The latest movie theater news and updates
December 15, 2014
When the Regent Theater reopened early last month on Main Street in the Historic Core, completely revamped and ready for business as a live music venue, it was a big deal for the area: the Regent is the last historic movie palace left on Main Street; the Merced over by Olvera Street is the only other old theater left on Main at all. (The Merced was a live theater; it’s scheduled to become a city TV station by 2017.) Despite having hosted occasional special events in recent years, renovation photos of the Regent’s interior, provided by New Theme, the firm that oversaw the adaptive reuse project, show just how much the place was crumbling and underscore the impressive improvements made to the 100-year-old building. Now that it’s fixed up, the Regent is run by the same guy who operates Echo Park’s The Echo, and has a hip bar and restaurant inside, plus a fancy new sound system for its live acts.
Read the entire article online at la.curbed.com.
“For film lovers! Ikea surprises moviegoers by replacing every seat in Russian cinema with double beds” From Russia.
The comfort of reclining chairs, bean bags, pillows and couches that sometimes enhance the cinematic experience have been one-upped in Russia, where an entire movie theatre has been filled with beds.
While sites such as the Electric Cinema in London’s Notting Hill have a front row devoted to beds, one screening room in the Kinostar De Lux Playhouse was gutted of all of its seats with 17 double beds brought in.
The project has been dubbed ‘Wake Up Love’ in line with a campaign by Swedish furniture chain Ikea, which provided the beds.
The film lovers' experience at a multiplex a shopping centre in Khimki, north of Moscow, doesn’t just include the bed on which to watch a latest release, but on entry they’re given slippers.
Read the entire article online at dailymail.co.uk.
December 11, 2014
There’s always more to read about the movie-going experience out on the internet, so here are some additional links:
“Movie Theaters Lure Customers with Luxe Amenities” From Reston, VA.
“Marcus Theatres announces cinema upgrades, continuing its multi-million dollar investment” From Illinois & Wisconsin.
“Jurassic World Could Usher In New Era Of Cinema” From Forbes.com.
“Allen Theaters cancels 8-screen movie complex in Carlsbad” From Carlsbad, NM.
“Cinemark Holdings Sets New 1-Year High at $36.63 (CNK)” From Tickerreporter.com.
The 1940 Cameo Theatre building, 1013 E. Colonial Drive, has been outfitted with a rooftop bulb style sign, similar to the one that was there when the theatre was open. The present owner, Jorge Boone, petitioned the Orlando City Council for financial help with restoring a bit of history, and the elected officials approved it. The Cameo is currently home to SNAP!, a photography gallery. The film house opened in November, 1940, and was closed in the late 1940s. It was remodeled in the early 1950s, and was home for IBM offices for several years. Over a period of time, it has been occupied by many businesses.
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In this year’s Great Performers issue, A.O. Scott writes that kissing in movies ‘‘established a glamorous iconography and an elegant choreography for an experience that, in real life, is frequently sloppy, clumsy and less than perfectly graceful.’’ Here, a few of the most romantic kisses on film, from young love to foiled love.
Check out the entire infographic at NYTimes.com.
In a twist that has Lower Merion on the edge of its seat, the historic Bala Theatre has been closed – not for lack of money or customers, but because of a bitter personal feud.
The two men at the center of the controversy both say they love the 1926 movie house and want to see it succeed – but they loathe each other, and have come to an impasse over who is responsible for repairs and upgrades.
The landlords “were hostile from the minute we took over,” said Gregory Wax, who bought the Bala Theatre lease in 2013.
“I call him Wacko, even though I know what his name is,” said Isaak Sotolidis, who owns the theater, a neighboring pizza shop, and several other storefronts on the block…
Read the entire article at philly.com.
Dolby has been to the top of the mountain and laid eyes on the future of visual technology, and that future begins with three simple words: high dynamic range.
