The latest movie theater news and updates
January 17, 2006
As many of you noticed, we had a small comments outage earlier today.
The problem has now been fixed.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The historic Tower Theater on Route 66 in Oklahoma City is currently undergoing renovations. If you have any photos, stories or information about this theater or would like to get involved please e-mail: .
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WILLOW STREET, PA — Galaxy Theatres has been operating the Kendig Square 6 since Dec. 2002. Citing continuing and mounting losses, the operators closed the theatres on Jan. 2, 2006. The shopping center management allowed them to get out of the remaining two years of their lease.
The theatres initially opened in 1992 and had numerous operators until Galaxy. At one time, it was even operated as a $1.00 admission reruns. Galaxy Theatres is based in New Jersey and operates other theatres in Pa, NY, NJ, and Mass. The shopping center owners have not announced what will happen to the theatres.
January 16, 2006
SPRINGFIELD, MA — The former Regal Cinemas is now closed. What happened? Someone buy this awesome theater and reopen it for me. :) I loved catching the 12 noon show for $5 and being the only one there. But maybe that’s why they are closed.
Loews Cineplex theatres will close at the end of the business day on Thurs. 1/26 and on Friday 1/27 will re-open as AMC Theatres. This will effectively relegate the Loews name, probably the oldest name in exibition, to the trash heap.
Marcus Loew, a furrier, opened a nickelodeon on the second floor of a commercial building in Cincinnati in 1905, and the rest, as they say, is history. He went on to establish Loew’s, Inc., building some of the most opulent and ornate vaudville-movie theatres ever seen. “We sell tickets to THEATRES, not movies”, he was quoted as saying. Loew also formed the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios through a series of aquisitions and mergers, to supply product to his theatre empire.
January 13, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Brattle Theater is in the middle of its largest and most serious fundraising campaign in its 53 year history. You can read about the campaign and the history of the theater here: http://www.brattlefilm.org
In October 2005, the Brattle initiated the “Preserve the Legacy” campaign. The goals of the fundraising drive was to raise $400,000 by the end of 2005 and an additional $100,000 by the end of 2006. Due to strong community support for this non-profit theater, the response and media converage has been overwhelming. Although they did not meet this lofty goal by the end of the year, the good news is that the Brattle was given a 1 year lease extension and now has all of 2006 to raise the remaining money.
As of January 1st 2006, the Brattle has raised $200,000, but they need to raise $300,000 more before February of 2007. If you love old theaters and preserving classic venues, please contribute whatever you can via the Brattle website. They could use all of the help they can.
I am looking to buy large quantities of used theater seats.
January 12, 2006
CHARLOTTE, NC — The Charlotte City Council voted January 9 to sell the long shuttered Carolina Theatre to the Atlanta developer Camden Management Partners. They propose a luxury high rise condominium project of up to 125 units built in front of and above the existing theater. The vacant corner lot in front of the auditorium should see the return of the recently dismantled theater faÃ§ade incorporated into the new structure.
The theater will be privately owned and operated with renovation money coming from a combination of sources – about $4.5 million in property taxes generated from the new condos, a $1 million developer contribution and at least another $2 million to be raised privately by a local preservation group. Drawings of the new tower have not yet been released and programming of the theater space remains unclear.
Once again a New Year has arrived, and as we go into the new year, a new opportunity for fresh grant money to restore your historical theater will become available, begining in January of 2006. Grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and nationally significant historic structures and sites that include historical theaters.
Grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar non-federal match, which can be cash, donated services, or use of equipment. The grant and the non-federal match must be expended during the grant period (generally 2 to 3 years) to execute your theater restoration project. The minimum grant request for historic property projects is $250,000 federal share. The maximum grant request for all projects is $1 million federal share. The Grants Panel may, at its discretion, award less than the minimum grant request.
As a Performing Art Centers Of Indiana client, one of their consultants will set up an appointment with your organization, to discuss the 2006 application grants package process and determine if your organization qualifies under the grants criteria guidelines. Their consulting firm will then assist you with the application grants package and help determine your organizations financial and restoration budget needs, for your project. To get started today, log onto their web site at www.onstagein.com to get your grants package and application process, implemented !
20 to 30 Sound Panels for sale, have photos to email if interested. $50 each and have varies sizes available. 3' wide to 4' wide and from 4' high to 7' high, and are insulated with insulation and can be recovered with any fabric. Will sell at a discount if you purchase 20 or more. contact Carl at 480-987-9801 or email Must sell to make room for other items.