November 21, 2006
ITHACA, NY — Despite direct competition from local theaters, plans have been put into motion for a new five screen theater built to show independent films.
7th Art Corporation, the operator of Cinemapolis and Fall Creek Pictures, plans to open a five-screen stadium-seating movie theater with 500 to 600 seats.
“The movie theater will focus mainly on independent and art films, unlike the Pyramid Mall Theater, but all the movies will be first-run, unlike the Cornell Cinema,” said Community Development Director Nels Bohn. “The push for this project really began in 2001, but now finally with public approval, we are hopeful that everything will be completed by spring 2008.”
To read more, go to The Cornell Daily Sun.
BRITTON, SD — A South Dakota filmmaker is travelling across the state to highlight the new life of old theaters. At the forefront of the film is Britton’s Strand Theatre.
Bryce Jarrett and Tom Farber are doing everything they can to ensure that the Strand Theater remains an integral part of Britton.
Jarrett is executive producer of a documentary titled “Small Town Silver Screen,” which showcases several small-town South Dakota movie theaters.
For more, read the Rapid City Journal.
November 16, 2006
FAIRBORN, OH — The restoration of the Chakeres Theatre in Fairborn is coming along well. We were in there yesterday doing some work and we had the wall torn down a month ago. If you have any questions or comments, please write them.
Nash, aka Ian Meadows
November 15, 2006
“Congratulations, Fullerton CA! Your community efforts and donations have saved the historic Fox Theatre from the wrecking ball, and it’s just been declared a landmark. What are you going to do now?”
Just 20 minutes away from Disneyland is the theatre that introduced talking pictures to Orange County. With a capacity for film and stage entertainment, the Fox Fullerton theatre is contained in a complex including enough viable commercial space to make a thriving cultural destination. Movies, concerts, dinner theatre, restaurants, and retail can all be part of the future in a restored landmark that preserves the past.
Hollywood star and Tendring resident Clive Owen last night launched an 85,000 appeal for repairs to the Electric Palace cinema in Harwich (England) with a passionate speech.
Mr Owen leant his support to the cinema’s restoration, which has already attracted the backing of Sir John Betjeman, the Electric Palace’s first patron.
The cinema is currently on the English Heritage ‘At Risk Register’ and Mr Owen said that by raising the 85,000 pounds needed for the current work and carrying out the repairs it could come off the list for good.
He added: “My first duty as patron is to formally launch this appeal. We just have to raise the amount needed.”
For more, visit Suffolk & Essex Online.
November 14, 2006
CLAY CENTER, KS — Chalet Theaters has acquired the Rex Theatre in Clay Center, KS. Jeff Young bought the theater in 1997 and had done extensive work on the beautiful theater.
Chalet Theaters plans extensive renovations. Starting this December, the movie house will be showing double features as well as first run. The town seems very excited about it as even the local newspaper has put in theer comments.
We have posted a story about the theater a recent picture. If you have any more, feel free to send them here. It is nice when people get these older theaters and convert them. This was once a single but was twined in 1997.
(Thanks to Sctheaters for providing the photo and news story.)
November 13, 2006
DEER LODGE, MT — The historic Rialto Theatre in Deer Lodge, Montana was destroyed by fire recently.
Officials continue to investigate what caused a Saturday fire that destroyed the historic Rialto Theater, and those results could be available in a week or two.
Steve Owens, president of Rialto Community Theater Inc., said the volunteer board that oversees theater operations won’t speculate on how the fire started. Instead, they’ll wait for the conclusion of an investigation by the state fire marshal.
After that, a community meeting will be held to discuss the investigation’s outcome and talk about the future of the town’s beloved cultural center. It was the only auditorium in Powell County.
For more, visit theMontana Standard.
Also, you can check out the website of the volunteer group that rehabbed and ran the theater. They have posted pics from the blaze and are seeking donations to rebuild.
(Thanks to CT member empinball for also contributing to this story.)
November 10, 2006
EL CERRITO, CA — Restored to deco glory, the Cerrito Theater prepares for first screenings in a half century.
The Cerrito Theater is so close to completion you can almost smell the popcorn from San Pablo Avenue. The $5 million restoration project has been underway for more than five years, but soon, very soon, the popcorn will pop, the lights will dim and the Cerrito will open for business again.
On November 1, Casablanca and Pulp Fiction will become the first movies screened in the Cerrito since the mid 1960s, breathing new life into the deco theater that was originally built in 1937.
Unlike most movie theaters, the two theaters at the Cerrito will have couches and cocktail tables as well as the traditional theater seats. Beer is served in the theater, and food, like homemade pizza, can be ordered and delivered to customers during the flick. Two cafes, the It Club and the It Club Too, flank the theaters entrance, so moviegoers can hang out before and after movies.
To read more on this, go to The North Gate News.
November 8, 2006
AUCKLAND, NZ — Just a quick note to let you know that I have just completed my documentary about Californian John Leon Benwell and the Victoria Cinema which he built in 1912.
The cinema has had a troubled few years and whether it survives or dies, its history and the people and stories surrounding it are now captured on one DVD.
Visit Mosaic Media for details and the promo video.
(Thanks to Steve at Mosaic Media for providing the photo.)