The latest movie theater news and updates
January 8, 2004
MANILA, PHILLIPINES — The Metropolitan Theater has been slated for restoration following the signing of “a memorandum of understanding” between the city, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the Government Service Insurance System.
According to the Manila Times, “the signatories could not stress enough the importance of the edifice as a national and cultural landmark.” Phillipine President Arroyo also noted her “desire for the restoration of the MET to its former grandeur befitting the country’s center of arts and culture for the common masses.”
(Thanks to Rob Trent for the news.)
January 7, 2004
CANAAN, CT — As a followup to yesterday’s story about the Colonial Theatre, Roger Katz sent in a few pics of the theater’s restoration. The first shot was taken approximately a year ago (before restoration began), while the other shots were taken within the last few weeks.
January 6, 2004
SAN ANTONIO, TX — When the Mission Drive-In opened in 1948, it was one of less than 100 outdoor theaters in Texas. By the golden years of the drive-in, the 50s, Texas had more than 500.
Boxoffice ticket sales last year dropped for the first time since 1991, according to a report by tracking firm Exhibitor Relations. During the 2003 season, ticket sales totaled $9.27 billion, compared to $9.32 billion in 2002, a 0.5 percent drop.
January 5, 2004
HUNTINGTON, WV — The Keith-Albee, a Thomas Lamb designed movie palace, has operated continuously since the Depression. The theater still shows first run movies. In the 70s, it was delicately divided into a main auditorium and three small theaters.
An interesting report in the Washington Post examines trends in movie theater pre-show entertainment. Pre-show entertainment typically consists of slide-based advertisements shown prior to the beginning of a movie, while the audience is entering the auditorium.
BRIDGETON, NJ — The Laurel Theatre, which has been closed for over 25 years, will most likely be demolished sometime in May, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“It’s not in danger of falling down. It’s just a wreck,” said Ewing, who said he had been pushing the building’s demolition for years. “It’s an eyesore in the middle of town.”
January 2, 2004
- The multiplex is as close as the next room
- Theater’s reopening sure to be animated
- Big-Screen Bottom Line
- Colonial Theatre series to revive film classics
- Byrd Theatre’s opening was a gift 75 years ago
- Historic cinema bids for cash to keep the projectors rolling
- Crazy Burger rules at the Castle
- Coming to a Theater Near You: Digital Films
- Big screen finally coming to Rainier Valley
- Movie lobbies a room with a view — Door ladies a fond memory of theaters