The Evil Sam Graham
From: Des Moines, IA
Registered: Jan 2004
posted January 18, 2005 05:52 PM
(tesg notes: This plex was managed by Westates Theaters until LCA's bankruptcy filing.)
SOURCE: Salt Lake Tribune
Miller adds to screens in Utah
At Thanksgiving Point: The entrepreneur buys an 8-screen movie house
By Bob Mims
Utah entrepreneur Larry H. Miller has taken over the eight-screen, 1,400-seat theater at Lehi's Thanksgiving Point, expanding his in-state motion picture holdings to three sites.
Starting with 3:30 p.m. showings Tuesday, the former Stadium 8 Theater began its new incarnation as the Megaplex 8 at Thanksgiving Point. A Larry H. Miller Group of Cos. subsidiary also runs the Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons and Megaplex 12 at Gateway.
San Francisco's LCA Enterprises LLC, the former operator of the 27,000-square-foot Thanksgiving Point screens, sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July.
"This opportunity made good sense for us," said Miller, whose financial empire also includes the Utah Jazz professional basketball team and numerous automobile dealerships.
Thanksgiving Point was opened in 1995 by Alan Ashton, co-founder of WordPerfect. Today it consists of more than 700 acres of gardens, golfing greens, shops and eateries, conference and banquet rooms, a farmer's market, an animal park, a large pasture, a tree farm, greenhouses and the North American Museum of Ancient Life - purportedly the world's largest dinosaur exhibit.
Dick Cornell, area manager for Miller's Megaplex Theaters, said the new cinema property will continue to show new, mainstream fare. No major renovations or expansions are anticipated under Miller's multi-year lease.
"There will be some improvements made, but for right now, we just want to provide a good movie-going experience for the people of Utah County," Cornell said.
Mike Washburn, president and chief executive of Thanksgiving Point, said upgrades to equipment and some interior work are planned, but none of those projects will interrupt show schedules.
He welcomed Miller's investment in what is an entertainment cornerstone for the family-oriented site midway between Salt Lake City and Provo.
"[Miller Megaplex] is a well-respected, well-run company that will enhance the experience we want to provide our guests," Washburn said.
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