The latest movie theater news and updates
January 28, 2014
WAVELAND, MS — The former Star Cinema 3 is reopening after years of neglect following Hurricane Katrina. Two brothers, John and Charles Watzke, are actually taking it over and sinking thousands of dollars into bringing it up to today’s standards. They plan to reopen sometime soon with four screens and digital projection.
Read the inspiring story of how this family saved this theatre at Gulf Live.
(Thanks to Micway71 for proving the photo.)
January 27, 2014
Hinted at for years but finally a reality, Paramount Pictures has become the first major studio to stop distributing 35mm film. The timeline for phasing it out has never been set in stone so the move caught some by surprise. The other studios will eventually follow though so the next phase of the digital transition has begun.
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
MIDDLETOWN, DE — The Everett Theatre has a new Executive Director and he has lots of exciting plans for it. An interview in the SC Sun-Times discusses his drive to ramp up programming with a variety of live theatre and film. He wants to make it a year-round destination and without direct competition nearby they can.
January 25, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — A crucial moment is upon us where the fate of the beloved Boyd Theatre could be decided. The owner is going in front of the Philadelphia Historical Commission Tuesday to receive approval on demolishing the interior historic elements of the 1928 theatre. The plan is to build a new location for the luxury chain, iPic. An appeal could always follow and delay the project, but this Tuesday will certainly be telling in seeing the city’s support on this matter.
Read more at Philly.com.
(Thanks to Porcelain Doll for providing the photo.)
January 24, 2014
PORTLAND, OR — Besides taking a look at the theater scene in general, The Oregonian specifically looked at the renovations at the Bagdad Theater, Cinema 21 and the Empirical. They may have lost some of their older features, but new projectors and sound have ensured their futures.
(Thanks to GaryParks for providing the photo.)
WASHINGTON, DC — D.C. is in the midst of the a theater boom with various projects in the works in addition to their almost 50 existing screens. They’re comparing it to the building boom of 100 years ago with the culmination being the opening of the new Landmark theatre opening next year in Northwest.
Read more in the Washington Post.
January 23, 2014
SOMERVILLE, MA — The Somerville Theatre will have its centennial this May, but the celebration starts much sooner. Starting January 31 with a presentation of Mary Pickford silent films and culminating with a screening of “The Wizard of Oz” on its May 11 anniversary, the Somerville will look back at some of the fan favorites spanning ten decades. It’ll all be in 35mm and various concerts will take place as well during the festival.
Go to the official website for further details.
(Thanks to DavidSimpson for providing the photo.)
January 22, 2014
SANTA FE, NM — Mark your calendars because visionary photographer Matt Lambros will be doing a lecture at the Jean Cocteau Cinema on February 17. It will focus on abandoned theaters in the USA.
Go to After the Final Curtain for further details.
GLEN COVE, NY — Glen Cove Theatres was set to reopen this month but now it’s looking more like April. It’ll be worth the wait though as they’ve installed digital projectors, new seats and even a children’s game room. The future of the theatre was in doubt but with new local ownership and support, they appear set for the future.
Read more in Newsday.
January 21, 2014
TIPTON, IA — The Hardacre Theatre may have closed in August but the locals haven’t given up yet. The Hardacre Theater Preservation Association wants to purchase the theatre from it current owners but they need to raise almost $100K by the end of the month. And that doesn’t even include purchasing new equipment.
Read more about how they got to this point and their vibrant film festival in the Press Citizen.
(Thanks to Hosehead_Jones for providing the photo.)