Theatre Chains Square Off In St. Charles County, Mo.
The following was sent in by Charles Van Bibber:
“Don’t know if this is newsworthy in Cinema Treasures but it seems there is a battle brewing in the St. Charles County area of St. Louis with two new 14-screen multiplexes planned by rival companies.
Wehrenberg announced that they are planning a 14-screen multiplex at Dardenne Prairie, called Dardenne Crossroads located on the prime location at Highway 40 and Highway N. This was announced a week after Great Escape Theatres announced their 14-screen complex at WingHaven.
This will put 28 screens in the St. Charles county area that has been growning at a tremendous rate. The economic developer for St. Charles country says “I just don’t know if the area can support that many movies screens.” Both theaters are scheduled to open next year.
The Dardenne site will also house a new Shop N Save Supermarket and Target has agreed to a location at the site. The two new proposed cinema sites are part of a spree in the St. Louis area market with Regal opening the new Regal 18 at the new Mills Mall.
AMC also announced building a multiplex at the Chesterfield Mall and Wehrenberg already has construction in progress on their new 14-screen multiplex in Chesterfield Valley. All these other than Regal’s 18-plex are along Highway 40 from St. Louis County into St. Charles Co."