew Frank said yesterday. “It’s ingrained in the psychology of Baltimore. … Its closing would be felt in ways that would be manifest throughout the community.”
Read more in the Baltimore Sun.
January 28, 2009
ALAMEDA, CA — The Alameda Theatre has won an award from the California Redevelopment Association for the steps it took to reopen and put itself in a position to be successful.
In order to make the original single-screen theater economically feasible, the city approved plans that created the adjoining smaller screens and a contiguous parking structure. These new screens are the economic engine that drives the new theater complex, providing today’s moviegoers with the variety they expect in a movie theater experience. The 341-stall garage offers convenient parking not only for the theater, but for the nearby Park Street Business District.
The city contributed $21.7 million in tax increment bond proceeds and $1.7 million in parking revenues to a project that had a final tab of $36.4 million. A Housing and Urban Development Section 108 loan for $7.2 million and $5.8 million of private investments paid for the balance of the project.
Read the full story in the Alameda Sun.
(Thanks to celestialspirit13 for providing the photo.)
January 27, 2009
Some local independent Boston-area theatres share their keys to success after a positive 2008.
But while big studio heads will have tears falling on the sleeves of their Armani suits, local independent movie exhibitors are quite happy with the way the year played out. They had more people lining up at their ticket booths, not less.
“We saw an increase in ticket sales,” says Ned Hinkle, creative director of the Brattle Theatre. “We’re waiting to crunch the numbers for the whole year, but we believe we saw a small increase in attendance, as opposed to other years where we’d seen a number of small decreases in attendance. Now we see an up tick.”
Read more in Wicked Local.
(Thanks to KingDafy for providing the photo.)
January 22, 2009
The City Council is set to approve on Tuesday a one-year extension on the site plan for a proposed fitness center that would replace the old Quo Vadis Theater, a project opposed by some residents.
Last March, the council granted a site plan approval for the proposed $5 million, 45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art L.A. Fitness Center. Demolition was to take place on the theater in August, but it was not done.
Read the full story in the Detroit News.
January 21, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD — Join us this Thursday, January 22nd at 10:30am for a communal call to action and express your support for The Senator remaining in operation as it transitions to become the region’s premiere, community owned non-profit Arts & Entertainment Venue. The mid to long-term prognosis for The Senator Theatre after its transition to non-profit ownership and operation appears promising, even in this economy.
The immediate short-term status of the theatre, however, has become very precarious. Like a nasty flu that sickens the healthy but can kill those who are already weak, the downturn in the economy has placed the operational status of The Senator, and its future, in great jeopardy.
To prevent a devastating shutdown, The Senator’s economic viability must be quickly addressed among all those who share a vested interest in the theatre maintaining its near 70 year unbroken chain of day to day operation.
More info at the Senator website.
January 16, 2009
RIVERBANK, CA — After purchasing it two years ago, the city is now thinking twice about investing the necessary money to revitalize the Del Rio Theater.
The mayor says he wants to board it up. One City Council member says she’s sorry the city ever bought it.
The object of their scorn? The 61-year-old Del Rio Theater at Third and Atchison streets.
Riverbank’s redevelopment agency bought the downtown landmark in 2007 for $1.7 million. The aim was to transform the one-time movie house into the centerpiece of a revitalized downtown.
Read more in the Modesto Bee.
January 15, 2009
HUDDERSFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND — It looks like the planning application turned down last year which would involve demolition of the Palace Theatre has been appealed against and upheld. This will involve the demolition of the theatre and expansion of the Kingsgate Shopping Centre, but with the retention of Roland Satchwells 1936 Art Deco frontage. This is despite the recommendations put forward by the Theatres Trust UK. It looks like farewell to another Art Deco gem, and such a shame about the interior ceiling.
January 13, 2009
FRANKLIN, TN — After closing two years ago, funds have been collected to save the Franklin Cinema.
The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County has matched a $1.5 million challenge grant from the Martin Foundation for the restoration of the Franklin Theatre, the organization announced Tuesday.
The former movie theater on Main Street closed in 2007. The project aims to restore the 1937 theater as a public performance, movie and meeting venue.
Read the full story in the Tennessean.
January 12, 2009
CARLISLE, PA — Local residents want to find out how to make needed changes to the already successful reuse of the Carlisle Theatre so that the theater will continue to have success in the future.
Carlisle Theatre is rightly described as “the crown jewel” of the borough’s downtown.
In a Sentinel story Wednesday, the phrase was used by Tim Scott, a theatre board member and borough councilman, in explaining why a joint feasibility study is being launched to help guide the future of the nearly 70-year-old venue.
Read more in the Sentinel.