Everyone knows IMAX is the big name in cinema for those seeking a transcendent theater experience, offering over 830 theaters worldwide, with massive, visually stunning screens that aim to make it worth leaving the comfort of your home theater to brave the crowds. However, while Dolby may be best known for its indelible mark on the world of sound, the company’s latest large-format theater projection technology aims to put the name IMAX in your rear view mirror…
Read the entire article at digitaltrends.com.
December 10, 2014
Opera buff Ferdinand Wythe Peck built the Auditorium Theatre with an uplift agenda: offering affordable culture to the common man. In 1889 he could not see movies coming. Yet his illustrious theater at Congress and Michigan, which celebrates its 125th anniversary with a star-studded gala Tuesday, turned into the largest venue in the Loop for photo plays and moving pictures.
Peck — called “Commodore” by his yachting pals — inherited a wealth of city property and turned civic philanthropist. “Mr. Peck was very democratic in his ideas and very sympathetic towards the man who could not afford to indulge his propensities in the direction of culture without pecuniary aid from such public-spirited altruists as Mr. Peck,” observed a contemporary. Auditorium architect Louis Sullivan cited Peck’s “firm belief in democracy — whatever he meant by that.”
Read the entire article at the Sun-Times.
The year 2015 marks the year in which Bow Tie Cinemas will proudly celebrate its 115th anniversary. As part of its ongoing mission to deliver the best possible customer experience, Bow Tie Cinemas today announced large-scale renovation plans for its Sono Regent Cinema in South Norwalk, CT.
Starting in early 2015, Bow Tie Cinemas will begin a top to bottom renovation of the Regent Cinema. Planned upgrades include:
Luxury recliner stadium seating in all eight auditoriums and reserved seating in all eight auditoriums,brand new lobby and restrooms, new concession stands, a new menu of upscale full meal and beverage offerings, and new auditorium décor.
Read the entire release from Bow Tie Cinemas at the Norwalk Patch.
December 9, 2014
It is with great excitement that Cinema Treasures (CT) and the Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) announce a new strategic partnership effective today. Janine Pixley, Development & Marketing Director for THS, will begin contributing daily to the Cinema Treasures blog in our collective effort to introduce CT users to THS and THS members to CT.
All of us at Cinema Treasures are thrilled to be working with Janine, Executive Director Richard Fosbrink, and other members of the THS staff. “It’s going to be a great opportunity to connect movie theatre news and notes from around the globe to a group of people who are hungry for it,” Pixley notes. “We’re very excited about this new partnership with Cinema Treasures and can’t wait to introduce the Theatre Historical Society of America to this community as a whole.”
Cinema Treasures was founded in 1999 and inspired by two books: Great American Movie Theaters by David Naylor (1987) and Best Remaining Seats by Ben Hall (1962). Hall was not only the author of a foundational work on film exhibition history but he was also the co-founder of the incomparable Theatre Historical Society of America. Since its founding in 1969, THS has documented and celebrated the architectural, cultural and social history of America’s theaters. Through its preservation of the collections in the American Theatre Architecture Archive, its signature publication Marquee™ and it many events including Conclave Theatre Tour, THS increases awareness, appreciation and scholarly study of America’s theatres.
As an inspiration for our own site, it’s an honor to be working with THS today.
The blog, of course, is in excellent hands. Like all of us, Janine isn’t just an important player at THS, she’s also a movie theater fan: “My earliest memory seeing a movie (which will probably date me) is sneaking into the balcony during Terminator 2 at Edmund Town Hall in Connecticut. You had to have a parent with you if you were under 17, but there’s nothing like watching a movie in a balcony — except when you "accidentally” drop popcorn to the main floor."
Today’s announcement provides us with one more opportunity to thank our longtime blog editor Michael Zoldessy for his years of heroic service. Our delay in rebooting the blog was to make sure that its next iteration lived up to Michael’s standards and pushed us further in a new direction. With today’s announcement, we have accomplished both and we’re thrilled to be working with Janine and THS.
(Below: Janine Pixley, left)