Thursday, January 19, 2012
Bloomfield Township's Jon Goldstein said the change was made because he's willing to invest and upgrade moviegoing experience.
Jon Goldstein has had a busy 18 hours. The new leaseholder of the beloved The Maple Art Theatre in Bloomfield Township hoped for a seamless transition without much fanfare by taking over operations of the three-screen cinema on Feb. 1. But he said that plan abruptly ended late Wednesday when officials with Landmark Theatres confirmed to Bloomfield Patch that they lost their lease after 13 years. "I was being respectful of their plans to keep this hush-hush, just quietly have this transition, and then announce what our plans are. But I guess that's not the plan anymore," Goldstein said this morning after calling into the "Stoney and Bill Show" on 97.1 FM to discuss his plans. It was one example of several media interviews and emails …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Moviegoers lament losing the longtime arts and independent film house in Bloomfield that's been around since 1974.
What is your favorite memory from the Maple Art Theater? Regardless if you were one of the denizens who saw every independent and foreign language film the Maple Art showcased since being built in 1974 or simply an area resident for any length of time, it was hard to ignore the three-screen cinema at Maple and Telegraph. For those with ties to the Bloomfield Township favorite, which Landmark chief executive officer Ted Mundorff said would close at the end of January upon losing its lease, Patch readers reacted to the breaking news and shared some memories: How do you feel? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your memories or add them below.
Beloved arts movie house lost its lease, parent company of Bloomfield Township's only film theater confirms.
The Maple Art Theater, the sole movie theater that Bloomfield residents can call their own, will close at the end of January, company officials said Wednesday afternoon. “Unfortunately, we have lost our lease and will cease operation at the Maple Art Theatre at the end of this month," Ted Mundorff, chief executive officer of Landmark Theatres, wrote in an email to Bloomfield Patch. "It saddens us to leave this historical landmark and we would like to thank our loyal patrons who have supported us for the past 13 years." Further details about the decision were not immediately available. The three-screen cinema, located near the southwest corner of Telegraph and Maple roads, was built in 1974 and has been operated by Landmark since 1998. The …