November 1, 2013
NEW YORK, NY — 42nd Street ain’t what it used to be. Whether it’s better or worse is up to you to decide. John A. Mozzer has shared some photos that bring you back to the mid 80’s.
Go here to check out more of these gems from June 28, 1986.
October 30, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The Water Gardens chain is making waves by successfully operating theaters with tickets selling for $3.50. Their concessions are similarly low at $1-$3 and they’re not even open on Sundays.
Read more about their unusual recipe for success in KSL.
October 29, 2013
October 28, 2013
KALAMAZOO, MI — The Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas chain is giving the former Rave CityPlace a major renovation both inside and out to prepare the renamed Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo for its grand opening mid-November.
October 25, 2013
MASON CITY, IL & WHITEVILLE, NC — The Arlee Theater has kept locals happy since 1936 but the art deco gem may close if it can’t raise $50,000 for a projector by the end of the year. Same story for the Cinema 3 in Whiteville as they try to get community support to prevent shutting their doors.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
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?