The latest movie theater news and updates
February 17, 2014
ANN ARBOR, MI — The former Fifth Forum’s cinema days are long gone but its next chapter will be as an office space for local tech company Nutshell. They’ve signed a three year lease and the space is in the process of being completely renovated for the purpose.
Go to MLive for more along with photos.
February 14, 2014
Reframe is featuring cinema photos from around the U.S. by photographer Franck Bohbot. The photos are meant to capture the full grandeur of the theatre and their respective themes. You don’t want to miss these!
OREFIELD, PA — One of the oldest drive-ins in the country Shankweiler’s Drive-In has made the jump to digital and has chosen Barco for its projectors. The popular summer cinema opened up for its 80th season last year and continues to be family run by Paul and Susan Geissinger.
Read more about Barco and the conversion in DCinema Today.
February 13, 2014
NEW CASTLE, PA — “It was a nail biter right up to the end,” said Jerry Kern, President of the Historic Warner Cascade Theatre. The non-profit group who recently changed their name from the Warner Film Center, narrowly reached their goal of $23,126 in the final hours of their month long Kickstarter fundraising campaign. “For several weeks we were stalled at about the $2,999 level,” explained Kern, “then in the final week, our supporters rallied to our email and Facebook solicitations with more than four dozen supporters from around the country to pledge amounts ranging from $5 to $500 each. We hit our goal at 8:40 PM on January 31st, the last day of the campaign with less than 10 hours to go.”
February 12, 2014
LEXINGTON, KY — This is the final weekend to get into the Kentucky Theatre for a while before it closes for a major renovation. They raised over $1 Million through various fundraisers and plan to replace all the seats, upgrade the lighting and restore the marquee. Its neigbhor, the State Theatre, will remain open to play art house fare.
Get a more detailed look at the project in the Lexington Herald Leader.
(Thanks to Mike Richardson for providing the photo.)
February 11, 2014
TIPTON, IA — The future is looking brighter for the Hardacre Theatre following a successful fundraising campaign. The Hardacre Theater Preservation Society brought in over $100K so they could purchase the theatre but they still need over a million to make necessary renovations to keep it going. However, the main takeaway is that the public wants the theatre to stay open (and will contribute to make it a reality).
Read more in the Press Citizen.
(Thanks to Hosehead_Jones for providing the photo.)
February 10, 2014
HUNTINGTON PARK, CA — The gorgeous Warner Huntington Park, sister theatre to the Warner Grand and Warner Beverly Hills, is in danger. A new owner is in place whose intentions are unclear. The theatre has been dormant since the 1980’s.
A Friends of the Warner has been established on Facebook. Check it out for more news and some great vintage photos.
(Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)
OLD FORGE, NY — It wasn’t easy but the Strand Theatre appears set for years to come after completing a $200,000 digital conversion for all four of its screens. They made great strides in reaching that number through events like a community gala and a go-kart race.
Read more in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
February 7, 2014
ELMHURST, IL — The Chicago Tribune published a piece on the newly revamped Theatre Historical Society. The new research center has space for four staff members (up from only one) and visiting scholars with over a million historical items in the facility. The piece even features some quotes from Cinema Treasures' own Ross Melnick regarding research he conducted at the institution.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)