The latest movie theater news and updates

  • October 10, 2014

    Johnny Rockets to partner with drive-in theaters

    Johnny Rockets is getting ready to serve up more than just burgers. USA Drive-Ins is planning to open 200 new drive-ins where Johnny Rockets' menu will be available in most locations. This is part of Johnny Rockets' Route 66 Initiative, placing special emphasis on car-culture.

    Read the full story in Business Week.

    Submitted by Ken Layton

  • October 9, 2014

    Golden Gate Theatre Ownership Press Release


    MONTEREY, CA — Monterey’s Golden State Theatre has officially changed hands. On October 1, 2014, Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, owners of the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, became new owners of the GST. After 10 years, Warren Dewey was pleased to pass on the cultural treasure and its rich history to the stewardship of the Lochtefelds. Having already demonstrated successful programming at the Redwood City Fox Theatre with concerts, live theater, lectures, corporate events and private parties, the Lochtefelds have shown that they are capable and talented presenters with an eye for business— good listeners to the community who can deliver the shows that people want to see. Their Fox Theatre was built soon after the Golden State, and was designed by the same architects, the Reid Brothers.

  • October 8, 2014

    Webster leads by example


    WEBSTER CITY, IA — Wrote off only a year ago, the Webster Theater reopened last month to fanfare following a dedicated push by locals and an investment of $200,000. Other downtown theaters are coming back too like the Coos Bay Egyptian and the Spencer Tivoli thanks to their importance in saving their main streets.

    Read more in the Telegram.

    (Thanks to Hank Zeletel for providing the photo.)

  • Hi-Pointe named St. Louis' best


    ST. LOUIS, MO — The always popular Hi-Pointe Theater was named the best in the area by the Riverfront Times. They claim they won the honor by strictly focusing on the films and a quality presentation as opposed to fancier amenities.

    (Thanks to Chris1982 for providing the photo.)

  • October 7, 2014

    Kress Cinemas closes


    HILO, HI — While it had only been operated by Regal for a year, the Kress Cinemas‘ art deco building has been standing since 1932, most of its time spent as a department store. The fourplex will no longer show films and will now be home to the Sure Foundation Hilo church.

    Read more in Pacific Business News.

    (Thanks to Ross Melnick for providing the photo.)

  • October 6, 2014

    Majestic Cinema badly damaged in arson fire

    LEEDS, ENGLAND — There isn’t much left after a horrible fire damaged the Majestic Cinema(Grade II Listed building) last week. It had recently been refurbished and had been operating as a nightclub. A man has been arrested for being responsible but a motive has not been established.

    Read more and see photos of the damage in BBC News.

  • Roselle Park friends team up to revitalize theatre


    ROSELLE PARK, NJ — A lack of experience and necessary funds aren’t holding back Joe Shirley and Jared Pietz from following their dream of reopening the Park Theater. They’ve been hosting fundraisers and trying to get the neighborhood behind their campaign so they can reopen the theatre for film and live entertainment.

    Read more about how these two buddies in their early 20’s are leading the charge at

    (Thanks to joker for providing the photo.)

  • October 3, 2014

    Howell Theatre reopens

    HOWELL, MI — After just over a year in darkness, the Howell Theatre reopened last week. They’ve updated the theatre, repainting and adding digital projectors but the programming is what really is catching eyes. They’re making a commitment to nurturing talent in the area by showing locally produced films and live entertainment. Classic films will be shown as well.

    Get all the details at Livingston Daily

  • Downtown Tucson gets first-run movie theater


    TUCSON, AZ — For the first time in 40 years, downtown Tucson have a first-run movie theater. What was a former music club is now the Screening Room. The recently renovated theatre plans to show art-house fare in conjunction with Grand Cinemas and Arizona Media Arts Center.

    Read more about the exciting news in Arizona Public Media.

    (Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)

  • October 2, 2014

    New developer breathes life into the Natchez Ritz


    NATCHEZ, MS — Outside of some marquee work six years ago, there’s been little news on saving the Ritz Theatre. With a new developer though, that may soon change. The plans are unclear but they’ll like be similar to the work currently being done on the Choctaw Cinema.

    Read more in the Washington Times.