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February 15, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
Cinemark USA Inc., one of the world's largest theater chains, on Friday announced plans to sell off all of its Mexican theaters. The Texas-based chain, the third-largest theater company in the U.S., plans to sell its 31 theaters in Mexico -- representing 290 screens -- to two Mexican theater companies, Grupo Cinemex and Cadena Mexicana de Exhibicion.  “This transaction allows us the opportunity to provide greater focus on the growth...
April 26, 2014 | Martha Groves
The Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, a classic Art Deco venue with a celebrity-studded past, has been sold to Paula Kent Meehan, the philanthropist who also is buying the Beverly Hills Courier. Built on Wilshire Boulevard in 1936 as the Regina, the compact, single-screen theater served for years as a venue for small premieres that drew Hollywood A-listers. In 1948, it was renamed the Fine Arts Theater and showed the premiere of "The Red Shoes. " Among the invited guests were Susan Hayward, Joan Crawford, Ava Gardner and Shirley Temple.
December 25, 2013 | By Jason Felch
On one of the busiest film nights of the year, hundreds of people at a Los Angeles movie theater complex were evacuated after fire alarms interrupted their Christmas movie viewings. The alarms went off at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard about 5:30 p.m., an employee said. By 6:20, guests were being allowed back into the theaters. “Looks like it was a false alarm,” said employee Eric Corbin. “We're still accepting purchases, and more than likely we'll be up and running in the next half hour.” Christmas Day is one of the busiest of the year for the ArcLight, where 14 theaters can seat several thousand movie-goers.
April 25, 2014 | By John Horn
SYDNEY, Australia - The video playing on the television inside Baz Luhrmann's bedroom was supposed to be much steamier. But where there should have been desirous bumping and prurient grinding, the couples were remarkably chaste, as if they had been ordered to abstain from all manner of randy moves. "Look at this," the filmmaker behind "Moulin Rouge!" and "The Great Gatsby" said from the foot of his bed. "You couldn't get any more sexless. " Working inside the creative compound he calls Iona in Sydney's arty Darlinghurst neighborhood, Luhrmann was sitting with a reporter, reviewing news clips from 1980s Australian ballroom dancing competitions, whose judges favored technique over passion.
December 7, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
America's nonprofit theaters are feeling a bit better about their finances these days, according to a recent survey conducted by the sector's main national service organization, Theatre Communications Group. But the actors, directors and designers who work in those theaters shouldn't bank on a trickle-down effect boosting their standard of living. Asked to list their top five priorities for the coming year, only 19% of the 206 theaters surveyed by TCG and its partner, the Assn.
April 11, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment are working to get “Django Unchained” back into theaters in China after the film was abruptly pulled on its opening day. Some screenings were halted after they were already underway. It wasn't immediately clear why the action was taken. "We regret that 'Django Unchained' has been removed from theaters and are working with the Chinese authorities to determine whether the film can be rescheduled," said Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesman Steve Elzer on Thursday.
July 25, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
One of James Gandolfini's final films is coming to theaters in September. "Enough Said," Nicole Holofcener's romantic dramedy that stars the late  "Sopranos" actor as a romantic lead, will open in limited release on Sept. 20, studio Fox Searchlight said Thursday. The theatrical release will hit several weeks after the Toronto international Film Festival premiere, announced this week. The film is also considered a likely selection as a sneak preview at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend.
June 28, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Rather than the large-scale stadiums he usually appears at, Bruce Springsteen will soon be coming to a theater near you. Material submitted by more than 2,000 Springsteen fans around the world makes up the film "Springsteen & I. " Billed as "a collective filmmaking experience," the movie is credited to director Baillie Walsh and will hit cinemas July 22 and July 30, playing at some 500 theaters across the country,  including 29 in the Los Angeles...
October 1, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Carmike Cinemas, the nation's fourth-largest theater circuit, is bulking up. The Columbus, Ga.-based chain said Monday it had signed an agreement to buy 16 theaters with 251 screens from Dallas-headquartered Rave Review Cinemas for $19 million in cash and $100.4 million of assumed lease obligations. Of the 16 theaters being acquired, six are in Alabama, four in Florida, two in Indiana, and one each in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. “The addition of these 16 state-of-the-art theaters and 251 screens from Rave is a key, opportunistic development for Carmike," said Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman.
October 4, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
New York state isn't only providing generous tax breaks to film and TV productions.  Now it's offering low-interest loans to small-town cinemas. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that $400,000 in funding is being made available to help community theaters in upstate New York purchase digital projectors. Small-town theaters nationwide have been scrambling to convert their theaters to digital because studios are expected to stop delivering film prints in North America as early as this year.
