The latest movie theater news and updates
June 9, 2014
What started out as a casual project for researcher and photographer, Phil Jablon, has mushroomed into a massive endeavor, documenting the fading movie palaces of Southeast Asia. He now has the support of local conservation groups as he works towards a book and saving various cinemas.
Read the full story in the Hollywood Reporter.
June 6, 2014
BRONX, NY — The New York Times had a great opinion piece last weekend about the dwindling cinema options in the Bronx. Recent closures have left only the AMC Bay Plaza 13 and the Concourse Plaza as the only choices for the borough which if considered its own city, would be the sixth largest in the country. Check out the full article for the history of moviegoing in the area and what some are doing to encourage new theaters.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
ROANOKE RAPIDS, SC — Shuttered for years, the Peoples Theater is under court order to be torn down or brought up to code. The owner has not made a public comment but past efforts to renovate it have failed. While the theatre presents no danger at the moment, it’s been decaying for years.
Read more in the Daily Herald.
June 5, 2014
ELMHURST, IL — The Theatre Historical Society has announced its first book project, a collaboration with master photographer Matt Lambros called “Kings Theatre, The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Brooklyn’s Wonder Theatre”. The piece will be released early next year and include photographs of the famous theatre from various stages leading up to its massive restoration as well as interviews with past employees.
For further information, read the full press release.
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FOREST HILLS, NY — Instrumental in saving the Ridgewood Theatre, Michael Perlman will receive the 2014 Grassroots Preservation Award from the Historic Districts Council this Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 6:30 PM at Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street, Brooklyn Heights. Besides theatres, he’s saved various structures in the area. He led the charge to reopen the Forest Hills Stadium four years ago and it’s now booking concerts again for the first time in years.
Read more in the full press release.
(Thanks to Gamble for providing the photo.)
COVINGTON, LA — Shuttered since 2008, the Holiday Square has long-been in renovation limbo, waiting to be converted into a dine-in theatre. The wait may finally be over as Southern aims to reopen it this summer. They’ll lose 5 screens from their original 12 to make way for a kitchen.
Read about all the plans at NOLA.com.