Carmike to operate Ocala’s Marion Theatre

posted by CSWalczak on April 1, 2010 at 7:45 am

OCALA, FL — Carmike Theaters has signed a lease agreement with the City of Ocala to operate the Marion Theater once again as first run cinema. Opened in 1941, the theater first closed as a movie house in 1971, and was used, after several years, as a science center. It then returned to service as a cinema, but regular film showings ended in January, 2008. The re-opening date is provisionally set for May 21.

Not since January 2008 has the 326-seat theater, once leased by former Taylor, Bean & Whitaker chairman Lee Farkas, screened a film, though it has sporadically hosted smaller events like comedy shows.

A grand opening date has been tentatively set for May 21. The first title to be shown could be the family-friendly flick “Shrek Forever After,” according to David Pflegl, Digital Services Manager for Carmike.

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John Fink ( on April 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

Is this an April Fools item? If not Carmike might be interested in the assets of Kerastoes that I can’t see AMC having any interest in (midwest small town twin theaters).

CSWalczak on April 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I think it may be significant that the lease is only for one year, which suggests to me that it is more less a trial operation. Still, as the article indicates, they are installing digital equipment and planning to twin the theater which implies a willingness to make some investment. Perhaps of note too, is the fact that the lease is with Carmke’s subsidiary, Eastwynn; it might be that Carmike is now using this branch to manage smaller operations.

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