The latest movie theater news and updates

  • March 3, 2016

    Holly Theatre Restoration in Line for $1 Million in State Funds

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    The Holly Theatre, shown here in a 2014 file photo, is in line for a $1 million grant from the state Legislature toward the historic building’s renovations. (Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch)

    The Oregon Legislature’s Capital Construction Subcommittee approved a $1 million appropriation during its regular session Thursday morning in Salem. The news follows an announcement Wednesday that philanthropist James Collier will pay for the building’s elevator, a six-figure gift that is the largest single gift to the restoration project.

  • March 1, 2016

    Renovation of Brooklyn’s Historic Kings Theatre

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    CBS THIS MORNING reports from inside the Kings Theatre. The Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, opened in September 1929, just over a month before the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression. The movie palace survived until 1977 then lay dormant for nearly four decades. Now, after a massive renovation, the theater has been restored to its former glory and is once again a crown jewel. Anthony Mason reports.

  • February 29, 2016

    Covellite Theatre Owners Hope to Revive Historic Building

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    The Covellite Theatre in Uptown Butte, Montana has been vacant since 2007. But thanks to some local entrepreneurs, Butte residents will again be able to watch performances in the historic structure.

    Brett Berry, Ed Lewalk and Matt Frey, who all live in Butte, purchased the Covellite in October and hope to have the theater up and running by summer.

  • February 24, 2016

    Historic Theater Project Gets $5.5 Million Boost From State of Michigan

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    The historic Capitol Theater in downtown Flint, Michigan, is inching its way toward renovation after getting $5.5 million from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

    The project includes an 1,800-seat theatre with 21,000-square feet of office space, State Rep. Phil Phelps, D-Flushing, said in a statement.

  • February 19, 2016

    Inside Historic Havana Movie Theaters

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    Cuba is enjoying a rush of tourism since President Obama announced that travel and economic restrictions against the island would come crumbling down like the Berlin Wall.

    Well, most of those restrictions are still in place more than a year later, but that hasn’t stopped the surge of curious gringos. If you happen to find yourself on a charter flight to the tiny Jose Marti International Airport, might I suggest you find some time away from Havana Vieja and mojitos to take in a movie in one of the country’s historic cinemas.

  • February 18, 2016

    1.8 Million Restoration of The Marion Palace Theatre

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    The Marion Palace Theatre in Marion, Ohio is undergoing a $1.8 million restoration of the marquee, blade sign and front facade.

    Built in 1928 and renovated in 1976, this atmospheric theatre surrounds the audience with a Moorish architectural courtyard and the feeling of being entertained under twinkling stars and circulating clouds at dusk. The effect is produced by the original (reconditioned) revolutionary cloud machine in a hidden location.

  • February 16, 2016

    Generous benefactor to buy Historic State Theatre of Boyertown, PA for Community

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    “My Grandparents, Edith (Mimi) and Frank Diehl, moved to the Boyertown area in 1941. In 1975, my Mom, (Dolly) moved back to the same farm house, and now two of my sisters, Bonnie Wren and Debby Meehan have also moved back to the area. We all share many fond memories of those earlier times, including visits to the State Theatre, to Bauses Drug Store, the Mansion House Restaurant and even Landis Store when it was a general store. We all want to see Boyertown’s history preserved, while helping Boyertown grow and thrive. This purchase and improvement to the State Theatre is our way to be part of the community effort to make it happen,” said Steve Maguire, Chester County businessman.

  • February 2, 2016

    Charleston’s Will Rogers Theatre in Need of Restoration

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    Jarad Jarmon reports in the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier “the board of directors of the Will Rogers Project, a non-profit organization of people seeking to save the Will Rogers Theatre in Charleston, IL from potential demolition, will be updating people in the community as to what has been done so far to save the historic theater.

  • January 28, 2016

    The Hill Community Development Corp. Plans Redevelopment of the New Granada Theatre

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    The New Granada Theater has long been a link to the Hill District’s past, a one-time jazz hot spot that drew the likes of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington before closing and falling into disrepair.

    Now it’s ready to re-emerge as a key part of the neighborhood’s future.

    The Hill Community Development Corp. plans to issue a request for proposals seeking a partner for the redevelopment of the New Granada block on Centre Avenue, with the theater serving as the anchor, Mark Belko reports in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

  • January 26, 2016

    Judge issues order putting Chautauqua Amphitheater demolition on hold

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    A State Supreme Court judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday blocking Chautauqua Institution from taking actions leading to the demolition of the 1893 Amphitheater.

    The Chautauqua Institution board voted in December to accept bids to knock down the Amphitheater and build a modern replica in its place.

    “This gives us some small hope that one of America’s national treasures, and a Chautauqua National Historic Landmark, might be saved and improved for future generations,” said Brian Berg, president of the Committee to Preserve the Historic Chautauqua Amphitheater.