The latest movie theater news and updates
June 9, 2005
Bow Tie Cinemas, a subsidiary of Manhattan-based Bow Tie Partners, announced two new cinema projects in the past week.
In downtown Schenectady, NY, Bow Tie will build and operate a deluxe six-screen upscale venue on the corner of State and Broadway, just down the street from Proctor’s Theatre. Set to open in the Fall of 2006, the cinema project, to be called Movieland, replaces a previously-announced 14-plex that was to be built on another site in the Metroplex Development Authority’s project zone.
The other site, in downtown West Hartford, CT, will be located in the Blue Back Square project. The five-screen Criterion Cinemas at Blue Back Square is set to debut in late 2006.
There is an article about the impending Beekman closing in the June 6th edition of the NY Times.
“It’s very sad,” said Beth Simpson Crimmins, a spokeswoman for Clearview Cinemas, which operates the Beekman, on Second Avenue near 66th Street. “It’s a very strong theater for us, but unfortunately the landlord has exercised a lease option to take back the property.”
Definitely worth a read!
June 8, 2005
Yet another look at the soon-to-open IFC Center, via this recent New York Post article.
June 7, 2005
CRANSTON, RI — The Park Theater, a vintage movie and vaudeville house in downtown Cranston, RI, is in the first stages of a major renovation and expansion. The end result is expected to produce a 1200 seat theater on the footprint of the original theater. An adjoining two story restaurant, conference center and cyber cafe will replace several other now demolished businesses to complete the block long development.
It is expected that the theater will eventually present as many as 100 concerts and theatrical productions annually. The concerts will include a variety of entertainment offerings of a pop, soft rock, country, oldies, jazz, blues and comedy nature. Theatrical presentations will be primarily multi-day and multi-week musical, comedy and drama-based stage shows with scaled down casts but well known lead performers.
A recent IndieWire story discussed the impending June 17th grand opening of the newest addition to the NYC art house scene — the much-anticipated IFC Center.
June 6, 2005
Dozens of theater supporters filled the board chambers, including Kevin Fitzpatrick, who called the vote “a gut-punch” to preservationists. Fitzpatrick continued, “We remain committed to this. We’re going to reevaluate our options. There’s always a legal option. There’s always the chance the board can reconsider.”
Another supporter, Penelope Arnold, said, “They just don’t get it. The theater is what makes us different, what makes Lombard unique. It’s a shame. It’s a great loss to our community.”
ELGIN, IL — The Crocker Theater of Elgin is coming down. Demolition began Tuesday May 31.
These are sad times for the City of Elgin and it’s residents.
The Amboy Multiplex Cinemas, the movie theatre known by many Garden State Parkway commuters as the multiplex near the highway, is temporarily closed (I think) due to flooring problems.
The theater, in existence since the late 1970’s, is owned by the same company, National Amusements, who owns the Hazlet, All-Jersey (Newark), and the newer Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas.
June 3, 2005
MILWAUKEE, WI — This Journal news item revealing the demise of the operators of the RIVERSIDE may not be pleasant to read, but at least we might possibly have hope that the venerable Riverside Theatre might still be with us for some time to come.
Now, who would have thought that a tax-supported and much larger facility (the 2004 MILWAUKEE THEATER, which is not a cinema, hence not listed here on CT) would take away a large amount of the buiness that our local theatres had survived upon? Yeah, who??? ;)
Well, maybe, just maybe there is a bright side to all this IF the new management will be more sympathetic to letting Dairyland Theatre Organ Society back in to bring their own Wurlitzer pipe organ (one of the few still playing in its own home) alive again for the public. We can only hope.
EAGLE ROCK, CA — According to the newsletter from TERA (The Eagle Rock Association), Eagle Rock’s historic movie house, the Eagle Theater, is for sale. It is located at the southeast corner of Eagle Rock Boulevard and Yosemite Drive and is adjacent to several relatively new, thriving businesses such as Ballroom Blitz, Curves, The Blissful Soul, and the Oxy Cafe.
Eagle Rock is a district of L.A. situated right between Pasadena and Glendale, full of carefully tended homes from the ‘20s, '30s, '40s, and '50s that have doubled in value in the past few years. It’s a very tightknit community that is extremely supportive of all the restaurants and coffeehouses that seem to be opening on an almost weekly basis; there would be huge community support for this theater’s reopening.
“We Eagle Rockers would love to have our neighborhood movie house back,” says the newsletter. “It’s a great theater with newer seats, a big screen, and a sizeable stage for live productions. It is listed (we hear) for about $1.5 million. The listing agent is Scott Howard, and he can be reached at (323) 871-8585 for more details.”