The latest movie theater news and updates
February 20, 2006
CALUMET CITY, IL — We are reopening the River Oaks Theatre in Calumet City and need management and staff asap.
We are looking for people with a strong customer service bent who like movies and can offer the best quality movie-going experience.
We are looking for a strong leader with either movie theatre management or retail management experience.
Knowing how to thread a projector is a plus but will train.
Must be service oriented with an eye for detail.
Must have experience in a booth and be able to thread and maintain movie projectors. Must have know how to trouble-shoot and have the ability to build and break down film prints.
Must be a quick learner who is able to give the best customer service under high-volume conditions without getting flustered.
Room for promotion.
Please email your resume to or call 312 560-8437.
I am looking to reopen a theatre in Southeast Kansas that has been closed for several years.
I need information on how to get the movies to show in my theater. I know that sounds like a very basic question, but I can’t seem to get anywhere finding an answer.
I am wanting to show classic and 2nd run movies.
NEW YORK, NY — We’re looking to buy a used window intercom to set up a box office window. Please email if you have one available. Thanks.
February 17, 2006
100 theater seats are for sale out of a theater in El Paso Texas. They have springs and are metal with solid sides and metal backs. They are $11.99 each. Email us at or call Charles at 214.570.1923.
We pulled several hundred chairs out of a theater in Kansas. Most were sold to another theater owner after we recovered them. We have 70 theater chairs left. $9.99 each. Local pick up only. We are located in Dallas, Texas for more info email us at or call Charles at 214.570.1923.
February 16, 2006
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — The small three screen Hawthorne Cinemas (in the Brisbane suburb of Hawthorne) recently installed a Christie Series 2 projector in Cinema 1. The Cinema itself dates from the 1940’s and was converted into a 3plex some years ago.
Cinema 1 has 510 seats and a massive 56 foot screen. The digital image looks very good on this screen. The first movie screened in digital was ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ at Christmas time. On Valentines Day, ‘Casanova’ opened in digital.
It was quite a feat for this small independent cinema chain to invest in this technology. Further details of all of their cinemas may be found at www.cineplex.com.au.
Here is an article about the Oak Street theater in Minnesota, but the problems detailed in the article are those faced by other repertory theaters like the Brattle in Cambridge.
I’d be interested to hear others opinions about how these kinds of old theaters showing older movies can survive and even thrive in the new marketplace.
You can read the article here. Thanks.
February 14, 2006
Following in the steps of the recent Landmark Cinemas release of Steven Soderbergh’s film ‘Bubble’, which was released on DVD and in theaters on the same day, British director Michael Winterbottom will also be pushing distribution boundaries with his next film.
According to a report from the Guardian, ‘The Road to Guantanamo’ is set to debut on television, DVD, in theaters, and now online — all at the same time.
The Road to Guantanamo, the story of the three British Muslims who were held at the US military base for two years without charge or trial, premieres today at the Berlin film festival. It will then be shown on Channel 4 on March 9. The day after, the film will be released online, on DVD and in cinemas.
“With a film like this that’s starting with what would traditionally be the last outlet – a television broadcast – we thought it would be better to go with everything else at once,” said the film’s producer, Andrew Eaton. The film-makers are planning to release the film in 30 UK cinemas and are finalising an agreement with an internet company.
PORTLAND, OR — Portlanders are invited to join in commemorating the life and times of the historic Academy Theater, a gorgeous Streamline Moderne jewel located on Mt. Tabor, in the Southeast Portland neighborhood of Montavilla. The theater is scheduled to re-open next month for the first time in nearly thirty years.
In celebration of the grand re-opening, theater owners Ty Dupuis — proprietor of Flying Pie Pizzeria, and his business partners — local husband and wife team Heyward and Julie Stewart – who are currently in the process of renovating the landmark theater, are issuing a “call for memories,” inviting those who still remember the Academy Theater fondly to share their recollections. Amusing memories, reminiscences of first dates, old photos, and more are welcome.
February 13, 2006
CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that renovation work at the Shubert Theatre (now known as the LaSalle Bank Theatre) has uncovered original interior plaster decoration, as well as brass fittings that were “hidden” to prevent their removal during the World War II era.
The story includes photos and more details about the renovation of this gorgeous playhouse in Chicago’s Loop.