The latest movie theater news and updates

  • January 18, 2015

    “Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre regulars believe in the joy of movies” From Santa Monica, CA.

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    Amelia Jordan was 13 when she and her family moved from El Paso to Santa Monica.

    “I didn’t really have any friends or knew what to do around town,” said Jordan. But then one day the family was driving on Montana Avenue and saw the marquee of the vintage Aero Theatre.

    “We saw that Charlie Chaplin was playing,” she noted. “We started going to the Aero, and we haven’t stopped since then. It’s more than just a theater. It’s more of a community. People who go there make bonds, friendships and relationships.”

    The 19-year-old college sophomore has worked at the Aero for several years in various capacities. For the last year, Jordan has been the manager of the single-screen theater, which has been operated by the American Cinematheque — which also owns and operates the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood — for the last decade.

    Read the entire article online at latimes.com

  • “AMC counting on pulled-pork panini (and such) to stem moviegoing decline in Chicago” From Lombard, IL.

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    Would you like a side order of “Birdman” the movie with that pulled pork panini? Sound tempting?

    Well, it’s entirely doable now at the AMC Yorktown 18 multiplex in west suburban Lombard. And that panini looks to be part of a growing trend to make in-theater dining just as much of a main attraction at the multiplex as the films themselves.

    Though the Yorktown 18 has been around for a while, AMC has just completed converting the entire 18-theater complex into a facility where moviegoers can watch a movie on one of 18 screens while chowing down on a menu of food prepared in a kitchen inside the movie complex.

    Read the entire article online at Chicago Business Journal.

  • January 11, 2015

    “Principals, city officials see what’s ahead in Lincoln Theater’s future” From Port Angeles, WA.

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    Dan Gase, the real estate agent in the process of brokering the sale of the shuttered Lincoln Theater, was in a sunny mood at a meeting with city officials.

    “I thought I’d run to Swain’s and get popcorn,” Gase quipped at the movie house Thursday.

    Joining him there: would-be theater buyer Scott Nagel, architect Michael Gentry, Port Angeles city building inspector Jim Lierly and city Fire Chief Ken Dubuc.

    Last month, Nagel, producer of the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival in Port Angeles and the former director of the Seattle Folklife Festival and Sequim Lavender Festival, made his move to buy the theater, which has been dark since last spring.

    Nagel offered Sun Basin Theatres, the Lincoln’s owner, $235,000, and now “he’s the buyer in first position,” Gase said.

    But Nagel has no plans to buy the Lincoln with his own money.

    He intends to instead find large donors who share his vision: restoring the Lincoln building at 132 E. First St. into a 500-seat film and performing arts center.

    Read the entire article online at peninsuladailynews.com

  • “Varsity Theatre closing in on digital fundraising drive” From Chapel Hill, NC

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    The Varsity Theatre, a downtown survivor that has lured generations of college students and townies across its sticky floors for mainstream movies, obscure art-house flicks and recent second-run film offerings, faces a do-or-die transformation again.

    The independent theater on Franklin Street has joined other small-town cinemas in the scramble to “go digital” so it won’t have “to go dark.”

    Most major studios no longer deliver film prints to movie theaters, replacing them with cheaper digital hard drives.

    Paul Shareshian, who bought the Varsity in 2009, hopes to move moviegoers to help him raise nearly $50,000 to preserve a hometown theater that is a holdover from a bygone era. In a town where GATES Construction broke ground at University Mall last fall on a 67,000-square-foot luxury theater that will house 13 screens, 1,500 lush leather seats, a restaurant and a lounge with a full bar, Shareshian has a much humbler goal.

    Read the entire article online at thestate.com

  • “Wawa + movie theater = up to 70 new jobs for Riverview, Gibsonton” From Gibsonton, FL.

    Movie fans and hoagie lovers, rejoice, your day is coming.

    A new Wawa convenience store, famous in the Northeast for their subs, is due to open in Riverview this month, and a high-tech movie theater is also on schedule to open in Gibsonton later this year.

