The latest movie theater news and updates
April 5, 2013
April 4, 2013
RADFORD, VA — Frankie Kirk is leaving the Radford Theatre after more than 30 years when his lease runs out at the end of April. A local couple, the Caldwells, hope to keep it going by raising $150,000 to renovate and save the theatre.
Read more at WSLS.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
PETERBOROUGH, NH — The Peterborough Community Theatre was in danger of closing but a last minute donation to their Kickstarter campaign put them over the top. The local news coverage sparked a wave of passion from the community. They now plan to reinstall some seats as well.
Read more in the Ledger Transcript.
April 3, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, CA —Please visit http://www.sfcoda.org, the website of our newly formed 510©(3) organization dedicated to saving the Castro Wurlitzer.
Links on the site point to two recent news articles (one in the San Francisco Chronicle), as well as additional information about the project vision, created by the board of the Castro Organ Devotees Association (CODA). Visitors to the site can make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal and/or sign up for our e-mail newsletter.
Bill Coale, Secretary Castro Organ Devotees Association (CODA)
(Thanks to Tinseltoes.
April 2, 2013
“2001: A Space Odyssey” 45th Anniversary
The Cinerama Engagements
Compiled by Michael Coate
Presented here in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the release of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a list of the science-fiction classic’s Cinerama-promoted roadshow engagements in the United States and Canada, which offers an opportunity to honor some once-glorious movie theaters. These engagements of 2001 were shown exclusively in major cities prior to the film being given a traditional nationwide release and included reserved seating with an advanced admission price and an average of only ten scheduled showings per week. And, as with most roadshows, these original presentations included an overture, intermission, entr’acte and exit music. As well, souvenir programs were sold.
The list that follows focuses on the roadshow engagements of 2001 that had reserved seating and were promoted as a “Cinerama” presentation (in this case, a 70-millimeter print featuring six-track stereophonic sound projected onto a large, deeply-curved screen with the Cinerama brand touted in the film’s credits and in newspaper advertising).
April 1, 2013
NEW YORK, NY — A World Premiere play (Winner of the Susan Blackburn Prize) called “The Flick”, written by rising playwright Annie Baker, takes place in an aging movie theater in central Massachusetts and talks a lot about the decline of the modern cinema. A large part of the plot has to do with the employees facing the loss of their 35mm projector as the theatre moves forward.
Very limited tickets remain but if you have a chance, look it up at Playwrights Horizons. It only plays through this Sunday.
March 29, 2013