Some info from the LB Herald article:
“Pilevsky said that the theater would continue to show a mix of mainstream and family-friendly movies, and possibly independent films.
“This is a golden opportunity to be creative, and build a state-of-the-art theater at the entrance of this great city that would perhaps have major motion picture premieres, a performing arts stage for events, screen indie films, and host special industry panels,” she [ Ingrid Dodd, the co-founder of the Long Beach International Film Festival] said. “The future of our film festival in Long Beach is contingent upon having a theater to screen films and a performing arts center — without them, the festival has no choice but to grow some legs and branch outside Long Beach.
I wish Ingrid all the luck in the world on working with the owners to make something special there. Movie theaters CAN BE and ARE very profitable, you just have to think outside the box. Shitty movies with crappy candy is not going to cut it.
Coincidentally, a Long Beach friend of mine just sent me a photo of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in Yonkers, which he just visited this past week and loved. I even have friends in the hip ole’ town of Brooklyn who travel all the way to Yonkers to watch movies there. Yonkers. YONKERS!!!