The latest movie theater news and updates
January 5, 2004
An interesting report in the Washington Post examines trends in movie theater pre-show entertainment. Pre-show entertainment typically consists of slide-based advertisements shown prior to the beginning of a movie, while the audience is entering the auditorium.
BRIDGETON, NJ — The Laurel Theatre, which has been closed for over 25 years, will most likely be demolished sometime in May, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“It’s not in danger of falling down. It’s just a wreck,” said Ewing, who said he had been pushing the building’s demolition for years. “It’s an eyesore in the middle of town.”
January 2, 2004
- The multiplex is as close as the next room
- Theater’s reopening sure to be animated
- Big-Screen Bottom Line
- Colonial Theatre series to revive film classics
- Byrd Theatre’s opening was a gift 75 years ago
- Historic cinema bids for cash to keep the projectors rolling
- Crazy Burger rules at the Castle
- Coming to a Theater Near You: Digital Films
- Big screen finally coming to Rainier Valley
- Movie lobbies a room with a view — Door ladies a fond memory of theaters
December 31, 2003
Our daily theater news will not be published on New Year’s Day, but will return on Friday. Best wishes for the New Year to every Cinema Treasures member!
CHICAGO, IL — On the hundredth anniversary yesterday of the blaze that killed more than 600 people at the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago’s Loop area, a plaque was unveiled by Chicago Fire Commissioner James Joyce and alderman Ed Burke. The plaque memorializes the Iroquois tragedy, which killed more than twice as many as the city’s Great Fire of 1871.
December 30, 2003
NEW YORK, NY — Ticket prices at NYC movie theaters have broken the $10 dollar barrier for the first time, according to Newsday.com. During the past week, both Loews Cineplex and United Artists have raised ticket prices by 25 cents, bringing adult admissions to $10.25 per ticket.
“In comparison to other entertainment options, movie ticket prices are modest and remain one of the most affordable out of home entertainment activities,” Loews spokesman John McCauley said Monday.
What do you think? Is this increase reasonable? Comment below.
My husband and I are considering purchasing an old, 200-seat, one-screen theater in a small town in Texas. It has been closed for a few years because the owners got too old to mess with it anymore, but according to the realtor it seems to have all the basics (assuming it still works).
We are going to look at it this weekend. We have no experience in theaters. This is all new to us. We would appreciate ANY advice or direction.
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Jenkins said in an article in THE SALINA JOURNAL, “I decided I wanted to write a book that exectutive directors and responsible board members could use as a weapon, as a tool to try to get their boards to behave in a more businesslike manner.”
Jenkins was executive director of the Fox Theatre project in Salina, Kansas from the start and has been involved in nonprofit theater groups for the past 15 plus years His book is available on line at www.amazon.com and www.fandangopress.com.
December 29, 2003
ROCKLAND, ME — The Maine Attorney General’s office has filed an antitrust suit against Flagship Cinemas, the present owners of Rockland’s long-closed Strand Theatre, according to a report in the Village Soup.
The suit charges that Flagship, which purchased the Strand in 2001 with promises of restoration, has kept the theater closed as a means of preventing competitors from using the theater. As a remedy, Maine’s Attorney General is seeking to force Flagship to sell the Strand to an independent third-party.
TAMPA, FL — Janna Jones, a University of South Florida professor, has written a new book about the history of Southern movie palaces. The Southern Movie Palace: Rise, Fall, and Resurrection, the first such book to focus exclusively on cinemas of the South, profiles theaters in Atlanta, Memphis, Durham, and other large Southern cities.
“As far as I know, she’s the only one who’s taken such an in-depth look at the Southern movie palace,‘’ says Cecil Whitmire, president of the nonprofit group that owns the Alabama Theatre, one of those Jones covers in her book. "I thought she did a good job putting it together. It was well researched and well done.‘’
More information can be found in this report in the Tampa Tribune.