December 19, 2014
Next time you go to the movies, you might want to think about putting on a coat and tie.
As more high-end cinemas open in the region — boasting reserved seating, concierge desks, cocktails and fancy food — the experience is becoming less and less like an afternoon at the Bijou and more like a night at the Kennedy Center.
In fact, when ArcLight Cinemas unveiled its 16-screen multiplex in Bethesda last month, a place with a posh lobby bar and old-school ushers, but no box office, the company’s vice president of operations, Stephen Green, described the chain’s competition not as other movie theaters, but — wait for it — opera.
What’s next, printed theater programs?
Read the entire article at washingtonpost.com
December 17, 2014
Two years ago, Vince Amaro moved his antique business into a red-brick building in East Lake that had been in his family since the 1960s, despite the fact that its neighbor across the street was a porn theater.
Amaro spruced up the outside. He hung a handsome sign with scalloped corners. Employees stacked steamer trunks in front of display windows and lined the walls with old writing desks and a massive hunter’s cabinet. Recently, the staff added a Christmas tree draped with candy canes and plastic poinsettias.
But no matter the holiday, or the inventory, there was one thing about those window displays Amaro couldn’t change.
The view on the other side of the plate glass always included a string of adult-oriented businesses: The Cinema Blue, with its weathered marquee, Pleasure Books and its badly buckled sign and a third shop, Birmingham Adult Books.
Read the entire article at al.com.
December 11, 2014
There’s always more to read about the movie-going experience out on the internet, so here are some additional links:
“Movie Theaters Lure Customers with Luxe Amenities” From Reston, VA.
“Marcus Theatres announces cinema upgrades, continuing its multi-million dollar investment” From Illinois & Wisconsin.
“Jurassic World Could Usher In New Era Of Cinema” From Forbes.com.
“Allen Theaters cancels 8-screen movie complex in Carlsbad” From Carlsbad, NM.
“Cinemark Holdings Sets New 1-Year High at $36.63 (CNK)” From Tickerreporter.com.
December 10, 2014
Opera buff Ferdinand Wythe Peck built the Auditorium Theatre with an uplift agenda: offering affordable culture to the common man. In 1889 he could not see movies coming. Yet his illustrious theater at Congress and Michigan, which celebrates its 125th anniversary with a star-studded gala Tuesday, turned into the largest venue in the Loop for photo plays and moving pictures.
Peck — called “Commodore” by his yachting pals — inherited a wealth of city property and turned civic philanthropist. “Mr. Peck was very democratic in his ideas and very sympathetic towards the man who could not afford to indulge his propensities in the direction of culture without pecuniary aid from such public-spirited altruists as Mr. Peck,” observed a contemporary. Auditorium architect Louis Sullivan cited Peck’s “firm belief in democracy — whatever he meant by that.”
Read the entire article at the Sun-Times.
October 31, 2014
REDWOOD CITY and MONTEREY, CA — Despite all of today’s challenges, an owner/operator of historic theaters in Northern California is showcasing one success story after another with his work on the Fox and Golden State theatres. Eric and Lori Lochtefeld have not only rejuvenated these properties but the areas surrounding them due to a popular slate of live entertainment.
“If you have a stage capable of live entertainment your future as a historic theatre owner is still bright,” says Eric Lochtefeld, “you just have to learn how to operate it efficiently and productively.”
October 29, 2014
BEAVERTON, MI — The Gem Theatre has launched a Kickstarter campaign as it cannot afford a digital projector. The goal of the campaign is to raise $50,000 to acquire a digital projector to keep the Gem Theatre open. If they can’t reach its goal it may be forced to close at the end of the year.
Further details are at WJRT.
October 28, 2014
WENTZVILLE, MO — Wentzville, Missouri calls itself the ‘Crossroads of the Nation’ because it sits smack-dab in the middle of the U.S. of A! And what better place to open a state-of-the-art megaplex!
B&B Theatres is pleased to announce that they have entered into an agreement with Capital Constructor’s Development to build a new 12-screen theatre in Wentzville, MO, in the Wentzville Bluffs Development. Bob Bagby, President of B&B Theatres said: “We are excited to be working with Capital Constructor’s Development. The state of the art theatre will be a great addition to this premier retail development. We still have details to work out, but we hope to open the new theatre in the spring of 2015.”
October 27, 2014
WEST LIBERTY, KY — Almost three years ago, the West Liberty area was pummeled by an EF3 tornado which destroyed most buildings, including the 40-yearold Towne Cinema. Others like the Sipp in Paintsville as well the Prestonburg Strand and Lost Creek’s Way-Back-Wyn also closed. Chris Ball from the Towne is still determined to rebuild but needs help to raise the $750,000 necessary to open a new building.
October 24, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Prytania turns 100 this year and they have no intention to stop keeping customers happy. Besides classic films, they also have a reputation for being haunted. The details aren’t fully announced for their anniversary on December 20 but you can be sure there will be a party.
Read more and check out a video on the occasion at WDSU.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
October 22, 2014
BROOKLYN, NY — It’s 40+ years too late for a restoration like the Kings but Curbed is taking a look back at the magnificent Fox Theatre on Flatbush Avenue. The palace had a checkered history opening right before the Great Depression and later becoming a rock concert venue. Check out the vintage photos and more as this treasure is remembered.
(Thanks to William for providing the photo.)