The latest movie theater news and updates
May 1, 2013
April 30, 2013
Bow Tie to become eighth largest motion picture exhibitor in the U.S. with the largest number of theater locations in the New York metropolitan area.
Chelsea Cinemas to become flagship Bow Tie theater in Manhattan.
RIDGEFIELD, CT and BETHPAGE, NY — Bow Tie Cinemas and Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Bow Tie will acquire substantially all of the Clearview Cinemas theaters from Cablevision. Following the acquisition, Bow Tie Cinemas will become the eighth largest theater circuit in the United States with 388 screens in 63 locations in seven states. The company will have the largest number of theater locations in the New York metropolitan area upon closing the acquisition. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
GREENBELT, MD — The Old Greenbelt Theatre is one of the many D.C.-area historic places in contention for $1 Million in grant money. They need your help so they can complete essential renovations. Go to Partners in Preservation to vote through May 10.
Read more in the Greenbelt Patch.
(Thanks to Jack Coursey for providing the photo.)
April 29, 2013
JERSEY CITY, NJ — Fri, May 3, starting at 7:30PM
Sally Kellerman In Person Hosting “MAS*H” Screening With book signing of Read My Lips, her new autobiography And on-stage interview.
At The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 Tel. (201) 798-6055 Fax: (201) 798-4020 Web: http://www.loewsjersey.org/
A Not-For-Profit Arts Center in a Landmark Movie Palace
April 26, 2013
A new site, Save Our Community Theaters, has popped up to help theaters make the conversion to digital. While the commission is a bit higher than Kickstarter they offer additional services such as PR assistance and guidance with social media.
If anyone has had success with this platform, please share your stories.
LAS VEGAS, NV — Many items debuted at CinemaCon last week but one that particularly stood out was the Shake n’ Share. The popcorn lid serves as a cover to evenly distribute toppings and also as an extra bowl.
Read more in Las Vegas Weekly.
April 25, 2013
FLINT, MI — The US 23 Drive-in Theatre reopened for the season on April 19 with improvements planned for this year. The drive in will have digital projectors for all three screens installed by June which cost $90,000 each which necessitates an increase in admission prices this year to defray the cost of the new projectors by $1.00 so adult admission is $8.00 and child admission is $6.00 for a double feature. Among the films to be shown this year will be “Fast and Furious VI,” “Man of Steel,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Grown Ups 2,” and “Iron-Man 3.”
Additional details are available in the Flint Journal.
(Thanks to steelbeard1 for providing the photo and story.)
NEW CASTLE, PA — Jerry Kern, President of the non-profit Warner Film Center, today announced a sizable real property donation from former New Castle Resident, Jack Oberleitner, his wife Marian, and business associate Keith Staffan. The Oberleitners are residents of Centerville, Ohio. Staffan lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The $100,000 donation is from their shared charitable trust. “We have always thought New Castle had a great deal to be proud of,” Oberleitner said. “My father, the late New Castle Fire Chief, John L. Oberleitner, and his family loved this community. From a very early age I was made aware of many of the great accomplishments of my home town, including the building of the first Warner Brothers theatre, the Cascade Picture Palace. This venture led to the creation of an entertainment empire. And it all started here in New Castle.
April 24, 2013
ISTANBUL, TURKEY — The oldest theatre in town, the 1924 Emek Sinemasi is in danger of being torn down completely by a developer. The site has been a source of history for the country as a headquarters for revolts and protests of the years. Now the protests are about the fate of the theatre as plans are in motion to tear it down and build an entertainment complex.
Read more in the Guardian.