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3806 Albert Street, Regina SK S4S 3R2 | (306) 359-5250

Dear Evan Hansen (2021)

  –   Drama | Musical

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7:00 pm


Free Guy (2021)

  –   Action | Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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1:20 pm | 4:00 | 7:10


Jungle Cruise (2021)

  –   Action | Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy

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1:00 pm | 3:50 | 7:00


Night Raiders (2021)

  –   Sci-Fi

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1:20 pm


Paani Ch Madhaani (2021)

  –   Comedy

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3:50 pm | 6:30


PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021)

  –   Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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1:30 pm | 4:20


Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)

  –   Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Sport

User Rating: 4. 4/10 (58,435 user ratings) 36 Metascore | Rank: < 500


1:10 pm | 4:00 | 7:20


The Lost Leonardo (2021)

  –   Documentary

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1:30 pm | 4:10 | 7:30


The Many Saints of Newark (2021)

  –   Crime | Drama

User Rating: 6. 4/10 (33,616 user ratings) 60 Metascore | Rank: 46


1:10 pm | 3:50 | 7:10


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Warehouse Cinemas hopes to restore moviegoing on Frederick’s Golden Mile

A brand new venture is planning to launch this summer in Frederick, Maryland, called Warehouse Cinemas.

A rendering of the new movie theater Warehouse Cinemas on Rt. 40 in Frederick, Maryland. (Courtesy Warehouse Cinemas)

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews Warehouse Cinemas in Frederick, MD

In the 1990s, the “Golden Mile” of Route 40 in Frederick, Maryland, boasted three movie theaters with the Hoyts Cinemas 10 in Frederick Towne Mall, the Westridge Cinema 6 in the Westridge shopping center and the discount Holiday Cinemas on Baughmans Lane.

Today, none of those beloved theaters remain, but a brand new venture is planning to launch this summer called Warehouse Cinemas, hoping to revive a once-thriving moviegoing tradition nestled gently into the beautiful mountains of West Frederick.

“We’ve been looking at Frederick, Maryland, for a while now,” HighRock Group C.E.O. Rich Daughtridge said. “Our estimates … are that we’re going to deliver about 400,000 people to the cinema, which will also impact all the businesses neighboring [the theater].

What made Frederick such a desired location?

“What’s attractive about Frederick is that there’s this high level of disposable income,” Daughtridge said. “There’s a population base that can support moviegoing. We also look at the competitive analysis and there’s really now only one location left, which is on the other side of Frederick [at the Regal Westview & IMAX over on Buckeystown Pike].”

Daughtridge knows the business well. He previously took over the Leitersburg Cinemas in Hagerstown, Maryland, and the Waynesboro Theater in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

“We have since sold those in early 2019, but we’ve always wanted to have this brand, which is Warehouse Cinemas,” Daughtridge said. “We’ve been working at it for about four or five years trying to find our first location and ideally a close-by location. … It happens to be about 30 minutes from our headquarters as well, so that’s always helpful.”

Rather than build from scratch, he is using the existing structure in Frederick Towne Mall, which closed in 2013 due to competition by the Francis Scott Key Mall across town.  Once anchored by JCPenney and Montgomery Ward, the abandoned mall is now a ghost town flanked by Boscov’s, Home Depot, Frederick Furniture and Indian restaurant Taj Mahal.

“We took over the exact bones of the Hoyts,” Daughtridge said. “The ceiling heights are perfect, but we did a complete gut job. … We built a wall that separates what used to be the mall, but there’s emergency exit doors that, if you have a key, you can actually get into and look around. It is a dusty, old, creepy mall, so it’s an interesting place to be.”

The overall design pulls from the “Warehouse” title with a shipping container theme.

“It’s what we call modern industrial with a mix of eco-modern,” Daughtridge said. “We actually retrofitted a sea container entrance before you get into the promenade. It’s a lot of metals and we have this really cool wood treatment around the entire lobby. … We’re anti-fluorescent lights. … It’s this cool design that you would almost find in a brewery.”

While the design is industrial, the actual film presentation is state-of-the-art.

“We have 10 auditoriums,” Daughtridge said. “Seven of those 10 are smaller auditoriums that have about 60 leather recliners, then we have three [theaters] that are what we call large to mid-size. … One is about 160 seats, then the other two [are] about 140 each.”

The average screen size is over 20 feet with a unique SkyVUE viewing experience.

