The latest movie theater news and updates
November 20, 2013
ORANGEBURG, SC — Locals had hoped that when the Camelot 4 closed in January, a new operator would swoop in. They’ve had no luck yet and if one isn’t found soon, the owner will have to convert it to retail. The community wants it as a theatre but that company will have to make an investment in the property first.
Read more in the The TandD.
November 19, 2013
CHICAGO, IL — With the announcement earlier this year of ArcLight’s first Chicago venue, locals are discussing how it might pan out. The success of the venture and the new complex it will be a part of, is anybody’s guess. It could however become extremely successful and take major business away from competitors such as the AMC River East.
How do you think ArcLight will be integrated into the Chicago moviegoing scene?
Read more in the Chicago Tribune.
(Thanks to Jack Coursey for providing the photo.)
November 18, 2013
Well, actually they’ve been gone for a while. But Newsday reported that with the elimination of a provision on how they are hired, they are now truly gone for good.
What responsibilities could they have in today’s theaters in order to be effective?
Gothamist posted a great piece the other day where they mapped NYC’s theaters. Most interesting is how you can break it out by decade. They also provide an insightful commentary on how viewing trends changed neighborhoods.
November 15, 2013
LAPEER, MI — A fire on November 12 gutted a century-old apartment building in historic downtown Lapeer adjacent to the Pix Theatre. Despite early reports that the fire spread to the landmark theater, it did not spread there but the theater had smoke and water damage. The theater’s Facebook page mentioned the damage led to the cancellation of an event the following day but it will be rescheduled.
Further details are available at WJBK.
November 14, 2013
PIKESVILLE, MD — The renovation mentioned months ago has finally been completed with the reopening of the Pikes Theatre. They plan to show a mix of first-run films and even have new stadium seating. Throughout the complex that includes a restaurant in front, there are still signs of its original grandeur.
Read more about the exciting opening of this unique space in the Baltimore Sun.
(Thanks to JackCoursey for providing the photo.)
DOWAGIAC, MI — Think single-screen theaters are on their way out? Don’t tell that to the city of Dowagiac because they’re in the process of building a new one. While a second screen may be added later, they’re currently tirelessly working to build a single auditorium into a former men’s clothing store.
Read more about their plans at MLive.
November 13, 2013
CHICAGO, IL — First they had to leave the Portage and now the Patio as the Northwest Film Society has had to move to the Gene Siskel Film Center. AC/Heating issues at the Patio were the cause of the move but they’re already in the process of being resolved. They hope to return there next season.
Read more in the Chicago Reader.
(Thanks to Tinseltoes for providing the photo.)