The latest movie theater news and updates
August 8, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Chronicle has been profiling theaters lost long ago. While there are still some great ones around, as featured in a separate article, this piece looks at the great palaces.
(Thanks to William for providing the photo.)
August 7, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The old organ will soon be removed from the Castro Theatre, have started an Indegogo crowdfunding campaign to help fund the creation of a new organ for the theatre that will be the largest pipe/digital organ in the world, with seven keyboards and over 800 stops. The SFCODA website boasts that, “it will retain the glorious sound of the Wurlitzer pipes while employing cutting-edge digital technology to expand it into a classical and orchestral concert organ of unprecedented versatility.” An organ of similar design would usually cost somewhere in the millions of dollars to create, but the organ builder who is doing the work pro-bono is building and installing the organ for $700,000.
(Thanks to Tinseltoes for providing the photo.)
August 6, 2014
DORMONT, PA — The Hollywood Theatre has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years. After reopening in 2011, they quickly were faced with the digital challenge. An eleventh hour Kickstarter campaign has saved them once again and now has the operators able to look at long term plans for the neighborhood treasure.
Read the full story in Trib Live.
August 5, 2014
PLAINVIEW, TX — Almost 85 years after its opening, the Granada Theatre is finally in the process of a return. A man with family ties to the theatre, Darryl Holland, is leading a restoration and is kicking off the comeback campaign with a slate of concerts over Labor Day weekend.
August 4, 2014
NEWTOWN, PA — After reopening in May the Newtown Theatre is bringing the crowds in with adventurous programming and a community feel. They plan to add live performances as well and have also had success with a membership program.
Read more about how this historic gem made its way into the 21st Century in the Bucks County Courier Times.
(Thanks to Ken Roe for providing the photo.)
The Justice Department ruled to put new regulations in place to have most theaters in the U.S. provide closed-captioning and audio description for the visually and hearing impaired. It’s unclear how long it will take to rollout and which theaters may be excluded.
Read more about the technology and the decision behind it at The Hill.
August 1, 2014
NEWARK, NJ — Arcadia has continued their lovely series of theater history books with “Movie Houses of Greater Newark” by Philip M. Read. You can read the first few pages and buy it on Amazon. The State and Paramount are just a couple treasures featured.
(Thanks to Porcelain Doll for the Paramount pic.)