The latest movie theater news and updates

  • May 29, 2014

    Montgomery Mall sees cinema changes

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    BETHESDA, MD — The Movies at Montgomery Mall, a 3-screen cineplex at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, MD, has closed. It will be replaced by a new luxury ArcLight Cinemas multiplex this fall (that theater is currently under construction at the mall).

    For a full report on the story with a dose of history on the location, check out Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row.

    (Thanks to Robert for providing the story and photo.)

  • May 28, 2014

    70mm Film Festival returns to Chicago

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    CHICAGO, IL — If you’ve never seen a film in 70mm and will be in Chicago this summer, be sure to check out the 70mm Film Festival that will be returning to the Music Box in July. While the full schedule hasn’t been confirmed, classics like “Vertigo” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” will definitely be back.

    Read more in the Chicagoist.

    (Thanks to R8teco for providing the photo.)

  • May 27, 2014

    Dealflicks takes their show on the road

    Dealflicks, the startup mentioned two years ago, is growing their business thanks to the old school sales strategy of meeting clients face to face. The sales team is riding in a van around the country to gain new business for their innovative product. They work with theaters to sell discount tickets and concessions during more challenging time periods.

    Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

  • SIFF makes theatre moves

    SEATTLE, WA — At their Opening Night Gala, not only did the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announce they’ve acquired a lease for the Egyptian Theatre, closed for the past year, but they’ve also purchased the Uptown. The one-time film festival will now have even more robust year-round exhibitions.

    Read the full story in the Seattle Times.

  • May 26, 2014

    Batesville gem faces its fate

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    BATESVILLE, IN — The clock is ticking for the Gibson Theatre as today is the last day for the theatre’s kickstarter campaign to raise money for a digital projector. The 93 year-old theatre could close in a matter of months if they don’t raise $15K.

    Read more and watch a video on this at WISHTV.

    (Thanks to Bill Eichelberger for providing the photo.)

  • May 23, 2014

    Movie theater chain tests premium pricing for center seats

    Canadian chain Cineplex Odeon has been testing the waters on charging more for the best seats in the theatre. Is this really worth a premium though?

    Sound off and read more about in Business Inside.

  • Tiny Texas movie theater asks for help to convert

    HEMPSTEAD, TX — The 200-seat Hempstead Theater has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a digital projector. The family-run operation is looking for $85K to make the jump. Religious films have helped them pay the bills but getting back to having multiple first-run options is what they really need to survive.

    Read more in the Chron.

  • May 22, 2014

    A visit to the rebuilt Lebowsky Center

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    OWOSSO, MI — Last weekend, Ivonne and I took in “Shrek the Musical” at the rebuilt Lebowsky Center. We picked up our tickets at the adjacent Studio Theatre entrance then entered the theater through the new inside hallway to enter the enlarged theater lobby. Upstairs, the upper lobby was also enlarged as it absorbed the upstairs office space so there is now a view of Main Street above the marquee. Inside the theater, the rebuilt theater is state of the art and that includes the fire supression system with sprinklers all over the facility. You can still see scars from the 2007 fire on and adjacent to the proscenium arch.

    Because of the enlarged lobby and the addition of stadium seating and a large handicapped seating area, there are now 500 seats. Additional movable seats can be added in the handicapped area and the side boxes. As for the 500 permanent seats, they are retro style and extremely comfortable. As for the show we took in, “Shrek the Musical,” it was great! The Lebowsky Center in Owosso attracts theater goers in the nearby Flint and Lansing areas as well as the local Owosso/Corunna areas.

    — Gary Flinn

  • May 21, 2014

    Historic Warner Cascade Theatre Gala coming in June

    NEW CASTLE, PA — Anticipating their Grand Opening in February 2015, the historic Warner Cascade Theatre will celebrate two milestones at its Riverplex site in downtown New Castle, Thursday, June 26, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

    Officials will unveil the Pennsylvania Historical Marker commemorating the Warner Brothers’ first theatre.

  • Imagining the Future On The Big Screen

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ —

    Imagining the Future On The Big Screen At The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 Tel. (201) 798-6055 Fax: (201) 798-4020 Web: www.loewsjersey.org The Landmark Loew’s Jersey is a historic theatre operating as a non-profit arts center

    Friday, May 30 8PM “Brazil"
    Starring Jonathan Pryce, Michael Palin, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro. Directed by Terry Gilliam. 1985, 131 mins., color.