The latest movie theater news and updates

  • October 21, 2003

    Capitol Theatre Celebrates 25th Year Since Reopening

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT — According to this article in the Salt Lake Tribune, the Capitol Theatre is celebrating its 25th year in operation since a restoration project brought the theater back to life. The report also includes a timeline of the theater’s history.

  • October 20, 2003

    Belcourt Theatre Sold For $1.4 Million

    According to this article in the Nashville City Paper, the Belcourt Theatre has been sold to the Belcourt YES! group, which has plans to restore the theater and run it as a mixed-use facility offering films, theater performances, and live music. The Belcourt YES! group has been operating the theater since June 2000, when it took over from a grassroots effort known as ‘Save the Belcourt’.

  • Park Theatre To Get 2nd Chance?

    MENLO PARK, CA — After initially considering demolition, the owner of the Park Theatre is now reviewing two different proposals to revive the aging Art Moderne theater, according to the San Jose Mercury News. One proposal, from Landmark Theatres, would include adding a second screen to the Park (which would require a spitting of the theater’s main auditorium).

  • Restoration Work Begins On DuPage Theatre

    LOMBARD, IL — According to a recent Daily Herald article, work has at last begun on the restoration of the long-shuttered DuPage Theatre. Workers are replacing bricks on the DuPage’s stagehouse before winter arrives. The full restoration project of the theater is expected to begin in spring, including converting upstairs apartments into offices, opening retail space on the ground level, and finally, restoring the auditorium to its original appearance, for live performances, concerts and movies. The project is expected to be completed by late 2005. Though the current work is only a very small part of the project, one supporter of the theater’s restoration said, “We’re excited to see it get underway”.

  • Everyman Cinema Drops Plans For Nightclub

    HAMPSTEAD, UK — The owners of the Everyman Cinema have dropped their plans to convert the basement of the historic movie theater into a nightclub, according to a recent Hampstead & Highgate Express article. Instead, they have announced plans to use the space as a 2nd, 90-seat screen dedicated to independent films.

  • October 17, 2003

    Cinerama Dome Celebrates 40th Year

    LOS ANGELES, CA — Wednesday’s issue of the Hollywood Reporter included a profile the Cinerama Dome, which is now celebrating its 40th year of operation. The article includes a history of the theater, quotes from celebrity patrons, and a recent photograph. (And for those living in LA, don’t miss this weekend’s festivities at the Dome.)

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  • Nederlander Group To Restore Bethesda’s Boro Theatre

    BETHESDA, MD — According to a Business Gazette article, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment has announced plans to transform Bethesda’s long-shuttered Boro Theatre. The group plans to convert the Art Deco movie house into a 700 seat performing arts center.

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  • Theater For Sale?

    I am very interested in owning and operating a classic movie theater in the Midwest or South. I have been searching for some time, but I’ve yet to find the right place. Please let me know if there’s something special out there that I’ve missed.

  • NEW SITE: Slowdown Fixed!

    You may have noticed that Cinema Treasures was loading very slowly earlier in the week, but this problem has been corrected. In fact, the site is quite speedy now.

    Also — we’ve improved the accuracy of the ‘Recent Comments’ panel. So if you make a comment on a theater, the theater’s name will appear in the ‘Recent Comments’ list (until it’s replaced by newer comments).

  • October 16, 2003

    Villa Theatre Sale Delayed

    The ongoing sale of the Villa Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah has apparently gone past its ending date, but Harmons is still working with the prospective buyer. The buyer plans to develop the property with the Villa as the center of an “entertainment center” with shops and restaurants. The Villa would be either a night club and/or dinner theater.