The latest movie theater news and updates
November 22, 2013
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA — This could be the final weekend of films at the Holllywood Theatre as the owner entertains new plans for the space. A preservation group, Save the Hollywood has sprung up to protect the building. If you’re nearby, check out “You Can’t Take it With You” on Saturday before it possibly closes for good.
ONARGA, IL — After being cited as a theatre in danger last year, the Onarga Theater has been saved thanks to generous donations. The city of 1,300 stepped up to raise enough money for digital projection and first-run films could be back as early as next week.
Read more in the Miami Herald.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
ATMORE, AL — What was said to be the longest continually operating theatre in te state, the Strand, closed last weekend. The owner reported that he simply couldn’t compete with a new upscale theatre at a nearby casino. There is hope it will be revitalized for another purpose.
Read more in the Atmore Advance.
November 21, 2013
SELMA, AL — The long history of the Walton Theatre could be coming to a close unless a resolution comes from a public meeting on November 25th. As the only theater for miles, it’s popular with locals but not popular enough to make a profit. Digital isn’t even the issue for a change as they already have a projector.
Read more in WNCFTV.
CHAPEL HILL, NC — The University Mall will become more of an evening destination with the 2015 opening of a 13-screen premium theater. Silverspot Cinema is building the luxury complex that will include a full restaurant and state-of-the-art theaters in the space currently occupied by Dillard’s.
Read more in the Daily Tar Heel.
November 20, 2013
LAPEER, MI — The Pix Theatre reopened Wednesday, November 20 with an afternoon concert by Rich Eddie’s Rockin Oldies Band. They will perform two additional concerts on Friday, then the theater will close for repairs for three weeks as water damage from the fire that struck downtown Lapeer last week was more extensive than thought. Water was still seeping from a wall adjoining the fire gutted apartment building and the roof. Because of the repairs a planned Christmas show by the Lapeer Community Players will be moved to Lapeer East High School.
Details including video are available at WJRT.
NEWTON, IA — The Bleeker family has only owned the Capitol II for a year but they’ve already faced a massive challenge with their upcoming digital conversion. They’ve received tremendous community support though so they’ll be able to make the jump early next year. They are available for hosting special events and parties and regardless of their film situation, will be showing plenty of hits this holiday season.
Read more in the Newton Daily News.
ORANGEBURG, SC — Locals had hoped that when the Camelot 4 closed in January, a new operator would swoop in. They’ve had no luck yet and if one isn’t found soon, the owner will have to convert it to retail. The community wants it as a theatre but that company will have to make an investment in the property first.
Read more in the The TandD.
November 19, 2013
CHICAGO, IL — With the announcement earlier this year of ArcLight’s first Chicago venue, locals are discussing how it might pan out. The success of the venture and the new complex it will be a part of, is anybody’s guess. It could however become extremely successful and take major business away from competitors such as the AMC River East.
How do you think ArcLight will be integrated into the Chicago moviegoing scene?
Read more in the Chicago Tribune.
(Thanks to Jack Coursey for providing the photo.)
November 18, 2013
Well, actually they’ve been gone for a while. But Newsday reported that with the elimination of a provision on how they are hired, they are now truly gone for good.
What responsibilities could they have in today’s theaters in order to be effective?