The latest movie theater news and updates
July 25, 2017
Flushing, Queens, NY: After three decades, work finally begins on redeveloping historic Flushing theater
From Crain’s New York: Xinyuan Real Estate has started work on a Flushing, Queens, condo project being built around the RKO Keith’s Theater, a partially landmarked historic building that has gone through numerous owners and failed development attempts for decades.
The Chinese company, which recently completed a condo project on the Brooklyn waterfront called the Oosten, has selected Gilbane Building Co. as the contractor, according to permits filed with the Department of Buildings.
Xinyuan said that the project is moving forward on schedule, which according to documents submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission this spring, indicates that it is safeguarding and preserving the landmarked portions of the theater, which include the grand foyer and ticketing lobby. It then plans to shore up parts of the foundation supporting these areas before razing the rest of the building sometime this fall. The company is aiming to complete the project in 2020.
From MLive.com: The Hollywood adaptation of one of the most infamous moments in Detroit’s history – the 1967 riot – will screen nationwide Aug. 4.
But a select few will be in line to see the movie on Tuesday at The Fox Theater during the Detroit world premiere.
The event beings at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The screening, however, is an exclusive red-carpet affair with an invite-only guest list, according to Annapurna Pictures, the studio producing “Detroit.”
From the Hanford Sentinel: On July 31, The Metro 4 Cinemas will screen its last film.
The closing was announced on the theater’s Facebook page on Friday: “We are very sorry to be announcing that we will be closing The Metro 4 Cinemas. We’ve enjoyed serving you over the past 10 years and thank you for the loyalty you have shown.”
Some patrons of the theater may be in shock and disbelief, but signs on the doors confirm that the theater is indeed closing.
Culver Theatres opened the Metro 4 in 1983. In 2007, the owners of the building turned operations over to North American Cinemas, who gave it a $50,000 renovation that included upgraded projectors, sound and concessions.
North American Cinemas later became Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, the same company that owns Sierra Vista Cinemas 16 in Clovis.
From the Times News: Kingsport got its movie operation back on Thursday.
The ribbon was cut on NCG Cinema’s 10-screen venue at the Fort Henry Mall, and it all opens for business today.
Kingsport Vice Mayor Mike McIntire said having an excellent movie experience for citizens was important to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
“It’s certainly a quality of life issue … and we’re just glad you are here,” McIntire told NCG President Jeff Geiger and his group of workers at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce event. “NCG has invested a lot of money in this property, and I know we will enjoy coming to the theater here.”
NCG Cinema boasts 10 fully renovated auditoriums in addition to an expanded lobby and improved digital displays, projectors and sound systems. The theater also has new ceilings, paint, flooring, lighting, restrooms and signage. NCG offers affordable movie tickets, free refills on popcorn and soda, select $5 movie tickets on Tuesdays and a loyalty program for moviegoers.
NCG takes over from Frank Theaters, which vacated the mall earlier this year after reaching an agreement with mall owner Hull Property Group.
Geiger said when company officials first saw the mall and theater operation, they knew it would be a big undertaking.
“We had big ideas, a big vision for what we wanted to do, and I think it came true,” Geiger said. “We wanted to move the front out and make this a nice open lobby — a modern, clean, nice feeling. … I think we accomplished that. We’re excited to be in Kingsport.”
From Valley News Live: Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire at a well known classic movie theater in the Valley.
According to reports the marquee sign at the Park Theater in downtown Park Rapids caught fire Monday night.
The fire started about 7:00 p.m. and the Park Rapids Fire Department posted on Facebook for people to give them room on the busy street so they could do their job.
About two dozen people were in the theater at the time, everyone made it out safely.
From WUWM.com: The Oriental Theatre on Milwaukee’s east side turned 90 at the beginning of this month. Its first day in operation was on July 2nd, 1927.
Lake Effect recently highlighted Milwaukee Film’s long-term lease of the Oriental Theatre, which will begin in July of next year. Milwaukee Film is the latest in a long line of organizations and individuals who have operated the theater during its history.
From Lehigh Valley Live: A fire at a Poconos movie theater continues to burn with no end in sight.
Firefighters were summoned to the fire at the Poconos Movieplex at 7:35 p.m. Sunday. The movie theater is at 125 Municipal Drive off Route 209 in Middle Smithfield Township.
Patrons had to clear out of the theater. Some stayed to watch firefighters battle the blaze.
Flames initially shot through the roof and smoke continued to pour out two hours later. The fire is being fought by Bushkill, Stroud, Marshalls Creek, Shawnee and East Stroudsburg fire companies.
No one answered the phone at the Bushkill Volunteer Fire Co. firehouse and the chief didn’t immediately return a message late Sunday.
The fire is in a strip mall once called the Foxmoor Village Mall but was renamed Pocono Square in 2010, according to a report in the Pocono Record.
The Record reported that the building changed hands when the previous owner couldn’t keep up with rent payments. It was purchased by Vermont state Sen. Kevin J. Mullin in 2010, the report says.
According to the Pocono Record, a fire destroyed a free-standing building in the front of the mall in 2009.
July 11, 2017
From MLive.com: Nostalgists, take note: Northern Michigan is home to a moviegoing experience that’s part of a not-quite-bygone era. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre near Honor – about a 40-minute drive from Traverse City – throws back harder and farther than most in this throwback business. The Cherry Bowl is a place for a classic family outing, offering a double-feature, activities for kids and all the nostalgic touches of a summer night out in the ’50s. Here are five things you need to know about this historic place.
From the Winston-Salem Journal: For a generation of people in Walnut Cove, memories of spending a quarter to see a Saturday matinee at the Palmetto Theater on Main Street come alive in Technicolor.
The theater itself? It’s dusty and dilapidated and, because of renovations over the years, barely recognizable as a 1940s-era movie house.
A small group of long-time residents wants to bring the shine back to the Palmetto and in the process, inject some life into a struggling downtown that has been hit hard by shifting shopping patterns and a slow decline in the town’s population.
“The building was in bad shape, and we were sad to see some of these old buildings fall down,” said Durward Bennett, one of seven investors in the project.
July 6, 2017
From The Verge: Director Christopher Nolan has made no secret of his preference for film over digital capture and projection, but his latest project Dunkirk is going to represent something of a high-water mark. According to Variety, the World War II drama will be projected on 70mm film in 125 theaters, topping the 100 theaters that showed Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight back in 2015. That makes it the widest 70mm release in 25 years.
The film, which chronicles the evacuation of Allied soldiers from Dunkirk, France, represents Nolan’s most ambitious use of film formats to date. While he’s utilized IMAX film cameras for sequences in films like The Dark Knight and Interstellar, with Dunkirk Nolan shot the entire film on a combination of IMAX 65mm and traditional 65mm film. The latter format has seen a bit of a mini-renaissance lately, with Paul Thomas Anderson also using it for The Master.