October 24, 2013
OWEGO, NY — In the small town of Owego NY, a historic theatre is struggling to stay open. A local gathering place for generations, the 105-year-old movie theatre is still showing the scars from its 2011 battle with Tropical Storm Lee that left 5 feet of water in the auditorium. Although most of the historic lighting and plasterwork was saved, restoring the Theater after the flood has left the business without the funds to face its next challenge, the switch to Digital Projection.
By the end of this year, Hollywood’s major studios will stop delivering film prints to movie theaters, replacing them with cheaper digital hard drives. The major national chains have already converted most of their multiplexes to a digital format with a little help from the movie studios, who subsidized the purchase of new digital equipment with virtual print fees, according the National Assn. of Theatre Owners.
October 21, 2013
NASHVILLE, TN — There hasn’t been a new theater built in Nashville in 13 years but a new multiplex is in the works for nearby Spring Hill. The Tennessean describes how viewing patterns have shifted and at least in this market, cinemas are better fit for the suburbs.
October 18, 2013
PORTLAND, OR — Movoto Real Estate has named Portland the top cinema city in the country for its film festivals and independent theaters. Its film museum and drive-in pushed it over the edge as well as heaping praise for the Kennedy School Movie Theater.
Read more in the Oregonian.
(Thanks to Gary Parks for providing the photo.)
SANTA MONICA, CA — Santa Monica has been lacking modern theaters for awhile with the need only heightening in the wake of the Criterion closing. AMC was going to build a new theater nearby but plans fell through. The city is still cleaning up after that missed opportunity but plans should be able to move forward with this new cinema on the mall’s Dining Deck.
Read more in the Santa Monica Lookout.
October 16, 2013
LA Weekly announced its annual “Best of…” lists with many cinema entries in the mix. With such esoteric categories as Best Date-Night Movie Theater and Best Theater for a $5 Matinee, they try to reward some outside of the usual suspects.
What would be your favorite random category to award and what would win?
October 15, 2013
TIPTON, IA — The Hardacre Theatre may be closed but not for long if the Hardacre Theater Preservation Association has anything to do with it. They plan to raise money by January to purchase the theatre and then make renovations to update it for today’s standards.
Read more in the Sacramento Bee.
(Thanks to Hosehead_Jones for providing the photo.)
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.”