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  • October 25, 2016

    Kansas City, MO – AMC Issues $1.4 Billion in Debt to Pay for Carmike, Odeon Acquisitions


    From The Wrap: AMC Entertainment Holdings, the parent company of cinema chain AMC Theatres, announced in a Thursday filing that it would issue $1.4 billion in new debt to finance two billion-dollar acquisitions it has agreed on this year.

    In July, AMC — which is owned by Chinese entertainment giant Dalian Wanda Group — agreed to buy British theater chain Odeon & UCI in a deal valued at $1.2 billion. That same month, the board of Carmike Cinemas, the U.S.’ fourth-largest exhibitor, agreed to accept AMC’s second and sweetened offer for $1.2 billion.

    The Carmike acquisition would make AMC the country’s biggest theatrical exhibitor, passing current No. 1 Regal Cinemas. Combined, Odeon and Carmike control more than 5,000 screens, and completing both deals would make AMC parent Wanda — which also owns China’s biggest theater chain — the first exhibitor to manage more than 10,000 screens worldwide.

  • Bedford, NY – Bedford Playhouse Nears Fundraising Goal To Begin Construction


    From The Daily Voice: The folks trying to turn the Bedford Playhouse, one of northern Westchester’s oldest cultural institutions, into a nonprofit arts cinema and community center, are marking a fundraising milestone.

    Thanks to several recent large donations, the campaign has now raised $4.6 million of its $5.2 million needed to begin construction. Additional fundraising will ensure the Playhouse is operational in 2017.

    In the past six weeks alone, the effort has raked in $800,000. About $600,000 more is needed to begin construction.

    They also announced that a series of videos, touting different aspects of the project, have been, or will be, released on the theater’s website,

    They hope the six short promos, which were created by Jamie Edgar of Hound Dog Media, will rally their “final stretch” effort.

    Each video includes commentary by Bedford Playhouse president John Farr.

    The first two videos were posted earlier this month.

    In 2014, the playhouse was facing extinction after its previous tenant, Bow Tie Cinemas, decided not to renew its lease.

    Now there are plans for three state-of-the-art theaters, including a flex-use space for community events such as guest speakers and concerts, and an all-day café.

    A fundraiser and celebration of the movies and performing arts was held recently at the Harvey School’s Walker Center for the Arts in Katonah.

    The event featured a cocktail reception and show that included performances by Westchester residents Glenn Close and Paul Shaffer, Jeffrey Tambor, Chazz Palminteri, Terre Blair (Marvin Hamlisch’s widow), Marissa McGowan and Robert Klein.

    Bedford resident Chevy Chase had been scheduled to appear by had to bow out because of a professional commitment.

  • October 20, 2016

    Americus, GA – Rylander Theatre to showcase historic organ


    From WALB-TV 10: A historic theater is preparing to show off its rare organ.

    A year after it was damaged by lightning, the 1928 Moller organ at the Rylander Theatre in Americus is fully repaired.

    An organist from Atlanta will play it during a special showing of the silent movie classic “Phantom of the Opera.”

    “People just know this isn’t something you get to do everyday. This isn’t like going to see a scary movie at the Carmike, this is actually an experience more than just seeing a movie,” said Rylander Theatre Managing Director Heather Stanely.

    Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    The one time only showcase will be Friday, October 28th at 8 o'clock.

  • October 18, 2016

    Dunwoody, GA – When will the historic Brook Run theater in Dunwoody be demolished?


    From The Atlanta Journal Constitution:
    The 102-acre Brook Run Park in Dunwoody includes a dog park, a community garden, a skate park, a playground, a trail and even a zip line course.

    But one thing it soon will not include: a beloved 34,000-square-foot building built in 1966 that served as the “de facto town center for the Georgia Retardation Center for more than 30 years,” according to a July letter to city officials from the nonprofit support group, Brook Run Conservancy.

    Hundreds of people — including Rodney Mims Cook Jr., who is credited with saving the Fox theater in the 1970s — wanted the building to be saved.

  • Flint, MI – Historic finds uncovered as Capitol Theatre renovations continue


    From It’s a landmark that’s been around longer than most Flintstones.

    Yet, not even experts leading the restoration know all the hidden secrets the historic Capitol Theatre holds.

