The latest movie theater news and updates
January 28, 2004
The new owners of the Ioka seek to avoid the limelight, the Rockland Strand could reopen by summertime (see previous story), the Cerrito Theater gets $3.5 million for renovations, and the Hollywood Reporter gets to the bottom of what killed the AMC/Loews Cineplex merger — all in today’s newsreel.
- Orchestra tunes up for Warner Grand
- Roll Credits — AMC, Loews Merger Talks Off
- Cake, ice cream and a movie
- $3.5 million goes to Cerrito renovation
- Canada enlists Conan to help boost tourism
- New owners of Ioka seek anonymity
- Small-town theaters staving off extinction
- Boston’s Opera House being restored to former glory
- Remembering The Rogers Theater
- Stoughton Village Players raising money for facility
- Dumbed-down, overcommercialized movie theater experience little better than TV anymore
(Thanks to Gregg Anderson for the Cerrito info.)
Geoff Welch writes… “I have a few passes to theatres that were once in Roanoke Va. Does anyone know about any information about the theaters? Are the passes collectable?”
MEDFORD, MA — I’m looking for any information anyone may have on the Medford Square Cinema 1 & 2. I went there often as a child, having seen quite a few of Disney’s original releases and re-releases in the early 1980s – ‘The Fox and the Hound’, ‘Tron’, and ‘Peter Pan’, among others — all in the upstairs (former balcony) auditorium.
January 27, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD — Thanks to the valiant efforts of Cinema Treasures user Ed Dobbins, we have another batch of photos from the Grand Theatre demolition site.
YORK, ENGLAND — The campaign to save the Odeon Cinema has received a boost with the backing of our local newspaper who have been producing posters and articles of support.
January 26, 2004
The theater, which closed down in November 1999, was originally opened in 1939. A $1 million renovation has made this cinema look better the new with refurbished seats, new carpets, and much new equipment in the booth.
Here are a few recent photos I took of the Avon:
CHICAGO, IL — I do not have an official story from the theater/management about the renovation of the landmark marquee at the Chicago Theatre, however the activity this week has been amazing.
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