The latest movie theater news and updates
July 7, 2014
BERWICK, PA — We are happy to announce that the Berwick Theater is now working with the Berwick Area United Way to become a non-profit community theater! It has run as a for-profit business since its construction in 1890 as an opera house. Now, with low demand and a failing building, The Berwick Theater must make a change.
As the movie industry converts to a digital format for new release films theaters must transition to that format. This requires the installation of a digital projection system which can cost in excess of $50,000.
July 3, 2014
GLENDALE, CA — The art deco Alex Theatre has reopened and is better than ever. Not all the upgrades are front of house with new larger backstage areas, sound and lighting. They hope to be a new medium-sized contender for live productions.
Read more in Variety.
(Thanks to DavidZornig for providing the photo.)
July 2, 2014
WOODLAND, CA — Shuttered since 2010, the State Theatre could be making a comeback. Unfortunately though, it won’t be coming back in its original single-screen format or even like the triplex it was turned into in the 70’s. The plan is to sell it to Cinema West and collaborate on making it into a state-of-the-art 10-screen multiplex.
Read more in the Sacramento Business Journal.
(Thanks to JohnRice for providing the photo.)
SAN ANTONIO, TX — The San Antonio Symphony and Majestic Theatre are teaming up next season with a tribute to film scores. On separate weekends, they’ll present a feature film, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and a Bugs Bunny cartoon night, both with a live score.
For all the details, go to Broadway World.
(Thanks to Tinseltoes for providing the photo.)
July 1, 2014
AUBURN, NY —
Thursday July 3, 2014 Finger Lakes Drive-In
Four classic, 1970’s era drive-in shockers: “Ruby,” “Burial Ground,” “Death Dream” aka Dead of Night, and a Surprise Bonus feature, plus vintage short films and trailers. Admission is $10 per person with the option of free camping on the site. Food and drinks available in the concession stand. Kick off your Fourth of July weekend with an exciting show reminiscent of once common, holiday dusk-to-dawn drive-in movie marathons.
This will be a unique, one-of-a-kind retro movie marathon show reminiscent of Independence Day holiday dusk to dawn shows once commonplace at drive-in theaters in most every city and town of any size in the U.S, including drive-ins in the Syracuse region. I can substantiate this claim with plenty of old drive-in newspaper ads and articles from the 60’s and 70’s. The Finger Lakes Drive-in, I believe, is the only surviving drive-in in the greater Syracuse region.
June 30, 2014
VANDERGRIFT, PA — A weekend full of nostalgic retro thrills and chills, DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA is two nights of classic horror and science fiction 35mm prints presented at an authentic drive-in movie theater. There will be two big shows on two consecutive nights which will start at dusk and go on until really late into the night! This is the seventh year in a row that we are hosting such an event, so we encourage all drive-in movie fanatics to travel from near and far, as you’re not going to find anything else like it, anywhere!
What could be better than a weekend getaway topped off with two nights of classic monster movies on the big outdoor screen? We realize that everything is so expensive these days, but admission is still only $10 a person each night! Plus, children 12 and under are free with parent or adult guardian. How can you beat that? The Riverside’s concession stand is loaded with reasonably priced goodies, including hot foods, hot and cold drinks, candy, popcorn and much more!
What is being shown and when?
Indiewire published an interesting story the other week where they identified some predicted trends in moviegoing over the next 4 years. Nothing is groundbreaking but amongst other things, they predict growth in Box Office revenue. This while they still foresee distribution moving to more of a digital model. Check it out!
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.