Although a sale is not officially complete, Phoenix Theaters, the soon to be new owners of the Beacon Cinema in downtown Pittsfield have already started improvements.

Cory Jacobson, President of the Detroit based theater company which just over 30 theaters throughout the U.S., sat down with Slater and I and discussed his future vision for the downtown movie house.  His immediate plans included adding heated seats, a deep cleaning of all the carpets, walls etc, installing a new sound system, refurbishing the wood floors and placing a grand piano in the lobby. In addition to the face lift, they plan on expanding the hours of the theater to include morning and late night shows, which in turn will see the need to hire employees, almost doubling the current staff, according to Jacobson.

Although the sale of theater will not be official until tomorrow, that didn't stop the company for getting the minor reno underway.  According The Berkshire Eagle, the cinema will be closed from $100,000 worth of work from now until Dec. 21. when it will reopen with it's new hours and new prices as well. The theater will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. when all tickets will be just five dollars. Movie's after 6 p.m. until the last showing at 10:45, will be $8.75 for adults and six dollars for seniors and children under 11.