The latest movie theater news and updates
December 6, 2005
I’m looking to purchase a small movie theater in the Long Island area. I would like to know if anyone here has any information that they can pass on to me, whether it be knowledge of any for sale or any mediums through which I can go to find out. Please email me at
Thank you in advance!
MILLTOWN, WI — Old movie theater for sale in small Wisconsin town 60 miles from Minneapolis, MN. It has not played movies since 1957. The approximate capacity is 300. Building is 110 feet long by 36 feet wide. There are some pictures of it at www.thehall.info . The building has a projector room, male and female bathrooms on the main floor and one upstairs. Building is stucco and brick on the outside. It also currently has a beer and wine license. The floor has been built up to accommodate a bar. It could be removed and the theater could be restored to original state without too much work. There are no seats or projector equipment in place. The price is under $140,000. Please email us at or visit the web site www.thehall.info Phone 218-927-5458
December 5, 2005
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Fine Arts Theatre reopens today with the U.S. Premiere of “Mrs. Henderson Presents”.
BALTIMORE, MD — I have 350 Plush theatre seats for sale at a real cheap price. I just need to get rid of these seats ASAP.
So, if you need a super low deal on some theatre seats, call me. The theater seats are located in Baltimore. Email me at or call me.
Hello, I am selling off my entire Playbill collection spanning from 1948 to present.
Each piece will be listed on my Yahoo Auction page at http://auctions.yahoo.com/user/natevelasquez.
Please note, I also have other items on there but I will also have listed over 50 Playbills at a time.
December 2, 2005
Back in the era when movie theaters were in their prime, it amazes me that the Academy Awards never thought to hand out a special award to the best run movie theater or the best run movie theater chain. For all the work and love and dedication that movie theater operators poured into running their theaters in the best possible way, it must have been terribly disheartening each year when the Academy Awards rolled around that they never got any sort of acknowledgment, let alone an Academy Award. It’s as if that aspect of the artistry and presentation was nonexistent, or so it must have felt to the movie theater operators. And today, many in Hollywood wonder why their films don’t fare well at the theater, such as director Ron Howard in recent times wondering what went wrong with his “Cinderella Man” theater-wise.
So if Hollywood hopes to enter an exciting new age of cinema, it could start up the process by giving strong recognition to where it has failed to before.
WINTER GARDEN, FL — The 1935 Garden Theater in Winter Garden, Florida, is currently accepting applications for general manager. The house is undergoing restoration, and is expected to open in Fall, 2006. It will be operated as a performing arts center and part-time classic movie venue. For further information, contact the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation at www.wghf.org
RICHMOND, VA — The Historic Richmond Foundation is currently considering plans to sell the National Theater. Contracts are currently being considered with restrictions as to reuse of this historic structure. One potential reuse includes the addition of a 120 room hotel above the current structure.
The National Theatre in downtown Richmond has several potential buyers, including a group looking to purchase it and hold it for the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation.
The Historic Richmond Foundation, which owns the theater at 700 E. Broad St., has sent copies of a draft contract to several suitors and is looking for responses by Wednesday, said John Owen Gwathmey, the group’s president.
The National is listed for sale at $1.55 million, but the contract has a space for a price to be added, Gwathmey said. It also includes significant restrictions on how the historic theater could be altered.
Groups Step Up to Acquire The National
I am writing a book about Grindhouse cinemas and drive-ins that flourished in the 70s and 80s (pre-video of course). The Kon-Tiki in Dayton, Ohio is especially close to my heart as I worked there after it became Salem Avenue Cinemas. If anyone could provide me with information on people who managed, or worked at these sort of cinemas, especially in Dayton, Ohio it would be much appreciated.
I’m a Historic Preservation student working on a project about re-introducing movie theaters to downtowns and was wondering if anybody can share some case studies where this has been successful. Any help would be great!