The latest movie theater news and updates
February 12, 2014
LEXINGTON, KY — This is the final weekend to get into the Kentucky Theatre for a while before it closes for a major renovation. They raised over $1 Million through various fundraisers and plan to replace all the seats, upgrade the lighting and restore the marquee. Its neigbhor, the State Theatre, will remain open to play art house fare.
Get a more detailed look at the project in the Lexington Herald Leader.
(Thanks to Mike Richardson for providing the photo.)
February 11, 2014
TIPTON, IA — The future is looking brighter for the Hardacre Theatre following a successful fundraising campaign. The Hardacre Theater Preservation Society brought in over $100K so they could purchase the theatre but they still need over a million to make necessary renovations to keep it going. However, the main takeaway is that the public wants the theatre to stay open (and will contribute to make it a reality).
Read more in the Press Citizen.
(Thanks to Hosehead_Jones for providing the photo.)
February 10, 2014
HUNTINGTON PARK, CA — The gorgeous Warner Huntington Park, sister theatre to the Warner Grand and Warner Beverly Hills, is in danger. A new owner is in place whose intentions are unclear. The theatre has been dormant since the 1980’s.
A Friends of the Warner has been established on Facebook. Check it out for more news and some great vintage photos.
(Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)
OLD FORGE, NY — It wasn’t easy but the Strand Theatre appears set for years to come after completing a $200,000 digital conversion for all four of its screens. They made great strides in reaching that number through events like a community gala and a go-kart race.
Read more in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
February 7, 2014
ELMHURST, IL — The Chicago Tribune published a piece on the newly revamped Theatre Historical Society. The new research center has space for four staff members (up from only one) and visiting scholars with over a million historical items in the facility. The piece even features some quotes from Cinema Treasures' own Ross Melnick regarding research he conducted at the institution.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
February 6, 2014
BRONX, NY — Locals are getting behind reopening the American Theater, which Bow Tie operated until it closed last Fall. They’ve already put together a petition with 1,000+ signatures to reopen it and has also spoken with the Landmark Preservation Commission.
Read more at News 12.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
February 5, 2014
EUGENE, OR — The Bijou Metro hasn’t even been opened a year and it’s already getting one significant upgrade. Chris Mini and his wife, artist Mary Hornig, have a created glass ceiling panels to decorate the walkways between theaters. The new art deco touch will be on display for the ArtWalk this Friday.
Read more and check out some lovely photos at the Register Guard.
February 4, 2014
ARLINGTON, WA — Today could be the final screening at the Olympic Theatre due to their inability to continue without a digital projector. Norma Pappas has owned it and ran it seven days days a week since 1977 but their efforts to secure a future for it have not panned out.
Read more about how this one lady has given her life to this theatre in the Arlington Times.
(Thanks to Lost Memory for providing the photo.)