The latest movie theater news and updates

  • April 21, 2004

    Inside Lowry Digital

    BURBANK, CA — In this past Sunday’s edition, the New York Times profiled the work of Lowry Digital, a state-of-the-art film scanning and restoration facility that’s been creating phenomenal digital transfers of classic films like “North by Northwest,” “Casablanca,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

    Using its own proprietary software system, a fleet of super-fast G5 Power Macintoshes, and its 4K Imagica film scanner (which can scan film at twice the typical resolution), Lowry is able to provide unparalleled negative scanning and restoration services.

  • April 20, 2004

    The End of the Ambassador Super Cinema

    SALFORD, ENGLAND — As seen in the photos below, yesterday saw the complete demolition of Salford’s Ambassador Super Cinema. After all the efforts of action groups and supporters, the cinema has finally been laid to rest.

    Flats will now be built on the site and the new owners will probably never know the heartache that locals felt when the theater was finally pulled down.

  • Yeadon Theater Pics

    YEADON, PA — As a followup to last week’s story about the Yeadon Theatre, George Quirk sent in some recent shots of the theater. ()

  • Storyville Cinema Seeks Buyer

    SALIDA, CO — The Storyville Cinema is now for sale

    “Storyville Cinema is a profitable first-run twin achieving consistant increase in attendance and income for the past five years.

    I have established favorable relationships with film distributors and converted the theatre from sub-run to first-run status; allowing the presentation of films during the first weeks of release.

  • April 19, 2004

    Grove Theatre in Peril After Refusing to Perform Play

    PLEASANT GROVE, UT – The Grove Theatre has been in financial peril since August 2003, when a cast member and a journalist reported the theater to copyright monitor Samuel French, Inc. for planning to perform Neil Simon’s play “Rumors” without profanity.

    After being told that she “must present the play as written or not at all,” owner Gayliene Omary decided to cancel the play rather than go against community standards. The journalist then wrote a column on the situation he helped create, saying, “How Samuel French learned of the alterations is a mystery worthy of Agatha Christie…”

  • Saving the Raymond — Is Tonight the Last Chance?

    PASADENA, CA — The Friends of the Raymond reports that the Pasadena City Council will meet tonight to review the design concept for the Raymond Theatre site. According to Gina Zamparelli, this could be the last chance to save the Raymond!

    Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:

    The project has been moving so fast, we regret we have not had time to send out a newsletter on the last hearing.  

    And now, we have just learned that Councilman Chris Holden is calling the up the latest motion made by the Design Review Commission on April 12. This means that at THIS MONDAY’S Council Meeting, the council could OVERRIDE the Design Commission’s motion, and allow the developer to move ahead with his project.


  • April 16, 2004

    Chicago Latino Film Festival Kicks Off Today

    CHICAGO, IL — The 20th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival begins today with over 100 films from more than 20 Spanish and Portuguese-speaking nations. Among the Chicago theaters hosting the festival are the Biograph, the 3 Penny, and Facets Multimedia.

    The fest runs from today until April 28th, with an opening-night gala at the Art Institute of Chicago tonight, and closing-night fiesta to be held at the Biograph Theatre.

    Tickets are $10, and $80 for a festival pass. More information is available in this report from the Chicago Tribune.

  • April 15, 2004

    Orange County Register Profiles (Some Of) LA’s Top Theaters

    LOS ANGELES, CA — “Most of the great movie houses have disappeared. Even in Los Angeles, capital of the American movie industry, scores of grand theaters have been carved up, bulldozed away or converted into churches or 99-cent stores. A few are shuttered in the hope that someday they will be saved. The few lucky ones like the Pantages and the Wiltern have gone back to the future as live theaters or music venues.

    But scattered around Southern California are a few remaining single-screen cathedrals of cinema where for $10 or so you’re transported to another world even before the opening credits roll by…"

    Read the Orange County Register article reprinted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    (Thanks to Jim Rankin for sending this in.)

  • Two Minnesota Drive-Ins Continue to Reel In Patrons

    LAKE ELMO & COTTAGE VIEW, MN — The Pioneer Press reports on the continued success of the Vali Hi Drive-In in Lake Elmo and the Cottage View Drive-In in Cottage View. These two Minnesota drive-ins are two of the roughly 550 in operation around the country.

    According to our friends at, there are five drive-ins operating in Minnesota.

    (Thanks to Dennis Huber for sending this in!)

  • April 14, 2004

    Yeadon Theater Repairs to Start Soon

    YEADON, PA — Repairs should begin soon on the Yeadon Theatre, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Demolition was halted last fall when preservationists discovered the theater was a possible landmark. A formal application to the state asking to have the theater nominated for the historic-places register is in the process of being completed.