The latest movie theater news and updates
December 3, 2003
According to it’s owner, Ben Slotky, “It’s bigger than anyone thought it would be. It took off so quickly.” The brew and view-style movie house was restored over the past couple years and was opened in May of this year after being closed since 1988.
Now, Slotky is expanding his vision of what he wants the Castle to become, an entertainment complex filling each of the 86 year-old building’s five floors, beginning with the second story, which he plans on turning into a pool hall. “After or before the movies,” Slotky says, “people are going other places. I want them to stay here.”
December 2, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD — The original plans for Baltimore’s Regional Library were to include the structure & facade of the Grand Theatre.
However two years ago, the architects & engineers inspected the theater and found that, due to extensive water damage, the supporting structure is too far gone (and costly) to be saved. I recently heard from the local merchants association that the marquee, box office, and some internal fixtures are going to be saved for some future use.
The fence around the block went up last week and the demolition is scheduled to start Dec 01 2003 :–(
December 1, 2003
LANSING, MI — Celebration! Cinema has installed the very first IMAX MPX screen, according to a report in the State News. MPX is a new, low-cost version of IMAX that’s designed specifically for use in traditional multiplex and megaplex theaters.
Here’s how IMAX’s press release described the new system:
BLOOMINGTON, IN — According to a report in the Indiana Daily Student, a hearing will be held this coming Wednesday to determine the fate of the Von Lee Cinema. At question is whether or not the theater’s current owner should be granted a liquor license, which is required for the theater to become a restaurant and bar. Opponents of the plan — namely, the “Save The Von Lee” organization — argue that the Von Lee should remain a cinema.
The December issue of Wired Magazine has an interview with Mark Cuban, the new owner of Landmark Theatres. Cuban, a colorful figure who founded Broadcast.com (and later sold it to Yahoo for $6 billion), also owns the Dallas Mavericks NBA team and HDNet, a high-definition cable channel. The interview includes some interesting thoughts on digital cinema and the future of moviegoing.
November 27, 2003
Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, we will not be publishing theater news for the remainder of the week. We hope you all have a great holiday!
(Cinema Treasures will resume publication on Monday.)
November 26, 2003
The NorShor Theater gets a visit from the National Trust, the Biloxi Saenger completes another round of restoration, Hawaiians mourn loss of the Waikiki, and the Sameric seeks $5 million tax break — all in today’s newsreel.
- Theater regains 1929 glory
- Working to save the NorShor
- Ritz to be part of Haddon holiday house tour
- Historic is in the eye of the beholder
- Curtain closes on theater relics
- Phila. developer seeks tax break – again
- Muvico plans Bonita Springs theaters
- Theater brought back to life after 22 years dormant
- Group renovates Elkader theater
- Bloom’s off Twin Theatre, on The Rose in Medina
- Embassy’s latest surprise: A ‘Nazgul’
WELLINGTON, TX — Work has officially begun on the Ritz Theater restoration in tiny Wellington, Texas. Historic Wellington Inc., which is spearheading the restoration, received $150,000 in funding from a local foundation and has contracted with an area building contractor to remove 20-plus years of debris and rebuild the damaged roof and interiors of the 1928 mission-revival theater.
November 25, 2003
SAN MATEO, CA — According to the San Mateo Daily Journal, the Palm Theater, which has been operated as an adult film since the mid 1970s, may be eligible for historic status. Should the theater win such status, it would slow efforts by a local developer to destroy the theater and develop an apartment building in its place.