The latest movie theater news and updates
February 20, 2013
BASTROP, LA — The smell of hot popcorn cooked in coconut oil and the light bouncing off the silver screen, nothing is more American than the grand tradition of seeing a movie in a true single-screen movie palace, well except for baseball and apple pie of course. That tradition is set to return this spring to the city of Bastrop, La. as the Rose Theatre is set to become the second single-screen theater in Northeast Louisiana to return to her roots in motion picture exhibition.
“The Rose Theatre is thrilled to offer this new entertainment option as we strive to fulfill our mission in the community,” Sara Holley, Vice President of the Cotton Country Players, said. “We are thankful for the support of devoted actors and volunteers, generous patrons, and cooperative business and civic partners—all of whom play a crucial role in keeping this treasure alive in Morehouse Parish. Now, we are looking forward to complementing our current line-up of live entertainment with some of the best pictures ever to hit the silver screen.”
February 19, 2013
LONDON, OH — The only theater in London has closed due to its inability to afford a digital projector. $250,000 had been sunk into the theatre the past few years but they didn’t have enough left for the conversion.
Read more at ABC 6.
SELMA, AL — Thanks to the Jacksons, it looks like the Walton Theater will be around for its 100th Anniversary next year. The couple have poured countless hours into running the theatre, mostly on their own, and they’ve managed to become one of the more successful single-screens around.
Read the full story in the Republic.
February 18, 2013
FLINT, MI — The Flint Fire & Ice festival was held Saturday in front of the historic Capitol Theatre. But the main draw seemed to be the theater itself with restoration of the lobby well underway to make the John Eberson designed theater look pretty much the way it did when it originally opened in 1927. It suffered through a 1957 modernization. According to Troy Farah, representing the family that owns the theater, it will take another $5 million to fully restore the theater.
More details are available from WJRT.
(Thanks to Gary Flinn for the photo and the story.)
CASCADE, ID — The Roxy Theatre has been serving patrons for 73 years and they hope to be in business for many more. Faced with closure, they were lucky enough to find a new investor to help them make a digital conversion. Hopefully the community enthusiasm for their business will only grow so they can maintain it.
Read more at KTVB.
February 15, 2013
At The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 Tel. (201) 798-6055 Fax: (201) 798-4020 Web: www.loewsjersey.org
A Not-For-Profit Arts Center in a Landmark Movie Palace
Fri., February 22 8PM
“The Trouble With Harry” Starring Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 1955, 105mins
February 14, 2013
HOLLYWOOD, CA — After reporting last month that the Chinese Theatre had sold its naming rights, there is further word that a stadium seating installation is imminent. There is still no confirmed date as to when renovations may begin.
Read more in Hollywood Elsewhere.
(Thanks to KenRoe for providing the photo.)
NCM Fathom Events has brought concerts and operas to theaters before and now their sharing the annual tv event, PaleyFest. The early March series features panel discussions with the stars and creators of the hottest shows on television.
Read more in the Hollywood Reporter.