The latest movie theater news and updates
September 13, 2004
HARTFORD, CT — The four-screen arthouse Cinema City has shut down after 31 years in business, according to a report from the Hartford Courant.
Northeast Cinemas acquired the theater from Hoyts in 2003 and had been running it since. The theater was quite shabby and had not been updated or renovated for many years – quite possibly since it opened in 1973.
However, it played art movies that cannot be seen anywhere else in the state of Connecticut. It will be sorely missed.
WATERLOO, ON — John Tutt, owner of the Princess Cinema, has given a tentative date of mid-October for the opening of his new two-screen cinema at 46 King St. N.
Tutt spent $1.6 million to buy an old furniture store in the heart of downtown Waterloo, and transformed it into the Princess Twin Cinemas.
The Princess Cinema has operated for 19 years in the back of the Huether Hotel, a 162-year-old heritage building at the corner of Princess and King streets.
September 10, 2004
- California Theatre Is Born—Again
- ‘Iao Theater Seen As Stage For Revitalization
- Sampson Community Theatre Getting Known
- Bottom-Line Nostalgia
- Palace Selling Harbour View Drive-in Cnema
- Historic Shea’s Buffalo Sign Lit
- Historic Theater Ready For Comeback
- Stuart’s Lyric Theatre Holds Up
- Arts Center Opens in Statesboro, GA
- Explosives Found In Russian Movie Theater
- Why A Movie Theater-Restoration Measure Should Get Flushed In November
- A comeback for Staunton theater
- Dixie Managers Plan To Re-open Friday
SUFFERN, NY — The following email was sent in by Pete Apruzzese, Director of Film Programming for the Big Screen Classics series at the Lafayette Theatre:
“The Big Event starts tonight and continues through Sunday. Tickets will be on sale at the box office beginning approximately one hour before each show – plenty of seats remain for every film, so come on out!
SPECTACULAR SCIENCE FICTION presents nine unique and entertaining science fiction films from the Golden Age of Hollywood, all on the Lafayette Theatre’s giant silver screen.
FLINT, MI — The following message was sent in by Gary Flinn:
“FYI, here is an update of the Capitol Theatre repairs. Now that the brickwork is repaired on the east wall of the auditorium, the bricklayers have started work on the west wall of the auditorium along Brush Alley.
Most of the water damaged bricks have been removed from the wall and they are about ready to put up the new bricks. On Brush Alley, there are pallets of replacement brick and large bags of mortar along with a cement mixer."
September 9, 2004
PITTSBURGH, PA — Borden Vaughan Development has taken the Hollywood Theatre, located in the Dormont Shopping District of Pittsburgh, and the Grenada Theater, located in Beaver Falls, off the market and are awaiting inspections and feasibility studies prior to their purchase.
Plans are in the works to put the two theaters on the National Registry of Historic Places, and convert them to a restaurant/bar movie format. Traditional seating will be phased out and replaced with couches, tables, and home theater seating. Concessions will also be unconventional with ideas including a coffee bar, a gelato shop, and gourmet pizza.
The Austin, Minnesota Paramount celebrates its 75th anniversary, the Catlow Theater in Barrington, IL comes off the market, and trouble is reported at the Gaiety Theater in Boston — all in today’s newsreel.
- It’s Curtains for Showcase Cinema East
- Cinemas All About The Math
- Paramount Celebrates 75th
- Fort Worth Theater Unites Hispanic Community
- Revitalizing Grand Old Theaters — Eureka And Redding
- Lawyers Restoring Old Theater
- Eltrym Theater Open While Owner Appeals Code
- Catlow Owner Has Hopes For Sequel [Reg. Req.]
- Stop Order Issued at Gaiety
We’ll have more stories you may have missed this week in tomorrow’s newsreel…
September 8, 2004
Just as we have begun to understand the significance of 2K resolution (2048 x 1080 pixels) in the upcoming standards for d-cinema, technology is forging ahead again.
With the June 3, 2004 introduction of plans for not one, but two digital-cinema projectors at 4096 x 2160 pixel resolution (4K) with ‘unprecedented features’ and ‘a high contrast ratio’ (2000:1), Sony declared itself ‘taking the lead in the rapidly emerging digital-cinema market.’
For more information, read this Film Journal International article.
Hello from France. I am an antiques dealer and I have recently bought a 17' stained glass cinema sign. I just wanted to tell your community that it is now on eBay, item number 3928776766.
MILWAUKEE, WI — For those of you in love with outdoor movies, there was a lengthy article with four photos in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about three drive-ins in the state.
It discusses the viability and wisdom of outdoor theaters in this day and age, and profiles one man’s restarting one out of his youthful affection for them.