April 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Yes, he even falls with grace. Mikhail Baryshnikov doesn't get much opportunity to dance in "Man in a Case," a performance piece that has been adapted from the Anton Chekhov short stories "The Man in a Case" and "About Love. " The most he offers is a few moves wreathed in air quotes. But there's a point in the production, which opened Thursday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, when he slides down a steep flight of steps that is more revealing of his character than anything thus far in his portrayal.
April 24, 2014 | Matt Cooper
Roger Rees brings his Bard-centric one-man show "What You Will" back to San Diego's Old Globe, for one night only. Plus, 3-D Theatricals ventures "Into the Woods" with that Sondheim musical, and Sarah Ruhl's "Passion Play" plays in Orange County. Pinter Bookends Classical Theatre Lab presents staged readings of Harold Pinter's “The Room” and “Celebration.” Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sunday, 2 p.m. Free. (323) 960-5691. The Blue Moon Dancing Reading of Ed Graczyk's new play set in a dance hall.
April 23, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Defense attorneys for James E. Holmes, charged in the shooting rampage in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 dead and dozens wounded, will appeal a court order requiring him to undergo a second evaluation of his sanity. His lawyers gave notice that they would appeal in a Tuesday court filing in the case before Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. The filing was released Wednesday . Holmes underwent a mandatory sanity evaluation last year, but Samour ruled that it was inadequate and ordered a second round of testing.
April 22, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
Among the revivals and West Coast premieres that dominate our theatrical offerings, the startling phrase “world premiere” implies an exhilarating, possibly risky novelty: You can't help expecting pyrotechnics. But Rachel Bonds' “Five Mile Lake,” receiving its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, is a small, quiet play in which nothing particularly momentous happens. In fact, you may forget you're watching a play at all, and that the people in whose every fleeting expression you have become so deeply absorbed are actors reciting memorized lines.
April 19, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Mikhail Baryshnikov's earliest experience in the theater began when he was a child of just 4 or 5 in present-day Latvia, then a part of the Soviet Union. His mother, a Russian speaker unfamiliar with the local tongue, would drag along her young son to play interpreter. Now, after a career in dance, film and television, he's performing the title role in "Man in a Case," a multimedia adaptation of two short stories by Anton Chekhov running April 24 through May 10 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
April 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
"What's my motivation?" is a standard laugh line satirizing the acting profession, a livelihood in which it's not always clear why one is doing what one needs to do. At the moment, Daniel Beaty and Keith David may be the two American actors least likely to say it. They are playing (and singing) the role of Paul Robeson in two separate plays on two separate Los Angeles stages. Their shared motivation is telling a story that is the ultimate retort to the idea that there's an unbridgeable gap between being a performer and living a serious life.
December 20, 2013 | By Kelly Merritt
NEW YORK - I'm standing on the stage of the Hudson Theatre. I'm 23 again, when I dreamed of stardom on the Great White Way. Though I hadn't the stomach to wait for fame and fortune and traded singing for paper and pen, I often return to indulge my love of New York City theaters. This year, on a trip to the city, I discovered that my favorite old theaters have become vibrant attractions all on their own, replete with tours and fans. Little did I know the Hudson Theatre (145 W. 44th St.)
December 23, 1998 | Leslie Earnest
Two movie theaters operated by Newport Beach-based Edwards Theatres Circuits Inc. have been purchased by Entertainment Properties Trust, the Kansas City-based real estate investment trust said Tuesday. Entertainment Properties said it purchased the Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 in Aliso Viejo and Edwards Boise Stadium 21 in Idaho. The terms of the purchases were not disclosed.
April 16, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
You may have seen your share of makeovers, but nothing like the one Sheila Callaghan inflicts on her heroine in “Everything You Touch,” her lushly written dark comedy world-premiering at Boston Court Performing Arts Center. Three glamorous models descend on Jess (Kirsten Vangsness), shrieking like birds of prey, while Victor, a histrionic fashion designer (Tyler Pierce), shouts insults at her. She staggers out of the fracas in a leopard-print swing coat. CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat This scene laid bare the savagery at the heart of every makeover, and it would have won me over - if Jessica Kubzansky's bold, lucid staging of Callaghan's theatrical vision hadn't already done so. Although at moments the script feels as if it's still evolving, the stunning production values highlight its best features (a bit like a makeover, come to think of it)
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