Citizen Theater - Amy McNutt Planning Near Southside Art House Theater
Posted 07 July 2008 - 09:04 AM
The summary is thus: Amy McNutt and James Johnston, the duo who gave us Spiral Diner, are going to start an art house theater in the Near Southside. Current plan is for it to be called the Citizen Theater, have two screens, be Art Deco in style, heavy emphasis on exceptional picture and sound quality, show first run art house films and repertory films as well as undistributed indie films (but only the best of the best.), and feature a sort of mini-Spiral Diner in the lobby serving organic popcorn, wine and beer, coffee and espresso, sodas, juices and smoothies as well as some of the other Spiral goodies we know and love (no full meals, just snacks and desserts, maybe a veggie wrap or two.)
I'm really excited about this. Fort Worth's aching for a real art house theater, and what better two people in the city to start it than the lady behind Spiral Diner and her talented filmmaker husband? This will be cool.
Posted 08 July 2008 - 11:30 AM
The projection of the films are with two German made Kineton projectors. Kineton is top of the line along with Dolby digital.
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 11:33 AM
Posted 10 July 2008 - 06:05 PM
I'm also super curious as to what kind of projection equipment they'll be installing, and what tech service company they'll use. As stated above, Kineton projectors are excellent, and Dolby Digital readers and processors are a MUST for any art house cinema. I'd vote for Christie AW3R platters as well, and Christie projectors if they can't get Kinetons. A good, cinema quality portable digital projector is also a good idea. Ooooo, getting excited!!
Keep us updated as you get more info!
Posted 21 April 2010 - 09:07 AM
I was gonna say the same thing. Cinema is a tough business and that's why you rarely see one or two screen theaters anymore and most arthouses are corporate. They're just not economically feasable. Most arthouses now, like those in Dallas, are multi-screen and still dedicate at least one screen to a more mainstream film. And arthouses have been forced to add the things people desire such as stadium seating, good concessions, and great video and sound. I remember what arthouses used to be like (subpar everything) and I'm glad they've changed. It does make me wonder why they did the press release before they found a location and on the website it says they're still looking for investors. Those are things you typcially have lined up before you go to press. I hope this works, but if it's not a fullfilling moviegoing experience, I'll keep going to the Angelika in Dallas.
Posted 21 April 2010 - 09:19 AM
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Posted 07 October 2015 - 11:39 AM
Posted 07 October 2015 - 11:39 AM
Considering that everything we know about the Citizen project has said it's two screens, I'm not sure if a single-screen theater would work for them or not. I have no inside info, though.
Perhaps not, but having one screen and maybe add to the building to put up a second screen at some point. There's the adjoining restaurant, maybe build a second screen on that frontage.
Posted 07 October 2015 - 11:40 AM
Money would probably help more than a new location. Any project that languishes this long probably has none.
Good point, but I wonder if they could get going with less capital with an existing building (albeit one that needs some serious rehab).
Posted 14 November 2015 - 11:08 PM
In that case, I'd take my money where that's not an issue. Like Hemphill & Berry.
Kevin, please update us if you hear anything further.
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