The latest movie theater news and updates

  • April 19, 2006

    Castle Cinema for sale at auction on Friday!

    PROVIDENCE, RI — The Castle Cinema is up for sale again, according to the Providence Journal:

    The Castle Cinema appears headed for another season where the only drama is offscreen.

    The Chalkstone Avenue neighborhood cinema is scheduled to be sold at a public auction at 10 a.m. on Friday.

    The scheduled foreclosure sale comes less than four months after Anthony Gemma and his partners in Chalkstone Realty LLC sold the property to New Concept Entertainment Inc. on Jan. 6 in hopes that the new owners would reopen the three-screen theater.

    As part of the deal, Gemma and his partners loaned the new owners $615,000 to buy the property.
    “We haven’t gotten any payments since then,” Gemma said in a phone interview yesterday. “We’d like for another buyer who’d be willing to keep it as a movie theater.”

    The Castle, built in 1925, was among the last of a generation of neighborhood movie theaters, most of them driven out by shopping mall multiplexes where tickets and popcorn can cost as much as dinner out.

  • Amazing prices

    We have the following items for sale:

    Curtains/Sound Panels: $3K
    Lighting/Light Bars: $2K
    Theater Screen: $1500
    Marquee with Letters: $2500

    If anyone is interested, please contact Mike.

  • April 18, 2006

    What impact will Pennsylvania’s recently legalized gambling have on the state’s cinemas?

    PENNSYLVANIA — Back when gambling became legal in New Jersey, many of that state’s longstanding successful businesses collapsed, some literally overnight, and movie theaters were no exception.

    In New Jersey’s case, because the casinos generated far more revenues than traditional businesses could possibly even begin to, once the casinos went into full swing they absorbed so much political attention that it quickly became like New Jersey’s casinos were the only recognized revenue source there was.

  • Hi-Lite 30 Drive-In’s Fate in City of Aurora’s Hands

    AURORA, IL — The popular Hi-Lite 30 Drive-In, which first opened in 1947, remains “Closed For the Season”, when it has usually already opened by now. Owned by Parkside Inc. until recently, the drive-in property was sold to Bigelow Homes which is developing the property that surrounds the Hi-Lite, according to a story in today’s Aurora Beacon-News. Bigelow deeded the drive-in property to the city of Aurora, which now will be deciding the drive-in’s future.

    Nova Cinemas has leased and operated the theater since 1997 and is interested in obtaining a ten-year contact to continue operating the Hi-Lite from the city. Ryan Coltmeyer, Nova’s director of operations, says Nova would like to regrade the parking lot, build a new fence around the theater, and restore a long-unused adjacent indoor theater for live entertainment and concerts. The improvements would be at no cost to the taxpayer, said Coltmeyer. “In its current format, the theater is a profitable business. It is revenue for the city.”

    Not only is Nova Cinemas waiting for a decision, but so are fans of the drive-in, one of only a few in Illinois, and only a couple left in the Chicago suburbs (the other being the Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago). Rose Fromm of Channahon said, “Sure we can see the movies in some big theater, with controlled temperatures and stadium seating, but it just isn’t the same. It will be a sad day if we lose this piece of Americana.”

  • April 17, 2006

    Looking for info on past Pittsburgh Theaters

    Does anyone have any info on any of the following theaters in the Pittsburgh area? (Addresses, when they closed, what they are now, if anything…)

    The Fiesta (Downtown, near Heinz Hall?)
    The Forum (Squirrel Hill area)
    Cinemette South (Greentree area)
    Fairmont (Braddock) (may be the wrong name. Later became Alexander’s supermarket)

    Thank you very much!

  • Live your dream – Own a theater!

    NORWALK, OH — The Schine Theater is for sale on eBay!

    See the fabulous photos by visiting the auction site.

    Bidding closes soon. This might be YOUR chance to own a piece of history and live your dream!

  • April 14, 2006

    Need advice on movie theater startup costs

    One screen theatre, converted back from plays to movies.

    Will need :
    1 digital projector
    1 new screen
    1 new sound system
    Cost of film rentals

    Theatre and seats were remodeled recently they are in good shape. HVAC and building are in good shape.

    Looking for an idea of a basic startup cost to get the theatre up and rolling again. It’s a small town of 5,000.

    Any helpful hints would be great, thanks.

  • April 13, 2006

    Advice on a theme theater

    I am not sure if I am posting in the right place, but I was wondering if anyone has any experience with theme theaters.

    I happen to love horror movies and think that it would be really cool to have a movie theater that plays only horror movies — old ones, new ones, classics. Unfortunately, I have no idea if this is really a feasible idea or if I would have to find a balance of popular movies and horror movies to pay the bills. Any advice?

    Also, I am curious to know what the average cost of getting copies of older movies from distributors. I would appreciate any help. Please contact me at .


  • April 12, 2006

    Loew’s Jersey presents: Films of Director John Ford

    JERSEY CITY, NJ — Friends of the Loew’s will be presenting a series of film classics by legendary director John Ford at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater.

    Friday, April 28:

    8 PM: STAGECOACH — Starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Thomas Mitchell and John Carradine. (1939 – 96 mins. – B&W). Don’t miss this chance to see “Stagecoach” on the big screen in the UCLA Archive 35mm print!

    Saturday, April 29:

    2 PM: THE GRAPES OF WRATH — Starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carridine. (1940 – 129 mins. – B&W)

    5 PM: THE WHOLE TOWN’S TALKING — Starring Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur. (1935 – 95 mins. – B&W). Discover this little-known classic in a NEW 35mm print from Sony Pictures!

    8:15 PM : THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE — Starring John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin, Vera Miles.(1962 – 123 mins. – B&W)

    Admission for each screening is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children aged 12 and under.

    COMBO TICKET for TWO FILMS : $10 Adult, $6 Senior or Child. SUPER COMBO TICKET for ALL THREE FILMS: $15 Adult, $10 plus get a FREE popcorn with each ticket.

    For more info, please visit or call 201-798-6055.

    The Landmark Loew’s Jersey is a non-profit arts and entertainment center operated by Friends of the Loew’s.

  • Smell-O-Vision making a comeback?

    According to a report from the BBC, a Japanese firm has developed a fragrance machine for movies similar to the infamous Smell-O-Vision system of 1960.

    Screenings of Colin Farrell’s latest film will be accompanied by a series of smells at a cinema in Japan.

    Seven fragrances will waft from machines under back row seats during historical adventure The New World.

    A floral smell will accompany love scenes, with a mixture of peppermint and rosemary for tear-jerking moments.

    Cinemas across the country will be able to download programmes to control various sequences of fragrances for other upcoming films.