• September 20, 2006

    UA Travis on the market again

    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

    Fenway 13 goes to Regal

    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

  • September 18, 2006

    Rave Theatres to open 14-plex in Kalamazoo

    DALLAS, TX — Rave Motion Pictures' state of the art 14-screen stadium theater with a new digital projection system opens in Kalamazoo on Friday, November 17. Rave Motion Pictures' Cityplace 14 is located Downtown at the intersection of South and Portage streets.

    Rave Motion Pictures' exacting standards create unobstructed viewing utilizing 18-inch risers. There is a remarkable 48 inches between rows for maximum legroom and ease of motion. Every auditorium has the finest in digital surround sound equipment, as well as a new digital projection system, as well as 3D capability on selected features.

    For more, read the full press release.

  • September 13, 2006

    Watch a drive-in movie, from bed

    FAIRLEE, VT — The Fairlee Motel & Drive-In as well as a theater in Colorado make their business over the summer by providing lodging adjacent to an outdoor theater.

    The Fairlee Motel & Drive-In Theater combines the best of roadside America. Drive in, and you have your classic outdoor experience. Check in, and a picture window and NuTone speaker give you the same show from your king-size bed — with air conditioning and no mosquitoes. Please don’t wipe popcorn butter on the sheets.

    Someone taller than about 5-foot-8 can even watch the movie from the shower, through the tiny bathroom window.

    The Fairlee is one of at least two drive-in motels in the United States. Another is the Best Western Movie Manor in Monte Vista, Colorado. The Movie Manor claims to be unique, but according to the motels' histories, the Fairlee’s combination came first, in 1960.

    To read more, visit CNN Travel.

  • September 8, 2006

    Boyd Theatre renovation

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — Renovations are underway for the Boyd Theatre to reopen in 2007. Cinematical has just published an interview with Howard Haas of Friends of the Boyd.

    It’s been a small-but-persistent little news story in Philadelphia over the past several years: The last remaining old-school, ultra-cool, Art Deco movie palace in the city was in serious danger of being destroyed, thus removing any reminder of Golden Age cinematic history from The City of Brotherly Love.

    How could this happen? How could one of the oldest, largest and most unquestionably awesome cities in the nation be stripped of its last remaining movie palace?

    Well, it came pretty darn close to Wrecking Ball Central, but thanks in large part to the efforts of one local attorney, the beautiful Boyd Theater is now enjoying a long-overdue facelift.

    For the rest of this story as well as the interview, please visit Cinematical.

  • Pickford Cinema to expand

    BELLINGHAM, WA — The Pickford Cinema is about undergo an expansion to add seats and amenities in order to draw more moviegoers.

    The Whatcom Film Association, which opened the cinema in November 1998 on Cornwall Avenue, has hired Moceri Construction to begin work on its Dream Space building at 1318 Bay St. The nonprofit bought that building in January 2005.

    The new movie theater will have two screens and seating for 238 patrons, a significant upgrade from the current one-screen facility on 1416 Cornwall Ave., which seats 88.

    For the full story, read the Bellingham Herald.

  • September 7, 2006

    Collinsville theater on hold

    COLLINSVILLE, IL — The eager residents of Collinsville will have to wait longer for the opening of the long-promised multiplex from Kerasotes.

    Plans for a new Kerasotes Theatres complex have been delayed by budgetary constraints. The Chicago-based movie theater company purchased more than seven acres of land at Eastport Plaza behind Wild Country in Collinsville after announcing it would build a 10- to 12-screen theater there.

    That was three years ago. Theater real estate director Bon Gallivan said the initial $6.7 million 33,000-square-foot design came way over budget and has forced the project back to square one. Gallivan said a redesign has yet to he completed, and it will be another year before construction could begin at the metro-east site.

    You can read more about this story in the Belleville News-Democrat.

  • September 6, 2006

    Updates on Manistee’s closed movie theaters

    MANISTEE, MI — Many people have shown an interest in the history of Manistee’s “other” movie theaters. Today I went and spent a day at the museum compiling information that has been virtually unknown until now.

    From the Manistee News Advocate, 8-25-15..article mentions new theater, (Lyric), to be built on the site of the old Royal Theatre on River Street.

    Nov 25 1915
    News Advocate announces “Lyric Theatre at 415 Rivert St opens.”

  • September 4, 2006

    Marana cinema to come eventually

    MARANA, AZ — Despite holdups, the new 12-16 screen Pavillions Theatres from the Linda Vista chain should open by next summer.

    The number of screens has been reduced and the opening delayed a few months, but Northwest Side residents should be able to catch a flick at Marana’s first movie theater by next May.

    There had been some talk about opening the theater by the end of this year, but administrative holdups and paperwork pushed back the date, said Kent Edwards, a managing partner with Linda Vista Cinemas LLC.

    For more on this story, go to the Arizona Daily Star.

  • August 31, 2006

    Customer service keeps small-town theater open

    LIVINGSTON, AL — The Sumter Theatre in the this small Alabama town stays alive by going the extra mile for each of its few customers.

    Livingston, outside the University of West Alabama, is a town of 3,048 in Sumter County, some 172 miles north of Mobile. It’s a sleepy town that got sleepier when Wal-Mart moved out in January.

    Smitty said he’s not a natural businessman. He ran a store in town that failed. The movie theater isn’t doing much better financially, but he doesn’t have the debt this time. “We tread water,” he said. Some days he only has one person watch a movie. Fifteen is a good day, he said.

    For more, read the full story in the Press-Register.