October 6, 2006
HANNIBAL, MO — THe Historic Orpheum Theater in Hannibal, MO, has been purchased by Chalet Theaters of Florida. They are a small ‘chain’ that is investing in historic and vaudeville era theaters.
Chalet Theaters now has 10 theaters of this nature and has plans on geting up to 15 within the next year. The owners are interested in preserving the history of the older and grand theaters that once stood for beauty and class. With the purchase of this theater this adds to their list of these.
They bought the theater after its past owners ran out of funds and could not secure any more. Extensive repairs and remodeling has already been done and Chalet Theaters plans more starting in November 2006. They will be updating the sound and projection to state of the art, and also plan to have continued live shows. Below is the info about the theater.
LOS ANGELES, CA — My quest to aquire the Vogue Theatre in Hollywood has failed! One of the owners, Carol, told me she was not interested in either renting, leasing or selling. There are proposed plans to convert it into another night club -such as they are doing to the Fox Theatre across the road.
Meanwhile, I’m still searching for a southern California moderate size cinema/theater to screen British Films in; independent, art, second run, etc.
If readers have any news, I’d welcome their comments and help at .
Santa Ana, Ca.
OAKLAND, CA — Long a purveyor of a superior moviegoing experience to the people of Oakland, the Parkway Theatre receives praise for its format. Serving food and prohibiting most showings to anyone under 21, the theater is still building a loyal customer base.
Dinner and a movie is a classic combination, but Oakland’s only “speakeasy theater,” the Parkway Theater, revamps the combination.
Described by the Speakeasy Theater’s Web site as being “the anti-multiplex,” the Parkway boasts two screening rooms offering a variety of movies that include recent blockbusters, cult classics and local films not shown anywhere else.
For more, visit the Mills Weekly.
October 4, 2006
RIVERSIDE, CA — In a proposal city officials say will produce long-planned projects and make up for previously deferred upgrades, the Riverside ( Calif. ) City Council is set to vote this week on the initial plans for a $780 million citywide proposal for municipal facilities and infrastructure.
The plan contains essential cultural upgrades, including a retrofitted Metropolitan Museum , expanded Convention Center, rehabilitated Municipal Auditorium and a completely refurbished Fox Theater —– which is probably the most forward-looking aspect of the plan. Not only will it restore one of the city’s historical gems, it will finally give Riverside a first-class performance arts facility.
October 2, 2006
HOOPESTON, IL — The Lorraine Theatre was recently shut down in protest over the new films from Hollywood.
A small-town theater owner says he wasn’t trying to send Hollywood a message when he shut down for two weeks rather than show box-office leader “Jackass 2” or other new releases that he calls, “drivel.”
“The movies are so bad and I don’t need the money … I just didn’t think I should use my high-quality facilities to show people vomiting on screen,” said Boardman, whose theaters boast a high-tech, eight- channel digital sound system.
Marcus Theatres seems to be on a closing spree, they recently closed the 5 screen South Towne Cinemas in Madison, WI. They are going to build a new 12 screen complex about a half-mile east of this closed cinema. This theater never really did that well and in recent years was a “discount” first-run house. It was in very tough shape.
No info on the inclusion of either digital screens or one of the Marcus “Ultra-Screens” in the new complex. It will not open until sometime next year.
September 22, 2006
LONG BEACH, CA — My recent news that the Long Beach Art Theatre was to close and resurface as a night club was, as the manager said to me: “the deal fell
The marquee lights and neon sign are still shining in the night. I’m so glad. Long live the Art.
But now the “Rocky Horror” crowd will have to cross the bay to the liner Queen Mary for their
toast and rice throwing escapades!
See you at the movies… Simon Overton
September 21, 2006
FALFURRIAS, TX — After a long time of being silent, Chalet Theaters is rescuing the once-grand Pioneer Theater in Falfurrias, TX. The theater has seen better days and the former owner ran it for 30 years before leasing it out to others. These people did not know how to run a theater and the folks had to go sit down only to get back up again to get their hot dogs and popcorn.
Chalet Theaters will redo the balcony and other aspects of the theater. It has many numerous designs inside. The first order of business is to equip the theater with state of the art projection and sound. The neon will be on soon again. With plans to show both English and Spanish movies, it will be a hit again to a town that needs it badly.
A picture of the theater can be found here:
September 20, 2006
STATEN ISLAND, NY — The former UA Theater is being turned around again, mostly due to the booming commercial real estate market.
The building that used to house the UA Theater in Travis is back on the market for $21 million — three times more than what it sold for last year.
The largest and busiest multiplex on Staten Island when it opened in 1987, the UA Theater was overshadowed by its newer sister cinema in Mariners Harbor, the UA Stadium 16 Theater, which opened in 2001.
For more, read the Staten Island Advance.
September 19, 2006
BOSTON, MA — As expected, with AMC selling off some of its most-desired properties to prevent monopoly, the Fenway 13 is going to Regal.
The deal makes Boston a battleground between the nation’s two largest theater chains, with Regal moving into the Fenway location and AMC hanging on to its 19-screen Boston Common theater it took over earlier this year when it acquired Loews Cineplex Entertainment to become the nation’s No. 2 theater chain.
To obtain regulatory approval for the Loews purchase, AMC was required to sell the 13-screen Fenway complex.
For more, go to Boston.com.