The latest movie theater news and updates

  • May 30, 2005

    URGENT – DuPage Theatre to Face Demolition Vote

    LOMBARD, IL — The following was sent in by the “DuPage Friends”:

    “Lombard Trustee Proposes Resolution to Demolish Historic DuPage Theatre and Shops

    While the Village of Lombard is busy reviewing a proposal to restore the historic DuPage Theatre and Shops in its downtown, District 4 Trustee Steven Sebby has requested that
    Village Manager Bill Lichter place on the June 2, 2005 Village Board Agenda a resolution to demolish the theater and existing buildings.

    The revitalization plan now under review by the village includes the complete restoration of the DuPage Theatre as an arts and cultural center, as well as the development of upscale condominiums, restaurant and retail space and parking.

    The plan, proposed by architectural firm Daniel P. Coffey & Associates, a nationally renowned architectural firm specializing in theater restoration, and RSC & Associates, highly credentialed condominium and commercial developers, compelled the Village Board at a special meeting on April 27, 2005 to refer the plan to Village Staff.

  • St. Louis Fox to present “Stan Kann Celebration”

    ST. LOUIS, MO — On Sunday, June 12, the St. Louis Fox will celebrate Stan Kann’s 55th anniversary of first performing at the theatre’s 4/36 Wurlitzer with a “Stan Kann Celebration.”

    The program will be in two parts. First will be the showing of Mike Steinberg’s documentary entitled “Stan Kann – The Happiest Man in the World.” The second half of the program will feature Mr. Kann accompaning the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks film, “The Mark of Zorro.”

    Ticket information can be had at

  • May 27, 2005

    Carolina Theatre & Grille Business For Sale

    State-of-the-art first-run movie/dinner theatre and restaurant built in 1946 for sale!

    Located in historical, beautiful downtown coastal Carolina city less than 45 mins. to Outer Banks and Virginia. 1 block from waterfront in a town experiencing tremendous growth. Business, equipment, and inventory included in sale.

    Unbelievable lease with 8 years remaining. Wonderful landlords who care about the property and community.

    Single screen, Dolby Digital Surround Sound auditorium with 100 dining seats (each table wired to digital phone system and low-voltage lighting), 168 traditional theater seats, and full service concession stand.

    Also included is a full service restaurant, with 51 seats, that adjoins the theater. All equipment and furnishing in excellent condition. Tremendous growth and franchise opportunities.

    For more information, contact Bryan:

  • Theater Marquee For Sale

    AMHERST, MA — I am offering a marquee from a closed theater in Amherst. It measures 4 ½' tall x 8' feet wide and about 1 foot deep.

    It has about 100 light bulb sockets that surround the message board. I believe it’s from the 70s and has a great look.

    Email me for pictures .

  • May 26, 2005

    Rent/Buy Historic Theater For Just $1.00

    NEW LONDON, CT — This Historic Theater, in the heart of New London’s Downtown. a National Register Historic District, is “desperately seeking” a Developer with Imagination and Resources to bring her back to life! PRICE IS NEGOTIABLE.

    If you have a good idea and the ability to put idea into action, we will talk to you. The Capital is a former 100-seat vaudeville theatre. Named by National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the USA’s most significant historic theaters in need of development! Building is owned by City of New London. Sale contingent upon proposed use, and must be approved by New London City Council. Interior and facade need extensive renovation. New Roof installed in 2000. Main floor and balcony; stage; three floors and lobby.

    Become a part of Downtown New London’s Exciting Rebirth!

    For more info, visit:


    **“New London, Conn., best-priced U.S. city
    Survey ranks it 1st when costs, jobs, pay are combined” (See this report from the San Francisco Chronicle.)

    **“New London topped our list with salary ranges above the national average, a low cost of living, and a low unemployment rate.” (See’s Salary Value Index.)

  • May 25, 2005

    The Megaplex Turns “10”

    The Associated Press takes an interesting look at the history of the megaplex…

    While it seems as if gigantic movie theaters have been with us forever, the megaplex theater — defined as having 14 or more screens and modern amenities like stadium-style seating — turned 10 years old last week.

    AMC Entertainment opened the first, the Grand 24 in Dallas, on May 19, 1995, ushering in a concept that used its scale to change how movies are shown. Ticket prices and audience expectations have gone up in the 10 years since, and megaplexes now face problems of their own.

    The idea was to match the successful “big-box” stores sprouting across suburbia, said Peter Brown, chief executive officer of Kansas Citybased AMC, which now operates 229 theaters, 77 percent of which are megaplexes.

    Pretty interesting read. There’s more at the East Valley Tribune website.

  • May 24, 2005

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  • May 23, 2005

    Cecchi Gori Fine Arts Theatre Closed

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Last Wednesday night, May 18th, was the last night of operation for the Cecchi Gori Fine Arts Theatre.

    Arthouse chain Landmark has been booking the theater since the mid-‘90’s. No word has been issued if this is a decision made by Landmark or by the Cecchi Gori family who own the building, and no further information is available as to what will happen to the theater.

  • The Future Of Movie-Going In Canada?

    CANADA — A recent story in the Globe and Mail reported that Cineplex Galaxy movie theatre chain is considering buying its biggest competitor – Famous Players.

    If the sale takers place and is approved by the Canadian government’s Competition Bureau, Cineplex-Galaxy would own slightly more than 70 percent of Canada’s movie screens.

    The story also includes a hint of what to expect in the future when you buy your ticket. According to the head of Cineplex-Galaxy, there will be about 20 minutes of ads and promo’s projected digitally before the lights go out for the main feature. This is seen as a way to keep the price of tickets down.

  • May 20, 2005

    Sundance Group Announces Cinema Intention

    PROVO, UT — This just crossed BusinessWire — The Sundance Group has just announced new plans for an art house circuit:

    “The Utah-based Sundance Group announced today that it is going forward with long held plans for a Sundance Cinemas movie theatre circuit. The new venture brings together Robert Redford’s Sundance brand, a recognized name in independent film, with the seasoned specialized theatre management team of Paul Richardson and Bert Manzari. Investment funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management are financing the new company.

    Richardson will serve as President and CEO, with Manzari taking the reins as President of Film and Marketing. The Cinemas will strive to incorporate the best in independent, documentary, and foreign language film, as well as quality studio films, and original programming, which will include shorts, filmmaker interviews, forums, and other value added features.