The latest movie theater news and updates
July 21, 2014
MEMPHIS, TN — The Orpheum’s summer movie series will have a special matinee screening this year to salute the late great Shirley Temple. This Friday the 25th they’ll have a 1:30pm showing of “The Little Princess.” Best of all, they’ll also be hosting tea parties before and after the show.
Get all the details at Broadway World.
(Thanks to ChrisB for providing the photo.)
STAUNTON, VA — The Dixie Theater will close on July 27 due to rising expenses. It’s particularly upsetting given they only recently spent thousands converting two of their four screens to digital. It’s unclear what its owner, Staunton Performing Arts Center, plans to do with the building but before it closes, they’ll be screening some fan favorites like “Back to the Future” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
Read more in the News Leader.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
July 18, 2014
OAKMONT, PA — The Oaks Theater is expanding to more than just movies. After recently getting a digital prohjector, they’re now adding two stages and a full-service bar. They’ll lose some seats but will now be open to live performances as well.
Read the full story in the Post Gazette.
(Thanks to BruceVerish for providing the photo.)
July 17, 2014
HOLLYWOOD, CA — The former Warner Bros. Hollywood Theatre hasn’t had a regular tenant since the church that rented on Sundays vacated a year ago. Now the owner is quietly looking at options but the level of preservation is in question. Many have proposed it as a live theatre venue but is that actually a viable alternative?
Read more in the Park La Brea News.
(Thanks to jkaufman for providing the photo.)
July 16, 2014
CHICAGO, IL — Get ready to go back in time with the archival look at the final day of the Woods Theater, Chicago’s last grindhouse. Complete with pictures and stories that recreate this moment in time, it’s one you don’t want to miss.
Read the full story at Boing Boing.
(Thanks to John P Keating Jr for providing the photo.)
July 15, 2014
SOUTH PASADENA, CA — All of South Pasadena has been abuzz since it was announced last month that the [Rialto Theatre(/theaters/20) is finally up for sale. Supposedly there’s already been multiple inquiries. However, the owners haven’t said anything about how it has to be used once they sell it.
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
(Thanks to Scott Feldmann for providing the photo.)
July 14, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Prince Music Theater has done well since reopening but not well enough to sustain the loss of its major donor. Processed-meat magnate Herb Lotman recently passed away and he almost single-handedly was leading the charge for the theatre’s survival. Now it’s unclear if the venue that’s hosted touring shows and local musical groups will be able to continue.
Read the full story at Philly.com.
(Thanks to HowardBHaas for providing the photo.)