    Wawa, 9617 U.S. 301 S., is set to hold its grand opening Thursday, Jan. 15. The 14-screen Goodrich Quality Theaters multiplex at Gibsonton Drive and I-75 is due to open in November.

    The new theater and convenience store are expected to bring more than 30 full-time jobs as well as more than 40 part-time positions.

    “Progress can be a beautiful thing,” said Tanya Doran, executive director of the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce. “Having these companies come in and invest in our community will help provide jobs in our area, which is also great for local businesses, especially if they turn around [and] buy homes in the area, go out to local restaurants and shop in the community. It’s an economic benefit that will help boost the community.”

    South Shore movie lovers now have a choice of navigating the third circle of Hades, otherwise known as Brandon traffic, to watch a film at the AMC Regency in Brandon or heading south to Bradenton or into Tampa to catch a film. Or they can watch an outdoor movie at the Ruskin Family Drive-In.

    “Having a movie theater in our area is going to be great,” said Daryl Clark, a longtime Riverview resident. “Brandon, for us, normally takes about 25 to 30 minutes to get to, and then you have the traffic and the crowds, so having a movie house closer to our area will just make things a little more convenient.”

    Clark expects other businesses to ride the coattails of the megaplex. “I know with big-time movie theaters such as this, it will also bring other goods and services to the area. My whole family is excited,” he said.

    The 14-screen state-of-the-art 80,000-square-foot theater features one large-format auditorium, and a bar and grill with theaters featuring recliner seating. The new facility is being developed by Anthony Properties of Dallas, Texas, and designed by Paradigm Design of Grand Rapids, Mich.

    Read the entire article online at observernews.net

  • January 7, 2015

    “Bow Tie Cinemas Permanently Closes Bedford Playhouse” From Bedford, NY.

    Mention of the location, which is in Bedford Village, had been removed from the company’s website by Monday. The location and details were displayed on the website as recently as Sunday, which was also the last date for scheduled show times.

    People at the Playhouse site also confirmed that the movie theater closed on Sunday. Workers were busy coming out of the theater’s bottom level, with several items being moved out.

    Read the entire article online at chappaqua.dailyvoice.com

  • “‘Show House’ Offers Big Movies At Small Town Prices” From Elroy, WI.

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    Elroy and its surrounding communities are delighted that its classic, old movie theatre has been rescued by Kari Preuss and her children, Paige and Dane, just when screens all over the country are going black due to the rise of the digital cinema experience.

    Since Preuss purchased the theater in 2005, she has been renovating the interior and upgrading the projection system, including the digital improvement.

    Preuss initially invested in updating the building, including a new roof, updated electrical system, replacing all the theater seats, repairing the marquee, insulating the building, and installing new lobby carpeting, and air conditioning.

    At that time, she also purchased new theatre equipment, including a new sound system, projection lenses, movie screen and, perhaps most importantly, a new popcorn maker.

    Read the entire article at swnews4u.com.

  • “Alamo Drafthouse to explore subscription service” From San Antonio, TX.

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    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, with three locations in San Antonio, soon will consider partnering with a New York City company that offers a monthly subscription service for film buffs.

    (We’re not subscribers to this news service, but thought it was a must share none-the-less!)

    The original article is available at expressnews.com.

  • “Belmont’s Studio Cinema may be closing” From Belmont, MA.

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    The Belmont Studio Cinema, a fixture in Belmont since the early 1900s may be closing, according to owner Jim Bramante. A recent inspection by town officials discovered several code violations and the cinema’s license was not renewed. Bramante is not sure he will be able to correct them, however he is working with the town and has engaged contractors. “Our plan is to try and work something out – hopefully something can be done,” he said. “There’s a reason why we’re one of the last remaining independent single screen theaters,” he added, noting that it is hard to be successful in small scale cinema. “We tried to hold on as long as we could.”

    Read the entire article at wickedlocal.com.

  • December 24, 2014

    Happy Holidays from Cinema Treasures

    As another year comes to a close, we just want to thank you all for your continued support. Whether you’re off to see The Interview or another film — or spending time with family — we want to wish you a very Happy New Year! See you in 2015 and at the movies …

    Ross, Patrick, and Ken