    “Very often on historic restoration projects, we hear about the conditions that you find that make things more complicated or add time or add money,” said Jarret Haynes, CEO of the Whiting Auditorium. “But sometimes, you find things that you say, ‘Wow, we didn’t know this was here, and we could refurbish this restore this and even more bring back the character of this lobby of what the original design intent was.’”

    Haynes said the latter has mostly been the case with the $32 million Capitol project, which began when The Whiting and Uptown Reinvestment Corp. acquired the building in July. The Whiting will manage operations at the Capitol.

  • Clarksville, TN – After Three Decades, Film Returns to the Roxy Regional Theatre


    From In 1980, after the last credit rolled off the big screen at the final showing, the Roxy movie theater closed it doors, reopening three years later as a live performance theatre.

    Now, over three decades later, Roxy Regional Theatre Executive Director Ryan Bowie is bringing film back to the corner of Franklin and First in historic downtown Clarksville with the “Planters Bank Presents…” film series.

    “After years of our box office fielding calls about what movies were being shown, and with the introduction of many new programs at the theatre this season, the timing was perfect to bring film back to the Roxy,” Bowie notes. “Our goal, moving forward, is to try to appeal to the needs and wants of the entire community. If Clarksville wants film back in this iconic theatre, then we are going to work that into our programming for the future.”

    Sponsored by Planters Bank, the series will feature vintage flicks and modern classics, presented on Sunday afternoons in the theatre’s 153-seat auditorium.

    “Planters Bank is thrilled to be involved with film being introduced back at the Roxy Theatre,” says Suzanne Langford, Middle Tennessee Senior Marketing Executive for Planters Bank. “There are many people who have fond memories of going to the movies at The Roxy and Capitol Theatres in downtown Clarksville so many years ago. The film series will provide a great way for family and friends to spend Sunday afternoons in downtown Clarksville, making new memories while enjoying the jewel that is our Roxy Theatre. Planters Bank is delighted to play a part in this exciting new endeavor.”

    In anticipation of Halloween, the inaugural showing in the series will be the 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus on Sunday, October 23, at 2:00pm.

    Originally purchased for a project through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Creative Placemaking grant program, the equipment for screening the films is on permanent loan to the theatre from the Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council.

    “The Arts & Heritage Development Council recently collaborated with the Roxy in airing a film series about Clarksville’s past, present and future. The series was produced through a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and funds from the grant purchased a projector and screen,” says Ellen Kanervo, Executive Director for the Clarksville-Montgomery County Art & Heritage Development Council. “We thought there could be no better way to continue the spirit of the grant than by bringing downtown Clarksville’s past — when locals gathered at the Roxy to see the latest "picture show” — into its present and future — when locals can again gather at the Roxy to see some of those same productions. We are pleased to offer the projector and screen to the Roxy to show movies once again in this historic venue."

    Admission to each film in the “Planters Bank Presents…” series is $5 (cash or check only). Tickets will only be available at the door one hour prior to showtime, and popcorn and bottled water will be available as concessions. Upcoming films include the following:

    HOCUS POCUS Sunday, October 23 @ 2:00pm

    Halloween night will never be the same after three 17th century witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) are accidentally conjured up in present-day Salem, where they brew a hilarious cauldron of mischief and mayhem!

    Rating: PG
    Runtime: 95 minutes
    Release Year: 1993
    Director: Kenny Ortega


    Two hapless freight handlers (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello) find themselves encountering Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Frankenstein’s creature (Glenn Strange) and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.) in this 1948 American horror comedy classic.

    Rating: NR
    Runtime: 83 minutes
    Release Year: 1948
    Director: Charles Barton

    THE WIZARD OF OZ Sunday, November 6 @ 2:00pm

    In this much-loved musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel, Kansas girl Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked by a tornado into the magical land of Oz, where they are joined by the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion on an adventure down the Yellow Brick Road to persuade the Wizard to help her find her way home.

    Rating: G
    Runtime: 101 minutes
    Release Year: 1939
    Director: Victor Fleming

    E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL Sunday, November 13 @ 2:00pm

    Elliott, a lonely young boy, summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world in this classic sci-fi adventure which captures that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities, and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups.

