October 9, 2014
MONTEREY, CA — Monterey’s Golden State Theatre has officially changed hands. On October 1, 2014, Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, owners of the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, became new owners of the GST. After 10 years, Warren Dewey was pleased to pass on the cultural treasure and its rich history to the stewardship of the Lochtefelds. Having already demonstrated successful programming at the Redwood City Fox Theatre with concerts, live theater, lectures, corporate events and private parties, the Lochtefelds have shown that they are capable and talented presenters with an eye for business— good listeners to the community who can deliver the shows that people want to see. Their Fox Theatre was built soon after the Golden State, and was designed by the same architects, the Reid Brothers.
October 8, 2014
WEBSTER CITY, IA — Wrote off only a year ago, the Webster Theater reopened last month to fanfare following a dedicated push by locals and an investment of $200,000. Other downtown theaters are coming back too like the Coos Bay Egyptian and the Spencer Tivoli thanks to their importance in saving their main streets.
Read more in the Telegram.
(Thanks to Hank Zeletel for providing the photo.)
October 6, 2014
LEEDS, ENGLAND — There isn’t much left after a horrible fire damaged the Majestic Cinema(Grade II Listed building) last week. It had recently been refurbished and had been operating as a nightclub. A man has been arrested for being responsible but a motive has not been established.
Read more and see photos of the damage in BBC News.
September 30, 2014
BREMERTON, WA — It’s three years away but locals are already making plans for the 75th Anniversary of the Admiral Theatre. They’re currently in the middle of a fundraising campaign to make essential updates to the theatre. That hasn’t stopped them from booking an ambitious slate of live performances and special events.
Read more in the Bremerton Patriot.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
September 29, 2014
HIGHLAND, IN — The NW Times featured a personal look into the rallying to save the Town Theater. Closed for six years, the city now owns it and everyone seems very excited about the prospect of it opening again. How they’re going to get there is another story.
Check out one man’s account of the excitement of this process covered in uncertainty.
September 23, 2014
KEENE, NH — The Colonial Theatre has been keeping crowds happy for 90 years thanks to a mix of entertainment. Besides film, they regularly have a wide array of live events such as circuses and comedy shows.
The Equinox took a look at its history and more importantly how this non-profit has found ways to truly become part of the community.
(Thanks to mike(saps) for providing the photo.)
September 17, 2014
NASHVILLE, TN — Open since 1925, the Belcourt Theatre has had a varied history filled with film and live music. It’s going better than ever but not with tireless work from its staff.
The Tennessean took a detailed look at its history and the stories behind.
(Thanks to Danny Proctor for providing the photo.)
It certainly can’t be said for independent theaters in general but many are having a revival. Small communities are looking for reason to come back downtown and the neighborhood theater can be a focal point.
(Thanks to Hosehead_Jones for providing the photo.)