Bloomington, MN – Mall of America to close movie theater this year

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on December 22, 2016 at 11:19 am

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From KARE11.com: The Mall of America will close its movie theaters next week to make room for a new “entertainment experience,” according to mall officials.

The 14-screen theater has been a fixture of the mall, which has owned the space for the last eight years, occupying a large portion of the fourth floor. Previous to the mall’s ownership, it was a General Cinema theater.

Here’s the full statement released by the Mall of America on Thursday: Over the past 24 years Mall of America has continually transformed, evolved and refreshed itself. After a successful eight-year run, Theatres at Mall of America will close at the end of day on December 28, 2016 to make way for a new, first-to-market entertainment venue which will open in late 2017. All current theatre employees remain a valuable part of our team and have been offered positions within Mall of America. More information on the new venue will be released in early January. The Theatres at MOA also confirmed the news earlier this week, replying to fans on Twitter asking why the theater wasn’t showing the new “Star Wars: Rogue One.”

Story link: http://www.kare11.com/news/mall-of-america-to-close-movie-theater-this-year/376676365

ABOUT THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA: Founded by Ben Hall in 1969, the Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) celebrates, documents and promotes the architectural, cultural and social relevance of America’s historic theatres. Through its preservation of the collections in the American Theatre Architecture Archive, its signature publication Marquee™ and Conclave Theatre Tour, THS increases awareness, appreciation and scholarly study of America’s theatres.

Learn more about historic theatres in the THS American Theatre Architecture Archives and on our website at historictheatres.org

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KenLayton
KenLayton on December 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm

I wonder what will take it’s place?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm

Probably a 20 screener with an IMAX

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optimist008 on December 23, 2016 at 5:59 am

Hard too imagine that another theater will not be opened considering how mall developers are re purposing their spaces into food or entertainment related tenants due to the retail downturn. And is it true that this was one of General Cinema’s top grossing locations way back???

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on December 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm

That sucks. No movie theaters. I assume the new venue will be built on the same spot?

rayman29
rayman29 on December 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm

JodarMovieFan, the movie theater is on the 4th floor, so I’m sure the the space will be remodeled, not demolished. They are gradually expanding the mall in phases, so I assume a new movie theater will open eventually.

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