The latest movie theater news and updates

  • January 19, 2006

    Mills Theatre Could Be Razed, Replaced by New Theater

    LAKE MILLS, IA — A non-proft group, Lake Mills Entertainment, Inc., has made a request to the city of Lake Mills to demolish the 1937 Art Moderne Mills Theatre, closed since 2001, and build a new movie theater on the same site, according to the Globe Gazette.

    The group originally wanted to restore the Mills but it has deteriorated so badly since it was shuttered that according to Lake Mill Entertainment’s president, Scott Helgeson, tearing it down and constructing a new theater would be much cheaper. Thus far the group has raised over $40,000 towards the project, but Helgeson says they’ll need financial support from the city “to get over the hump”. No decision has been made yet by the city of Lake Mills according to Mayor Dave Anderson.

  • Ioka Theatre For Sale (Again)

    EXETER, NH — The Ioka Theatre is apparently for sale. Exeter is a thriving town but Regal has five screens in Portsmouth and I don’t know how many screens are nearby at Hamptons. Here’s the realestate link.

  • Theater Equipment For Sale

    For sale — contents of two theaters: 2 Ballantyne pro 35s, 2 Xetron lights with power supplies, 2 super platters, seating, screens and other misc related items all in working order. In Michigan, please email: .

  • Preserving Motion Picture Palaces Lecture @ SFMOMA

    “Preserving Motion Picture Palaces”

    Alice Carey, owner and founder, Carey & Co. Inc.
    Michael Crowe, author and historic preservation consultant
    Katherine Petrin, architectural historian, Architectural Resources Group

    February 09, 2006
    6:30 p.m.
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    Phyllis Wattis Theater

    The golden age of motion pictures saw the development of opulent single-screen movie houses whose exotic architectural styles helped transport audiences to faraway places. Architect Timothy Pflueger’s projects of the 1920s and 1930s include some of the Bay Area’s best examples â€" the Paramount, Castro, Alhambra, and Alameda theaters. This program examines Pflueger’s enduring contributions and chronicles the rise of single-screen theaters, their subsequent decline, and ongoing efforts to preserve them. Pflueger’s architectural drawings are currently on view in The Art of Design. A hosted reception in The Schwab Room follows.

    $10 general; $8 SFMOMA members and National Trust for Historic Preservation members, students, and seniors. Includes reception. Tickets are available at the Museum (no surcharge) or online.

    This event is cosponsored by the Western Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    For more information or to purchase tickets online please visit: www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/exhib_detail.asp?id=134

  • January 18, 2006

    Fox Theatre Seeks Partner(s)

    CRESTVIEW, FL — Looking for a short term investor or other to help in the renovation of this FOX THEATRE. The name has been retained and is incorportated in the State of Florida.

    Built in 1947, the Fox premiered the movie “12 O'Clock High.” The building location is on Main Street in downtown Crestview, Florida in the center of town. Crestview is located next to Eglin AFB where a lot of the filming was made as well as in Crestview. Gregory Peck was featured in local newspapers and played baseball with some of the local teams while filming here.

    The theatre was closed in 1979 and I obtained it from the second owner. Due to local fire codes etc., I am looking for some help in bringing back to life this historical building. The theatre had a single screen and a larger stage has been added 20'X40'. With hopes of bringing it back to life, I plan on having live shows along with some movies and eats.

  • January 17, 2006

    Comments Working Again

    As many of you noticed, we had a small comments outage earlier today.

    The problem has now been fixed.

  • Tower Theater in Oklahoma City Being Renovated

    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: .

    Thank you,

    Scott Fife
    Uptown Development Group
    (405) 606-8458

  • Galaxy Theatres closes Kendig Square 6

    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

    Marquee Theater in Springfield, MA Closes

    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.

  • AMC – Loews Merger to Close Soon

    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.