The latest movie theater news and updates
May 27, 2003
LITTLE ROCK, AR — According to an email sent in by local resident, Steve Yoder, the UA 150 closed abruptly last night. The United Artists Cinema 150 was the last of the Dimension 150 theaters which once dotted the country from New York to Seattle. In recent years, the Seattle, Washington and Syosset, New York D-150 theaters were also shuttered and then later demolished.
After being a local icon in the Little Rock area for 35 years, tonight this classic 703 seating capacity cinema showed it’s final show. I sat with my wife and two children watching X-Men 2, remembering having sat there as a 7 year old child watching Sean Connery’s, “Diamond’s Are Forever”, thinking that unfortunately some things aren’t forever.
In 1968 the theater opened it’s doors with classic movie “The Odd Couple”. One of it’s early highlights was when it hosted the world premiere of John Wayne’s, “True Grit”. From the information I could gather, Regal Entertainment, had made a business decision to close it and put the property up for sale. This closing followed the opening of an ultra-modern 10 screen stadium seating theater.
For more information, read the Baxter Bulletin article.
This may be the last chance to save this unique widescreen theater. Any interested parties out there???
May 26, 2003
Cinema Treasures is closed for the Memorial Day holiday, but will return tomorrow.
May 23, 2003
LONDON, UK — According to Yahoo News, EasyInternetCafe and Easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou has opened Easycinema, a new low-cost, no-frills movie theater.
How low-cost, you ask? Well, since Easycinema uses the same pricing technique first pioneered by its intercafe sibiling, EasyInternetCafe, ticket prices will be based on demand.
So, if you buy early, tickets will be as cheap as 33 cents. But as demand fluctuates, the price will be raised or lowered, depending on availability. If a movie becomes very popular, patrons will be charged a full-ticket price (approximately $8 in the UK).
In addition to the cheap tickets, Easycinema will do away with both box offices and concession stands…
“We’re keeping it as simple as possible,” said James Rothnie, an easyGroup spokesman, adding he believed it was the first such scheme in the world. “There’ll be no rip-off popcorn, no catering of any sort. If you want to eat and drink, bring your own.”
So far, not surprisingly, response from film distributors has been less than supportive, with some refusing to book blockbusters with Easycinema. But, regardless, the new company will certainly prove to be an interesting experiment for the exhibition industry.
PITTSBURGH, PA — Also according to Yahoo News, an appeals court has upheld a previous decision giving the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority the right to seize and redevelop the Garden Theater as part of an urban renewal project.
The legal battle, ongoing since 1997, had pitted the First Amendment rights of owner George Androtsakis (who used the Garden to show adult movies) against the city’s right to use eminent domain (in pursuit of its $45 million urban renewal project).
BAGHDAD, IRAQ — The Baltimore Sun is reporting that movie theaters in newly-liberated Baghdad, many of which reopened in the past few weeks, have been ordered to shutdown by Sheik Mohammed al-Fartusi, a local Muslim cleric.
While it appears that only some theaters have responded to the Sheik’s decree, many others are taking it seriously, cutting short advertising campaigns or reducing their visible street presence (by hiding posters and other signage).
May 22, 2003
Landmark Theater Symbol of Valley’s Rebirth
VALLEY, AL — Read the Tuscaloosa News
$1.3M Park Renovation Promises Return of Live Entertainment
EDGEWOOD, RI — Read the Cranston Herald
Venerable Downtown Arcade Celebrates 100th Birthday
NASHVILLE, TN — Read the Tennessean
Roseville Theatre Renovates
ROSEVILLE, MI — Read the South End article
May 21, 2003
Kon-Tiki Theater Heads For Oblivion
TROTWOOD, OH — Read the Dayton Daily News
Northgate May Finally Be Coming Down
SEATTLE, WA — Read the Seattle Times story
Movies' New Allure In Iraq
BAGHDAD, IRAQ — Read the Salt Lake Tribune piece
The Other Grand Ol' Theater
EUREKA, CA — Read the The Times-Standard story
Senator Owner Evicts Theater Foundation
CHICO, CA — Read the Enterprise-Record story
Is AOL Reeling as Cinemas Defect?
NEW YORK, NY — Read the CNET/Businessweek article
May 20, 2003
New Group Will Raise Money for the Cla-Zel Historic Theater
BOWLING GREEN, OH — Read the Toledo Blade
Center Cinema Closing on June 1
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — Read the City News article
Embassy Future Rests in Hands of the Young
FORT WAYNE, IN — Read the News-Sentinel
May 19, 2003
Narrow Focus Propels Theater Renovation
PULASKI, VA — Read the Roanoke Times
The Closing Of Glorious Old Theaters
ILLINOIS & INDIANA — Read the Southern Illinoisan
Thanks to Don Weber for these articles.
Skowhegan Cinema to Reopen June 20; New Owner Plans More Screens
SKOWHEGAN, ME — Read the Kennebec Journal article
Seattle International Film Festival Schedule Announced
SEATTLE, WA — Read the Seattle Post-Intelligencer article
York Theatre to Add Two More Auditoriums
ELMHURST, IL — Read the Daily Herald story
Thanks to Bryan Krefft for the news.