AMC Meyer Park 16 is closed

posted by tuckersofswhouston on August 29, 2007 at 7:45 am

HOUSTON, TX — Sadly the AMC Meyer Park 16 of has been closed. The building has been gutted & parts distributed to the other theatres in the chain. The building still stands so hopefully one day someone will make something of it. It was one of the original megaplexes in the Houston market; but with the recent decline in the surrounding neighborhoods AMC decided not to renew its lease on the 20 year old building.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 29, 2007 at 3:00 pm

A closed 16-plex. Is this the largest complex ever to close?

markinthedark
markinthedark on August 29, 2007 at 3:15 pm

The next largest I can think of is are the AMC Burbank 14 and Century 14 in California. But really those theatres were replaced with newer stadium theatres in the saame shopping complexes.

telliott
telliott on August 29, 2007 at 5:23 pm

The Loews 20 North Versailles in Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh closed a few years ago, not long after opening. It’s listed here on Cinema Treasures.

StanMalone
StanMalone on August 30, 2007 at 7:08 am

In the mid 90’s, a company known as O'Neil Theatres entered the Atlanta market. They took over the space formerly occupied by a Sears in the Columbia / Avondale Mall and put in a 16 screen theatre which from opening day showed only second run movies for only $1 per ticket. In other words, they were in the concession business. This location was successful and they later opened another location at a strip shopping center known as Northeast Plaza. This location used a brand new building constructed as a movie theatre.

This started a small trend in Atlanta of conveting some older marginal theatres to dollar houses. The wave of theatre closings in the late 90’s, and the narrowing window between a movie release date and the release of the DVD soon finished off this niche. Now it is not unusual to see the big megaplex theatres run a movie until the week of its DVD realease, especially in the fall.

Both of these 16 screen theatres are now closed as is the 12 screen Movies @ Gwinnett and other 6 to 8 screen locations around town too numerous to mention.

Not only is the Columbia Mall location closed, but the entire mall is boarded up. This is the second time that this has occured at this mall. The first time was during the mid 80’s. If anyone remembers the Chuck Norris movie “Invasion USA”, then you saw the inside of this mall destroyed. Meanwhile, the old Belvedere Twin, which started out life as a second run neighborhood family theatre in 1966 is still going strong, the last 15 years as a soft core porno house. I guess that there is not enough soft core product to keep 16 screens going.

ceasar
ceasar on August 31, 2007 at 11:18 am

Speaking of box cinema trends,the former cinema operators Regel Entertainment and Village Entertainment never went out to scout for property fot give Vicksburg a new cinema. In Clinton,Madison,Ridgeland and Pearl they got the newer cinemas. As a result the viewer in the Jackson metro market had more choices. Where is the locals here had thier choices narrowed. Both chains never went out to build a new box cinema; as a result the teen market moved out of this market and into the Madison,Pearl,Clinton markets. Now what chased away the local teen market? Two factors I believe: limited choices. Black films got held over more than several months times not allowing new releases;crime happening in the cinema as well. And the owners letting the property fall into deteraitiion. Crime in Pemberton Mall has been one major issue that CBL has to deal with. I wouldn’t be surprise if mall owners are shocked that there having a real hard time finding a new operator to fill that space. On the old Cinema 4 box office I saw FOR SALE on it.
One more fact the Mayor bragged after the cineam closed that his town would have cinema by summer. And nothing hasn’t transpired and the anger hasn’t gone away.

firebreak2
firebreak2 on October 15, 2007 at 2:33 pm

Does anyone know where the chairs went to, I a looking for 8 chairs.
Ronnie

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