September 3, 2013
FLINT, MI — The ongoing restoration of the Capitol Theatre has forced the relocation of a high-profile tenant, The Spencer Agency, which has been occupying a storefront next to the theater’s entrance. Part of the space will be used to enlarge the restored theater’s lobby. When the agency moved into the storefront four years ago, it expected the location to be temporary. They plan on either moving to another portion of the Capitol Theatre building or above a co-owned coffee shop downtown.
Additional details are available in the Flint Journal.
(Thanks to steelbeard1 for providing the photo.)
August 30, 2013
CAMBRIDGE, MA — The theatre at Fresh Pond Mall recently became Apple Cinemas and locals couldn’t be happier with the new Bollywood options. The Boston Globe looked at how the landscape for viewing films from India has changed the past ten years. Of particular interest is how the exhibition structure has changed for this specific genre given the competition of Netflix and rise in piracy.
August 29, 2013
CHELAN, WA — With talk recently on the oldest continuously operating theatre, the Ruby Theatre, wondering where they stack up in comparison. Here’s some facts from its owners:
“Construction on the Ruby Theatre was started in 1913 and opened as a movie theatre in 1914 and has been running movies ever since. The simple 175 seat theatre was constructed by the Kingman brothers who were local contractors and leased to a manager, Frank Potter. Where they got their plans is unknown.
HIGHLAND, IN — The city of Highland has gotten behind the Town Theater by purchasing it. Now the only question is what lies ahead. They’re considering everything from showing feature films regularly to using it as a music venue. Regardless, they want to reopen it after it has sat vacant for fours years.
Read more in the NW Times.
August 27, 2013
SCHUYLER, NE — Omaha.com profiled the Iron City Drive-In, one farmer’s answer to the lack of surviving outdoor theater. It details how he created this bare bones operation with materials culled together from classified ads and eBay. With audio advancements in the works, it sounds like the best is yet to come.
August 26, 2013
GALLATIN, TN — The 1913 Palace Theater was in danger of closing this year due to lack of digital projection but its prayers have been answered. The theatre received $10,000 from Gallatin along with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will keep it going for many years to come.
Read the full story in The Tennessean.
(Thanks to Danny Proctor for providing the photo.)
August 23, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, FL — Locals have been supporting the Sun-Ray Cinema for years and now they’re truly being rewarded. They plan to open a second 45-seat theatre next door in the next month to focus on art-house films. The owner is also looking to build another nearby theater to give the neighborhood even more options.
Read the full story in the Florida Times-Union.
(Thanks to Chuck1231 for providing the photo.)
August 20, 2013
CLAYTON, NM — While theaters around the world are struggling to convert to digital, New Mexico has been getting ahead of the curve by investing in its historic cinemas. A very interesting piece at Preservation Nation showcases the history of the Luna Theater and how the community has enabled it to stay open. Thanks to New Mexico’s MainStreet Historic Theater Initiative, they secured funding and were able to construct a robust volunteer staff to keep costs down.
Obviously, it takes a proactive local government to pull something like this off, but it’s nice to see everyone coming together for one cause.
(Thanks to Brad Smith for providing the photo.)
August 19, 2013
NORTH HOOSICK & GREENVILLE, NY — The Hathaway’s and Greenville Drive-In’s have been trying to raise money for digital projectors but it looks like Project Drive-In contest from Honda will be their last hope. They’re part of six remaining drive-in’s in the Capitol Region of New York but competition is fierce with entries from around the country.
Read more in the Times-Union.
(Thanks to Drive-In 1954 for providing the photo.)