The latest movie theater news and updates
January 16, 2006
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.
January 11, 2006
Regent Theater fully renovated in 2003. Current capacity as a dinner theater is 250. Movie projector and equipment still intact and functional. We also still have the theater seats. Please email for more information: . The Regent is located in Wellington, Kansas. Lots of resturant equipment available for sale as well.
To those of you who have a theater who meet the following specifications, please contact me at (remove the famous director’s name):
A theater that has run or has the capability of running dual-strip Tri-dimension films. This means having two sychronized projectors capable of loading 6000', a silver screen (doesn’t have to be stationary), capable projectionist, etc.
The information is needed for an upcoming article about 3-D movies and a free plug will be given to those who participate.
January 10, 2006
The following press release was sent by producer A. J. Roquevert:
“The documentary "No More Joy” – The Rise and Fall of New Orleans' Movie Theatres is now available on DVD. “No More Joy” is a wonderful documentary about the history of movie theatres in New Orleans.
Centered around the closing of the Joy on Canal Street back in 2003, Rene' Brunet, the oldest living exhibitor of New Orleans reminisces of the days when there was a theatre in every neighborhood. The film brings out how social changes, technology, and the distribution of films contributed to the rise and fall of movie theatres in New Orleans. With interviews from others in the movie industry, personal picture collections and articles from exhibitors and The Times Picayune, the story is told from the beginning to the present.
The film was completed in 2004 before hurricane Katrina struck. Please visit www.nomorejoy.com for reviews and purchase. The price is $15 and the filmmakers' proceeds will go to the hurricane relief charities in the New Orleans area."
January 9, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — A Utah movie theater has decided not to show the film “Brokeback Mountain,” according to an Associated Press report. The film was supposed to open Friday at the Megaplex at Jordan Commons.