“We actually have a patent pending technology,” Daughtridge said. “It’s a raised and slightly tilted screen at about 12 degrees. … That basically allows for the optimal line of sight. … Stadium auditoriums, when they were converted to leather recliners … you actually at some level look through your feet. … We don’t believe in stadium seating.”

Cinephiles will also geek out over the sound and projector technology.

“One of the 10 [screens] is Dolby Atmos, so your booming movies, ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Fast & Furious,’ will be mastered in Dolby Atmos,” Daughtridge said. “The other nine auditoriums are still Dolby, Dolby 7. 1, and all 10 auditoriums are laser 4k projectors, so it’s the top of the line projection system, great light, bright picture and the sound is state of the art.”

The high-tech approach also applies to ordering the gourmet concessions.

“We have a fast casual model,” Daughtridge said. “You come to the concession area, you order your food, you pick it up. If the movie’s already started, you go into your auditorium, we give you a silent, vibrating notification, a little pager system, and you come back out.”

The full bar includes wines, cocktails, signature drinks and a vast beer selection.

“The 28-tap beer system is a self-serve system, so you basically get a card, you put money on the card … and you can test and try beers,” Daughtridge said. “It charges you per ounce, then whenever you’re ready to pour the full beer, you pour your own beer, then you can basically hang out in the lobby or you can take it in the cinema.”

Tickets cost roughly $12, but check out the $5 discount special on Tuesday mornings.

“It’s a basic dynamic pricing model,” Daughtridge said. “There are those times like on Tuesday mornings where you’ll be able to get the same movie, the same seat for $5. … On a Friday and Saturday night, it goes up significantly, so it sort of ranges. We have four different [price] tiers throughout the day, but … ticket prices are about a $12 median.”

Of course, the big elephant in the room is the business challenge of the coronavirus.

“It is the big question of whether or not Gov. [Larry] Hogan will allow movie theaters to assemble,” Daughtridge said. “When we open, we don’t know. We were hoping this week, honestly, that Gov. Hogan would come out and allow us to open at limited capacity. … Hopefully this month, late this month, we’ll be able to open. We’re ready to go.”

Whenever things reopen, social distancing will be required at the theater.

“We feel strongly that masks will be required,” Daughtridge said. “We have cleaning protocols in place, we have masks, we have the social distancing and our [computer] automatically adds two seats of buffer [with six feet] between all reservations.

A lot of it will depend on Hollywood, which has already pushed back release dates for Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” and Disney’s “Mulan” twice — and likely will push it again.

“‘Tenet’ is still holding for August, ‘Mulan’ is still holding for August and ‘Unhinged’ [is] holding for the end of July,” Daughtridge said. “I’m not optimistic that those movies aren’t going to get bumped based on what’s happening in California or New York. … Hopefully sometime in August we’ll have a tentpole movie that we can rely on to drive ticket sales.”

Either way, he’s confident that the future of movies is bright.

“Moviegoing is going to come back,” Daughtridge said. “There will be movies that will go on-demand, but I think just like restaurants, just like going out to eat, people want to go out and have a shared experience. There’s a community that’s created in an auditorium.”

WTOP’s Jason Fraley chats with Rich Daughtridge (Full Interview)

Indie cinema The Projector to go on hiatus from May 31 to June 13, Entertainment News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Independent cinema The Projector is pausing operations from May 31 to June 13.

This makes it the second Singapore operator in recent days to voluntarily go dark due to tough business conditions caused by new Covid-19 containment measures.

Last week, Filmgarde Cineplexes announced it would close all three of its cinemas until conditions improve.

On Saturday (May 22), The Projector announced on its Instagram page that it would shut its main location at Golden Mile Tower and its pop-up at Riverside Point.

The cinema, which specialises in arthouse works, is a small player in an industry dominated by Golden Village Multiplex (14 outlets), Shaw Theatres (nine outlets) and Cathay Cineplexes (eight outlets).

Under the new rules, which end on June 13, cinemas can allow up to 50 people in a hall per screening without pre-event testing. Group sizes are limited to two and safe distancing measures must be in place. Food and beverages are not to be consumed on the cinema premises.

In a statement to The Straits Times, The Projector’s general manager Prashant Somosundram cites “severely restricted capacity, no food and beverages sales on premises, low job support grants and no rental relief” as reasons for the temporary closure.

“The current restrictions are the most severe since the start of Covid-19,” he says.

