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DocWatson commented about East Providence Cinemas on Jun 12, 2019 at 11:50 pm

I just saw Shazam! and Long Shot there tonight (Wednesday); tickets were $3.00, plus a small popcorn was free with each one (a special; weekly I believe). While it’s obviously seen better days, it’s clean and in decent shape (barring a bloc of about four seats missing from one of the theaters). Posters for movies from the past few years are still up, plus a more-than-life-sized cardboard cutout for 2016’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War by the entrance. Note that it’s set back from the main road, Newport Avenue, behind other buildings and off a side street (Narragansett Park Drive), though the marquee is on Newport.

DocWatson commented about Alex Theatre on May 14, 2015 at 7:01 am

Korkis, Jim (May 13, 2015). “Disney’s Preview Palace: The Alex Theater” [sic]. Cartoon Research.

DocWatson commented about Agawam Cinemas on May 10, 2015 at 11:56 pm

Updates on the status:

Newberry, Laura (November 14, 2014). “Agawam Cinemas Kickstarter campaign draws to close, owner surpasses $40,000 goal”. “The Republican” (Springfield, Mass.).

Michalski, Jessica (May 10, 2015). “Agawam Cinemas renovation work nearing completion”. WGGB/WSHM (Springfield, Mass.).

DocWatson commented about Cinemark at Hampshire Mall and XD on Feb 28, 2015 at 12:14 am

While rivest266 may be technically true, there are (now) several Cinemark-owned cinemas in New England—especially with Cinemark’s purchase of the Rave Cinemas chain in 2012–2013.

DocWatson commented about Springfield Cinemas on Jan 13, 2015 at 10:49 pm

I forgot one other thing: the cinema had canceled its weekday nights late showings some time back, so that Monday through Thursday (I think) the ~7 p.m. screenings were the last ones.

Here are the links to the Diamond Ruff Web site and the film’s IMDb entry, the former of which still lists the Saturday 10 January “red carpet event” at the Springfield Entertainment Cinemas branch. I have no idea if it actually took place.

DocWatson commented about Springfield Cinemas on Jan 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm

The theater just closed on Sunday (11 January 2015). I was there last Tuesday, 6 January, and there was no sign that it would be closed—indeed, an independent film, Diamond Ruff, was scheduled to be shown this week. That said, and taking into account that I was only there on weekday nights, it was always almost deserted—I never saw a crowd there—so in a sense it was not a surprise. Still, it was not what I expected when I visited the Web site this morning to check some detail about the movies I planned to see this afternoon.

The theater’s Web page and an archive of it from today:

News stories from the local newspaper on the closing:

Kelly, Ray (8 January 2015). “Entertainment Cinemas at Springfield Plaza closing on Sunday”. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.).

Newberry, Laura (9 January 2015). “Agawam Cinemas owner reacts to closing of Entertainment Cinemas, says claimed decline of theaters ‘simply isn’t accurate’”. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.).

The original post which the above article is covering:

Kinney, Jim (9 January 2015). “Springfield Plaza, Entertainment Cinemas building now under separate ownership”. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.).

DocWatson commented about AMC Hampshire Mall 6 on Nov 10, 2014 at 11:18 pm

IIRC the “megaplex plan” was for 24 screens.

DocWatson commented about Hadley Drive-In on Nov 10, 2014 at 11:15 pm

310 Massachusetts 9, Hadley, MA 01035

Technically that would be 310 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035, since, in Hadley, Russell Street is Route 9.

DocWatson commented about Agawam Cinemas on Jul 2, 2014 at 9:56 pm

The article and editorial on the closure:

Kelly, Ray (May 20, 2014). “Agawam Family Cinemas closes after 18 years”. “The Republican” (Springfield, Mass.).

The Republican Editorials (May 21, 2014). “Editorial: With loss of Agawam Family Cinemas, it’s lights out on an era”. “The Republican” (Springfield, Mass.).

See also the related photo essay:

Kelly, Ray (May 27, 2014). “Photos: Movie theaters of yesteryear”. “The Republican” (Springfield, Mass.).

DocWatson commented about Amherst Cinema Arts Center on Jun 2, 2014 at 11:08 pm

I was in Screen 1 tonight, and it has 171 seats, plus several more movable seats/spaces for wheel chairs. This puts the current total at 286 seats—the 871 seat total must be from before the renovation. (I attended one or two movies there in the 1990s—prior to the furnace breakdown—and the balcony Ron Slaters mentions was nowhere to be found.)

DocWatson commented about Amherst Cinema Arts Center on May 22, 2014 at 12:20 am

Some details about the current physical plant: Theater 1 is the largest and has a stage (I’ll check the capacity when next I’m in it), theaters 2 and 3 have 45 seats (plus room for one more or a wheelchair), and the Studio Theater (which is in a storefront about halfway to Amity Street) holds about 25 seats, and features its own bathroom off the back of the theater itself. Theaters 1 through 3 feature stadium seating, while the Studio Theater seating is on a flat floor with the screen well above the audience’s heads.

DocWatson commented about Star Theatre on Jun 24, 2013 at 1:47 am

There is a historical society, in the old town jail, a block and half from the Star Theatre’s site.

Bristol Historical & Preservation Society

DocWatson commented about Star Theatre on May 28, 2013 at 7:50 am

I recall the furniture store Mr. DeLuca mentions, though I never went inside. The building was demolished to make way for a much needed expansion of the library, which had been both cramped and needing repairs for decades. I was visiting home in Bristol the weekend before last, and checked out the new library for the first time—compare the main photo on the History page linked below (the “old” post-1957 library) with the ones (linked) above and the ones in the photo gallery and the library’s Web site banner photo.

DocWatson commented about Pastime Theater on May 28, 2013 at 7:34 am

Lostmemory’s 2007 post’s photo gave me the URL, which resulted in this:

Additionally, I was visiting home in Bristol the weekend before last, and when we were discussing the theater, my father mentioned that it had originally had a single screen. I don’t remember it being that way, though I do recall that it was obvious that it had been changed. Thus the conversion must have been between 1969 (the year we arrived in town) and the late 1970s. Another name for it was the Bristol Twin Cinema.

The land is currently occupied by an expansion of the neighboring Andrews School (to stage right in the photos), as also partly implied by the marquee in lostmemory’s first photo.