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Florence has an open theater again, as City Lights Cinema has taken over the multiplex. Reopened August 8, 2014 by Michael Falter who also owns the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham Washington.
Although the previous owners were not able to convert, City Lights is now all digital thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $16,000 to pay for the installation and a few other repairs.
City Lights has a yearly membership program that gives you discounts to movies & at the snack bar. And in keeping with the film noir of its namesake, the 4 auditoriums are named Chaplin, Pickford, Fairbanks & Griffith.
A new QT interview in LA Weekly from 9/5/14. He basically wanted to keep the 35mm format alive at the New Bev, he will be taking over programming. He also states that he has a large private collection of both 16 & 35 mm prints to show. The theater is closed for the month so they can make improvements including 6 track mag sound & adding a 16mm projector.
I’m not sure if the digital projector is going away, since Michael bought it so he could play 2nd run art house films.
Made one trip here on 2010 for Grease. They were mostly running retro films on a semi-regular basis. I think the seating is no more than 100, but sine they have added live music, maybe some seating has been removed. It is a definite hole in the wall cinema, and not easy to spot from the street driving by.
This place was cool 24 years ago, now its on its last legs. The new Gateway Mall owners are revamping the place. Demolishing most of the interiors and focusing on big box retail. I expect Movies 12 to close by the end of the year.
However, after it became a sub-run house. Its still a halfway decent place to go. They have installed a few digital projectors for 3D films. But its still nice to see an old scratched up print every now and then. I look forward to the cue marks for those. The seats are uncomfortable and there’s no price breaks for the concessions. Tickets prices vary due to time of day, weekends cost even more.
3 more screens have opened, for a total of 11 screens now.
A seperate 21+ theater has 74 seats with wine/beer available. The other 2 theaters hold 123 & 182 seats. A new party room is available for birthday parties etc. The 9,000 sq. ft. addition bring the total number of seats to 1,214.
Putting up the new screen has taken longer than expected, issues with the foundations. They are not going to open for the 2014 season, which gives them more time to find a digital projector for 2015.
The 99W drive-in has just been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, #14000401
From the ashes of the Hillcrest in Surrey came the new Twilight drive-in in Langley. Owner Jay Daulat looked at 3 cities/townships before finding the right spot about 15 minutes east of the old location on Fraser Hwy. The drive-in opened September 2005.
It is a smaller field, about 100 cars less but it also has brand new facilites including washrooms with plenty of stalls. The same mix of asphalt lanes & grass ramps, although the grass has pretty much died in the front rows.
First run films with a bonus show on Fridays & Saturday nights. The season runs from February to November.
The Rose opened in 1907 on Water St. and moved to the Taylor St. location the next year. It closed fifty years later, the last film was ‘High School Confidential’ It reopened July 11, 1992 and expanded 3 years later with the 83 seat Rosebud theater. In 2013, for the Port Townsend Film Festival, a third screen was added, taking over an unused banquet room next door. The Starlight Room is a 21+ venue, featuring appetizers & cocktails from the Silverlight Cafe. It is a Living Room layout with room for forty five people.
The theater closed Sunday June 29, 2014.
I know of one theater that was offered it. So it seems that film is still available, but at a price.
I stopped by last week for a visit. They received a grant from the Ford Family Foundation last year, but it was a matching grant. They are still looking for another grant so the project is in limbo right now.
The interior has been gutted and the next step will be replacing the roof. It will be a performing arts center, a commercial kitchen will be placed on the other side of the theater building.
I’m not sure of the exact reopening. Cinemas 21 has expanded, adding 2 screens and a new snack bar. The main auditorium still has 35mm film and digital projection, while the 2 smaller screens are digital only. Becasue of construction constraints, the booths were squeezed into narrow crawlspaces, with controls handled from the main booth. I found the 2 new auditoriums to have ample legroom and adjustable armrests. They now have beer & wine at the snack bar,
Yes they have. Opening film for May 2 was Rio 2. The week after featured an independent horror film festival with live music.
After about ten years of walking by here, while antique shopping. I finally made my way into a movie, Philomena. A charming little theater, playing mostly arthouse & sub-run films. They are still running film here. Seating is maxed out at 72 for the left side & 90 seats on the right. Decent snack bar & VIP memberships (matinee prices for evening shows) They also have pre-show announcements,
information about the film and other upcoming movies.
The Charleston has been here since 2008. All ages music hall, with bar in the back. Open Thursday – Saturday only, cover charge is usually $5. It appears that the screen is still up and they are only using the very front part of the stage.
I couldn’t find anything about the closing of this drive-in. But I did find something about the opening back in 2012. Riley Cooke runs the Amusement Park drive-in in Montana. It appears that based off some reviews/complaints on their Facebook page, that the good intentions of the Cooke family trying to expand their theater empire and not having good enough management at the Missouri location was a recipe for disaster. Too bad.
The Mooney closed because the owner, Larry Rodkey, did not own the dirt. And the landlord was probably looking for a better deal with a new tenant. Larry also runs 2 other theaters further south in San Luis Obispo & Arroyo Grande. He had troubles finding the right staff to run the Mooney in his abcense.
I think I made about 3 or 4 stops here before it closed.
Great, one more excuse for checking out this theater.
I found some more info: the first film was “The Living Desert” from Disney, which puts the opening around 1954. It closed sometime in the 1980’s.
The Rio suffered some water damage on Dec. 5th 2013, one of the biggest snowstorms to hit the Willamette Valley. The lobby, concession area and bathrooms were all damaged. However, the auditorium and the new digital projector were spared. It appears they have made all the repairs and is open again this Friday Jan. 31st.
Thanks Scott, I guess I didn’t look thru all the DI’s in Oceanside. At least I’ll be able to shoot some new pics of the interior to share.
There is a drive-in at 3480 Mission Ave. that is now a swap meet. It looks like it has 3 screens, website is oceansideswapmeet.com. I will try and find out more info next month when I’m down there on vacation.
The Auto-Vue has found a ‘new’ screen, I believe its from the Park drive-in in Lakeview, WA. Look for them to open for the 2014 season in May. No word on what kind of digital projection for the drive-in.
This theatre has bounced all over Coos Bay thru the years. They are currently a guest of Little Theater On The Bay. The old location across from the Egyptian seems to be vacant, although its nice to see some signage of its former life.