The latest movie theater news and updates

  • Today

    Uptown Theatre reopening with music, movies and more

    MARBLE FALLS, TX — The Uptown Theater has had its fair share of ups and downs as it’s attempted to keep up with the trends of the business. It reopened the other week and they will now feature a variety of live entertainment from musical acts to comedy. Movies will still have a place there along with some new signature cocktails.

    Read the full story in the Daily Tribune.

  • April 15, 2014

    Avalon to return with new marquee

    MILWAUKEE, WI — Not only is the Avalon Theater set to reopen this summer but they plan to install a 24-foot marquee. It’s not exactly a replica but at least it keeps with the vintage style they’re trying to maintain all around the property.

    An exciting development for a theatre shuttered since 2000 and one that would have made Jim Rankin happy.

    Read the full story in the Milwaukee Business Journal.

    (Thanks to Lou Rugani for providing the photo.)

  • April 14, 2014

    Santa Monica to get two ArcLights

    SANTA MONICA, CA — Westside moviegoers rejoiced the other month with the announcement of a new Arclight Cinemas at Santa Monica Place. One just wasn’t enough though as there are now plans for a second ArcLight just blocks away.

    While this will drastically improve the moviegoing options for the area, will it be yet another serious blow to nearby single screens like the Regency Village?

    Read more in Curbed LA.

  • Aztec Theatre returns to happy crowds

    ALBANY, TX — Locals enthusiastically welcomed back the Aztec Theatre last week after almost 40 years of not showing films. The theatre went through a deep restoration and even has a new projector.

    Get all the details and watch a video from opening night at Big Country.

  • April 11, 2014

    Eckles and Warner announce theatre progress

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    NEW CASTLE, PA — David Esposito, Principal and Project Manager of Eckles Architects and Engineering, and Jerry Kern, President of of the Historic Warner Cascade Theatre (formerly Warner Film Center), today announced that their companies have entered into an agreement to develop final architectural drawings and specifications for the reconstruction of the historic Warner Cascade Theatre at 18 S. Mill Street, downtown New Castle.

    Eckles Project Manager Mark Scheller will take charge of the project, which consists of recreating the original nickelodeon auditoriums that comprised the Cascade Theatre, using original drawings of the building from Eckels’ archives along with photographs and even the memories of individuals who remember the Warners’ first theatre.

  • Summit Place (former Pontiac Mall) Cinemas demolished

    WATERFORD, MI — The long abandoned three-screen Summit Place Cinemas was demolished under orders from Waterford Township as it has been determined to be unsafe. Built by General Cinemas as the Pontiac Mall twin cinema, one of its auditoriums was carved making the theater a triple. It was sold to National Amusements in 1983. Renamed the Summit Place Cinemas after the Pontiac Mall was renamed Summit Place, it sat vacant for more than 20 years before it was ordered demolished.

    Further details are in the Oakland Press and there is a video tour of the abandoned cinema on YouTube.

  • April 10, 2014

    Uptown endangered for the fourth time

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    CHICAGO, IL — The Uptown Theatre, 4816 N. Broadway, has been named to Landmarks Illinois' annual Ten Most Endangered Historic Places list, which was announced today, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at a press conference in Springfield.

  • April 9, 2014

    Marcus Theatres uses NCR technology to increase sales

    Marcus Theatres is selling more than just tickets thanks to their relationship with NCR Corporation. The company’s technology facilitates to-go orders on concessions and even analyzes ticket sales to advise on marketing decisions.

    Read more at Business Wire.

  • 4-D movies coming to L.A.

    LOS ANGELES, CA — Regal LA Live will be the first theatre in the country to provide a 4-D experience. CJ Group announced the technology two years ago but has struggled to find distribution since. There is no word yet on how much a screening will cost but if it’s successful, expect to see it soon at a theater near you.

    Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

  • April 8, 2014

    Will the dome open once more?

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    SAN JOSE, CA — Fans came out in droves last Sunday for the final screening at the Century 21. The famous domed theatre is supposed to be torn down but there’s still some hope left it will have a future.

    Read more in the Mercury News.

    (Thanks to neeb for providing the photo.)