On-site food sales are crucial to cinemas, which, unlike restaurants, cannot easily pivot to takeaways or deliveries, he adds.

Food is part of the moviegoing experience, he says, and when patrons can neither dine at his cinema’s Intermission Bar nor at nearby restaurants because of dine-in restrictions, watching a movie loses its appeal.

“We have suggested that guests consume takeaway meals in nearby parks, but this is subject to prevailing weather conditions. This has led to falling attendance at the cinema,” he says.

With the cinema’s 21 employees on unpaid leave during the closure, operating costs will be lowered, he says.

The cinema’s Instagram post encourages supporters to watch films on its Projector Plus streaming site, which will continue to operate.

“The pandemic has been one roller-coaster ride, but we’re determined to see the end of the tunnel with you,” the post concludes. “Wait for us, OK, we’ll be back stronger.”

How An Abandoned Theatre Became An Artsy Alternative Cinema

If you’ve heard of The Projector, you’ll know it is a completely alternative cinema concept.

Far from screening mainstream blockbusters, here you’ll find indie, foreign, cult favourite, classic, arthouse and local flicks.

Image Credit: Celluloid Junkie

But how did the fifth floor of the slightly crummy Golden Mile Tower come to house this artsy two-screen cinema?

Seems like its vintage appeal isn’t constructed at all, but stems from a long history we think you film buffs should know about…

The Golden Theatre

Once upon a time, there was the The Golden Theatre.

Situated in said Golden Mile Tower along Beach Road, it was once the largest cinema in all of Singapore and Malaysia.

Think: an impressive 1,500 stall and circle seats, all inside one massive movie theatre.

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For those born before 1973, you may know its constructor, Chong Gay Theatres, who are also the ones behind the homely Kallang Theatre.

Back in the day, The Golden Theatre was well-patronised for its Mandarin films, ‘adult’ artistic films, and even Bollywood hits.

Sadly, with sparkly new shopping malls sprouting up through the ‘90s, its popularity slowly waned.

The majestic theatre split up into smaller, separate halls–Golden 1 and Golden 2, both of which then sunk into disrepair.

The Fixer Uppers

Enter creative development company Pocket Projects, and design and architectural firm FARM.

This group of passionate cinephiles banded together to breathe new life into this old, derelict, but also historic space.

And so restoration works began, in the form of The Projector.

Image Credit: Grate News

Their goal, to refurbish the space while respecting and preserving elements of the past, has been a visible success.

On one hand, the space now boasts modern day technology and comforts in the form of digital projectors and reupholstered seats.

On the other, it retains the old cinema’s original features, such as its signage and floor lettering, as well as the original wooden armrests and steel seat frames.

Image Credit: The Projector

The two halls also received new names, along with their new lease of life.

Golden 1 became the Green Room, and Golden 2, the Redrum–a nod to Stanley Kubrick’s classic ‘The Shining’.

Fast Forward

Today, the halls are once again as bustling as they were in the good old days.

Each of the two rooms at The Projector seats nearly 200 people, and are fitted with digital projectors.

The chairs in the front section of the Green Room have even been replaced with comfy bean bags.

Image Credit: Pocket Projects

They’ve also roped in Luna Films, the people in charge of curating local film festivals, to help select and bring in films to be screened.

Finally, to complete the movie-going experience, came the addition of a café to the cinema’s foyer, manned by Group Therapy Coffee. It sells classic movie snacks like popcorn, alongside burgers, pies, and cake, along with sodas, juices and their own coffee blends.

Image Credit: The Projector

If you’ve ever lamented the limited range of films in Singapore, you now know where to find a great independent cinema.

For all its history, The Projector itself is definitely as fascinating as the movies it screens, and is well worth a visit.

The Projector
Address: 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower #05-00, Singapore 199589
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 6.30pm – 9pm; Sat, Sun, PH: 1.00pm – 9pm; Closed on Mondays

(Top Image Credit: SINdie & Pocket Projects)

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The Projector – Vintage Cinema With Curated Films And Photo Booths

The Projector

In 2014, a quaint theatre dedicated to vintage vibes and a unique viewing experience was born. With its first outlet in Golden Mile, The Projector wasn’t like any other Golden Village or Cathay cineplex featuring blockbuster hits and remains every Singaporean film buff’s fantasy.

For the arthouse aficionado, casual moviegoer, and anyone in between, The Projector is an intimate space that showcased both lesser-known indie flicks and top-charted international movies, giving birth to a cult following of film enthusiasts under its brand.

