The latest movie theater news and updates
October 27, 2014
JERSEY CITY, NJ —
“THE SHiNiNG” Nite
The Movie AND a Masquerade After-Party
A Unique Halloween Happening, One Day Later
That’s also a Benefit for Friends of the Loew’s
November 1, starting at 7PM
At the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 (201) 798-6055 loewsjersey.org For tickets: http://shining-nite-loews.eventbrite.com/. The Landmark Loew’s Jersey is a historic theatre operating as a non-profit arts center
WEST LIBERTY, KY — Almost three years ago, the West Liberty area was pummeled by an EF3 tornado which destroyed most buildings, including the 40-yearold Towne Cinema. Others like the Sipp in Paintsville as well the Prestonburg Strand and Lost Creek’s Way-Back-Wyn also closed. Chris Ball from the Towne is still determined to rebuild but needs help to raise the $750,000 necessary to open a new building.
October 24, 2014
3-D hasn’t been as big of a game changer as many expected so what’s the next big thing? Some are betting on virtual reality technology to succeed with through its immersive effects. Millions is being invested on revolutionizing headsets to transport you to the theater setting of your choice.
Will it catch on or be just another passing fad?
Read more at CNET.
NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Prytania turns 100 this year and they have no intention to stop keeping customers happy. Besides classic films, they also have a reputation for being haunted. The details aren’t fully announced for their anniversary on December 20 but you can be sure there will be a party.
Read more and check out a video on the occasion at WDSU.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
October 23, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — Peter Voth and the DC Independent Film Festival are joining forces for a series, “Going to the Movies”, on October 28th, with an event honoring the MacArthur Theater. The event, called “Remembering the MacArthur Theater and Neighborhood Movie-Going”, will be held at the Community Church of the Palisades (5200 Cathedral Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016) and will feature a talk by local historian Dr. Robert Headley, author of Motion Picture Exhibition in Washington, DC, about the MacArthur and other area theaters and will also provide an opportunity for area residents to contribute their own memories to the official oral history of the project. They hope to plan subsequent events honoring other theaters in the city.
October 22, 2014
BLANCHESTER, OH — With a building dating back to 1941 the Showplace Cinemas has closed. Called the cheapest theatre in the U.S. (i.e. the cheapest patron-cost to see movie), the discount theatre could not convert its three screens to digital. They hope to reopen soon.
Visit their website for further details.
OJAI, CA — There’s more than just movies at the Ojai Theatre to celebrate its 100th Annviersary. The Ojai Valley Museum is going all out with an exhibit through December tracing the history of the theatre and its place in the community. A mini theater at the museum will play classic films and artifacts will display the history of the building and its various owners. Pieces on movie stars that have spent time in the area will also be on display.
Get all the details in the Ojai Post.
(Thanks to David Zornig for providing the photo.)
BROOKLYN, NY — It’s 40+ years too late for a restoration like the Kings but Curbed is taking a look back at the magnificent Fox Theatre on Flatbush Avenue. The palace had a checkered history opening right before the Great Depression and later becoming a rock concert venue. Check out the vintage photos and more as this treasure is remembered.
(Thanks to William for providing the photo.)
October 21, 2014
LIBERTY, KS — Two theatre operators with almost 200 years of combined experience are joining forces with B&B’s acquisition of Dickinson Theatres. Rebranding will happen immediately and the new entity will be one of the top ten largest in the country with 408 screens across 50 locations.
Read the full story in the Kansas City Star.
(Thanks to Chris1982 for providing the photo.)
October 20, 2014