    Rating: PG Runtime: 115 minutes Release Year: 1982 Director: Steven Spielberg

    RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Sunday, November 20 @ 2:00pm

    Archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis in this action-packed adventure, the first in the original trilogy cooked up by the dream team of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

    Rating: PG Runtime: 115 minutes Release Year: 1981 Director: Steven Spielberg

    IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Sunday, November 27 @ 2:00pm

    In Frank Capra’s classic holiday comedy/drama, an angel (Henry Travers) helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

    Rating: PG Runtime: 129 minutes Release Year: 1946 Director: Frank Capra

    WHITE CHRISTMAS Sunday, December 4 @ 2:00pm

    A successful pair of nightclub entertainers (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) become romantically involved with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general in this musical romantic comedy featuring the songs of Irving Berlin.

    Rating: NR
    Runtime: 120 minutes
    Release Year: 1954
    Director: Michael Curtiz

  • Decatur, IL – Decatur’s Lincoln Square Theatre to mark 100th birthday


    From The Miami Herald: —

    A historic theater in downtown Decatur is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a birthday party and a variety of shows.

    The Herald & Review reports ( ) the Lincoln Square Theatre is showing Halloween-themed movies throughout October. The birthday party, with live music, snacks and dancing, is set for Friday.

    Adam White is president of the theater. He says while the building is old and needs work, when people come in “it’s like visiting an old friend.”

    Lincoln Square Theatre first welcomed guests on Oct. 27, 1916, when more than 1,000 people dressed in suits and gowns filled the seats to watch the play “Hit the Trail Holliday.”

    Over the years it drew performers such as Louis Armstrong and comedian Bob Hope.

    Restoration of the building began in the 1990s.

    Read more here:

  • Ashtabula, OH – Shea’s remaster moving forward


    From The Star Beacon: After buying Shea’s Theatre earlier this year, Dominic and Dom Apolito of DMS Recovery, have spent the past four months renovating it.

    They plan to restore the theater and turn the front part of the building into a bar and restaurant, said Dom Apolito, vice president and chief of marketing.

    “We found marble floors underneath the carpet at the main entrance,” he said. “We are going to clean it up and make it look brand new.”

    A few weeks ago, workers discovered several old newspapers well preserved inside the walls.

    “We have been working little by little,” he said. “We have the original projection camera, ticket boxes and many other historical pieces.”

    He believes the $3 million project will be done in about two years.

    Earlier this year, Dom’s father, Dominic Apolito, bought Shea’s from Ashtabula County Council on Aging for $20,000, according to the Ashtabula County Auditor’s Office.

    The Apolitos then gave a donation to the Ashtabula Senior Center, he said.

    “We are cleaning the building to ensure that it will be ready for construction,” Dom Apolito said. “In the process, we are finding and recovering historical artifacts and pieces."

    They are hoping to raise $50,000 at a GoFundMe account at for the renovation of the actual movie theater in the back of the building. So far, they have received $400.

    They are paying out of their own pockets to restore the front of theater, where they are going to have the restaurant and bar.

    At one time, Shea’s Theatre, 4634 Main Ave., had thick carpeting, plush seating, wall murals and a water fountain. Built in 1949 in an architectural style called Streamline Moderne, Shea’s Theatre is one of the last of its kind.

    Most recently, it served as the Ashtabula Senior Center.

    Two years ago, the Senior Center moved to a vacant bank building at 4184 Main Ave., donated by Ashtabula businessman Ken Kister.

  • Augusta, ME – Augusta developer pitches plan to expand, revitalize Colonial Theater


    From A plan to restore and reopen the neglected but historic Colonial Theater includes adding a 13,000-square-foot, multi-story building next to it, an ambitious timeline for the work, and a schedule of as many as 300 shows a year in the hope that it could bring culture, people and revenue to the city’s downtown.

    Organizers of nonprofit efforts to restore and preserve the vacant theater, which is between Water Street and the Kennebec River, said the region is starved for the performing arts, they already have acts and shows they could bring there, and the theater would bring people to fill the city’s downtown and area restaurants and other businesses.

  • October 14, 2016

    Conway, NH – Conway movie theater named to US historic register


    From A group of storefronts in Conway has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Bolduc Block with Art Deco features was designed to have four shops and a theater on the first floor and offices on the second. The theater entrance has gold-painted wooden frames designed to hold movie advertisements.

    Throughout its history, Bolduc Block’s storefronts were occupied by a variety of businesses, including a pharmacy, grocer, department store, sewing store, telephone business offices and post office.

    The building’s exterior has changed little. Despite a fire in the theater in 2005, the interior still has many features from the 1930s, including light fixtures, cast iron radiators and cushioned brocade fabric wall panels in the lobby.