The latest movie theater news and updates
September 2, 2014
VASSAR, MI — The Vassar Theatre, closed since the death of its owner Tim O'Brien last March, has been put up for sale by his sister who was declared the owner of the theater in June. O'Brien was not married and had no children. The asking price is $179.000.
Further details are in WJRT.
(Thanks to Tinseltoes for providing the photo.)
August 29, 2014
HOMER, AK — It’s been a labor of love for its owners for the past 12 years but they’re putting the Homer Theater back up for sale. This time however, the new owners will get a theatre all set for the next generation of moviegoers. In recent years, the theatre has been extensively renovated with new seats, digital projection and a remodel of the lobby area. They have the distinction of being one of the only small-town theaters that present Metropolitan Opera broadcasts and have even launched a successful documentary film festival.
Read more about the special theatre in Homes News.
DAVENPORT, IA — The deep history of the Capitol Theatre is about to take another turn with plans to convert it into a luxury theatre. Shuttered since 2010, the plan is to replicate the work done on St. Louis' Moolah Theatre which means upscale touches like leather couches and loveseats.
Read more in the Quad City Times.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
August 28, 2014
FAIRFAX, VA — Patrons probably thought the digital conversion recently at the University Mall Theatres would be the last upgrade for a while for the second-run theater, but even bigger things are coming. After not knowing anything about Kickstarter months ago, the operator launched a “Save Our Butts” campaign to replace the aging seats and have already reached the $100,000 goal. Improvements to the floors are next.
Read more about this successful chain of discount theaters in the Washington Post.
(Thanks to Jack Coursey for providing the photo.)
August 27, 2014
Theaters in China have been experimenting with technology that projects audience tweets onto the screen during a movie. While many are concerned about the ramifications of such technology damaging the theater experience, others are praising it due to it being somewhat of an organic progression as more and more Chinese watch films on mobile devices. Are other countries next?
Read more in Yahoo Tech.
August 26, 2014
AMBRIDGE, PA — The summer of 2014 may be remembered as the last hurrah of many older theaters that couldn’t make the jump to digital. The Ambridge Family Theater closed its doors after almost 50 years in business. The owners are putting it in the market so maybe an enterprising younger steward can help it along. They’ll have to buy a new projector first though.
Read more and catch a video at WPXI.
August 25, 2014
DESTIN, FL — The Lively Cinema 10 closed last weekend after 27 years business. They spent more than half their time as the only cinema in town and didn’t even suffer greatly when a competitor opened nearby. The digital conversion was one obstacle they couldn’t overcome.
Read the full story in the Destin Log.
CARTERET, NJ — Plans are coming together for the restoration announced three months ago of the Ritz Theater. The plan now is to also build a movie theater next door with a complementary mission. The hope is that everything will be ready by 2017.
UPDATE: Workers have already started to remove the drop ceiling in the Ritz, exposing the old ornate ceiling and the proscenium.
Read more in the Asbury Park Press.
(Thanks to walterk for providing the photo.)
More photos in the Newark Star-Ledger.
August 22, 2014
Take a trip back 100 years and get back to the present through 38 photos chronicling British cinemas through the past 100 years. Featuring favorites like the Ritz, former Gaumont Palace and the Regal Marble Arch, you won’t want to miss this photo history.
Check out 100 Years of cinemas at BFI.