While it’s probably not the first time you’ve heard of Singapore’s quaint film retreat, here’s what those who have never made a visit can expect to find.

An old-school cinephile’s paradise

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Started by and for film lovers, The Projector has since launched a pop-up outlet at Riverside for one more site of curated films and local projects. 

For the average moviegoer, The Projector may look a little unassuming, but with rooms like the Neon Room, this quirky theatre is unapologetically unique. 

Neon cinema at The Projector
Image credits: @theprojectorsg

Photogenic rooms aside, this theatre features international films not shown in GV or Cathay and a weekly film schedule that’s released every Tuesday. Tickets here go for $13.50, which makes it a comparable price for regular moviegoers too. Students and seniors can also enjoy cheaper tickets from $9. 50 for any of the films here, such as Under the Open Sky (2020) or Cabaret (1972).

The Projector also has its own streaming service, The Projector Plus: Movies on Demand, for films you just can’t find elsewhere from French features to Sundance Film Festival specials. Forking out a mere $10 can get you any of their movies for a 48-hour window. That’s more than enough time for a viewing party with all your fellow film buffs.

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But if you don’t want to miss out on the nostalgic features the place has to offer, you can start your journey at The Projector with some photo booth pictures at Fotoautomat which is available at both their outlets. 

With cute pictures that come out in a classic monochrome filter, such photo booths capable of transporting you into old school vibes are hella rare in Singapore and shouldn’t be missed.

Grab a bite at Intermission Bar

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Films and photos aside, Intermission Bar – or Riverside Bar at their Riverside location – is a great place to get movie snacks or a quick drink. It has a range of nibbles and mains, from Nachos Full Works ($10.80) to the Siam Diupizza ($19.80) topped with Thai basil beef. 

Some of their beer and bottled cocktails are also house specials and are tributes to critically acclaimed films. Lovers of the Studio Ghibli film Ponyo can try their version of the Ponyo Happy Drink, Ghibli ($15), or try a Godfather-inspired cocktail, Coppola ($15).

Getting to The Projector

Filmstrip photo steps at The Projector’s Golden Mile outlet
Image credits: @mindspanked

With centrally-located outlets, The Projector is an essential movie date spot with a multitude of fun things to do. From a vintage-looking photo booth to cleverly named cocktails, this fun theatre offers a film-viewing experience like no other. 

Especially for those constantly on the lookout for something different and new, The Projector is a top contender for your next outing.

The Projector
Address: 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, #05-00, Singapore 199589
Opening hours: 
Cinema: Mon – Fri 4PM-8.30PM | Sat, Sun & P.H. 1 PM-8.30PM
Bar: Mon – Fri 4PM-10.30PM | Sat, Sun, P.H. 1PM-10.30PM


Projector X: Riverside
Address: Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, #04-13, Singapore 058282
Opening hours: 
Cinema: Wed – Fri 4PM-8.30PM | Sat, Sun & P.H. 1 PM-8.30PM
Bar: Wed – Fri 4PM-10.30PM | Sat, Sun, P.H. 1PM-10.30PM

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History | Normal Theater, IL

Opened in 1937, Normal Theater Now Twin City Icon

For more than 25 years, the Normal Theater in Normal, IL has thrived as a town-run venue for classic, independent, and foreign films. Today, the theater is a central attraction in the revitalized “Uptown Normal” district just east of the Illinois State University campus. Yet the Art Moderne-style theater goes back much farther—all the way to 1937 and the Great Depression. Its golden years lasted better than three decades before the aging movie house began facing its share of the tough times and indignities common to pre-World War II theaters in American downtowns. Fortunately, the Normal survived neglect, disfigurement, and closure to become, after its restoration, one of the finest movie venues in the Midwest.

“A new thrill in theater beauty!”

Finishing up the theater in 1937 (Photo courtesy of McLean County Museum of History)

The Normal Theater (or “Theatre”—for much of its history the two were used interchangeably) was built by Sylvan and Ruth Kupfer, who owned the 209 North Street lot where the movie house went up. Sylvan, a graduate of the old law school at Illinois Wesleyan University in adjacent Bloomington, was a local attorney and later real estate broker. The movie theater business ran in the family, for his father Henry opened the Scenic, an early nickelodeon in downtown Bloomington, way back in 1906. More than 30 years later, Sylvan and Ruth Kupfer obtained financing for the $100,000 project to open the first ever standalone, commercial movie theater in the Town of Normal. Once completed, they leased their “show house” to Publix Great States Theatres, a regional chain which also ran the Irvin and the Castle, Bloomington’s two top movie theaters. Sylvan Kupfer, though, kept the title of manager, and he and his family remained associated with the theater for more than four decades.

