The latest movie theater news and updates
August 31, 2005
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Mike Rivest sent us this press release about Empire Theatres expansion in Canada. (He also mentioned that a list of the theaters involved can be found here.
TORONTO, ONTARIO—(CCNMatthews – Aug. 22, 2005) – Cineplex Galaxy LP (“Cineplex”) (TSX:CGX.UN) announced today that it has agreed to sell 27 theatres with 202 screens located in Ontario and Western Canada to Empire Theatres Limited (“Empire Theatres”) based in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. The transaction is valued at approximately $83 million and is expected to close September 30, 2005, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
“We are delighted to announce that we have an agreement to sell the Ontario and Western Canada locations to Empire Theatres,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex Galaxy. “The acquisition of Famous Players was completed on July 22, 2005 and we are delighted to have an agreement to sell the vast majority of the theatres that we are required to divest less than 30 days later” said Jacob.
Cineplex entered into a consent agreement with Canada’s Commissioner of Competition in connection with the Famous Players acquisition requiring the sale of 34 theatres with a total of 282 screens located in Ontario, Western Canada and Quebec.
Stuart Fraser, President and CEO, Empire Theatres Limited said “we are very pleased with this acquisition as it enables us to further expand our presence across Canada beyond our core group of theatres located in Atlantic Canada. We look forward to operating these theatres and introducing the Empire Theatres brand to Ontario and Western Canada.” As part of the agreement, Empire Theatres will offer employment to all staff currently employed in these theatres.
August 30, 2005
Laura Wallace asks:
Hello! I hope you may be able to help me.
My fraternal grandmother, Cecilia Brahm, sang in an Ann Arbor movie theater approximately from 1910 – 1915. She was accompanied on the piano/organ by Ms. Allie Tice. I am looking for more specific information if there are any records from this time.
Being totally optimistic, I would like to obtain some memorabilia that may advertise their performances. Note of interest: Cecilia Brahm’s uncle was composer Johannes Brahms.
I hope someone can help with my search. Thank you so very much!!
I have a small collection of Exhibitor magazines and and several other theater magazines for sale.
• December 16, 1953, 35th Anniversary Edition
• March 31. 1954
• February 13, 1963
• April 1, 1959, Theatre Catalog Edition
• April 4, 1962, Theatre Catalog Edition
• June 16, 1965
• January 19, 1966
• April 6, 1966, Section One
• April 6, 1966, Section Three, Theatre Catalog Edition
• August 17, 1966
• July 1965, Greater Amusements and International Projectionist
• August 31, 1959, Box Office
• March 3, 1966, Showmen’s Trade Review
All Magazines are $ 2.00 each, plus shipping or $ 20.00 for all, plus shipping. The condition of each magazine may vary. Email for information.
Drive-ins may be continuing to fade away around the country but, as this Los Angeles Times article they’re as strong — and as popular as ever — in the state of Texas.
August 29, 2005
We have made great progress listing the old single screen movie theatres of South Carolina at www.scmovietheatres.com.
Included are photographs and stories from people who remember the fun they had going to their local theatre. We invite all users of cinematreasures.org to drop in and enjoy.
Comments are always welcome.
NEW YORK, NY — A new high-tech-style movie theater may anchor the southeast corner of Washington and 13th Streets/the Meat Packing district in the future, according to this report from the Villager.
The building, located at 837-843 Washington Street, is currently a low-rise building brokered by James Ortenzio, homoe to many meat businesses. When the building is refurbished, Robert K. Futterman and Associates, a national movie theater chain will take the 2nd and 3rd floors once the ground floor has something. The building is 60,000 square feet.
The current leases expire in 2 ½ years.
August 26, 2005
FULLERTON, CA — On Thursday September 1 at 8:30 p.m. the Fox Theatre will screen the 1953 version of “War Of The Worlds.” The movie will be projected on the exterior stage wall, under the stars. Bring your own seating for the space provided in the parking lot on a first-come, first served basis. Popcorn, soft drinks, pizza, and snacks will be available for purchase.
CLEVELAND, OH — The LaSalle Theater in Euclid (Cleveland) Ohio is for sale. Neighborhood theater, built in the 20’s, closed in the 90’s and rarely used after. Seats 800, need updating to interior and exterior. Great project for theater buff or non-profit group!
Please contact John MacDonald for more info at (866)560-1343.
In South Yonkers, New York, there’s a movie house just waiting for someone to come along and renovate it. Everyone seems to agree that this facility, if restored and resusitated as a movie house can help in the revitalization of the South Yonkers area.
The movie house, originally built as a twin theater in 1926, seats 460 downstairs and about the same number in the upper level. The property is privately-owned and it is located in a retail corridor in transition. Special economic development benefits from the city and State are available.
The local non-profit group seeking to develop this movie house can also serve as an important resource, as it represents all property owners and merchants in the corridor. There’s an information packet available for any developers or operators wanting to know more. Call 914-438-4721 or e-mail