The latest movie theater news and updates
August 20, 2014
FLINT, MI — For the first time in the six years the annual Bricks Flicks was held at the US 23 Drive-in Theatre. Rain put a damper on the event, tyoically attended by 4-5,000 but several hundred people still showed up. The rain ended during the early evening hours allowing for the viewing of classic cars. When it got dark, the free classic movie was shown which was “American Graffiti.”
Additional details are available in the Flint Journal.
(Thanks to steelbeard1 for providing the photo and story.)
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Business Insider looked at the photos of Jonathan Saruk as he documented theaters in Afghanistan in 2009. With movies banned for decades prior during Taliban rule, his photos are a private look into this newly-appreciated communal experience..
August 19, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, LA — With many theatres getting revived post-Katrina like the Saenger and the Civic, the State-Palace is looking to take its turn. New owner, developer Gregor Fox, isn’t sure what the next steps will be but he wants to restore it to its former glory.
Read more about the exciting developments at NOLA.com.
(Thanks to Shaw for providing the photo.)
August 18, 2014
YORK, SC — They took their time but the Syvlia Theater eventually set themselves up for the future with the purchase of a digital projector. They raised $13K through Kickstarter to help the cause and are back to presenting Hollywood favorites. Live music on the weekend will be coming back soon too.
Read more in the Herald Online.
August 15, 2014
OWOSSO, MI — The newly restored Lebowsky Center’s still has one more repair job to complete which is to restore its 1952 vintage marquee, fabricated by the now defunct Long Sign Company of Detroit, which remains electrically inoperable.
The Owosso Community Players will hold a reception to restore the marquee on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the adjacent Studio Theater. Dessert, wine and cheese and other refreshments will be served. The ticket price is $25, with proceeds going to the Marquee Fund. Tickets are available online or at the Box Office, 114 E. Main St. in Owosso, Michigan.
(Thanks to steelbard1 for the photo and story.)
SEATTLE, WA — The Egyptian Theatre is reopening in October following a year of darkness after being acquired by the Seattle International Film Festival. They plan on showing film year-round and with over $300K in upgrades, the theatre should be in better shape than ever.
Read the full story in the Seattle PI.
August 14, 2014
BOSTON AND HOLYOKE, MA — Two photographers are teaming up for theatre-themed workshosp with an inside look you won’t want to miss. Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America and Matt Lambros of After the Final Curtain will be holding photo workshops in the Victory and Everett Square theatres in late September featuring exclusive access at these two palaces in disrepair.
(Thanks to Matt Lambros for the Victory photo.)
August 13, 2014
ATHENS, GA — Wilmot Greene has owned the Georgia Theatre for 10 years and weathered the greatest storms of all including the theatre burning down five years ago. Now he’s sold it to a group of investors, Agon Sports and Entertainment. Don’t expect big changes though. The formula of bringing in top musical acts has been working and with the same group of employees, the experience will be preserved.
Read more in the Athens Banner Herald.
(Thanks to WHITEFIELD for providing the photo.)
KFTV has reported that Italy has dramatically shifted to directing dollars towards its film industry with new generous tax credits for productions. In addition to that, they’re showing some love for their cinemas with a 30% rebate for restoration projects.
(Thanks to Ken Roe for providing the photo.)