The Normal’s striking Art Moderne architectural style makes it one of the most photographed buildings in Bloomington-Normal—especially with the marquee light on! The architect was Arthur F. Moratz, youngest sibling of Paul O. Moratz, another prominent local architect. In Bloomington, Arthur Moratz buildings include the acclaimed Art Deco-style Holy Trinity Catholic Church at the north end of downtown, and his own residence, 317 East Chestnut Street, on the south side of Franklin Park. Outside the Twin Cities, his more ambitious projects include the Church of the Holy Rosary (now the Queen of the Holy Rosary Memorial Shrine) located 60 miles to the north in LaSalle.

“A new thrill in theater beauty!” declared Publix Great States at the time of the Normal Theater’s November 19, 1937 grand opening. The Normal was the first movie house in the Twin Cities built for sound, as both the Irvin and Castle dated to the silent era and thus had to be retrofitted for the “talkie” era. The Normal’s high fidelity system was called “revolutionary” by the The Normalite, the town’s longtime weekly newspaper. Playing the role of unabashed hometown booster, The Normalite was effusive in its praise of the theater. “Sound technicians from the great laboratories of the RCA manufacturing company, at Camden, New Jersey, have installed and tested the new high fidelity system and reported it ready,” marveled the weekly. “The range of volume, too, has been improved so that the merest whisper of the wind in the grass or the great crescendo of a symphony orchestra may be reproduced with equal fidelity.” The Normalite also gushed over the theater’s heating and cooling systems, noting: “While few are apt to choose the theater for permanent residence, the air will be as perfect as modern science can make it.”

Finishing touches to the interior (Photo courtesy of McLean County Museum of History)

For Depression-era moviegoers, the theater’s distinctive Art Moderne style offered hope, architecturally speaking, of better days to come. “A step forward in everything!” boasted Publix Great States. Even today, first-time visitors to the Normal Theater are often charmed by the “modernistic” façade and streamlined architectural detailing and elements in the lobby and auditorium. “Indirect lighting,” noted The Normalite of a prominent motif, “brings to life a modern and artistic design of decorating done in new and blending tones of blues, salmon, maroon and silver.” When it opened, the theater had room for 620 seats, modest when compared to the Irvin’s nearly 1,000 (today, with changes in building codes, wider aisles, and wider seats for the public’s wider bottoms, the Normal’s capacity is down to 385). Although thoroughly modern in design, the relatively modest size of the Normal, vis-à-vis the Irvin and other downstate movie palaces in Peoria, Decatur and elsewhere, helped give it the reputation as Bloomington-Normal’s “small town” theater. “Intimate and extremely modern in design, the new Normal will possess every new device known, to give its patrons the utmost in beauty, comfort and entertainment,” added The Normalite.

The exterior, with its horizontal lines and curving forms, features a color scheme of tan stucco, black glass, and a stunning marquee of “Chinese red.” When the theater opened, the marquee was said to be of the “newest design,” given that the only exposed electric bulbs were attached to the underside (or soffit), while the rest of the lighting scheme was of the “neon tube type.” The tan stucco façade is trimmed with narrow bands of shiny black Vitrolite glass, while the smartly designed box office features accordion-pleated black Monel metal (a type of nickel alloy) with curved window frames trimmed in Vitrolite. For its part, The Normalite couldn’t help but trumpet the town’s first theater at the expense of those in Bloomington, the much bigger city to the immediate south. “Normal,” the weekly declared, “may well be proud of the new Normal, which will equal, if not surpass, all other local theatres.”

