The latest movie theater news and updates
June 2, 2014
COVINGTON, LA — Shuttered since 2008, the Holiday Square has long-been in renovation limbo, waiting to be converted into a dine-in theatre. The wait may finally be over as Southern aims to reopen it this summer. They’ll lose 5 screens from their original 12 to make way for a kitchen.
Read about all the plans at NOLA.com.
May 30, 2014
For people considering visiting Philadelphia during summer vacation, Howard Haas has compiled a list of nearby historic cinemas where you can still see a film on a daily basis.
HISTORIC MOVIE THEATERS IN PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS WHICH SHOW MOVIES DAILY.
NORTHERN SUBURBS OF PHILADELPHIA
May 29, 2014
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
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, 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.
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, 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
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.