The latest movie theater news and updates
June 13, 2014
SOUTH PASADENA, CA — The long dormant Rialto Theatre is up for sale by the family trust that’s held it for generations. Closed for the last 7 years and a key player in the revitalization of the community, there is hope that a new owner will bring it back to entertaining in some way. While Landmark still holds a lease for 10 years, they don’t anticipate that getting in the way of future plans.
(Thanks to J.T. Burke for providing the photo.)
June 12, 2014
SAN JOSE, CA — Even the mayor questioning its historic status wasn’t enough to silence the support to save the Century 21. City Council voted Tuesday to grant the domed gem status with potential national recognition on the way.
Read more in the Mercury News.
(Thanks to neeb for providing the photo.)
June 11, 2014
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June 9, 2014
What started out as a casual project for researcher and photographer, Phil Jablon, has mushroomed into a massive endeavor, documenting the fading movie palaces of Southeast Asia. He now has the support of local conservation groups as he works towards a book and saving various cinemas.
Read the full story in the Hollywood Reporter.
June 6, 2014
BRONX, NY — The New York Times had a great opinion piece last weekend about the dwindling cinema options in the Bronx. Recent closures have left only the AMC Bay Plaza 13 and the Concourse Plaza as the only choices for the borough which if considered its own city, would be the sixth largest in the country. Check out the full article for the history of moviegoing in the area and what some are doing to encourage new theaters.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
ROANOKE RAPIDS, SC — Shuttered for years, the Peoples Theater is under court order to be torn down or brought up to code. The owner has not made a public comment but past efforts to renovate it have failed. While the theatre presents no danger at the moment, it’s been decaying for years.
Read more in the Daily Herald.
June 5, 2014
ELMHURST, IL — The Theatre Historical Society has announced its first book project, a collaboration with master photographer Matt Lambros called “Kings Theatre, The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Brooklyn’s Wonder Theatre”. The piece will be released early next year and include photographs of the famous theatre from various stages leading up to its massive restoration as well as interviews with past employees.
For further information, read the full press release.
June 4, 2014