Doors open, November 1937

Gilbert Brown of Great States Theatres was the first manager of the Normal Theater in 1937 (photo courtesy of McLean County Museum of History)

The grand opening, held Friday, November 19, 1937, featured the musical Double or Nothing with Bing Crosby and Martha Raye. There was also a Popeye cartoon and a newsreel or two. Tickets—“all times”—were 25 and 10 cents. Sylvan Kupfer, as mentioned, served as the theater’s manager, though Gilbert Brown, already the local Great States manager, was given the title of the Normal’s “managing director.” At the beginning, the new theater opened its doors at 5:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the first show at 6:00 p.m. On the weekend doors opened at 11:45 a.m. with the first show at 12 noon. There was a complete change of program four days a week—Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

When the Normal opened there were three main theaters in Bloomington that played movies, all located on the eastern edge of downtown within two blocks of each other. On the Normal’s opening weekend of November 19-21, 1937, the Majestic, a vaudeville-era house that still mixed live entertainment with a movie schedule, presented Chicago magician Harry Blackstone Sr., live and in person, while also making room for the romantic comedy Breakfast for Two with Barbara Stanwyck. Meanwhile, over at the Castle, it was the “merry mix-up” of Partners In Crime, an installment in a long-forgotten Hank Hyer mystery series, and at the Irvin, it was Wife, Doctor and Nurse with Loretta Young, Warner Baxter and Virginia Bruce.

The Grand Opening of the new Normal Theater, November 19th, 1937

After two days of Double or Nothing, the Normal followed with Raoul Walsh’s Artists & Models starring Jack Benny and Ida Lupino (Sunday and Monday) and Handy Andy, a 1935 Fox production with Will Rogers (Monday and Tuesday). The early December 1937 schedule included the Allan Dwan-directed drama One Mile from Heaven; Hopalong Rides Again with William Boyd; Love Under Fire with Don Ameche and Loretta Young; the 1936 romantic comedy Small Town Girl; the western musical High, Wide, and Handsome with Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott; and the comedy It Happened In Hollywood. On Saturdays early on at the Normal there was a “weekly fun show” featuring one hours’ worth of cartoons and comedies beginning at 12 noon.

As evident from the schedule above, the Normal, generally speaking, did not screen the just-released prestige pictures and big budget epics. Those were shown instead at the Irvin (and sometimes the Castle), which were both owned by Publix Great States Theatres. After all, why would the chain compete against itself? For its part, the Normal was known for genre and “B” pictures, especially westerns and musicals, as well as second-run fare. This meant that Irvin and Castle advertisements for “now playing” and upcoming movies in The Pantagraph, Bloomington’s daily newspaper, were often considerably larger and showier than those for the Normal.

Golden Years

Circa 1948…”comfortably cool”

As was common in the 1940s and 1950s, it seemed as if each month brought a new sales pitch or manager’s bargain, as well as theme weeks and an endless stream of special matinee programs and double bills. On Saturdays in July 1940, to cite one representative example, ladies received a matinee “shoppers” bargain of two-for-one admission. On Saturday, July 6, it was the RKO production of Swiss Family Robinson (later buried by Walt Disney upon the release of its own version in 1960) and the light mystery Opened By Mistake with Charles Ruggles, while the following Saturday included a “Western Hour” from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. and the fourth installment in the 12-chapter Republic serial Zorro’s Fighting Legion. One wonders, though, how a Zorro serial appealed to “lady shoppers!”

As another example, take the wonderfully busy 1941 “Back to School” schedule. Over a three week stretch, Saturday, August 23, to Saturday, September 13, the Normal showed no less than 18 movies as 9 double bills, with each pairing rotated every two or three days. The eclectic list to follow (in order, by double bill) speaks to a long-gone time of American movie going: Early wartime Hope-Lamour comedy Caught in the Draft and Thieves Fall Out with Eddie Albert; Man Made Monster with Lon Chaney Jr. and Horror Island, two low-budget Universal Pictures horror films; Archie Mayo’s The Great American Broadcast and the Marlene Dietrich vehicle The Flame of New Orleans; the Army Air Corps drama I Wanted Wings with Ray Milland and William Holden and I’ll Wait for You, a remake of Robert Montgomery’s 1934 hit Hide-Out; the comedy The Man Who Lost Himself and the crime drama Face Behind the Mask with Peter Lorre; the Rudy Vallee musical Too Many Blondes and the Warner Brothers drama Singapore Woman; the westerns Billy the Kid (played by Robert Taylor) and San Antonio Rose; William Wellman’s Reaching for the Sun and Cowboy and the Blonde, a rodeo version of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew;” and last, the bullfighting drama Blood and Sand starring Tyrone Power and the musical Rookies On Parade with Bob Crosby, younger brother of Bing. Whew!—and that’s just three weeks’ worth of movies!

