Topic: planned new cinemas
Registered: Aug 2003
posted June 09, 2005 03:44 PM
in the Canadian Artic:
From CBC North:
New silver screens delayed for Whitehorse
WHITEHORSE – Plans for a modern movie theatre complex in Whitehorse are back on track.
Landmark Cinemas, which promised to build a six-screen cinema complex next to the Wal-Mart, has renewed its development permit with the city.
Construction was to begin last year, but no work was done on the lot. Earlier this summer Landmark cancelled a deal with a Yukon-based contracting company to build the complex.
Now Leslie Cabott, the city's planning manager, says Landmark's has renewed its development permit that expired a few weeks ago.
"What it means is that they have a development permit that has been approved for the development of a six-plex theater, the same permit that they had before," she says. "It means that it's good for a year so we may see some construction on that site within the next year."
Development permits expire if no work is done on the land.
The $5 million movie theatre complex is expected to seat about 1,000 people.
Whitehorse has a pair of twin cinemas both owned by Landmark Cinemas.
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From: Monterey Park, CA
Registered: Jun 2003
posted June 30, 2005 09:43 PM
But Wont This take away business from their Palm Promenade 24?
AMC to open Otay Ranch theater
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
General Growth Properties Inc. (NYSE: GGP) announced Wednesday that AMC Theatres has signed a letter of intent to build a 12-screen movie theater at Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista. The theater is scheduled to open its doors in fall 2006, according to a General Growth Properties press release.
Edit: Found this:
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June 10, 2005
AMC plans 12-screen theater at Bridges of St. Paul
AMC Theatres has signed a letter of intent to open a 12-screen theater at The Bridges of St. Paul development on the Mississippi riverfront, the theater chain announced Friday.
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The cinema will anchor a 100,000-square-foot entertainment district envisioned at The Bridges, which is also to include an upscale bowling alley, restaurants, live music venues and a comedy club.
The $1.5 billion Bridges project is scheduled to open in spring 2007. In all, the development will have more than 2 million square feet of residential, hotel, commercial, retail and entertainment space.
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From: Somerville, MA
Registered: Jan 2005
posted July 17, 2005 06:19 AM
From today's Boston Globe:
Hold the popcorn, pass the cocktails
With market slipping, cinemas try to create new experience
By Jenn Abelson, Globe Staff | July 17, 2005
MILLBURY -- A baby grand piano greets patrons in the lobby. Ushers lead moviegoers to reserved seats and bring them food. Others sip wine and ''Titanic" cocktails, watch baseball on plasma televisions, and spread out on leather chairs with newspapers.
Here, people come earlier, stay later, and visit more often. And they spend about 30 percent more on food and drinks. This is the year-old Cinema de Lux, and it may represent the future of movie theaters.
''The idea is to change from a movie theater to a community entertainment experience," said Shari Redstone, president of National Amusements Inc., the Dedham operator of Showcase Cinemas and Cinema de Lux theaters.
As the movie industry struggles, National Amusements, which runs 14 theaters in Massachusetts, plans to open three more high-end cinemas in the state over the coming year, including one in Woburn and two in undisclosed sites. All future theaters nationwide will be based on this ''Cinema de Lux" concept.
Across the country, movie theaters are moving beyond stadium seating and trying everything -- from adding comedy shows to discounting tickets -- to lure people back. Attendance at theaters has dropped more than 10 percent over the last year, and domestic movie revenues have been down 19 out of the past 20 weekends, according to Exhibitor Relations Co., a California entertainment research firm.
Rising ticket prices, a shrinking window between film launches and DVD releases, and piracy of movies have made it increasingly difficult for cinema operators to grow in the saturated market.
Some rivals are consolidating -- last month AMC Entertainment Inc. and Loews Cineplex Entertainment agreed to merge. But moviehouse owners are also shifting gears, trying to be less dependent on films and finding alternatives to fill their auditoriums.
Over the next year, Showcase Cinemas will add live musical performances and comedy shows to some theaters in Massachusetts. The chain is using high-definition technology to show Red Sox games at some of its theaters, which they turn into faux Fenways with vendors roaming the aisles hawking hot dogs. Meanwhile, Loews Cineplex just hired a marketer to double attendance for its ''Reel Moms" matinee program, which allows mothers to see first-run movies with their babies.
''This can look desperate or innovative. It doesn't matter. They are thinking outside the box," said Perry Lowe, a marketing professor at Bentley College and a former theater owner. ''The difference is now they 'have to' as opposed to 'wouldn't it be nice.' "
In the heyday of the movie palace during the 1930s and 1940s, theaters drew repeat customers several times a week. In their suits and fancy dresses, people flocked to grand theaters for a night out on the town -- a far cry from today's moviegoers parading in sweatpants and jeans at cookie-cutter megaplexes.
