October 14, 2013
Arthur Allen’s site on Drive-ins of Western Washington has been rediscovered through a mirror of the former Geocities pages. It’s years since it’s been updated but you can see a pretty comprehensive list of theaters not just of Washington but of the entire Pacific Northwest.
October 11, 2013
NEW YORK, NY — The anticipated Alamo Drafthouse planned for the former Metro Theater is no longer on the slate. Since announcing plans in April 2012 Alamo cites a major rise in construction costs as the source of its demise. It would have been the chain’s first Manhattan location.
Read more in the New York Times.
(Thanks to Patrick Crowley for providing the photo.)
TRAVERSE CITY, MI — After a delay to allow for deliberations, Traverse City commissioners have approved the revised marquee design for the city owned Bijou by the Bay which is being operated by the Traverse City Film Festival. It was agreed that the marquee would be owned by the city and it would not be attached to the building but instead supported by posts one inch away from the building. To satisfy objections regarding the marquee covering the ‘Con Foster Museum’ name marker, a plaque will be installed explaining the building’s history.
Because of the delay in getting the marquee approved, the planned opening date was [changed from October 11](/blog/2013/9/18/bijou-by-the-bay-officially-opens-october-11] to “to be announced.”
Further details can be found in The Ticker.
October 10, 2013
BATON ROUGE, LA — The West Carroll Chamber of Commerce and Holland Entertainment LLC which operates the Fiske Theatre in Oak Grove, La. were recently informed by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Louisiana that a hearing will be held Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the State Capitol where the Fiske Theatre will be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
“This is the culmination of six years of hard work, by everyone that has been involved with the rebirth of the theater.” Adam Holland, President of Holland Entertainment who operates the theater said. “In 2007 when I was asked to serve as the chairman of the West Carroll Chamber’s Theatre Committee, I could see the potential for the theatre, but in no way knew she would grow to once again be one of the most respected and most attended independent movie theaters in North Louisiana.”
October 9, 2013
GRAND JUNCTION, CO — The Egyptian Theatre in Delta was way ahead of the curve when it converted to digital five years ago but others haven’t been so fortunate. The Avalon is racing to raise money for a projector with the help of a new initiative. The Rural Theater Digital Conversion Grant is a Colorado program where theaters can receive up to $30K for the project.
Read more in the Daily Sentinel
(Thanks to Chuck1231 for providing the photo.)
The news has been grim for so many but there are still some amazing drive-ins out there. USA Today profiled 10 of the best from some Route 66 standouts to others that showcase various audio and food options.
October 8, 2013
GLEN ROCK, PA — The Glen Theatre received a plaque from the local preservation society the other week in honor of its 100 years in business. The Daily Record shared stories about how it has entertained generations of moviegoers and maintained its place in the tight-knit community.
(Thanks to mark edmunds for providing the photo.)
LONDON, ENGLAND — One of Britain’s largest studio is about to get another asset, a movie theater. The onsite theatre will be open to the public as well as Pinewood employees and will feature weekend programming of indie and mainstream fare. Curzon is onboard to operate it.
Read more in the Hollywood Reporter.
October 4, 2013
ASHLAND, VA — Without steady operations since the 1990’s, owners of the Ashland Theatre have donated it to the town. Local officials plan to restore it revitalize downtown. There are no announced plans on what it will be used for exactly but movies is still a possibility.
Read more in the Times Disptach.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)