The latest movie theater news and updates
September 30, 2013
PC Mag sounded off on the growing topic of making movie theaters more interactive. With tweet seats becoming more and more prevalent in performing arts venues and Disney [rolling outhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/09/11/disney-second-screen-live-ipad-theater-little-mermaid/) its second screen program, more disruptions to a pristine moviegoing experience could be on the horizon.
BLOOMINGTON, IN — The delightful column, Movie Houses of Worship, decided to feature a new treasure this time, the Indiana University Cinema. The contemporary palace opened two years ago to showcase the vision of a vibrant local moviegoing audience. With so many diverse events on the slate, it’s definitely worth the trip.
September 27, 2013
ALBANY, NY — In one of the more interesting acquisitions lately, Tierra Coffee Roasters is taking over the Madison Theater with plans to renovate it back to a two-screen theater. They plan to expand the concession stand and open a Tierra Farms retail store in the attached storefront. The theatre was in danger of demolition ten years ago before its current owner, Joe Tesiero, stepped in.
Read more in the Times Union.
September 26, 2013
There’s no shortage of different types of entertainment expanding into theaters these days. But how many significantly lower the price of something you could watch immediately at home? CNBC discussed how theater presentations of pay per view boxing have significantly grown the sport’s fanbase through providing a cheaper alternative to purchasing it at home.
IOWA FALLS, IA — Patrick Whitesell, co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor, was not about to let his hometown Metropolitan Theatre go down without a fight. Along with his father, he purchased an refurbished the aging gem and it reopened last week with a star studded premiere.
Read more in the Hollywood Reporter.
September 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CA — Some underused venues are in the middle of an unusually active period with the Radar L.A. Festival visiting. While the event is taking place in spaces across Los Angeles, this is the first time they’re programming in such Broadway treasures as the Los Angeles, Million Dollar and Palace. The biennial festival showcases new works from theatre companies around the world.
Read more in LA Weekly.
(Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)
EAST GREENVILLE, PA — The Grand Theater, the Upper Perkiomen Valley’s fully restored 1924 landmark, presents another outstanding silent film lineup for the 2013 season. Come enjoy entertainment the way movies were first seen at the Grand – SILENT!
On Sunday, September 29th at 3PM we will be present the 1921 movie that defined heartthrob Rudolph Valentino in “The Sheik”.
On Sunday, October 27th at 3PM we present the horror masterpiece “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) starring ‘The man of 1000 faces’, Mr. Lon Chaney.
September 24, 2013
NEW CASTLE, PA — Cass Warner, granddaughter of the late Harry Warner, will visit the developing Warner Film Center in downtown New Castle and hold a press conference there Thursday, Sept. 26, at 11:00 a.m.
Ms. Warner, CEO of Warner Sisters, Inc., will help to inaugurate the Film Center’s historical and educational facility at the site of the Warner Brothers’ first theatre, the Cascade nickelodeon, at 18 South Mill Street. She will be greeted by cinema consultant, writer, film historian, and major contributor to the Warner project, Mr. Jack Oberleitner, in the front of a replica of the original theatre facade.
At this event, WFC will unveil its floor plan for the museum on this site and the mural in the entryway by local artist Ken Cole. Rita Dorsch, Community Development Trustee, will release details about the WFC’s first major fundraising campaign.