''When movies were at their height in popularity, theaters were building very luxurious and thematic atmospheres that transported you to another world," said Hamid Hashemi, president of Muvico Theaters, which offers valet parking, childcare centers, and restaurants at its locations. ''We want to really change it back to that experience."
One Muvico theater in Maryland boasts an Egyptian theme with statues and hieroglyphs, while another in Florida features 1950s Chevys and Thunderbirds and drive-in murals. These offerings, Hashemi said, have helped his chain buck industry trends with movie sales growing about 2 percent this year.
Some say the current box office slump is skewed by powerhouse hits last year, including ''Passion of the Christ," which grossed $370 million -- extremely rare for a spring movie, according to Jim Kozak of the National Association of Theatre Owners.
''People have come and gone over time," said Kori Bernards, a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture Association of America, a trade group representing studios and distributors. ''But people will go back to the movies, no matter what."
Still, market studies report that overall movie attendance has been in a two-year decline, dropping 6 percent to 1.5 billion patrons in 2004. At the same time, DVD shipments including sales and rentals have doubled during the same period to 1.5 billion units in 2004, according to the Motion Picture Association.
Rick Peloquin, of Sturbridge, said he comes to the movies only once or twice a month and prefers buying DVDs -- he has 700 of them. ''It's not worth paying so much when you can buy the movie for $15," Peloquin said. ''And now you only have to wait a few weeks after it comes out in the movies."
Over the last few years, the window between the theatrical debut and the DVD release has narrowed to about three months from six months. Add to that the popularity of home theaters with giant plasma TVs and surround sound systems and people have even less incentive to rush out to catch a movie.
Meanwhile, as DVD prices have declined over the past few years, the average cost of a movie ticket has increased nearly 19 percent since 2000 -- to $6.40 from $5.40, according to Exhibitor Relations.
Moviehouses are trying to strike back. National Amusements is offering $2 discounts off future admissions to people who purchase tickets through July 21. AMC Theaters is currently offering full refunds to patrons who don't like the Russell Crowe boxing drama ''Cinderella Man."
''It's a tough business," said National Amusements' Redstone. ''And we need to find a way to make it work."
National Amusements, the sixth-largest exhibitor nationwide, says it is exploring more entertainment options such as adding interactive video games. Like other chains, the company is also experimenting with digital technology to improve picture quality and to receive feeds from live entertainment, including music concerts.
For now, the Dedham company is banking on its luxury theaters. At the Blackstone Valley Cinema de Lux in Millbury, movie attendance is up 20 percent compared with some Showcase theaters.
Equally important: Patrons here spend more on concessions, the cash cow of the cinema business. Expansive offerings range from Starbucks coffee to Sbarro pizza, and moviegoers can eat as they relax in a lounge with free magazines and newspapers or use guest services to book dinner reservations at local restaurants. At the Cinema de Lux in Los Angeles -- about 10 minutes from the airport -- the concierge will even monitor flights for moviegoers.
For such customers as Josh St. Hilaire, the biggest draw is the reserved seating -- an extra $2 weekdays and $2.50 on weekends. The 29-year-old said it guarantees a spot on busy nights.
''I don't mind paying the extra money," said St. Hilaire before a show last week. ''It's just part of the experience."
Jenn Abelson can be reached at email@example.com.
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Daniel J. Fredrickson
From: Apache Junction, AZ
Registered: Mar 2005
posted February 02, 2006 07:28 AM
Here's a look at Arizona based Harkins Theatres again. They just recently announced their finalized expansion plans of 248 screens all slated for completion by the end of 2008. They're finally jumping into nationwide territory. It should be interesting to see how things go.
Parke West 14
NWC - Loop 101 and Northern
Santan Village 18
NWC - Loop 202 and Williams Field Rd.
Chandler Crossroads Towne Center 14
SEC - Gilbert and Loop 202
Tempe Market Place 18
SWC - Loop 101 and Loop 202
SEC - 19th Avenue and Bethany Home Rd.
NEC - Happy Valley & I-17
Signal Butte Marketplace 14
NWC - US 60 and Signal Butte
Casa Grande 14
NEC - I-10 and Florence
Case Grande, AZ
Estrella Falls 14
NEC - I-10 and Pebble Creek Pkwy
NEC - Loop 303 and Cactus Lane
Moreno Valley 16
SEC - I-215 and SR 60
Moreno Valley, CA
Chino Hills 18
SWC - SR 71 and Chino Ave.
Chino Hills, CA
Northfield at Stapleton 18
NEC - I-70 and I-270
Coit Center 16
Coit and SR190
Southlake Town Square 14
SEC - South Carroll Ave. and SH 114
Southlake (DFW), TX
Grand Prairie 18
I-20 and Highway 360
Grand Prairie, TX
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