The latest movie theater news and updates
May 10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Unfortunately the above photo was taken years and the 100+ year-old structure has been torn down. The Market Street Place project that has been simmering for years is finally becoming a reality.
Go to CurbedSF for demolition photos of the row of businesses.
(Thanks to Ed Solero for providing the photo.)
May 9, 2013
NEW CASTLE, PA — The Board of Trustees of the non-profit Warner Film Center have announced the start of sales of 1,000 Sweepstakes-raffle tickets to the public.
Three major prizes are included in the raffle to be held on July 1, 2 and 3, 2013.
My name is Jordan McLaughlin. I’ve been brainstorming on a new concept to try and help privately owned and historic cinemas to sustain and/or improve attendance and profitability. I’d love for your feedback to see if it’s something they’d be interested in me pursuing further.
The general concept is a membership for both patrons and exhibitors where discounts are provided to the patrons and specific admittance restrictions for the theaters. The membership for both being exclusive to one another. Meaning, the patron membership gets them access to a variety of historic and privately owned cinema’s country wide at a discounted admission, and the theaters are allowed to govern the admission restrictions on-the-fly*.
This is how I’ve sort of envision it working.
May 8, 2013
Apparently, major movie chains felt like they had dealt with enough extra costs courtesy of the studios when they pulled sales of “Iron Man 3” last week due to demand from Disney for an increased revenue share. An agreement has been reach but the details have not been disclosed.
Read more in the Wall Street Journal.
I’m looking for an old theater in Michigan to buy and renovate. I prefer northern Michigan. While I have not owned a theater before, I have owned many businesses (including rebuilt ones) such as restaurants and bars. I’m open to all prices under 400K.
Please let me know of any leads.
May 7, 2013
RED BANK, NJ — Count Basie Theatre staff announced its 2013 annual gala called “flick” a month-long celebration of Film and the New Jersey film industry that will kick-off May 14 with a free screening of the documentary film “Sound City” and culminate with a gala celebration and concert on June 14 with 6-time Grammy award and 2-time Academy award winner Randy Newman.
There will be several “flick” events in between including a curated Q and A “actor’s studio” type of evening with Joe Pantoliano “Joey Pants” on June 6 curated by John Bathke. Proceeds of the “flick” gala will help upgrade the Basie with digital and satellite technology. “The Count Basie Theatre has a rich history of film since its inception,” said CEO Adam Philipson, “this event will honor the contributions of film and filmmakers in the State – from directors to grips – and help move us into the 21st Century.” For more information contact Shannon Eadon Director of Development at 732-224-8778 ext. 128.
TROY, OH — The recently renovated Mayflower Arts Center is no longer entirely a cinema. Some items from its previous incarnation are now available:
We have two smaller microperf screens, concession equipment, seats, movie posters, projection/platter equipment available for sale.
Lisa A. Bauer, Owner/Executive Director
Mayflower Arts Center
9 West Main Street
Troy, OH 45373
937 215 5257
May 6, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CA — One of the most famous marquees on Broadway is going to have something to celebrate with the opening of an Urban Outfitters in the former Rialto Theatre. The store will open by the end of the year in the theatre space gutted long ago but they’ll maintain the marquee and feature some designs in the space as a homage.
Read more in Curbed LA.
(Thanks to Ross Melnick for providing the photo.)