June 14, 2013
MEMPHIS, TN — The annual summer film series at the historic Orpheum Theatre will look at nine decades of film with seminal films from each. Such classics “Gone with the Wind” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will be featured along with pre-show lectures.
See the full schedule and further details in the Commercial Appeal.
(Thanks to ChrisB for providing the photo.)
June 13, 2013
NEW YORK, NY — Community members are in the midst of a 40-day pursuit to raise $40K for a digital projector for the United Palace. You can donate online and different donations come with different prizes. Their goal is to use the theatre for special events and screenings, not as a first-run house.
Read more at Indiegogo.
(Thanks to KenRoe for providing the photo.)
June 12, 2013
Go to Flickr and help identify some 1960s or 1970s photos of 5 “mystery” theaters of Philadelphia based Sameric Corp. Please add a comment to this post if you know the identify of any of these theaters!
UPDATE 6/17: Thanks to everyone for all your help identifying these theatres. They are as follows:
3- Eric Reading
June 11, 2013
CHICAGO, IL — Christopher Campbell’s always engaging and informative blog continued its Movie House of Worship series with a feature on the Central Park Theatre. Now a church, the world’s first air-conditioned theatre has a storied past as a cornerstone of the Balaban and Katz chain.
(Thanks to R8teco for providing the photo.)
June 10, 2013
WEST CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago area’s last remaining drive-in, the Cascade Drive-In, is gearing up for another special season. Chicago Parent touched on the history of drive-ins and gave a thoughtful recommendation for the drive-in as a perfect summer family activity.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
June 7, 2013
June 6, 2013
FORT WAYNE, IN — Local art-house favorite, the Cinema Center is facing closure if it cannot raise $50,000 for a digital projector. They’re still in business but of course have had a tougher time getting programming in the past year. No concrete fundraising plan is in place but they hope to have a new projector this summer.
Read more in the Journal Gazette.
CNN recently did a story on how the cinema experience has changed with digital projection. They went across the country and visited cinemas of various sizes to see what the impact has been. While conversion costs are high, digital has provided an undeniable flexibility.