The Normal has also always been more than a movie theater, even during its successful commercial years, serving as a venue for community meetings, children’s Christmas parties, and various public and private events. On Tuesday, November 7, 1944, for instance, residents could catch national, state and local election returns at the Normal, as well as the other two Great States movie houses in Bloomington, the Irvin and the Castle.

The Normal Theater circa 1956, showing some wild science fiction titles

Yet the Normal Theater is first and foremost a shrine to cinema—always has been … and hopefully always will be! Back in its heyday, the Normal’s schedule was packed with feature length films, as well as high-adventure serials, comedy shorts, newsreels, cartoons, and who knows what all. “Western Week,” for example, arrived on Monday, December 29, 1952, with a double feature each night, including a New Year’s Eve showing of Lone Star with Clark Gable and Ava Gardner, followed by The Great Missouri Raid with the likes of lesser stars Wendell Corey and Macdonald Carrey. Friday, the lone interruption in this “oater” marathon, featured no less than 25 cartoons running “noon ’til midnight.” Western Week also included Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland in Dodge City, a western from 1939. Although the Normal concentrated on first and second-run pictures, it also mixed into its rotation much older films from time to time, a common practice before the television age, to say nothing of the subsequent videotape and digital revolutions.

Screening Doris Day in 1954 (no, that’s not Doris)

Suffering form poor health, Sylvan Kupfer “retired from active management on advice of his doctor” in the fall of 1945, though he remained owner of the building. Replacing Kupfer as manager was Peoria native James F. Holliday, a colorful figure with a long stage and screen career, who, from 1936 to 1940, appeared in Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy films. Kupfer passed away in 1953, and his son Sylvan retained ownership of the theater into the early 1980s.

Neglect and closure

In December 1974, the Springfield, Ill.-based chain Kerasotes Brothers took over the Normal and Irvin theaters from Publix Great States, which by that time was itself part of Plitt Theatres, Inc. of Chicago (Kerasotes already owned the Castle, the drive-in on South Main St. in Bloomington, and Cinema I and II off College Avenue in Normal). On January 8, 1982, the day Kerasotes closed the Irvin, the Normal became a “dollar house”—all tickets $1. Even worse, stalled negotiations over the year-to-year lease led to the theater’s closure on January 31, 1982, though it reopened in mid-March with the Paul Newman drama Absence of Malice. In 1985, one of the Kerasotes siblings, George, became the Normal’s owner. That same year, the already cozy Art Moderne theater was split into two cinemas (an act of vandalism known in the business as “twinning”), with the balcony given its own screen. In November 1989, the Normal, looking a little worse for wear, returned to a full-price movie house, though by the fall of 1990, it had once more been demoted to discount theater status, with tickets this time going for $1.50.

Moviegoers to the Normal became increasingly scarce, especially when they started flocking to the eight-screen Parkway Cinemas off Veterans Parkway, which opened in 1990. The end for the Normal Theater as a commercial enterprise came on May 16, 1991. “I don’t decide these things—the public does,” George Kerasotes said in a rare interview with The Pantagraph. “The reason we closed it is that nobody went to it.”


A Grand Re-opening: October 7th, 1994

Fortunately, the Town of Normal came to the rescue, purchasing the theater in November 1991. Gigi Miles was brought in to coordinate fundraising efforts, and an advisory committee was led by Miles and future City Manager Mark Peterson (at the time an assistant city manager). About $1 million in federal grants, donations, and tax dollars were needed for the ambitious restoration, which thankfully included the return to a single screen (about one-fifth of the total restoration cost came from Normal tax funds). The grand reopening was held October 7, 1994, with a showing of Singin’ in the Rain from 1952. A program to mark the “premier night” (as the reopening was called) included reminiscence by the likes of former projectionist Karl Blakney.

Interior of the Normal Theater today. (photo courtesy of Dawn Riordan)

Since that evening nearly 20 years ago, the Normal Theater has not stopped showing the kinds of films you just can’t see most anywhere else on the big screen. Moviegoers can soak in the historic architecture while chatting with the friendly volunteers who sell the tickets, greet you at the door, and work the concession stand. They love movies as much as you do! Not only that, but Uptown Normal, with its restaurants, specialty shopping, pedestrian-friendly streetscape, and ample parking offers a cultural experience not to be had at a 14-screen multiplex next to the interstate highway. And best yet, you can watch a movie with zero distractions—talking and texting during the show is a big “no-no” at the Normal!

