The latest movie theater news and updates
February 27, 2013
DALLAS, TX — Have a favorite theater in the DFW area? DFW.com is looking for the top cinemas in the area and wants your help. Go to their site by tomorrow to make your picks in various categories.
February 26, 2013
GRAHAM, NC — The Graham Cinema has vowed to stay in business, even though they have to purchase a digital projector. Other local cinemas haven’t fared as well, but they’re raising admission to cover the costs. They still plan to keep their 35mm projectors for special screenings.
Read more in the Times News.
(Thanks to Brad Smith for providing the photo.)
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that theater chains are turning the tables on movie studios by being more aggressive on compensation for playing trailers. With Regal, two free trailers used to be standard but they’ve now cut it down to one?
Will other major chains follow and will independent owners ever have the clout to receive payments as well?
February 25, 2013
CORVALLIS, OR — The independently-owned and operated Darkside Cinema continues to pack them in due to their close relationship with neighboring Oregon State University. Participation in film festivals as well as all types of courses enables the theatre to keep going, even while they continue to screen most films in 35mm.
Read more in the Daily Barometer.
February 22, 2013
My first novel, entitled Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away, is scheduled to be released on May 25th, 2013. It’s a quirky, contemporary, coming-of-age novel set in the Summer of 1977 when the Star Wars fan phenomenon was in its earliest stages. Here’s a brief synopsis:
When Erika’s best friend, teen beauty queen Cassandra Abbott, disappears during the early hours of Memorial Day 1977, Erika isn’t exactly surprised. After all, they’ve been plotting and planning Cassie’s escape for months. But then Cassie’s departure unleashes a whirlwind of questions, suspicions and accusations that Erika never expected.She’s lying to the police. She’s being bullied by older students. Worst of all, she’s starting to doubt she ever REALLY knew Cassie Abbott at all. Under the weight of scrutiny and confusion, Erika struggles just to breathe…until a strange new movie transforms her summer with A New Hope.
SIOUX CITY, IA — A photo exhibit at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center focuses on the decline of the American drive-in theater. Photographer Michael Flecky features many shots of abandoned theaters and lots as there hasn’t been an operating drive-in locally for a while.
Read more in the Sioux City Journal.
February 21, 2013
FENTON, MI — The long closed Fenton Cinemas, closed since 2008, has been sold to its neighbor, Creative Foam and will be torn down. Plans for the site call for a possible expansion to the business. Earlier plans to reopen the theater last year along with the potential ownership change and possible reopening have all fell through.
Further details are available in the Flint Journal.