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The lobby is now used for retail.
What’s Cinema 5?
Yes. There operator is in place. An announcement will be made tomorrow (June 2), I’ve heard.
Personally I hate stadium seating and find it hard to watch a movie without becoming sore in it. They are also usually far away. I refuse to sit in stadium seats. In a theatre that has them I’ll sit in the front rows that have normal seating. The Criterion does not use stadium seating due to low ceilings (although the second floor ended up being removed). Also, they attract a large number of seniors during the day who do not want to have to climb up steps.
As for Cinema City I don’t think it will last too much longer as a new competitor is opening up nearby in 2007.
The theatre is listed here on Cinema Treasures at /theaters/2426/
Any word on any progress?
That 100-seat comment is erroneous. It should probably be 1000-seat. I went to college in New London and I’ve always said that if I won the $200 million Powerball then I’d love to restore this theatre. I’m sure whoever buys it will not use it as a theatre. It can’t be a live performance venue because the Garde Theatre is right around the corner. Southeastern Connecticut desperately needs an art cinema, but 1000 seats is a bit too big for that. Maybe it could be carved up into a multiplex and show art films, but that would not honor the original interior. Whatever happens to it, it is going to cost many millions of dollars to renovate whether as a theatre, cinema, or some other use (retail, condos, etc.)
Space for lease in the former Acme at http://listing.loopnet.com/13992532
Gutted and for rent at http://listing.loopnet.com/14153891 for $11,250 per month.
For sale at http://listing.loopnet.com/14119465 for $2,300,000.
For sale at http://listing.loopnet.com/14211693 for $3,300,000.
This listing should be changed to Bijou Theatre and listed as renovating. It is scheduled to reopen this summer.
The United has been sold. Close to $1 million worth of renovations are expected to take place before it reopens as a combination cinema/live theatre.
Good luck with the State! I’ll be there next week to take photos.
Was it the Whitney Cinema at http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=19026 which is now condos and retail?
Check on CinemaTour.com – any Boston theatres listed there showed movies (I edited the Boston listings there and verified any listed had actually showed films.)
The plan to show art films has been abandoned along with plans for two more screens. The State Cinema is – and will remain – a twin showing sub-run.
McElfatrick designed the interior while Vance designed the exterior.
Actually http://www.twoboots.com/pioneer/ gets you to the main page of the Pioneer Theater rather than the theater info page.
That article says the Cameo closed in the early-80’s which is obviously false. If you look at my photos at http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=7164 you will see a movie poster still displayed there for a film that, according to IMDb, was released in late 1995.
See article at View link . Status should be changed to restoring.
Where in West Hartford? And what other theatres does it mention?
Lost: Where can you do that kind of real estate search?
Actually t the Jacques opened in 1885.
If you want it updated feel free to go right ahead and do the research required. I don’t have the time right now to put together another listing. Many of the theatres above still appear to be for sale. The Madison in Albany is only asking $399,000 now.