November 26, 2013
A local historian posted a beautiful piece in the Morning Sun about former area drive-ins. Nearly forgotten classics like the Fort George, Holiday and Jolly Roger are mentioned. He also digs deep into what the culture and experience was like in their heyday.
(Thanks to Michigandriveins.com for providing the photo.)
November 22, 2013
ONARGA, IL — After being cited as a theatre in danger last year, the Onarga Theater has been saved thanks to generous donations. The city of 1,300 stepped up to raise enough money for digital projection and first-run films could be back as early as next week.
Read more in the Miami Herald.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
November 21, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, NC — The University Mall will become more of an evening destination with the 2015 opening of a 13-screen premium theater. Silverspot Cinema is building the luxury complex that will include a full restaurant and state-of-the-art theaters in the space currently occupied by Dillard’s.
Read more in the Daily Tar Heel.
November 20, 2013
NEWTON, IA — The Bleeker family has only owned the Capitol II for a year but they’ve already faced a massive challenge with their upcoming digital conversion. They’ve received tremendous community support though so they’ll be able to make the jump early next year. They are available for hosting special events and parties and regardless of their film situation, will be showing plenty of hits this holiday season.
Read more in the Newton Daily News.
November 19, 2013
CHICAGO, IL — With the announcement earlier this year of ArcLight’s first Chicago venue, locals are discussing how it might pan out. The success of the venture and the new complex it will be a part of, is anybody’s guess. It could however become extremely successful and take major business away from competitors such as the AMC River East.
How do you think ArcLight will be integrated into the Chicago moviegoing scene?
Read more in the Chicago Tribune.
(Thanks to Jack Coursey for providing the photo.)
November 18, 2013
Well, actually they’ve been gone for a while. But Newsday reported that with the elimination of a provision on how they are hired, they are now truly gone for good.
What responsibilities could they have in today’s theaters in order to be effective?
Gothamist posted a great piece the other day where they mapped NYC’s theaters. Most interesting is how you can break it out by decade. They also provide an insightful commentary on how viewing trends changed neighborhoods.
November 15, 2013
LAPEER, MI — A fire on November 12 gutted a century-old apartment building in historic downtown Lapeer adjacent to the Pix Theatre. Despite early reports that the fire spread to the landmark theater, it did not spread there but the theater had smoke and water damage. The theater’s Facebook page mentioned the damage led to the cancellation of an event the following day but it will be rescheduled.
Further details are available at WJBK.
November 14, 2013
DOWAGIAC, MI — Think single-screen theaters are on their way out? Don’t tell that to the city of Dowagiac because they’re in the process of building a new one. While a second screen may be added later, they’re currently tirelessly working to build a single auditorium into a former men’s clothing store.
Read more about their plans at MLive.
November 13, 2013
CHICAGO, IL — First they had to leave the Portage and now the Patio as the Northwest Film Society has had to move to the Gene Siskel Film Center. AC/Heating issues at the Patio were the cause of the move but they’re already in the process of being resolved. They hope to return there next season.
Read more in the Chicago Reader.
(Thanks to Tinseltoes for providing the photo.)