The latest movie theater news and updates

  • January 13, 2014

    Looking for theater for sale

    Hello,

    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!

    Best,
    Tyler DePerro

  • January 10, 2014

    Saginaw moviegoers bid farewell to the Saginaw 12

    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.

  • World Exchange Plaza theatre closes its doors

    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.

  • Best theaters for food

    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

    Winchester movie theater closes, to reopen under new management

    WINCHESTER, KY — The Movies 9 will reopen under the new management of Malco Theaters. While it’s unclear when they will be back in business, when they do they will have new digital projectors.

    Read more at Kentucky.com.

  • January 8, 2014

    Century 21 could become landmark

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    SAN JOSE, CA — San Jose’s Historic Landmarks Commission is meeting tomorrow to discuss landmarking the Cedntury 21. A dedicated preservation group has been fighting for this for awhile. The 50 year-old dome is still operating despite talks of redevelopment.

    Read more at ABC.

    (Thanks to neeb for providing the photo.)

  • Cinema transitions in Michigan’s Saginaw Bay region in 2013

    SAGINAW, MI — Looking back at 2013, several theaters in Michigan’s Saginaw Bay region had a year full of transitions.

    In Vassar, the 76-year-old Vassar Theatre had a close call. Unable to afford a digital projector on its own, it had a successful Kickstarter campaign which surpassed its goal allowing it to survive.

    But in Midland, the Studio M closed in December, unable to afford digital projectors for its screens and suffering declining business.

  • January 7, 2014

    Deville Theatre could return soon

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    VACAVILLE, CA — It may have been the holidays but volunteers have been hard at work on bringing back the Deville Theatre. Check out the project’s Facebook Page to be kept in the loop and see photos of the latest efforts!

    (Thanks to John Whyte for providing the photo.)

  • January 6, 2014

    Early raves for North Park

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    BUFFALO, NY — Some lucky theatergoers got a sneak peek at the North Park Theatre before it’s grand reopening later this month and the feedback is off the charts. With a restored ceiling and refurbished original concession stand, its fans couldn’t be happier.

    Read more in the Buffalo News.

    WGRZ Coverage

    (Thanks to MovieMark for providing the photo.)

  • Ritz celebrates 75 years

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    MALVERN, AR — The Ritz turned 75 last month and thankfully plan on many more. They hosted a successful 1930’s-style evening to honor the anniversary where many patrons showed up in period dress.

    Read more in Arkansas Online about how they made it this far along with memories from local fans.

    (Thanks to KennyCagle for providing the photo.)