Novato future in doubt

posted by Michael Zoldessy on June 9, 2008 at 7:50 am

NOVATO, CA — The Novato Theatre has a party interested in reviving it but could it possibly be successful. This article discusses the current situation of this and other Northern California theaters.

  • Will Tallen and Keshen hand over the theater’s operations to a nonprofit organization, such as the one that runs the Rafael Theater in San Rafael?

  • Would Tallen and Keshen install tables and sell beer, wine and food so that moviegoers could have drinks and dinner?

How can Tallen and Keshen make a profit after buying the theater from the city and completing needed renovations, such as making the old building comply with Americans with Disabilities Act?

Read the full article in the Novato Advance.

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Comments (3)

terrywade on June 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Yes they can. Serve food and drinks and a movie or a music,comedy club type theatre. Many people in Marin don’t like the multiplex type set up. At least they have not cut up the Cinema in Corte Madera. It is still has the largest screen in the area and a great stereo system. Watch out now that Cinemark owns Century Theatres. I think this is the only single screen they own. Bring on the entertainment to downtown Novato. Some time ago The Syufy’s (Century) made the semi curved screen smaller at the Cinema Theatre like they did to the Century 21 in San Jose. Put in the largest screen you can fit into the Novato Theatre and make the curtains work again. The Cinemark/Century people have disconected all the curtains at the theatres they run. They don’t like SHOWMANSHIP anymore, just the ring of the candy counter $$$$.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on June 10, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Terry, how sadly true your last two lines are!

There is almost NO showmanship in cinemas today… just candy merchants showing flicks to a bunch of loud, ill mannered kids who are completely obsessed with their GD cell phones.

Courtesy and respect for other movie fans? Pardon me while I vomit!

terrywade on June 11, 2008 at 9:16 am

Thanks Simon***I think one of these days a new movie circuit will come out with what the other companies are not doing. You will see curtains that open and close not just once but two times, at the start and after the previews. Also Blue title curtain lights. Ushers that show you to your seat if it’s dark. Quality pre show music, not adds. Proper overhead lights that can be go down when the previews are on. Large curved screens with proper maskings, not the little shoebox screens the the big circuits are putting in now. Most of the new multiplex junk has a square screen then they just drop down a little masking for cinemascope. At least in the USA there are a few single screens still around that do still have some showmanship left. Check out the Cinerama Theatre in Seattle and the El Capitain in Hollywood. They have what it takes for showmanship!

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