The latest movie theater news and updates
January 24, 2014
PORTLAND, OR — Besides taking a look at the theater scene in general, The Oregonian specifically looked at the renovations at the Bagdad Theater, Cinema 21 and the Empirical. They may have lost some of their older features, but new projectors and sound have ensured their futures.
(Thanks to GaryParks for providing the photo.)
WASHINGTON, DC — D.C. is in the midst of the a theater boom with various projects in the works in addition to their almost 50 existing screens. They’re comparing it to the building boom of 100 years ago with the culmination being the opening of the new Landmark theatre opening next year in Northwest.
Read more in the Washington Post.
January 23, 2014
SOMERVILLE, MA — The Somerville Theatre will have its centennial this May, but the celebration starts much sooner. Starting January 31 with a presentation of Mary Pickford silent films and culminating with a screening of “The Wizard of Oz” on its May 11 anniversary, the Somerville will look back at some of the fan favorites spanning ten decades. It’ll all be in 35mm and various concerts will take place as well during the festival.
Go to the official website for further details.
(Thanks to DavidSimpson for providing the photo.)
January 22, 2014
SANTA FE, NM — Mark your calendars because visionary photographer Matt Lambros will be doing a lecture at the Jean Cocteau Cinema on February 17. It will focus on abandoned theaters in the USA.
Go to After the Final Curtain for further details.
GLEN COVE, NY — Glen Cove Theatres was set to reopen this month but now it’s looking more like April. It’ll be worth the wait though as they’ve installed digital projectors, new seats and even a children’s game room. The future of the theatre was in doubt but with new local ownership and support, they appear set for the future.
Read more in Newsday.
January 21, 2014
TIPTON, IA — The Hardacre Theatre may have closed in August but the locals haven’t given up yet. The Hardacre Theater Preservation Association wants to purchase the theatre from it current owners but they need to raise almost $100K by the end of the month. And that doesn’t even include purchasing new equipment.
Read more about how they got to this point and their vibrant film festival in the Press Citizen.
(Thanks to Hosehead_Jones for providing the photo.)
January 20, 2014
EMERALD ISLE, NC & SCRANTON, PA — The Emerald Plantation Cinema recently made the switch to digital and continues improvements around the theatre. The Marquee Cinemas though seems to be less concerned about its future. They haven’t jumped to digital yet and haven’t announced plans. With the lease set to run out this year, no one knows what will become of the space.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
Fool.com posted an interesting piece about why supporting AMC is the right thing to do to support movies in general. How about that? They argue that AMC’s evolution of the dinner and a movie concept will help save theaters as that’s what a growing portion of the public demands.
Where does this leave smaller chains and independent theaters though?
January 17, 2014
NEW CASTLE, PA — With less than two weeks left to reach its goal of $23,128, the Warner Film Center (soon to be renamed The Historic Warner Cascade Theatre) is reaching out to everyone to contribute to their re-ceation/restoration project of the Warner Brothers first ever nickelodeon. The 5-cent theatre was located on S. Mill Street in New Castle, PA, a then thriving industrial city near the brothers' home in nearby Youngstown, Ohio.