The latest movie theater news and updates

  • March 17, 2014

    Community still brings back memories

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — Even decades after showing its final film, locals still have fond memories of the Community Theatre. The Saratogian takes you through its many incarnations up to its present use as a realty office.

  • March 14, 2014

    Riverside Drive-In Theatre to Host 2nd Annual APRIL GHOULS DRIVE-IN MONSTER-RAMA!

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    VANDERGRIFT, PA — For eight years in a row, we’ve brought back the fun in going to the drive-in, with our annual, award-winning September DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA event. Now, for a second year in a row, the Riverside Drive-In Theatre is bringing the same retro thrills to their giant outdoor screen with the 2014 APRIL GHOULS DRIVE-IN MONSTER-RAMA! Like the September spectacular, this is two nights of classic horror and monster 35mm prints presented at an authentic drive-in movie theater. There will be two big shows on two consecutive nights which will start at dusk and go on until really late into the night! We have some very special treats in store, so we encourage all drive-in movie fanatics to travel from near and far, as you’re not going to find anything else like it, anywhere!

    What could be better than a weekend getaway topped off with two nights of classic monster movies on the big outdoor screen? We realize that everything is so expensive these days, but admission is still only $10 a person each night! Plus, children 12 and under are free with parent or adult guardian. How can you beat that? The Riverside’s concession stand is loaded with reasonably priced goodies, including hot foods, hot and cold drinks, candy, popcorn and much more!

  • Abandoned theater sitting in Egypt

    Death and Taxes is featuring shots of a theater setup not likely to be seen again. Supposedly, a wealthy man recently spent to bring vintage seats out into a spot in the middle of the desert for a movie theater. Plans fell through though and the project was never completed. The remnants still live on.

  • March 13, 2014

    Remnants of Times Square’s Loew’s Mayfair Theater

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    NEW YORK, NY — With the recent closing of the souvenir store it housed, the former Mayfair Theatre is now hanging in the balance. Untapped Cities took a look inside at some of the features still existing from its previous usage as a theatre as much was lost following a 2007 renovation.

    (Thanks to Warren G. Harris for providing the photo.)

  • March 12, 2014

    Connecticut could be first state to curb loud movies

    Connecticut is turning heads by proposing legislation that lower the volume in its movie theaters. They’re pushing for a maximum of 85 decibels for movies or previews but the MPAA is fighting back by saying it’s a violation of free speech.

    Go to Fox News for more on the story.

  • East Side theater wins state grant

    BUFFALO, NY — The former Varsity Theatre just received a state grant for $150K which they plan to use to extensively renovate the interior and exterior. Everything from new seats to new plumbing await the venue that will be use for live performances and occasional screenings.

    Get all the details in the Buffalo News.

  • March 11, 2014

    Studio 28 to come down

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    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The closing of Studio 28 six years ago, sent shockwaves through the area since it had been so popular at one time and one of the largest theaters in the country. Now it must be torn down as it’s condemned. They’re unclear what will become of the site but it should be more marketable empty.

    Read more at MLive.

  • March 10, 2014

    Free presentation on Waltham’s first theater building

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    WALTHAM, MA — The Music Hall Building of Waltham Massachusetts is an iconic part of Waltham’s history. Constructed in 1880, the building was the first of four theater buildings which would be constructed in Waltham throughout the next fifty years. From the day of its opening as a vaudeville opera house in the 1880s, to its closing as a silent movie house in the early 1930’s, the venue served the city in a variety of ways. Like many theaters across the country, the Music Hall was an ornately designed building which brought a wide variety of entertainment to the Waltham community. The theater showcased everything from local talent to nationally acclaimed vaudevillians, Broadway shows, opera companies, etc. It was also the first place in Waltham to view the new moving picture medium.

  • Jones Theater to launch GoFundMe campaign for building upgrades

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    WESTCLIFFE, CO — The nearly 135-year old Historic Jones Theater will launch a GoFundMe crowd-funding campaign on March 1st to raise money for repairs and updates to the building. The campaign is organized and directed by former Westcliffe residents Peter Link, and Julia Wade of Watchfire Music & Watchfire New Media.

    The campaign aims to raise sixty thousand dollars to re-insulate and restore the Jones Theater auditorium. This includes restoring the floor of the auditorium with a concrete base, repairing the east wall of the auditorium and re-insulating it to cut down on heating costs. Additionally, the old heaters in the auditorium will be replaced with new energy efficient ones.

  • March 7, 2014

    Getting Center City movie theater a second run wasn’t easy

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Roxy Theater had a triumphant return this past December after almost two years since closing. They poured nearly $1 Million into to to update the theatre inside and out besides of course the new projectors. The 160 that get to watch each screening now get a luxury experience and the Philadelphia Film Society has a permanent home.

    Read the full story in The Inquirer.