Terrace news: ballet, possible expansion, and the old IMAX

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The Terrace Theatre already offers digital presentations of opera from La Scala. Now Charleston's arthouse cinema has added ballet.

Emerging Pictures, a digital media marketing and distribution company, is licensing a series of dances by the Bolshoi Ballet and Teatro alla Scala. The series begins with Bolt on Sept. 11 at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $15.

In other news, the Terrace Theatre is hoping to expand.

Owner Michael Furlinger says there are two options he plans to look at over the next two years. One is to add a brand-new theater to the existing building off Maybank Hwy. on James Island. The other is to build from the ground up a new theater, possibly on Johns Island.

Another hope is renting the old IMAX on the east side of the peninsula. Furlinger, however, has had little luck getting on touch with the owner of the facility, John M. Rivers Jr., CEO of Rivers Enterprises Inc., to negotiate a mutually beneficial rental agreement. The IMAX shut down last September after seven years of operation, because it was a money loser.

The timing of the the movie theater was also unfortunate. It was shuttered just when the technology for IMAX projectors had gone digital, a technological breakthrough that made them far more efficient and cost-effective than in years past.

Moreover, the IMAX close just when the supply of blockbuster movies made adaptable to IMAX screens began to grow among Hollywood producers. In years past, IMAXs could offer novelty movies about NASCAR or undersea life. Now more theaters across the country are offering 3-D screenings of such mega-hit films as The Dark Knight.

The Charleston facility, located next to the South Carolina Aquarium, been standing empty since it closed.

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