The latest movie theater news and updates
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.
I am looking anywhere in the U.S. for a one to three screen Art Deco theater to purchase and operate. I have financial backing and will consider renovations, digital upgrades, struggling theaters or retiring owners.
Thank you and happy new year!
January 10, 2014
SAGINAW, MI — This is the final weekend that the Saginaw 12 will be open. The theatre’s owner, Goodrich Quality Theaters, has setup displays explaining the history of the theatre. It first opened in 1974 as the Quad with four screens. Moviegoers are encouraged to take photos and will have a chance to win a piece of one of the Saginaw 12’s screens with the opening and closing dates stamped on the screen fragment. The Saginaw 12 will be torn down. Its replacement next door, the Quality 10 GDX will open the following Friday.
Further details are available in the Saginaw News.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA — The last downtown multiplex closed its doors last weekend when the former Empire Theatres ceased business. Landmark had purchased the lease a few months ago but can’t reach an agreement with the property manager. If a new operator isn’t found soon, the future of the building will be in question.
Read more in CBC News.
Bon Appetit has a feature on the 7 best theaters in the country, strictly for the food. Check out their slideshow to see if your favorite made it.
January 9, 2014