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    “Coming attractions: The rise of luxury movie theaters”

    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

  • “Agawam Cinemas reopening delayed until end of January, owner says” From Agawam, MA.

    If you’re excited about catching a holiday flick at Agawam Cinemas, you’ll have to hold your horses.

    Kimberly Wheeler, who bought the cinema in September, said the theater is expected to resume screenings at the end of January. The 31-year-old Agawam resident had hoped to open the cinema earlier this month, she said, but unforeseen electrical work has delayed renovations.

    “I really wanted to be open for the holidays,” Wheeler said Thursday. “That’s the stinky part of it.”

    Former owner Sal Anzalotti closed the theater in May. Anzalotti, who ran the business from 1996 to 2014, said he couldn’t afford to convert the theater’s projectors from film to digital and had difficulty competing with large multiplexes in the area.

    Read the entire article at masslive.com

  • “Changing Skyline: iPic didn’t come, so now what for the Boyd?” From Philadelphia, PA.

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    All anyone had to do was say the word multiplex and the Boyd Theatre’s fair-weather friends abandoned the grand dame of Philadelphia movie palaces as if the place was on fire. Demolition of the art deco auditorium was sanctioned by the Historical Commission in March, and within days, wrecking crews were on the scene, supposedly for the Florida chain iPic.

    Now we know it was all magical thinking.

    Neil Rodin, the developer who said he was bringing iPic to Philadelphia, never followed through on his much-ballyhooed plan to buy the Boyd from its longtime owner, Live Nation. Meanwhile, iPic has problems of its own and lost its financing for the project, according to a source involved with the company. In late October, Live Nation quietly sold the theater at 19th and Chestnut to Jim Pearlstein and Reed Slogoff of Pearl Properties for $4.5 million.

    Read the entire article at philly.com

  • December 17, 2014

    “New sign crowns Cameo Theater Building in Mills 50” From Orlando, FL.

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    As part of the Cameo Theater Building restoration a new sign has been installed on top of the building.

    The sign was designed using the same font and lighting style of the original marquee after a historic picture of the Theater was found.

    A small business façade improvement grant from the City of Orlando helped pay for the fabrication and installation of the sign.

    The theater was built in 1939 and converted to offices for IBM in the 1950s. At some point, the original marquee was removed.

    Read the entire article online at bungalower.com.

  • “AMC Is Bringing Netflix’s Model to Movie Theaters in Boston” From Boston, MA.

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    Who said traditional movie theater chains can’t learn anything from Netflix?

    Starting in January, AMC Theatres in the Boston area will let you attend movie showings for a monthly subscription—up to one movie a day, if you feel like it.

    It’s not quite as cheap as Netflix, but still pretty reasonable—either $35 or $45 a month, depending on the package you choose. Attending just a handful of showings a month should make the pass pay for itself.

    The service is being piloted in Denver along with Boston, with plans to add more cities in the future. It’s powered by movie subscription service MoviePass of New York.

    More details at moviepass.com/AMC and in the news release…

    Read the entire article at BostInno.com.

  • “Russian Cinema Chains Call for Revising Rental Conditions” From Russia.

    Russian cinema chains are calling on owners of shopping malls where their theaters are located to adjust rental contracts against the backdrop of the weakening ruble, which threatens to drive them out of business.

    Several large cinema chains, including Cinema Park, Karo Film, Kinomaks and Formula Kino, have sent an open letter to mall owners, requesting that rental contracts, in which rent is normally stipulated in U.S. dollars, be revised and rent fixed in rubles.

    The lion’s share of contemporary Russian film theaters are located in shopping malls. Now that the ruble has fallen off the cliff against the dollar, with the exchange rate plummeting as low as 80 rubles for one U.S. dollar on Tuesday, as opposed to 47 rubles a month ago, theater chains have trouble paying rent as their revenues from ticket sales are all in rubles.

    Read entire article online at hollywoodReporter.com.

  • “Now that’s a Hollywood romance! Couple shock friends by inviting them to the cinema… and then getting MARRIED in front of the big screen” From Birmingham, UK.

    A romantic couple stunned their friends and family by inviting them to a made-up movie premiere at a cinema – which turned out to be their wedding day.

    Darren Yates, 40, told 100 of their guests that he had a cameo role in a Hollywood blockbuster called Match Made In Heaven, only for the attendees to arrive at the cinema to find it was the couple’s wedding ceremony.

    The groom and his fiancee Katherine Yates, 34, were so determined to fool their friends and family they even designed fake posters and a voiceover trailer for the fictional film and posted VIP tickets for the screening.

    Read the entire article online at the [dailymail.co.uk.}(http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2875850/Couple-surprise-friends-family-inviting-film-cinema-getting-MARRIED.html).

  • “Man buys porn theater in an attempt to save historic Birmingham community” From Birmingham, AL.

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    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 15, 2014

    “The Commodore Theatre Celebrates 25 years of Business” From Portsmouth, VA.

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    The Commodore Theatre will celebrate 25 years to the day that it re-opened as the restored Commodore Theatre with a new vision of first-run movies and fine dining, the first such cinema-eatery in the country.

    The Commodore Theatre was recently named one of the “10 greatest dine-in theaters in America” in a Motion Picture Association of America publication (2014) and one of America’s 7 Best Movie Theaters of Food Lovers,“ in a 2013 issue of Bon Appetit Magazine.

    Read the entire article at Hamptonroads.com.

  • “Inside the Total Transformation at Downtown’s Regent Theater” From Los Angeles, CA.

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    When the Regent Theater reopened early last month on Main Street in the Historic Core, completely revamped and ready for business as a live music venue, it was a big deal for the area: the Regent is the last historic movie palace left on Main Street; the Merced over by Olvera Street is the only other old theater left on Main at all. (The Merced was a live theater; it’s scheduled to become a city TV station by 2017.) Despite having hosted occasional special events in recent years, renovation photos of the Regent’s interior, provided by New Theme, the firm that oversaw the adaptive reuse project, show just how much the place was crumbling and underscore the impressive improvements made to the 100-year-old building. Now that it’s fixed up, the Regent is run by the same guy who operates Echo Park’s The Echo, and has a hip bar and restaurant inside, plus a fancy new sound system for its live acts.

    Read the entire article online at la.curbed.com.