The latest movie theater news and updates
December 22, 2003
Here is a listing of all theaters I could find up for sale on the web as of 12/20/03. I post this list in hopes that people will buy them and preserve the classic theaters that remain.
Name: Ellis Theatre
Location: Springfield, VT
Condition: Open, 2 screens
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PITTSBURG, CA — After months of plan checks and red tape, the Enean Theatre will reopen as an autoparts store. Maybe next time, next restoration, will be to bring it back.
December 19, 2003
BOWLING GREEN, OH — According to a report in the Toledo Blade, the current owners of the CLA-ZEL Theatre have replaced the theater’s roof, upgraded the lobby, and made many general improvements over the past few years.
But what’s next? The group plans to create a comprehensive, five-year plan for keeping the CLA-ZEL in good shape. A top priority: the theater’s marquee.
“It is the landmark of the downtown,” said Paul Yon, director of development of Cla-Zel Theater, Inc. “The marquee is vitally important for the preservation of the facility itself.”
December 18, 2003
- AMC to Modify Theaters for People in Wheelchairs
- Plans call for theater district in downtown
- City will seek funding in state capital budget
- Developer Decides Saving Woolworth Facade Is Too Expensive
- Magic ring may save movie sales
- American Home Theater Unveils 9-Foot Screen & Projection Rental System for House Parties
- DPI sees multiple uses for Capitol
- Carmike movie theater manager suspected of embezzling $30000
- Midnight movie madness
- Undersea Cables Beam Movie Into Theaters
December 17, 2003
The new owner, McDermott Developments, a local real estate development company, had originally planned to demolish the theater and replace it with 31 apartments. However, these plans do not appear to be finalized.
As Andrew Darbyshire, a McDermott developer, put it: “We bought it with the benefit of planning permission. But I do not want to say anything yet regarding our intentions. We don’t know what to do yet.”
SUFFERN, NY — We are proud to announce the 3 DAYS OF 3-D Film Festival at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York, on February 27-28-29, 2004.
3 DAYS OF 3-D will present 10 of the best classic films made during the 1950s in the miracle of Third Dimension, including KISS ME KATE, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, DIAL “M” FOR MURDER, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, GORILLA AT LARGE, INFERNO, MISS SADIE THOMPSON, ROBOT MONSTER, GUN FURY and HOUSE OF WAX.
NORFOLK, VA — The old Granby Theatre, which has been closed for several years, is under renovations at this time.
December 16, 2003
According to Steve Davis, volunteer publicity chairman for Standing Room Only, a nonprofit organization that has leased the Buchanan, “The biggest impact is that something is regularly opened after most businesses have closed. It brings a lot of people in from a large geographical area.” Much of the theater’s success can be attributed to its programming which includes first and second run movies, opera, bluegrass and rock concerts, sports broadcasts, children’s matinees, benefit performances and church services.
December 15, 2003
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA — According to a report in the Adelaide Advertiser, the Regent Theatre will close January 28, due to a dispute between the Hoyts theater chain and the building’s landlord, St. Peter’s College.
The closure comes as a surprise to the Regent’s landlord, according to Paul Fielding, business director for St. Peters:
“I still haven’t got their sign-off to withdraw from their tenancy,” he said. “But, in any case, it’s a sudden thing and we haven’t got our mind around what you do with a large empty space like that.”