The latest movie theater news and updates
December 9, 2013
CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Harvard Square Theatre has been closed since July 2012 with no feasible reopening plans on the table. However, actor Casey Affleck has spoken out about the need to make it an arts venue again. He hasn’t found the partners to do it though and so far there has been no communication with the building’s owner.
Read more about the struggle to keep this beloved venue alive in Boston Magaizne.
(Thanks to DavidSimpson](/theaters/484/photos/52732) for providing the photo.)
December 6, 2013
BUFFALO, NY — The 7-screen Market Arcade is facing a tough decision as it hasn’t made the jump to digital. That’s not the only hurdle though as the theatre is in desperate needs of upgrades across the board.
Read more about both sides of the story and their long ruin to the present in the Buffalo News.
(Thanks to MovieMark for providing the photo.)
MIDLAND, MI — The three-screen Studio M Theatre in the Valley Plaza in Midland MI closed on December 1. It first opened in 1968 as a single screener which was twinned in 1978 with the third screen added in 1979. It was a victim of competition from the NCG Midland Cinemas and not being able to afford digital projectors.
Further details are in the Midland Daily News.
December 5, 2013
To the CT Community, I feel compelled to post a notice about the recent run of behavior in the comments section. I’m not going to go on and on about it but those who frequent the site may be able to cite some of the offending examples. Instead, I’ll simply make this brief. One or both of these things will happen: 1) Violators of the user policy may be immediately suspended from the site. (No more pleasant warnings in advance.) 2) The ability to comment on theater pages may be suspended indefinitely. If you care about this site and about these theaters, please keep your comments on point and not about one another. We’ve been online for thirteen years and I’m deeply dismayed by what’s going on over the past two weeks. It ends today, one way or another.
HOUSTON, TX — The Viva Cinema opened seven months ago with the hope of serving the community with a mix of first-run Hollywood features with Spanish subtitles and Latin American films entirely in Spanish. They’ve now closed and argue that it’s the result of AMC blocking them from showing certain films. Their nearby Studio 30 also started offering subtitled films right before Viva’s opening.
How has a major chain affected your independent theatre? Read the full story in Culture Map.
December 4, 2013
BERWICK, PA — The Berwick Theater in Berwick Pennsylvania is facing a dilemma. It must convert to a digital projection system within the next year or so. If it does not it will no longer be able to show movies because Hollywood will no longer distribute films on..film.
This same situation is being repeated all over the United States as small town theaters and drive in movies must either “go digital or go dark”. Quite often the local citizens will rally around the theater and work with its owner to raise the 60 – 100 thousand dollars that is needed for a digital conversion. Sometimes though a solution cannot be found and theaters do go dark and, when that happens, we all lose a piece of our history.
December 3, 2013
December 2, 2013
BATON ROUGE, LA — Oak Grove’s own Fiske Theatre was approved in a unanimous decision for nomination to the National Registry of Historic Places, November 21 by the Louisiana State National Registry Review Board and is now waiting for notification from the United States National Park Service for final approval and listing to the National Registry.
“This is huge not only for the theatre, but for the Town of Oak Grove and everyone in West Carroll Parish,” Adam T. Holland, President of Holland Entertainment who operates the theatre for the W.C. Chamber said. “Being included on this list brings with it much prestige for the theatre and our town, along with possible grants for Historic Preservation.”
MONTEREY, CA — On the heels of the successful Big Sur Short Film Finale, Reel Rock, and Big Lebowski screenings, the Henry Miller Library presents Five Nights of Classic Hitchcock Films. Drinks, snacks, and select guest speaker will also be featured in this event at the 1926 Golden State Theatre. The series will run Dec 10-14 at 7 PM. It’s a Holiday with Hitch!
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)