The latest movie theater news and updates

  • January 23, 2004

    AMC and Loews Cineplex Kill Merger Talks

    KANSAS CITY, MO — AMC has announced that its discussions with Loews Cineplex about a potential merger of the two theater chains have come to an end. At present, it’s unclear why the negotations died. For (slightly) more details, read the full press release below:

  • The El Rey Celebrates Its Grand Reopening

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Some two years after reopening to the public on a limited basis, the El Rey Theatre is celebrating its grand reopening according to a report in the Daily Lobo.

  • ‘Save the Fox’ Community Forum To Be Held Jan 29th

    FULLERTON, CA — The Fox Fullerton writes:

    “If you attend just one meeting for the Fox, make it this one. It is critical that we pack the auditorium to show community support for saving the Fox! We will present our latest plans, and there will be an opportunity to give input. This may be our last chance to save this wonderful theatre.

    • Rare vintage photos of the Fox from the Academy of Motion Pictures!
    • Never-before-shown photos from private collections showing unique, hidden details!
    • Artists' renderings of the Fox as an independent, art film center and live stage venue!

  • January 22, 2004

    Pics of the Grand Theatre’s Demolition

    BALTIMORE, MD — Thanks to Ed Dobbins, we’ve got some photos from the demolition of the Grand Theatre, which began on Monday.

    The pictures come from a live, continuously-updated webcam of the Grand — courtesy of the Baltimore Guide Online — that’s sitting across the street from the theater’s demolition site.

    Animation of the Grand’s demolition

  • Enean Theatre Under Restoration

    PITTSBURG, CA — Another change of fate for the “Enean Theatre” in downtown Pittsburg. After being anything but a movie theater for over 50 years, the theater will now be restored and brought back to its former use of exhibiting motion pictures and other events.

  • Take Your Seats—Literally—at the Colonial Theatre

    PHOENIXVILLE, PA — With their “Take A Seat” campaign, the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT) is seeking to raise more funds for their renovation of the 101 year-old Colonial Theatre, according to a report in the Phoenixville News.

  • January 21, 2004

    Dealey Center Theater Photos

    Roger Katz sent in some photos of the Dealey Center Theater:
    “I saw an item on the Dealey Center Theater on today’s newsreel on Cinema Treasures. Here are some photos of the theater. If you do post these, credit them to Liz Katz as she actually took them and sent them to me.”

    (For more information, read the original story in “The Dolphin”.)

  • Wanda Group and Warner Bros. International Cinemas to Build Some 30 Multiplexes in China

    BEIJING, CHINA — Wanda Group and Warner Bros. International Cinemas (WBIC) have jointly created Warner Wanda Cinemas (working name) for the building and operating of some 30 “state-of-the-art, world-class multiplex cinemas” in all of Wanda Group’s shopping complexes, which are currently under construction or planned to be built.

  • January 20, 2004

    Des Plaines Theatre Study Funding Temporarily on Hold

    DES PLAINES, IL – Aldermen in Des Plaines have decided to hold off on providing up to $60,000 in funds to study the viability of converting the historic Des Plaines Theatre into a performing arts venue until they learn if the theater’s new owner, Dhitu Bagwakar, plans to follow the study’s recommendations.

    According to a report in the Daily Herald, Bagwakar is currently screening East Indian features at the twin theater. Many of the alderman have issues about giving funds to a private business, as well as the need for another performing arts center in the area, after the new Metropolis Theater in nearby downtown Arlington Heights failed.

    That venue is currently in the midst of a debate over whether the city of Arlington Heights should take over the Metropolis or it should be taken over by another private organization.

  • January 19, 2004

    For Sale: Pasadena’s Historic Raymond Theatre

    PASADENA, CA — The Raymond Theatre (formerly known as the Crown Theatre or Perkin’s Palace) is for sale.

    It is located in Old Town Pasadena, two short blocks from the popular Old Town shopping, dining and entertainment district. It features 2,000 seats, main floor and balcony, two lobbies, four restrooms, a 40'x40' stage, and eight dressing rooms with flyloft and rigging.

    The theater was once one of Los Angeles' top concert venues, featuring acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, and others. It has a great legacy of live performances. With the right buyer, the theater can once again function as a concert or mixed-use venue.