The latest movie theater news and updates
June 27, 2014
ANN ARBOR, MI — Two cinema powerhouses are joining forces with of the Michigan Theater’s acquisition of the State Theatre. The deal won’t close for a few months and improvements are on the way to bring it up to today’s standards. Best of all though, regular movie screenings will continue.
Read more in MLive.
MOUNT LEBANON, PA — The Denis Theatre Foundation is working to make the theatre an arts complex with two small theaters as well as a learning center and gallery. More than anything, they’re building it with the community in mind as a center for education and discussion. There’s a fundraiser tonight at the Hollywood Theatre for the project.
Read more in Trib Live.
June 26, 2014
June 25, 2014
OSHKOSH, WI — The 100+ year-old Time Community Theater just celebrated five years back in business. Besides a dedicated community supporting it, presenting classic films has also been a key ingredient in not only bringing in patrons from Oshkosh but from other nearby cities as well.
Read the full story and catch a video in the Northwestern.
WASHINGTON, DC — The popular art-house chain is venturing into new territory with a pop-up location behind Union Market. Inside a warehouse, they’ll serve unique snacks and craft beer with three screens pumping out indie favorites.
Read the full story with pictures in the Washington Post.
June 24, 2014
KANSAS CITY, MO — Good news from KC drive-ins! The I-70 and Twin have made the last minute switch to digital. Expanded menus and more are in store for the saved cinemas. The area lost nearly all their drive-ins but now with these and the Boulevard, they’re back to having a robust selection.
Read more in the Kansas City Star.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
June 23, 2014
BANGKOK, THAILAND — The luxury cinema craze has made it to Thailand with the opening of the Embassy Diplomat Screens. Plush, private seats with call buttons and one cinema with a wine cellar are the highlights.
Check out the pictures and more at the Bangkok Post.
The Economist posted a piece last week on some success stories of independent theatres in England. The move to digital has actually been great for them with the access to a wider range of programming. By catering to more of an adult audience, they’ve been able to position themselves separately from multiplexes.
(Thanks to Ken Roe for providing the photo.)
June 20, 2014
PORTLAND, OR — Like the nearby Baghdad, the Mission Theater has reopened following extensive renovations. They’ll continue to be second-run but now have new seats and sound. The early adopter of brew and view will also still serve beer.
Read more in the Oregonian.
(Thanks to Lost Memory for providing the photo.)
FORT SMITH, AR — The 1929 Masonic Temple has finally found a suitor as the production company Fiery Moon is negotiating to take it over and restore it. The plan to restore the theatre there as well which had been leased out recently.
Read more in the SW Times.