The latest movie theater news and updates
September 4, 2013
FOLEY, MN — SC Times looked at the struggles faced by the owners of the Brickhouse Cinema given the digital deadline. The article details how the owners must tackle some tough decisions with raising money for a digital projector after only purchasing the theatre two years. Luckily, she has some small-town success stories to emulate like the Long Drive-In and the Milaca Theatre.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
September 3, 2013
FLINT, MI — The ongoing restoration of the Capitol Theatre has forced the relocation of a high-profile tenant, The Spencer Agency, which has been occupying a storefront next to the theater’s entrance. Part of the space will be used to enlarge the restored theater’s lobby. When the agency moved into the storefront four years ago, it expected the location to be temporary. They plan on either moving to another portion of the Capitol Theatre building or above a co-owned coffee shop downtown.
Additional details are available in the Flint Journal.
(Thanks to steelbeard1 for providing the photo.)
PRINCETON, KY — Like so many other theaters around the world, the Capitol Cinemas is racing to buy a digital projector before the end of the year. They still have about $80K to raise but they remain hopeful with the community already stepping up with fundraisers.
Read about how they’re utilizing local talent to garner donations at WPSD.
(Thanks to Chuck1231 for providing the photo.)
August 30, 2013
CAMBRIDGE, MA — The theatre at Fresh Pond Mall recently became Apple Cinemas and locals couldn’t be happier with the new Bollywood options. The Boston Globe looked at how the landscape for viewing films from India has changed the past ten years. Of particular interest is how the exhibition structure has changed for this specific genre given the competition of Netflix and rise in piracy.
August 29, 2013
CHELAN, WA — With talk recently on the oldest continuously operating theatre, the Ruby Theatre, wondering where they stack up in comparison. Here’s some facts from its owners:
“Construction on the Ruby Theatre was started in 1913 and opened as a movie theatre in 1914 and has been running movies ever since. The simple 175 seat theatre was constructed by the Kingman brothers who were local contractors and leased to a manager, Frank Potter. Where they got their plans is unknown.
HIGHLAND, IN — The city of Highland has gotten behind the Town Theater by purchasing it. Now the only question is what lies ahead. They’re considering everything from showing feature films regularly to using it as a music venue. Regardless, they want to reopen it after it has sat vacant for fours years.
Read more in the NW Times.
August 28, 2013
SOUTH PASADENA, CA — Everyone seems to be on the same page about revitalizing the Rialto Theatre except maybe the owner. As the years of decay add up, the chamber of commerce is working tirelessly to line up all the options while the family trust that owns it and its former operator stay quiet.
Read more in the Pasadena Star News.
(Thanks to Scott Feldmann for providing the photo.)
GARNER, IA — The Avery Theatre has finally reopened after 40 years following extensive renovations. They’re trying to bring crowds in with family friendly pricing of $4 for adults and $3 for children. They even have a party room available for rent upstairs.
Locals seems to be loving having the cinema option back after the 1931 theatre spent years as a pharmacy.
Read more in the Globe Gazette.
August 27, 2013
Merchant Data Systems has launched a program designed to optimize profits for theater owners through various services. They offer equipment sales and leasing for payroll services, credit card machines and even e-commerce services designed to allow advance concession purchases.
Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.