Rhonda Fleming, film star of ‘40s and ‘50s, dies at 97

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Rhonda Fleming, the fiery redhead who appeared with Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Ronald Reagan and other film stars of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 97.

Fleming’s assistant Carla Sapon told The New York Times that Fleming died Wednesday in Santa Monica, California.

From her first film in color, “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court ” (1949) with Bing Crosby, Fleming became immensely popular with producers because of her vivid hues. It was an attraction she would later regret.

“Suddenly my green eyes were green. My red hair was flaming red. My skin was porcelain white,” Fleming remarked in a 1990 interview. “There was suddenly all this attention on how I looked rather than the roles I was playing.

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Pittsburgh-area movie theater temporarily closes weeks after opening due to lack of new movies

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. —Just weeks after reopening from a months-long shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Phoenix Theaters’ location in Bridgeville has announced it is temporarily closing.The theater announced on Facebook that it is closing due to a lack of new major studio films.

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‘The Batman’ halts production again after Robert Pattinson reportedly tests positive for COVID-19

“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating in accordance with established protocols,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement.

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AMC to offer 15-cent tickets on first day of reopening | TribLIVE.com

2913747_web1_2913747-29a85afb4c154894b235b31678826809NEW YORK — AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, will reopen in the U.S. on Aug. 20 with retro ticket prices of 15 cents per movie.

AMC Entertainment, which owns the chain, said Thursday that it expects to open the doors to more than 100 cinemas — or about a sixth of its nationwide locations — on Aug. 20 with throwback pricing for a day.

AMC theaters have reopened in numerous international countries but have remained shuttered in the U.S. since March. The chain touted the reopening as “Movies in 2020 at 1920 Prices.”

Locally, the world’s biggest theater chain has seven locations in western Pennsylvania: AMC Classic Westmoreland 15 in Greensburg; AMC Classic Delmont 12; AMC Waterfront 22 in West Homestead; AMC Classic South Hills Village 10; AMC Classic Mount Lebanon 6; AMC Classic South Pike 10 in Sarver; and AMC Classic Uniontown 6.

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Pittsburgh-area Cinemark movie theaters set Aug. 21 reopening date

Theaters have been closed since March

Cinemark movie theaters in the Pittsburgh area are set to reopen on Aug. 21, according to the movie theater chain’s website.

That includes the locations in Center Township, Beaver County, Monroeville, the North Hills and Robinson Township.

The location in Tarentum at the Pittsburgh Mills Mall is permanently closed.

The theater closed its Pittsburgh area locations in March amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was initially planned that Cinemark’s Pittsburgh-area theaters would reopen in early July but that was later pushed back.

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Are Classic movies, Old and New, The Way To Go When Theatres Reopen? Could This Be The Best Idea For Moviegoers?

Harry Potter movies, “Footloose,” “The Wizard of Oz,” the “Jurassic” series and more will play at Epic Theatres of West Volusia’s drive-in theater through June

Epic Theatres of West Volusia, a movie theater in Deltona, Florida is offering drive-in movies nightly. The entertainment option has been well-received by families looking for something fun to do while following social distancing guidelines outside of their homes.

DELTONA — As the sun was setting, Holly Pell and her family arrived at Epic Theatres of West Volusia and settled in for a movie.

They never left their pickup.

It was the New Smyrna Beach family’s second visit since the theater’s conversion to show movies drive-in style, a change prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, but they looked like pros, having set up an inflatable mattress in the truck bed with plenty of pillows, blankets, snacks and drinks.

“I thought it was pretty fun,” said Cypress Wood, Pell’s 14-year-old niece.

“And you can just lay under the stars,” Lydia Pell, Holly’s 12-year-old daughter said.

Source: Classic movies, old and new, at Epic Theatres’ Deltona drive-in

‘Avengers: Endgame’ posts the first billion-dollar opening in history

Opening weekend box office records are built to fall eventually. But the one ‘Avengers: Endgame’ just set isn’t going anywhere for the forseeable future.

No movie in the U.S. has ever posted an opening weekend higher than $300 million. No movie anywhere has made more than $1 billion worldwide in the five days since it opened.

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