August 29, 2017
From Curbed NY: As one Landmark movie theater—the beloved Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side—prepares to close in 2018, another one will open, albeit with a completely different vibe. The theater, called The Landmark at 57 West and situated on the ground floor on Bjarke Ingels’s West 57th Street courtscraper, is set to make its debut on September 15.
As we previously reported, the eight-screen theater will have a private bar, which will be called JD’s Place, along with design elements like a video wall and a special light display. As is de rigueur for movie theaters these days, the theaters themselves will be equipped with plush leather recliners, plenty of concessions (including ones from NYC purveyors like Two Boots and Fat Witch), and laser projection screens.
August 22, 2017
From the Democrat & Chronicle: Movies 10 has another chance at delighting moviegoers in the Rochester area.
The theater, which closed in January, is now operated by Zurich Cinemas, a company that owns Pittsford Plaza Cinema 9, plus other theaters or drive-ins in Oswego, Elmira and Geneva. The theater was operated for 20 years by Cinemark, which also operates Tinseltown USA and IMAX in Gates.
The theater’s soft opening started on Friday, and a grand opening is planned for next weekend, said Pittsford Plaza Cinema 9 general manager Austin Wildey.
July 25, 2017
From the Times News: Kingsport got its movie operation back on Thursday.
The ribbon was cut on NCG Cinema’s 10-screen venue at the Fort Henry Mall, and it all opens for business today.
Kingsport Vice Mayor Mike McIntire said having an excellent movie experience for citizens was important to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
“It’s certainly a quality of life issue … and we’re just glad you are here,” McIntire told NCG President Jeff Geiger and his group of workers at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce event. “NCG has invested a lot of money in this property, and I know we will enjoy coming to the theater here.”
NCG Cinema boasts 10 fully renovated auditoriums in addition to an expanded lobby and improved digital displays, projectors and sound systems. The theater also has new ceilings, paint, flooring, lighting, restrooms and signage. NCG offers affordable movie tickets, free refills on popcorn and soda, select $5 movie tickets on Tuesdays and a loyalty program for moviegoers.
NCG takes over from Frank Theaters, which vacated the mall earlier this year after reaching an agreement with mall owner Hull Property Group.
Geiger said when company officials first saw the mall and theater operation, they knew it would be a big undertaking.
“We had big ideas, a big vision for what we wanted to do, and I think it came true,” Geiger said. “We wanted to move the front out and make this a nice open lobby — a modern, clean, nice feeling. … I think we accomplished that. We’re excited to be in Kingsport.”
June 16, 2017
From KXII.com: Antlers residents have had to travel out of town if they wanted to see the next blockbuster movie.
For the first time in eight years, that all will change for residents tonight at the new look Cinema One thanks to local residents Mary and Jason Maroney.
“Well, it’s been a long going process for the past few years,” co-owner Jason Maroney said. “Everybody has looked at this building and we just kind of wanted to bring some light back to the community for the kids, give them something to do.
The Maroneys took over the building on April 21st where they have spent the past eight weeks remodeling the building including a new concession stand, improved equipment, and improved seating.
From the beginning of the process, the Maroneys have felt the support of the whole community.
“The community has just supported us the whole way through and we get people that drive by all the time that honk and wave and they’re like, ‘We can’t wait till its open.’ So we’re just really blessed,” co-owner Mary Maroney said.
June 8, 2017
From the Des Moines Register: Marianne and Rebecca Fons are freaking out over a handrail.
They are frantic clapping, jumping up and down, shrill squeal-level excited over this railing, which is a sturdy wood banister, sure, but not a furnishing that should illicit this much happy hysteria.
But to this mother-daughter duo, that handrail is so more than a stairwell safety requirement. It’s a sign.
A harbinger that construction inside the historic Iowa Theater is on track. Proof that they are, indeed, in the final stages of renovating the beloved movie house that has graced Winterset’s town square since the early 1900s before falling into disrepair and closing in 2015. And, most importantly, an auspice that maybe their audacious idea for Rebecca to quit her steady job in Chicago and commute from the Windy City to Winterset for two years as the pair whipped up community support and raised funds to the tune of $800,000 to renovate the now-multi-use entertainment space wasn’t such a foolhardy endeavor.
May 24, 2017
From Culture Map Austin: On Friday, May 26, Austin Film Society will open the doors to its new art house movie theater at 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd. Ahead of the premiere, CultureMap has a first look at AFS Cinema.
The property, formerly Marchesa Hall and Theater, officially transformed into the AFS Cinema in spring 2016, but it closed last fall for a major overhaul. Updates include a new lounge area; full-service bar; marquee sign; updated event hall; and additional cinema, bringing the total to two screens.
Designtrait and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture teamed up with AFS founder and acclaimed director Richard Linklater to redesign the space. The goal was to make AFS Cinema a destination for casual moviegoers and film buffs alike.
May 2, 2017
From the Miami New Times: Why go to dinner and a movie when you can do both at once? CMX, the newly opened dine-in movie theater at Brickell City Centre, offers full-service in-seat gourmet dining complete with “ninja” service — waiters who move silently throughout the cinema so as not to disturb viewers.
April 27, 2017
From WNEP.com: A long-awaited movie theater is set to open this week in downtown Scranton.
The Iron Horse Movie Bistro is a blend of both restaurant and theater.
A company from Tennessee bought the old Marquee Cinemas about a year and a half ago. Some construction snags delayed its opening by almost a year.
The place will finally open Friday and offers a different kind of movie-going experience.
The decor inside the Iron Horse Movie Bistro is a nod to Scranton’s past but not to the past movie theaters that have been at the corner of Lackawanna and Penn Avenues.
Aspiring chef Nicole Santiago was surprised to learn that she could work as a cook. The place serves a lot more than popcorn. The movie bistro is a combination of a restaurant, bar, and movie theater.
One theater will offer at-your-seat service.
From LoHud.com: Those looking to elevate the traditional dinner and a movie date night will soon have a new option.
An eight-screen, 580-seat iPic Theater that combines a luxurious film-watching experience with high-end food and drinks is set to open May 5 in the still-under-construction $150 million Rivertowns Square development.
April 13, 2017
From AM New York: An art house icon returns to business in a spiffy new form when the Quad Cinema reopens Friday at its West 13th Street location. After a massive two-year renovation, the return of the Greenwich Village institution, which first opened in 1972, marks the latest highlight in what has become a golden moment for New York City cinephiles. The past several years have seen an explosion in specialty cinemas across the city, from the Nitehawk in Williamsburg to the Syndicated in Bushwick to the Metrograph on the Lower East Side and more.