One of the truly special evenings at the Normal Theater occurred on September 30, 1995, with a gala to “welcome home” McLean and Ann Stevenson. The hometown boy made good (most famously as Lt. Col. Henry Blake for three seasons on the celebrated CBS television show M*A*S*H), “Mac” was back in the Twin Cities to say hello to old friends. Proceeds from the gala helped finish the restoration project as well as ensure the theater’s use to a wide variety of groups.

The restoration project has made the Normal Theater one of the more honored buildings in downstate Illinois. In June 1996, the Town of Normal received the “Preservation Project of the Year” award by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois. A little more than one year later, August 1997, the Normal Theater earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, having received a unanimous recommendation by the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council.

Since the fall of 1994, this old “popcorn palace on the prairie” has shown classic (from Citizen Kane to Bicycle Thieves), independent (Hoop Dreams to Safety Not Guaranteed), and foreign films (Cinema Paradiso to Pan’s Labyrinth), all the while providing both a retro ($1 pop and popcorn) and state-of-the-art (projection and sound) experience to the most discerning moviegoer. Throughout the year the Normal plays host to sneak previews and special screenings, including a traditional late-February showing of Academy Award-nominated shorts (live action, animated, and documentary). In addition, the theater has become a regular venue for a locally organized LGBT Film Festival, the Manhattan Short Film Festival, and other special events. And let’s not forget the Normal’s wildly popular schedule of holiday classics beginning in November—from It’s a Wonderful Life to White Christmas. Attending one or more of these holiday movies with friends and family has become a cherished tradition for many area residents.

As a series of nondescript, strip mall-like “sprawl-plexes” in Bloomington-Normal have fallen to the wrecking ball (University Cinemas, those at Eastland Shopping Center and College Hills, and yes, even Parkway Cinemas), the Normal Theater has survived to become a community treasure and the symbol of a revitalized Uptown. Whether you’re a cinephile looking forward to the latest Scandinavian import or an unabashed romantic in need of an old-fashioned tearjerker, the Normal is your home away from home.

Twenty-five years in, we hope to host another 25 years (and more!) worth of movies and events, but to do so we need your continued support. Spread the good word of your Normal Theater experience to family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. And if you’ve never attended a movie at the best theater in downstate Illinois, what are you waiting for? We’ll see you soon at the Normal!

Bill Kemp is the librarian at the McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington, IL. An earlier, much-briefer version of this history originally appeared in The Pantagraph, where Bill writes a Sunday local history column. Content has been updated to more accurately reflect anniversaries and span of operation.

90,000 Cinemas in Nizhny Novgorod – 23 addresses Find cinemas near me
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Cinemas in Nizhny Novgorod differ in the number of halls, their size, as well as comfortable chairs and a screen.For visitors to these establishments, the sound and the degree of ventilation of the room may also be important. The presence of goodies that are sold in the lobby is a pleasant and indispensable bonus: what kind of movie is interesting to watch without a bucket of popcorn and a mug of cola?

In user reviews, you can find out about the quality of staff service, as well as the degree of convenience for watching movies. You can also find out where it is possible to watch a movie with 3D glasses. In addition, cinemas in Nizhny Novgorod are ranked, which greatly facilitates the choice.All this you can find on our website in the appropriate section. Your help will come in handy for the users who come after you.

A day off is approaching, and you have not yet decided how to relax with the whole family? Then it is best to go to one of the cinemas, where you can watch cartoon novelties from film distribution or family comedies. If you know in advance the film that you want to see with the whole family, then the only thing left to do is to choose a place where to watch.

My Box on Narod: Cinemas of Nizhny Novgorod

Comintern, 244
phone.273-1421 autoinformer
phone. 273-1149

Gagarina Avenue, 114
phone. 465-1922 autoinformer
phone. 465-1918

Gagarina Avenue, 192
phone. 466-8589 operator
phone. 466-2233

Karo Film
Belinsky, 124 – SEC Chocolate
phone. 278-7885 operator
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Molodezhny prospect, 1 k1
phone. 295-6999 autoinformer
phone. 295-7017 autoinformer
phone. 295-7137 Operator
phone. 295-7124 operator

Bolshaya Pokrovskaya, 51a
phone. 434-4851 autoinformer
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phone. 434-4819
phone. 434-4790 operator
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Bolshaya Pokrovskaya, 39a
phone. 433-4601 autoinformer

Piskunova, 11
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phone. 437-3121
phone. 437-3657

Lenin Avenue, 32
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