The latest movie theater news and updates
July 16, 2014
CHICAGO, IL — Get ready to go back in time with the archival look at the final day of the Woods Theater, Chicago’s last grindhouse. Complete with pictures and stories that recreate this moment in time, it’s one you don’t want to miss.
Read the full story at Boing Boing.
(Thanks to John P Keating Jr for providing the photo.)
July 15, 2014
SOUTH PASADENA, CA — All of South Pasadena has been abuzz since it was announced last month that the [Rialto Theatre(/theaters/20) is finally up for sale. Supposedly there’s already been multiple inquiries. However, the owners haven’t said anything about how it has to be used once they sell it.
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
(Thanks to Scott Feldmann for providing the photo.)
July 14, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Prince Music Theater has done well since reopening but not well enough to sustain the loss of its major donor. Processed-meat magnate Herb Lotman recently passed away and he almost single-handedly was leading the charge for the theatre’s survival. Now it’s unclear if the venue that’s hosted touring shows and local musical groups will be able to continue.
Read the full story at Philly.com.
(Thanks to HowardBHaas for providing the photo.)
July 11, 2014
DOWNERS GROVE, IL — With 86 years behind it, the Tivoli Theatre is getting the star treatment this year with an exhibit at the Downers Grove Museum. “The Movie Magic: Celebrating 86 Years of the Tivoli Theatre” will run until December 20 and feature artifacts from the theatre’s rich history.
Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.
(Thanks to R8teco for providing the photo.)
FORT WAYNE, IN — Being a non-profit art house isn’t easy but Cinema Center is making it work by collaborating with its community. From staging a “Dudefest” the featured a screening of “The Big Lebowski” paired with bowling, to partnering with a local Volkswagen dealership for an outdoor screening of “The Love Bug,” the theatre is definitely getting creative to reach people.
Read more in the Bradenton Herald.
July 10, 2014
July 9, 2014
PRINCTEON, NJ — The Garden Theatre reopened last week after about a month in darkness. They made upgrades to the concession stand and lighting as well as some other minor touch-ups. They converted to digital last summer. They plan on hosting a classic film series this summer and want more local input on programming.
Read more in the Princeton Packet.
(Thanks to Ken Roe for providing the photo.)
July 8, 2014
July 7, 2014
BERWICK, PA — We are happy to announce that the Berwick Theater is now working with the Berwick Area United Way to become a non-profit community theater! It has run as a for-profit business since its construction in 1890 as an opera house. Now, with low demand and a failing building, The Berwick Theater must make a change.
As the movie industry converts to a digital format for new release films theaters must transition to that format. This requires the installation of a digital projection system which can cost in excess of $50,000.