The latest movie theater news and updates
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.
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater
A 6'3" Rabbit…A Daring Archaeologist…and Moses
Celebrate Easter and Passover with Classic Movies at The Loew’s Jersey!
Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26
Saturday, March 25: 4 PM James Stewart in HARVEY (1950/104 min/B&W)
Saturday, March 25: 8 PM INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989/129 min/Color)
Sunday, March 26: 2 PM An Archival Print of Cecil B. DeMille’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956/219 min/Color)
March 15, 2006
FORT WORTH, TX — Latin Arts Association of Fort Worth, the organization that manages the Rose Marine Theater, is in production for a documentary to chronicle this remarkable theater. Click here to view the trailer. Production will be continuing through the year as history, data, and photographs are being collected.
March 14, 2006
PHILADELPHIA, PA — I just wanted to share a few memories about the Benner Theater in Philadelphia.
I grew up in Oxford Circle of Philadelphia during the 1950s. The Benner was my neighborhood theater. I spent Friday nights and Saturday matinees at that theater as a kid. After Friday night shows, we would go two doors away to a malt shop called “Polly’s”. I recently read in another blog on this website that it became a Lenny’s Dog Shop?
Anyway, I eventually worked at the Benner, cleaning and sweeping the floors after the Saturday matinees. For this, I would get free movie passes to the theater. My friend cleaned the projection room, for which he also got $.25 a week. I was so jealous!
Hello, my name is Charles Bruss. I am currently working on a book project about the histories of Wisconsin drive-in theatres. Your help with this is greatly needed. I am looking for interesting stories of people’s fond memories of attending and/or working at any of Wisconsin’s current or closed drive-in theaters.
Also needed are any photographs of any Wisconsin drive-in. All photos used in the book would of course get photo credits. Do you have any memoribilia with the drive-ins name on it? I am interested in those things as well.
Visit my website at: www.drive-inthruwisconsin.com Contact me at 414-327-0457. Or email at: Thank you for your help in advance.
March 13, 2006
WHEATON, IL — The Wheaton Grand Theatre on Hale Street in downtown Wheaton has set a date of April 1st for the start of its restoration project, and will also be closed starting that date, which means its frequent rock shows will have to find a new host for the time being, according to this article in the Daily Herald.
The 80 year-old theater will be closed indefinitely while work on the estimated $7 million restoration kicks off. The goal is to bring the Grand back to its original single, 800-seat auditorium configuration. Ray Shepardson, who is the managing director of the restoration project, says, “I did not understand how effective and popular [the theater] was. But if we didn’t close now, the restoration was never going to happen.”
NEW YORK, NY — On March 25th, Hourglass Group will kick off its 2006 season with Paradise Follies at the Murphy Amphitheatre at FIT.
Hosted by Tony-nominated Isabel Keating (The Boy from Oz), the gala event will honor the remarkable Dorothy Wegman Raphaelson (1904-2005), the penultimate Ziegfeld Girl. She was the wife of playwright and screenwriter Samson Raphaelson, who wrote the classic Ernst Lubitsch film Trouble in Paradise. In June, Hourglass Group will present the world premiere of a new stage adaptation of Trouble in Paradise at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Chelsea.
Paradise Follies will feature a Gala Champagne reception with Drama Desk award-winning composer Michael Garin (Song of Singapore) on the piano, a tribute film to Dorothy Raphaelson, a screening of Trouble in Paradise and a celebrity-filled afterparty sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka at the soon-to-open Chelsea club, Balance. Balance will house the Museum of Mixology, a museum dedicated to the history of the cocktail.