The latest movie theater news and updates
April 21, 2014
SAN DIEGO, CA — Landmark has announced they’re not renewing their lease on the Ken Cinema which expires at the end of the month. Without digital projection, the future of the site is unclear. The art house favorite has been open since 1947.
Read more in U-T San Diego.
(Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)
April 18, 2014
BROOKLYN, NY — The Brooklyn Heights Cinema sent out a plea two months ago to raise funds for a digital projector. Facing closure, the fans came through and raised over $30K through a campaign on Indiegogo. While they still may need to move sometime soon, the operator is committed to keeping the operation going somewhere.
Read more in the Daily News.
(Thanks to Ken Roe for providing the photo.)
ROME, NY — The plan was to keep the drive-in open but changing technology and lagging sales spelled the end for the West Rome Drive-In. The 60+ year-old cinema will not reopen this summer and there is no word on the future of the site.
Read more and watch a video on the story at WKTV.
(Thanks to Drive-In 54 for providing the photo.)
April 17, 2014
It’s not just IMAX that has the huge screens anymore. Chains like Cinemark have been expanding their large-format theaters in an effort to lure more moviegoers in that are serious about getting them best experience possible.
What could this mean to you and what will happen next? Get the full story in the New York Times for more.
April 16, 2014
MARBLE FALLS, TX — The Uptown Theater has had its fair share of ups and downs as it’s attempted to keep up with the trends of the business. It reopened the other week and they will now feature a variety of live entertainment from musical acts to comedy. Movies will still have a place there along with some new signature cocktails.
Read the full story in the Daily Tribune.
April 15, 2014
MILWAUKEE, WI — Not only is the Avalon Theater set to reopen this summer but they plan to install a 24-foot marquee. It’s not exactly a replica but at least it keeps with the vintage style they’re trying to maintain all around the property.
An exciting development for a theatre shuttered since 2000 and one that would have made Jim Rankin happy.
Read the full story in the Milwaukee Business Journal.
(Thanks to Lou Rugani for providing the photo.)
April 14, 2014
SANTA MONICA, CA — Westside moviegoers rejoiced the other month with the announcement of a new Arclight Cinemas at Santa Monica Place. One just wasn’t enough though as there are now plans for a second ArcLight just blocks away.
While this will drastically improve the moviegoing options for the area, will it be yet another serious blow to nearby single screens like the Regency Village?
Read more in Curbed LA.
April 11, 2014
NEW CASTLE, PA — David Esposito, Principal and Project Manager of Eckles Architects and Engineering, and Jerry Kern, President of of the Historic Warner Cascade Theatre (formerly Warner Film Center), today announced that their companies have entered into an agreement to develop final architectural drawings and specifications for the reconstruction of the historic Warner Cascade Theatre at 18 S. Mill Street, downtown New Castle.
Eckles Project Manager Mark Scheller will take charge of the project, which consists of recreating the original nickelodeon auditoriums that comprised the Cascade Theatre, using original drawings of the building from Eckels’ archives along with photographs and even the memories of individuals who remember the Warners’ first theatre.