The latest movie theater news and updates
October 24, 2003
Theater chains are going back to the past for inspiration for the newest mega-palaces being constructed across the country by circuits like Loews, Muvico, AMC, Krikorian, Pacific, Harkins, and more. As journalist Andreas Fuchs writes in this Hollywood Reporter article, “These days, successful multiplex design involves emulating stylish hotels, evoking nostalgia for classic theaters and renovating or expanding on those original palaces of dreams.”
October 23, 2003
ST. AUSTELL, ENGLAND — A plan to redevelop the town center of St Austell, in Cornwall, would include the demolition of the 1936 Art Deco Odeon Cinema, which would be replaced by a new four-screen cinema, according to a report in the Western Morning News. Though conservationists are campaigning to save the Odeon, both developers and the conservation organization, English Heritage, seem to agree that since a remodeling from the 70s, there isn’t enough left of the original design to warrant saving the Odeon. One conservation consultant said that the cinema now looks more like “an industrial shed.”
IDYLLWILD, CA — The Rustic Theater, located in the San Jacinto Mountains, 5000 feet above Palm Springs, California in a quaint village called Idyllwild, is reportedly for sale, according to ‘morrierustic’. The owner is retiring after 27 years. The theater has been in continuous operation since 1956.
October 22, 2003
- A Storied Theatre’s Second Act
- Venue marks 75 years of entertaining
- Fox Theater may be site for art students
- Old cinema faces a makeover
- Dinner theater at the Park?
- Mansfield board approves theater plan
- 99-cent movie ticket
- Off Broadway and into refurbished theater
- Film expo fills gap left with fest’s demise
- Cape movie house targets Oct. 17 debut
October 21, 2003
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Friends of the Loews, the non-profit group which has worked since 1986 to save and preserve the Loews Jersey, is seeking to replace its current lease of the theater with a more permanent arrangement. The lack of such an arrangement has made it difficult for the theater to attract corporate sponsors, according to this story in the Hudson Reporter.
October 20, 2003
According to this article in the Nashville City Paper, the Belcourt Theatre has been sold to the Belcourt YES! group, which has plans to restore the theater and run it as a mixed-use facility offering films, theater performances, and live music. The Belcourt YES! group has been operating the theater since June 2000, when it took over from a grassroots effort known as ‘Save the Belcourt’.
MENLO PARK, CA — After initially considering demolition, the owner of the Park Theatre is now reviewing two different proposals to revive the aging Art Moderne theater, according to the San Jose Mercury News. One proposal, from Landmark Theatres, would include adding a second screen to the Park (which would require a spitting of the theater’s main auditorium).
LOMBARD, IL — According to a recent Daily Herald article, work has at last begun on the restoration of the long-shuttered DuPage Theatre. Workers are replacing bricks on the DuPage’s stagehouse before winter arrives. The full restoration project of the theater is expected to begin in spring, including converting upstairs apartments into offices, opening retail space on the ground level, and finally, restoring the auditorium to its original appearance, for live performances, concerts and movies. The project is expected to be completed by late 2005. Though the current work is only a very small part of the project, one supporter of the theater’s restoration said, “We’re excited to see it get underway”.