April 16, 2013
Teddy Solomon was instrumental in introducing the megaplex to Louisiana with his Palace 20. He passed away last week after decades in the business, having expanded a small family business into a 600 theater empire.
Read more in WWLTV.
April 15, 2013
HOLLYWOOD, CA — Everyone knew changes were on the slate after TCL invested in the Chinese Theatre. The plans are to close it from May to September to install stadium seating and an IMAX screen so they can use it to attract premieres. With almost 1,000 seats, it will become the largest IMAX theater in the world.
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
(Thanks to Ken Roe for providing the photo.)
HIGHLAND, IL — When Justin McLaughlin bought the Lory Theatre, he had no idea how much work it would take to bring the theatre up to today’s standards. He did extensive renovations but did not have enough for a new projector. He’s now launched a kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 for a new projector from Christie.
Read more in Fox 2 Now.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
April 12, 2013
MILWAUKEE, WI — The former Warner Grand could come back as a performing arts space if the Grand Warner Trust’s plans come to fruition. There has been talk for years of it serving as a second home to the Milwaukee Symphony but a new initiative modeled after the highly successful Hennepin Theatre Trust that has restored several Minneapolis theatres has them more optimistic.
Read the full story at A.V. Club.
(Thanks to Trolleyguy for providing the photo.)
April 11, 2013
PIKESVILLE, MD — The former Pikes Theatre has been a diner for over 25 years but if new plans get approved, it could show movies again. The owners are looking to move forward on building a two screen theater in the back of the restaurant.
Read more in the Baltimore Sun.
(Thanks to JackCoursey for providing the photo.)
April 10, 2013
April 9, 2013
MLive looked at how the rush to convert to digital is affecting drive-ins. They focused on three specific drive-ins in Southern Michigan and how they’ve dealt with the prospect of raising the funds necessary.
April 8, 2013
April 5, 2013
ACE Theatrical Group embraces long history of preserving historic treasures and reactivating local arts communities
HOUSTON, TX — A theatrical management and development company formed by entertainment industry veterans, ACE Theatrical Group specializes in preserving historic treasures and expanding the arts community. It works to design, reconstruct and operate live performance venues throughout North America, with a long history of success.
“Many theatres have fallen into disrepair due to various reasons. As an experienced team, we have the opportunity to preserve a historic treasure, restore it and reactivate the arts community,” said David Anderson, President and CEO of ACE Theatrical Group.