The latest movie theater news and updates

  • May 27, 2014

    SIFF makes theatre moves

    SEATTLE, WA — At their Opening Night Gala, not only did the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announce they’ve acquired a lease for the Egyptian Theatre, closed for the past year, but they’ve also purchased the Uptown. The one-time film festival will now have even more robust year-round exhibitions.

    Read the full story in the Seattle Times.

  • May 26, 2014

    Batesville gem faces its fate


    BATESVILLE, IN — The clock is ticking for the Gibson Theatre as today is the last day for the theatre’s kickstarter campaign to raise money for a digital projector. The 93 year-old theatre could close in a matter of months if they don’t raise $15K.

    Read more and watch a video on this at WISHTV.

    (Thanks to Bill Eichelberger for providing the photo.)

  • May 23, 2014

    Movie theater chain tests premium pricing for center seats

    Canadian chain Cineplex Odeon has been testing the waters on charging more for the best seats in the theatre. Is this really worth a premium though?

    Sound off and read more about in Business Inside.

  • Tiny Texas movie theater asks for help to convert

    HEMPSTEAD, TX — The 200-seat Hempstead Theater has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a digital projector. The family-run operation is looking for $85K to make the jump. Religious films have helped them pay the bills but getting back to having multiple first-run options is what they really need to survive.

    Read more in the Chron.

  • May 22, 2014

    A visit to the rebuilt Lebowsky Center


    OWOSSO, MI — Last weekend, Ivonne and I took in “Shrek the Musical” at the rebuilt Lebowsky Center. We picked up our tickets at the adjacent Studio Theatre entrance then entered the theater through the new inside hallway to enter the enlarged theater lobby. Upstairs, the upper lobby was also enlarged as it absorbed the upstairs office space so there is now a view of Main Street above the marquee. Inside the theater, the rebuilt theater is state of the art and that includes the fire supression system with sprinklers all over the facility. You can still see scars from the 2007 fire on and adjacent to the proscenium arch.

    Because of the enlarged lobby and the addition of stadium seating and a large handicapped seating area, there are now 500 seats. Additional movable seats can be added in the handicapped area and the side boxes. As for the 500 permanent seats, they are retro style and extremely comfortable. As for the show we took in, “Shrek the Musical,” it was great! The Lebowsky Center in Owosso attracts theater goers in the nearby Flint and Lansing areas as well as the local Owosso/Corunna areas.

    — Gary Flinn

  • May 21, 2014

    Historic Warner Cascade Theatre Gala coming in June

    NEW CASTLE, PA — Anticipating their Grand Opening in February 2015, the historic Warner Cascade Theatre will celebrate two milestones at its Riverplex site in downtown New Castle, Thursday, June 26, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

    Officials will unveil the Pennsylvania Historical Marker commemorating the Warner Brothers’ first theatre.

  • Imagining the Future On The Big Screen



    Imagining the Future On The Big Screen At The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 Tel. (201) 798-6055 Fax: (201) 798-4020 Web: The Landmark Loew’s Jersey is a historic theatre operating as a non-profit arts center

    Friday, May 30 8PM “Brazil"
    Starring Jonathan Pryce, Michael Palin, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro. Directed by Terry Gilliam. 1985, 131 mins., color.

  • May 20, 2014

    Cinema last to switch to digital projectors in the area

    ROCHESTER, NY — Rochester’s oldest single-screen is going digital with the conversion of the Cinema Theater. A mix of donations and fundraising campaigns led to the change.

    Read more in the Democrat & Chronicle.

  • May 19, 2014

    Unique Cameo Theatre is gem of downtown Fayetteville


    FAYETTEVILLE, NC — A loyal community has been the foundation for success at the Cameo Art Theatre. Playing a mix of independent and mainstream flicks, the theatre has weathered many storms and should be there for generations to come thanks to new digital projectors.

    Read more at WNCN.

    (Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)

  • Newtown Theatre announces grand reopening activities


    NEWTOWN, PA — The 131 year-old Newtown Theatre is reopening with a new digital projector with a tribute to its past. Chosen by audience poll, they’ll be showing classics like “Wizard of Oz” and “Casablanca” and charging vintage prices too.

    Read more and catch the full schedule at Bucks Local News.

    (Thanks to Ken Roe for providing the photo.)