The latest movie theater news and updates
September 12, 2014
LAUREL, MD — The Laurel Cinema has been in limbo for years but locals haven’t given up on the 1929 theatre. The city now owns it and may demolish it as it’s been vandalized numerous times and frankly needs a lot of work. There’s still hope though that it would be renovated into some form of arts facility.
Read more about the decision to be made soon in the Gazette.
NEW YORK, NY — The 1972 Quad Cinema, the city’s first four-screen theatre, has been sold to real estate developer Charles S. Cohen. Not to worry though, the former owners turned down higher offers because of Cohen’s commitment to the theatre. He plans to extensively renovate it in 2015 and turn it into a repertory house primarily. The art-house favorite will live on.
Read more about the exciting development in Variety.
September 11, 2014
LOMBARD, IL — The Yorktown 18 has been growing and growing since opening 1970 but now it’s scaling down a bit, at least in seating capacity. This is because they’re now becoming AMC’s first dine-in theatre in Illinois thanks to their RedKitchen program. There will also be a bar and lounge, MacGuffins, near the theatre entrance. Most of the work should be done by the end of the year.
Read more in the Daily Herald.
(Thanks to Xave for providing the photo.)
September 10, 2014
WINTER GARDEN, FL — The Garden Theatre, the restored 1935 former movie house, and the pride of the city, is beginning its seventh season since the re-opening. The fall events include: Sweeney Todd (September 12-October 5); UCF Flying Horse Big Band (October 17); Peter and the Wolf Ballet (October 25 & 26); Winter Garden Culture Fest (November 1 & 2); Six Guitars/Nashville Hurricane (November 14); Blues Brothers Tribute Concert (November 15); Christmas by Committee: A Musical (December 5-21); and Christmas Dickens movies (December 9-18). The theatre is located at 160 West Plant Street. Phone 407-877-4736, extension 0, for ticket information.
September 9, 2014
GREENFIELD, MA — Throughout the twentieth century theaters have played a vital role in both American society and culture. Greenfield, Massachusetts had several theaters throughout the course of the twentieth century that greatly contributed to both the Greenfield community and Franklin County. The Garden Theatre was perhaps the most unique and the most memorable one to be built in the town due to its unique architectural style. After opening in 1929 and up to its 1983 renovation, the Garden’s atmospheric appearance greatly added to the programs and events that took place there and created a memorable experience for everyone who attended.
September 8, 2014
DETROIT, MI — The former Michigan Theatre in downtown Detroit is slated to be redeveloped. Plans call for the old theater space, converted into a parking garage with much of the old details intact in 1977, to be converted into an amphitheater pending an assessment of the building. The office building portion of the Michigan Theatre Building would be freshened up aesthetically.
Further details are in the Detroit Free Press.
LOS ANGELES, CA — Quentin Tarantino has owned the New Beverly since 2007 but has typically only been involved behind the scenes. That’s no longer the case as he’s taken over programming full time from the Torgan family that’s operated it for decades. He’s already removed the recently installed digital projector and plans the showcase his print collection as the theatre goes back to strictly film only as opposed to digital.
Read more in Variety.
Further details in Deadline as well.
(Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)
UPDATE 9/8: As noted in the comments below, Tarantino only purchased the real estate the theatre sits on in 2007, not the business.
September 5, 2014
FRISCO, TX — Wade Park, the expansive 175-acre mixed-use center in Frisco, TX, is announcing its first 2 secured premier venues: dining and entertainment venue, Pinstripes, Inc. and luxury movie theater, iPic Theaters.
In addition to this being the first Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce, Bistro location in Texas, iPic will offer an in-theater gourmet dining experience with crafted menu items by renowned, James Beard-recognized Chef Sherry Yard!
See below for the full press release and images in the following Dropbox folder link from Lovell Public Relations.
HIAWATHA, KS — With the recent closing of the Arrow Twin, locals are clamoring for a cinema option. With the city’s involvement unclear in a renovation to make it more viable, a nonprofit group called Hiawatha ACES has stepped up to raise funds to bring it back. No one knows which way it will go but it appears some solution will arise.
Read more in the Topeka Capital Journal.
September 4, 2014
PITTSBURGH, PA — Ever wondered what goes into running a historic movie palace? Keystone Edge delved into it with a look at the day to day operations of the Benedum Center, Byham Theatre and Heinz Hall. Check out what it takes to keep these palaces running and the interesting obstacles that come up when showcasing features that are both vintage and brand new.
(Thanks to Tinseltoes for providing the photo.)