The latest movie theater news and updates
June 18, 2013
In a panel at USC last week, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas commented on their predictions for the film industry. They argued that with studios funneling more and more money into big budget actions flicks, the industry will eventually implode. They say this will lead to a huge gap in variable pricing to support the films with larger budgets.
Read more at ABC News.
NEW YORK, NY — The Wall Street Journal looked at new theaters popping up in New York, specifically in regards to how they look from the outside. With new cinemas in the works, unique styles seem to be a priority as well.
June 17, 2013
Can anyone help identify this mystery theater?
The photo is from 1958 and it shows a small Moderne-style theater next to an A&P. There’s a 1957 Buick parked in front but the license plate isn’t clear enough to read the state. Here’s a link to the photo.
Hopefully someone out there knows the answer!
BRUNSWICK, ME — The Eveningstar Cinema is looking at moving to an entirely new location near Brunswick station so it can expand its offerings. The new theatre would feature multiple screens for their art-house fare but the owner must raise $4 Million to complete his vision.
Read more in the Forecaster.
June 14, 2013
MEMPHIS, TN — The annual summer film series at the historic Orpheum Theatre will look at nine decades of film with seminal films from each. Such classics “Gone with the Wind” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will be featured along with pre-show lectures.
See the full schedule and further details in the Commercial Appeal.
(Thanks to ChrisB for providing the photo.)
June 13, 2013
NEW YORK, NY — Community members are in the midst of a 40-day pursuit to raise $40K for a digital projector for the United Palace. You can donate online and different donations come with different prizes. Their goal is to use the theatre for special events and screenings, not as a first-run house.
Read more at Indiegogo.
(Thanks to KenRoe for providing the photo.)
NAPLES, FL — After falling behind its competitors, the Pavilion Cinemas is about to be on the cutting edge after it closes for a $3-4 Million renovation into a dine-in luxury cinema. Paragon has purchased the theatre and plans to add stadium seating and new seats to all six auditoriums.
Read more in Naples News.
June 12, 2013
Go to Flickr and help identify some 1960s or 1970s photos of 5 “mystery” theaters of Philadelphia based Sameric Corp. Please add a comment to this post if you know the identify of any of these theaters!
UPDATE 6/17: Thanks to everyone for all your help identifying these theatres. They are as follows:
3- Eric Reading