The latest movie theater news and updates

  • July 1, 2014

    Big Dusk-to-Dawn, Retro Holiday Chill-fest of Horrors at the Finger Lakes Drive-in Theater

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    AUBURN, NY —

    Thursday July 3, 2014 Finger Lakes Drive-In

    Four classic, 1970’s era drive-in shockers: “Ruby,” “Burial Ground,” “Death Dream” aka Dead of Night, and a Surprise Bonus feature, plus vintage short films and trailers. Admission is $10 per person with the option of free camping on the site. Food and drinks available in the concession stand. Kick off your Fourth of July weekend with an exciting show reminiscent of once common, holiday dusk-to-dawn drive-in movie marathons.

    This will be a unique, one-of-a-kind retro movie marathon show reminiscent of Independence Day holiday dusk to dawn shows once commonplace at drive-in theaters in most every city and town of any size in the U.S, including drive-ins in the Syracuse region. I can substantiate this claim with plenty of old drive-in newspaper ads and articles from the 60’s and 70’s. The Finger Lakes Drive-in, I believe, is the only surviving drive-in in the greater Syracuse region.

  • June 30, 2014

    DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA

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    VANDERGRIFT, PA — A weekend full of nostalgic retro thrills and chills, DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA is two nights of classic horror and science fiction 35mm prints presented at an authentic drive-in movie theater. There will be two big shows on two consecutive nights which will start at dusk and go on until really late into the night! This is the seventh year in a row that we are hosting such an event, so we encourage all drive-in movie fanatics to travel from near and far, as you’re not going to find anything else like it, anywhere!

    What could be better than a weekend getaway topped off with two nights of classic monster movies on the big outdoor screen? We realize that everything is so expensive these days, but admission is still only $10 a person each night! Plus, children 12 and under are free with parent or adult guardian. How can you beat that? The Riverside’s concession stand is loaded with reasonably priced goodies, including hot foods, hot and cold drinks, candy, popcorn and much more!

    What is being shown and when?

  • Moviegoing Trends Predicted

    Indiewire published an interesting story the other week where they identified some predicted trends in moviegoing over the next 4 years. Nothing is groundbreaking but amongst other things, they predict growth in Box Office revenue. This while they still foresee distribution moving to more of a digital model. Check it out!

  • June 27, 2014

    Michigan Theater to buy State Theatre

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    ANN ARBOR, MI — Two cinema powerhouses are joining forces with of the Michigan Theater’s acquisition of the State Theatre. The deal won’t close for a few months and improvements are on the way to bring it up to today’s standards. Best of all though, regular movie screenings will continue.

    Read more in MLive.

  • Vision for Mt. Lebanon theater includes center for film, music, lectures, art

    MOUNT LEBANON, PA — The Denis Theatre Foundation is working to make the theatre an arts complex with two small theaters as well as a learning center and gallery. More than anything, they’re building it with the community in mind as a center for education and discussion. There’s a fundraiser tonight at the Hollywood Theatre for the project.

    Read more in Trib Live.

  • June 26, 2014

    Stanley movie theater fights to stay open

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    STANLEY, WI — A neighborhood treasure, the 1936 Stanley Theater is in danger of closing unless $60,000 can be raised for a digital projector. They’ve recently launched a Kickstarter campaign but have a long way to go to save it.

    Read more in WEAU.

    (Thanks to Chris1982 for providing the photo.)

  • June 25, 2014

    Time Community Theater celebrates five years

    OSHKOSH, WI — The 100+ year-old Time Community Theater just celebrated five years back in business. Besides a dedicated community supporting it, presenting classic films has also been a key ingredient in not only bringing in patrons from Oshkosh but from other nearby cities as well.

    Read the full story and catch a video in the Northwestern.

  • Angelika goes pop-up

    WASHINGTON, DC — The popular art-house chain is venturing into new territory with a pop-up location behind Union Market. Inside a warehouse, they’ll serve unique snacks and craft beer with three screens pumping out indie favorites.

    Read the full story with pictures in the Washington Post.

  • June 24, 2014

    KC drive-in movie theaters saved with digital projection upgrade

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    KANSAS CITY, MO — Good news from KC drive-ins! The I-70 and Twin have made the last minute switch to digital. Expanded menus and more are in store for the saved cinemas. The area lost nearly all their drive-ins but now with these and the Boulevard, they’re back to having a robust selection.

    Read more in the Kansas City Star.

    (Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)

  • June 23, 2014

    The 900 baht theatre

    BANGKOK, THAILAND — The luxury cinema craze has made it to Thailand with the opening of the Embassy Diplomat Screens. Plush, private seats with call buttons and one cinema with a wine cellar are the highlights.

    Check out the pictures and more at the Bangkok Post.