The latest movie theater news and updates
August 23, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CA — Celebrating 60 years of 3-D, the World 3-D Movie Expo is coming back to the Egyptian Theatre in September with its best lineup yet. John Wayne’s “Hondo”, classics like “Kiss Me Kate” and cult favorites like “Jaws 3-D” highlight the thorough program along with long-lost international oddities.
Tickets are available at the official website now!
(Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)
JACKSONVILLE, FL — Locals have been supporting the Sun-Ray Cinema for years and now they’re truly being rewarded. They plan to open a second 45-seat theatre next door in the next month to focus on art-house films. The owner is also looking to build another nearby theater to give the neighborhood even more options.
Read the full story in the Florida Times-Union.
(Thanks to Chuck1231 for providing the photo.)
August 22, 2013
PASCO, WA — The long-standing Liberty Theatre is no more thanks to a fire last week that gutted the theatre. Arson has been ruled out but no one knows the real cause. The owner had been renovating it to bring a retail tenant in. Now suddenly the theatre that meant so much to the community is gone.
Read more plus see a video at KEPR.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
LYNBROOK, NY — The Lynbrook 6 has been fading for years with outdated seats and equipment. But Regal is ready to invest in the location through a major renovation that will bring the complex an additional 9 screens. No word on a completion date but the site will include all the standard amenities including a Regal Premium Experience room.
Read more in the Malverne-Lynbrook Patch.
(Thanks to Ed Solero for providing the photo.)
August 21, 2013
BALTIMORE, MD — There’s been no shortage of activity the past few years at the Senator Theatre from ownership changes to restoration. A look at the theater’s page on this site reveals a list of news links too lengthy to even choose from.
Hopefully, all the news will be positive from here forward as the theatre is scheduled to reopen October 10 with a throwback to one of its finest moments, a screening a of John Waters' “Hairspray.” It had its premiere there 25 years ago.
Go to the Baltimore Sun with further details and photos of what to expect inside.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
FLINT, MI — More than 2,000 vehicles jammed the US 23 Drive-in Theatre. Along with the classic vehicles and the DJ spinning oldies, there was also a fashion contest, a dance contest and a singer performing songs from the feature film “Grease” which was shown on two screens at 9:30 pm. Prior to the film was a special trailer celebrating the 80th anniversary of the first drive-in theater in Camden, NJ.
The first of a few expected news stories about the event can be found in the Flint Journal
August 20, 2013
CLAYTON, NM — While theaters around the world are struggling to convert to digital, New Mexico has been getting ahead of the curve by investing in its historic cinemas. A very interesting piece at Preservation Nation showcases the history of the Luna Theater and how the community has enabled it to stay open. Thanks to New Mexico’s MainStreet Historic Theater Initiative, they secured funding and were able to construct a robust volunteer staff to keep costs down.
Obviously, it takes a proactive local government to pull something like this off, but it’s nice to see everyone coming together for one cause.
(Thanks to Brad Smith for providing the photo.)
SANTA FE, NM — The Jean Cocteau Cinema reopened the other week after it was announced in April that George R.R. Martin (“Game of Thrones”) had purchased it. Right now it looks like they will focus on classics and art-house fare. It had been closed since 2006.
Read more in the Christian Science Monitor.
(Thanks to dslentz for providing the photo.)
August 19, 2013
NORTH HOOSICK & GREENVILLE, NY — The Hathaway’s and Greenville Drive-In’s have been trying to raise money for digital projectors but it looks like Project Drive-In contest from Honda will be their last hope. They’re part of six remaining drive-in’s in the Capitol Region of New York but competition is fierce with entries from around the country.
Read more in the Times-Union.
(Thanks to Drive-In 1954 for providing the photo.)