September 5, 2014
HIAWATHA, KS — With the recent closing of the Arrow Twin, locals are clamoring for a cinema option. With the city’s involvement unclear in a renovation to make it more viable, a nonprofit group called Hiawatha ACES has stepped up to raise funds to bring it back. No one knows which way it will go but it appears some solution will arise.
Read more in the Topeka Capital Journal.
September 3, 2014
HONOKA'A, HI — The 1930 People’s Theatre has until October to raise $60k for a digital projector but they’re already halfway there. The theatre has been successful with live events but first-run movies is their specialty.
Read more and watch a video at KITV.
(Thanks to Ross Melnick for providing the photo.)
September 2, 2014
VASSAR, MI — The Vassar Theatre, closed since the death of its owner Tim O'Brien last March, has been put up for sale by his sister who was declared the owner of the theater in June. O'Brien was not married and had no children. The asking price is $179.000.
Further details are in WJRT.
(Thanks to Tinseltoes for providing the photo.)
August 29, 2014
HOMER, AK — It’s been a labor of love for its owners for the past 12 years but they’re putting the Homer Theater back up for sale. This time however, the new owners will get a theatre all set for the next generation of moviegoers. In recent years, the theatre has been extensively renovated with new seats, digital projection and a remodel of the lobby area. They have the distinction of being one of the only small-town theaters that present Metropolitan Opera broadcasts and have even launched a successful documentary film festival.
Read more about the special theatre in Homes News.
DAVENPORT, IA — The deep history of the Capitol Theatre is about to take another turn with plans to convert it into a luxury theatre. Shuttered since 2010, the plan is to replicate the work done on St. Louis' Moolah Theatre which means upscale touches like leather couches and loveseats.
Read more in the Quad City Times.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
August 27, 2014
August 22, 2014
Take a trip back 100 years and get back to the present through 38 photos chronicling British cinemas through the past 100 years. Featuring favorites like the Ritz, former Gaumont Palace and the Regal Marble Arch, you won’t want to miss this photo history.
Check out 100 Years of cinemas at BFI.
LOS ANGELES, CA — After considering various locations around Los Angeles, Alamo Drafthouse has settled on a location at the new downtown development, the Bloc, set to open next year on the site of the former Macy’s Plaza. The Metro-friendly location will feature nine screens with about 800 seats total. In addition to discussing this exciting arrival, the Los Angeles Times also discusses how with art houses like the new Sundance Cinemas and the Downtown Independent, Angeleno cinephiles have more and more options of theatres to visit, old and new.
August 21, 2014
LONDON, ENGLAND — Lucky theatregoers are the Vue West End were handed free glow in the dark ice cream pops designed by Bompas and Parr for Wall’s Ice Cream. It’s still being tested but the goal is to have a product that you can see but won’t distract you during the movie.
Read more in Metro about this unique treat.
August 20, 2014
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Business Insider looked at the photos of Jonathan Saruk as he documented theaters in Afghanistan in 2009. With movies banned for decades prior during Taliban rule, his photos are a private look into this newly-appreciated communal experience..