The latest movie theater news and updates
March 24, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Sundance Cinemas, the on again, off again project from Robert Redford’s Sundance Group, seems ready for its close-up after nine long years. The group, led by former Landmark Theatres executives Paul Richardson and Bert Manzari, has announced the purchase of the Kabuki 8 Theatres from AMC.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the theater is scheduled to reopen in late summer and early fall—just in time for the bulk of independent and art house film releases.
Sundance Cinemas was first announced in 1997 as a joint partnership with General Cinemas, but never opened a single theater. The project was put on further hiatus whne General Cinemas filed for bankruptcy protection and was eventually sold to AMC.
News surfaced last year that under Manzari and Richardson’s guidance (they departed Landmark with its acquisition by Mark Cuban), Sundance Cinemas would be relaunched.
March 23, 2006
BELMONT, MA — The Studio Cinema is the home for Belmont World Film’s “Extraordinary Journeys” film series, which runs March 19-May 8, and includes international feature films and documentaries:
3/26: In Casablanca Angels Don’t Fly (Morocco, New England premiere)
4/2: Moon of Avellaneda (Argentina, New England premiere)
4/9: Kilmetre Zero (Iraq, New England premiere)
4/10: Liberace of Baghdad (documentary about Iraq, New England premiere)
4/23: Aaltra (Belgium, New England Premiere)
4/30: Windhorse (filmed in Tibet)
5/8: Le Grand Voyage (France/Morocco)
For more info visit www.belmontworldfilm.org or call 617-484-3980.
Hello everyone, we are Chalet Theaters LLC and we specialize in acquiring theaters from people or companies that are closing or in need of restoration. We currently lease and have purchased 9 theaters from Cinema Treasures (private people and companies) and are in need of a few more. We specialize in leasing/buying ones that are suffering and need repairs and the owners cannot afford to do so.
If it is a non-profit theater, we will lease it, renovate it, restore and then return it to the non-profit. We have many creative ideals and would like to talk further with anyone that has a theater for sale or lease. Thanks for your time!
March 22, 2006
JACKSON, MI — Press Release: Theatre Rehabilitation Master Plan Complete for Historic Michigan Theatre in Jackson; Design Team is Led by GunnLevine Architects with Consulting Architects, SmithGroup, Inc.
Detroit-based GunnLevine Architects and consulting architect SmithGroup, Inc., completed rehabilitation master planning services for the Michigan Theatre in Jackson.
Since the theatre’s completion in 1930, the city of Jackson has experienced significant cultural changes, transitioning from a manufacturing base to a community that values itself as a leader in arts and educational programming. The current leadership plans to update the theatre’s programming to include movies, concerts, Community Theatre, children’s film festivals, special events and more.
Edward D. Francis, FAIA, lead architect and Principal for GunnLevine comments, “The interior, while smaller than the fabulous FOX in Detroit, is its equal in terms of decorative plaster, elaborate moldings, decorative tile, wood paneling, and ornamental ironwork. It’s the only theatre of its kind in mid-Michigan.”
The Michigan Theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places, the State Historic Register and is located in a designated Historic District of Jackson, MI. The master plan completion is targeted for April of 2006.
March 21, 2006
FOREST HILLS, NY — On THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2006, The Juniper Park Civic Association will hold a public meeting in support of landmarking the Trylon Theater, a prominent Art Deco theater in Forest Hills, bearing strong significance to the nearby 1939 World’s Fair. In addition, zoning issues and advocacy for other potential Queens landmarks (i.e. St. Savior’s 1847 Church in Maspeth) will be addressed.
ADDRESS: Our Lady of Hope auditorium on Eliot Avenue & 71 St, Middle Village.
ATTENDEES: A few hundred expected; Queens civic groups, Mayor Bloomberg, local councilmembers, community residents and preservationists, and members of The Committee To Save The Trylon Theater, including its founder & chair, Michael Perlman
For more info, contact: Christina Wilkinson of the Juniper Park Civic at and Michael Perlman of The Committee To Save The Trylon Theater at
Hi, I am getting ready to open a theater and need lots of advice. I am in an artsy area and plan on showing art films and independent films. There is currently no projection equipment or a functional screen in the theater. Can someone please give me an idea of what type to buy, a good place to buy, and the typical cost of the projection equipment as well as the cost to run the movies?
I really appreciate any help I can get.
March 20, 2006
ANDREWS, TX — Andrews Cinema is a newly upgraded theare. Upgraded in Fall of 2005. Health issues are causing me to sell. All new sound system in both theatres. Updated seating with cup holders in each theatre. Open 5 months and have made money each month. Full access to books. New popcorn machine and nice gameroom. Great community backing. Email me at for more information.
LINCOLN, RI — CinemaWorld in Lincoln RI will be hosting Lord of the Rings in 3 one week engagements. Fellowship of the Rings will run 3/24/06-3/30/06, Two Towers 3/31/06-4/06/06, Return of the King 4/07/06-4/13/06. On 4/15/06 they will be running a marathon of all three movies starting at noon.
They have the information available at the website www.cinemaworldonline.com. Times are running daily at 12:00 4:00 8:00. Pricing is $5.00 all seats all shows and the Marathon is $12.50 per person.
March 17, 2006
LAS VEGAS, NV — Another ShoWest has come and gone, but there was a lot of news and views this week on display in Las Vegas. The following links hit some of the highlights:
Theaters' owners are optimistic
Distributors hold firm against day-and-date
Fithian, Glickman cite turning point for cinema
Challenges Seen for Film Biz After 2005 Slide
Theater owners are nervously eyeing empty seats
Digital on the Docket Again
The Future of Moviegoing Presented at ShoWest
Small window seen as film threat
New role for theaters: cops
Movie industry may turn to marketing to stop slide
Hollywood boosters rally the troops at convention
Bad films blamed for empty theaters
Theater ads don’t stop moviegoers: Study
Piracy, consumer habits hot topics at ShoWest
AMERICAN MULTI-TASKER: SHOWEST 2006
Boxoffice Magazine ShoWest 2006 Coverage
ShoWest opening ceremony gets ’M:I 3' sneak
Official ShoWest 2006 Website
March 16, 2006
HAYS, KS — The Fox Theatre, 1202 Main Street in Hays, Kansas, will be auctioned on Tuesday March 28th, according to the sale bill currently on line at www.purplewave.com. The auction bill include terms of sale, as well as a wealth of photographs of the theatre.
The Fox in Hays has been closed for some time and at one point was owned by Dickinson Theatre of Mission, Kansas which also operates the Mall Cinema 8. This was orginally a National General house, and later operated by the Mann Corporation and finally Dickinson, it was nicely twined but the downtown location, with very limited parking was always and issue.
Even by today’s standards the theatre is very contemporary looking. It is truly unfortunate to see this theatre fall to this fate. Hopefully someone will find a creative use and be even more fortunate to make it work.