The latest movie theater news and updates
January 20, 2014
EMERALD ISLE, NC & SCRANTON, PA — The Emerald Plantation Cinema recently made the switch to digital and continues improvements around the theatre. The Marquee Cinemas though seems to be less concerned about its future. They haven’t jumped to digital yet and haven’t announced plans. With the lease set to run out this year, no one knows what will become of the space.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
Fool.com posted an interesting piece about why supporting AMC is the right thing to do to support movies in general. How about that? They argue that AMC’s evolution of the dinner and a movie concept will help save theaters as that’s what a growing portion of the public demands.
Where does this leave smaller chains and independent theaters though?
January 17, 2014
NEW CASTLE, PA — With less than two weeks left to reach its goal of $23,128, the Warner Film Center (soon to be renamed The Historic Warner Cascade Theatre) is reaching out to everyone to contribute to their re-ceation/restoration project of the Warner Brothers first ever nickelodeon. The 5-cent theatre was located on S. Mill Street in New Castle, PA, a then thriving industrial city near the brothers' home in nearby Youngstown, Ohio.
January 16, 2014
SAGINAW, MI — Goodrich Quality Theaters' new state-of-the-art Quality 10 GDX opens today with dollar movies to benefit the Covenant Kids Foundation. Among the amenities this station offers is a 30 x 70 GDX screen, the largest indoor screen size north of Flint, Dolby Atmos sound on three of its theaters, two 3D capable screens, all stadium seating and all digital projection. First run films showing at regular prices will begin on Friday.
Further details are in the Saginaw News.
January 15, 2014
OMAHA, NE — The Omaha World Herald has been dusting through their archives and are presenting features on former theatre photos. For this first installment, they roll out pics of the Cinema Center, Chief, and the Dundee. If you have any interest in these forgotten theatres, you don’t want to miss this.
January 14, 2014
WESLEY CHAPEL, FL — A movie theater was the site of another unfortunate incident yesterday when a retired cop opened fire on a couple at the Cobb Grove 16. A man has already been pronounced dead and the theatre is currently closed. The altercation arose from a disagreement over texting.
Read more and see exterior photos from the scene at WTSP.
SAGINAW MI — After 40 years in operation, the Saginaw 12, originally the Quad, closed its doors after the last shows Sunday. Moviegoers saw a video montage of the history of the Quad/Saginaw 12 in the lobby and some lucky moviegoers went home with pieces of the theaters' screens with the opening and closing dates stamped on the screen fragments.
Invited moviegoers will get a sneak peak at its replacement, the Quality 10 GDX, for a set of benefit screenings on Thursday before the new state of the art cinema opens to the general public on Friday. The Saginaw 12 will be torn down. Both theaters are owned by Goodrich Quality Theaters.
Further details including video are at ABC.
January 13, 2014
TAMPA, FL — The Tampa Pitcher Show could close in 90 days if they don’t raise an additional $30K for a digital projector. The 32-year-old has launched a Kickstarter campaign and will host an evening fundraiser where they showcase locally produced short films on January 24.
Read more in the Tampa Tribune.