Trivoli Cinema

The post-pandemic picture comes into focus for small movie theatres

Independent cinema operators tell Crain’s Private Intelligence that the going’s been tough—but they’re hanging on for the final reel. At the dawn of the coronavirus outbreak, Classic Cinemas closed down its 15 theaters on March 16 last year and, save for an aborted two-week attempt to reopen mid-summer, has been dark ever since. The chain plans to reopen April 15 at 25 percent capacity, and CEO Chris Johnson says that “our first goal is to make zero money—in other words, just stop the losses.” In all corners of the pandemic-ravaged economy,…

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Prescot Picture Palace

Historic Prescot Picture Palace seeks operator

People are invited to express their interest in operating a regenerated historic cinema. The renovated Prescot Picture Palace site is taking submissions of interest to bring the original 1912 town centre cinema site back to its former glory. Entries close at the end of the month on April 30, 2021, with the process, being run by The Big Picture Cinema Heritage Consultants on behalf of Knowsley Council, seeking enthusiastic owners or operators for the unique original cinema site to see the heritage asset returned to its former splendour. As part…

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Moscow’s oldest cinema reopens after 7 year reconstruction

The Art Elektro-Theatre is one of the three oldest movie theatres in the world.  The Art Theater (Khudozhestvenny) on Arbat Square was for more than a century the site of openings, cinema festivals, and special events. Built in 1909 by Robert Albert Broksha, it was the third cinema in the city and the only theater especially designed to show movies. In 1912-1913 Broksha had Fyodor Shekhtel, Russia’s finest style moderne architect, redesign and expand the theater. Damaged during the war and reconstructed many times in the following years, little remained…

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