The latest movie theater news and updates

  • April 18, 2014

    West Rome Drive-in closes


    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

    Battle for the bigger screen

    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

    Uptown Theatre reopening with music, movies and more

    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

    Avalon to return with new marquee

    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 to get two ArcLights

    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.

  • Aztec Theatre returns to happy crowds

    ALBANY, TX — Locals enthusiastically welcomed back the Aztec Theatre last week after almost 40 years of not showing films. The theatre went through a deep restoration and even has a new projector.

    Get all the details and watch a video from opening night at Big Country.

  • April 11, 2014

    Eckles and Warner announce theatre progress


    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.

  • Summit Place (former Pontiac Mall) Cinemas demolished

    WATERFORD, MI — The long abandoned three-screen Summit Place Cinemas was demolished under orders from Waterford Township as it has been determined to be unsafe. Built by General Cinemas as the Pontiac Mall twin cinema, one of its auditoriums was carved making the theater a triple. It was sold to National Amusements in 1983. Renamed the Summit Place Cinemas after the Pontiac Mall was renamed Summit Place, it sat vacant for more than 20 years before it was ordered demolished.

    Further details are in the Oakland Press and there is a video tour of the abandoned cinema on YouTube.

  • April 10, 2014

    Uptown endangered for the fourth time


    CHICAGO, IL — The Uptown Theatre, 4816 N. Broadway, has been named to Landmarks Illinois' annual Ten Most Endangered Historic Places list, which was announced today, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at a press conference in Springfield.

  • April 9, 2014

    4-D movies coming to L.A.

    LOS ANGELES, CA — Regal LA Live will be the first theatre in the country to provide a 4-D experience. CJ Group announced the technology two years ago but has struggled to find distribution since. There is no word yet on how much a screening will cost but if it’s successful, expect to see it soon at a theater near you.

    Read more in the Los Angeles Times.