The latest movie theater news and updates
November 21, 2013
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.
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.
November 20, 2013
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?
Gothamist posted a great piece the other day where they mapped NYC’s theaters. Most interesting is how you can break it out by decade. They also provide an insightful commentary on how viewing trends changed neighborhoods.
November 15, 2013
LAPEER, MI — A fire on November 12 gutted a century-old apartment building in historic downtown Lapeer adjacent to the Pix Theatre. Despite early reports that the fire spread to the landmark theater, it did not spread there but the theater had smoke and water damage. The theater’s Facebook page mentioned the damage led to the cancellation of an event the following day but it will be rescheduled.
Further details are available at WJBK.
November 14, 2013
PIKESVILLE, MD — The renovation mentioned months ago has finally been completed with the reopening of the Pikes Theatre. They plan to show a mix of first-run films and even have new stadium seating. Throughout the complex that includes a restaurant in front, there are still signs of its original grandeur.
Read more about the exciting opening of this unique space in the Baltimore Sun.
(Thanks to JackCoursey for providing the photo.)