The latest movie theater news and updates

  • November 11, 2005

    St. Louis International Film Festival

    ST. LOUIS, MO – The 14th annual St. Louis International Film Festival opens today and continues through November 20. True to its name, the fest offers movies from near and far – 50 narrative films, 21 feature-length documentaries and scores of shorts from more than two dozen countries.

    Most of the screenings are at the Historic Tivoli Theatre, with selected events at Webster University (and one rockin' reel at the Pageant).

    For more on the Festival, showtimes, and features can be found at www.cinemastlouis.org

  • November 10, 2005

    Seeking advice about starting a small theater

    Antoinette and Wayne Stone ask:

    We are interested in opening our own Fun Center to include a small DVD/VHS theatre for about 50 people in attendance. Where can we information about vendors for this type of equipment, what type of licensing do we need? We are in Genesee County, in Batavia, NY.

    Any information or resources would be greatly appreciated as we put together our business plan and look for financing.

    Antoinette & Wayne Stone
    P.O. Box 115
    7521 Mechanic Street
    South Byron, NY 14557

  • Sundance eyes Madison for next cinema

    MADISON, WI — IndieWIRE is reporting that Sundance Cinemas plans to open its next arthouse theater in Madison:

    The first theater in the new Sundance Cinemas arthouse chain is set to open one year from now in Madison, WI. The Sundance Cinemas circuit will be a national chain for mainly independent and foreign films, run by the former Landmark Theaters leadership Paul Richardson and Bert Manzari who left the chain about a year ago after working together for nearly 30 years. Oaktree Capital Management is funding the new company.

    The six-screen Sundance Cinemas development is set for the Hilldale Mall in Madison that is being renovated by Joseph Freed and Associates; an architect has not yet been selected.

    IndieWIRE: New Sundance Cinemas Circuit to Launch In Madison, WI

  • Help restore the Star Theater!

    JAMESTOWN, TN — The Star Theater Restoration Committee is restoring the old Star Theater in Jamestown, Tennessee.

    If anyone has any info. or pictures concering the theater, please email me at . Thanks to everyone!

    Jared Copeland
    Chairman- Star Theater Restoration Committee

  • Today’s Newsreel

  • Upstate NY Movie Theater For Sale

    The theater is in Orange County, NY. Long lease, 5 screens, and 800 seats.

    Email me at

  • November 9, 2005

    NYC 1984 Newspaper Film Ads

    I’m searching for any and all newspaper ads pertaining to filmhouses in NYC from March to October of 1984.

    Does anyone have any of these? Is there a way to access these online?

    Thanks to all!

  • SFMOMA Showcases Local Theater Drawings By Timothy L. Pflueger

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA – From October 27, 2005 through May 2, 2006, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (www.sfmoma.org) will present a suite of 14 drawings of California picture palaces by Timothy L. Pflueger, one of the Bay Area’s most important architects.

    Featured drawings include historic plans for San Francisco’s Castro Theater (1922); The Alhambra Theater (1926), the first West Coast cinema to be decorated inside and out in a Moorish theme; and the East Bay’s Alameda Theater (1932), a structure distinguished by its soaring Art Deco facade.

    Also included are drawings for the Central Valley’s Tulare Theater (1927), a desert fortress outlined in glowing neon.

  • November 8, 2005

    Too much security at movie theaters?

    Politech has an interesting report about increasing levels of movie theater security:

    I wonder what kind of dystopian cyberpunk future we live in when you are physically searched before entering a movie theatre.

    Last night (November 3rd), my girlfriend brought me along to see a screening of Derailed at the Paramount theatre in Toronto, which she had to review for a magazine she works for. The lineup for the screening was unusually long, as I think they also fill seats at press screenngs with radio call-in winners, who in hindsight, might have accepted such poor treatment in exchange for the ostensible privilege of paying for $30 worth of parking and fast food at a free $13 movie.

    Anyway, the line was moving slowly because they were asking customers to raise their arms so that they could be electronically frisked with a metal detector, and women’s purses were being searched by uniformed security guards. Try to remember that this is Toronto, Canada we’re talking about here, not New York, Tel Aviv or London.

    People who submitted to the search (everyone from what I could tell) had their cellphones taken from them and checked at a table set up in front of the theatre and they were given a ticket to reclaim it when they left.

    PoliTech: How the MPAA killed the movie theater experience: a first-hand report

  • Today’s Newsreel