July 18, 2014
OAKMONT, PA — The Oaks Theater is expanding to more than just movies. After recently getting a digital prohjector, they’re now adding two stages and a full-service bar. They’ll lose some seats but will now be open to live performances as well.
Read the full story in the Post Gazette.
(Thanks to BruceVerish for providing the photo.)
July 17, 2014
HOLLYWOOD, CA — The former Warner Bros. Hollywood Theatre hasn’t had a regular tenant since the church that rented on Sundays vacated a year ago. Now the owner is quietly looking at options but the level of preservation is in question. Many have proposed it as a live theatre venue but is that actually a viable alternative?
Read more in the Park La Brea News.
(Thanks to jkaufman for providing the photo.)
July 16, 2014
CHICAGO, IL — Get ready to go back in time with the archival look at the final day of the Woods Theater, Chicago’s last grindhouse. Complete with pictures and stories that recreate this moment in time, it’s one you don’t want to miss.
Read the full story at Boing Boing.
(Thanks to John P Keating Jr for providing the photo.)
July 15, 2014
SOUTH PASADENA, CA — All of South Pasadena has been abuzz since it was announced last month that the [Rialto Theatre(/theaters/20) is finally up for sale. Supposedly there’s already been multiple inquiries. However, the owners haven’t said anything about how it has to be used once they sell it.
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
(Thanks to Scott Feldmann for providing the photo.)
July 11, 2014
DOWNERS GROVE, IL — With 86 years behind it, the Tivoli Theatre is getting the star treatment this year with an exhibit at the Downers Grove Museum. “The Movie Magic: Celebrating 86 Years of the Tivoli Theatre” will run until December 20 and feature artifacts from the theatre’s rich history.
Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.
(Thanks to R8teco for providing the photo.)
FORT WAYNE, IN — Being a non-profit art house isn’t easy but Cinema Center is making it work by collaborating with its community. From staging a “Dudefest” the featured a screening of “The Big Lebowski” paired with bowling, to partnering with a local Volkswagen dealership for an outdoor screening of “The Love Bug,” the theatre is definitely getting creative to reach people.
Read more in the Bradenton Herald.
July 7, 2014
BERWICK, PA — We are happy to announce that the Berwick Theater is now working with the Berwick Area United Way to become a non-profit community theater! It has run as a for-profit business since its construction in 1890 as an opera house. Now, with low demand and a failing building, The Berwick Theater must make a change.
As the movie industry converts to a digital format for new release films theaters must transition to that format. This requires the installation of a digital projection system which can cost in excess of $50,000.
June 27, 2014
ANN ARBOR, MI — Two cinema powerhouses are joining forces with of the Michigan Theater’s acquisition of the State Theatre. The deal won’t close for a few months and improvements are on the way to bring it up to today’s standards. Best of all though, regular movie screenings will continue.
Read more in MLive.
June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — The popular art-house chain is venturing into new territory with a pop-up location behind Union Market. Inside a warehouse, they’ll serve unique snacks and craft beer with three screens pumping out indie favorites.
Read the full story with pictures in the Washington Post.
OSHKOSH, WI — The 100+ year-old Time Community Theater just celebrated five years back in business. Besides a dedicated community supporting it, presenting classic films has also been a key ingredient in not only bringing in patrons from Oshkosh but from other nearby cities as well.
Read the full story and catch a video in the Northwestern.