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Mark_L commented about Gateway Film Center on Feb 6, 2008 at 6:46 am

Campus Partners is removing the Drexel Theatre Group from managing this theatre in March, 2008. The theatre lost $187,000 in a recent fiscal year. Campus Partners is planning on hiring a new managing team to administer both the movie theatres and a recently expanded meeting space.

There are 45 other screens within 2.5 miles of this location, and getting exclusive product is getting very difficult.

Sad to see this happen, as they were able to bring in some of the more obscure art films that would not normally play outside of the largest cities.

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Mark_L commented about Carriage Place Movies 12 on Feb 6, 2008 at 6:35 am

A very successful dollar theatre. This place packs them in on holidays and weekends. It is very hard to go to any of the businesses in this center during prime movie time as parking is very difficult. I believe it was a first-run house for awhile, but it has mostly been a discount theatre.

No stadium seating, and only a few digital sound rooms.

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Mark_L commented about AMC Loews 84th Street 6 on Dec 3, 2007 at 10:32 am

Warren,

REAL-D is a digital 3-D system. It has been used for Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Nightmare Before Christmas and Beowulf, along with a few others. It works quite well, but I understand it is very expensive for exhibitors.

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Mark_L commented about AMC Dublin Village 18 on Oct 27, 2007 at 9:55 am

I think this started out as Dublin 10, then grew to 14, then added on 4 more.

Original installation was all sloped seating. Stereo was limited to the largest 2 rooms.

First round of additions added 2 large rooms with a modified stadium seating where you enter at the highest point at the back, then the rows go down from there. They also added 2 very small rooms off the lobby at this point.

4 more rooms added at a later time, also sloped seating.

Showed DICK TRACY in 70mm. That projector may still be in the building, but that is not confirmed.

Shopping center it is located in is almost deserted due to zoning requirements of Dublin. Stores across the street in Columbus are thriving. Also, this location is not situated on a main street, so you have to know where you are going to find it.

Rumors of its closing have been around for a long time. I’ve heard it might close and AMC will build a new facility a bit to the west in the Tuttle Mall area.

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Mark_L commented about AMC Easton Town Center 30 with IMAX on Oct 4, 2007 at 1:07 pm

The theatre is on the second floor of the Easton “Train Station” which sits at the center of this large entertainment complex, which features shops, live comedy presentations, and many fine restaurants. If you might want to buy it, someone in the Easton area will want to sell it!

Theatre has 13 screens in the far left and right sections, with the 4 largest screens in the center.

The IMAX unit is in one of the larger rooms, #14. The screen is typical for the MPX 3-D units designed for a standard multiplex, about 50' wide. Sound quality is very, very good. The room still has its 35mm projector.

This is a very high grossing theatre, with people coming from all over Ohio to shop and be entertained. Presentation quality is usually very good.

One oddity about the place is that it was originally built without water fountains.

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Mark_L commented about Polaris 18 + Extreme on Oct 3, 2007 at 11:58 am

I don’t know of any major release they have not played.

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Mark_L commented about Polaris 18 + Extreme on Oct 3, 2007 at 11:45 am

According to a source at RAVE, they have pulled all 35mm equipment from all of their theatres.

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Mark_L commented about Polaris 18 + Extreme on Oct 2, 2007 at 5:08 pm

All digital projection as of late summer, 2007. One screen equipped for 3-D digital projection.

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Mark_L commented about AMC Lennox Town Center 24 on Oct 2, 2007 at 5:02 pm

Standard AMC 24-plex, with 10 screens left, 10 screens right, and the 4 largest screens in the center. All rooms have digital sound, originally all SDDS with a few Dolby Digital and DTS in the larger rooms. Not sure of the current set up.

One moderate sized room has digital projection equipped for 3-D.

Many of the rooms have Torus screens.

Located within sight of the Ohio State University football stadium, this theatre does an excellent business with the college students. A bus runs from campus to the theatre and its adjoining shopping center.

Called the LENNOX because this location used to be a plant for Lennox heating and cooling equipment.

One of the largest grossing theatres in the area.

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Mark_L commented about Screens at the Continent on Jul 25, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Moved to a new ownership in late June, 2007.

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Mark_L commented about Raintree Cinemas on May 22, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Dolby Stereo installation books from the 80’s list this theatre as having 70mm equipment. This was an error in the Dolby book, which I confirmed with Glen Ackerman a number of years ago.

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Mark_L commented about Lincoln Theatre on Apr 1, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Theater is tied up in a political mess. Don’t expect any activity there in the near future. I’ve heard the place is cleaned up but totally empty.

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Mark_L commented about AMC Starplex Columbus 10 on Mar 22, 2007 at 12:30 pm

One large room and 9 smaller ones. Some rooms do not have digital sound.

This theatre was built on the cusp of the stadium seating era, and was built with that in mind. Because of this, the screens are quite high and there are some awkward viewing angles. No real improvements since construction.

This is, however, the only first run theatre in the fast growing western part of Franklin County (Central Ohio).

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Mark_L commented about National Amusements launch ticket price war in Flint, Michigan market on Dec 26, 2006 at 6:25 pm

A similar “price war” is going on in far-north Columbus Ohio. A Rave 16 and a Marcus 17 have a $6 evening rate. This has been going on for some time. Both are well run operations with excellent presentations.

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Mark_L commented about Theaters experiment with discount passes on Nov 1, 2006 at 3:33 am

In the Columbus, OH area, two far-north theatres have been running $6 evening shows every day for some time. The Marcus Crosswoods began this, and it was followed by the Rave 18. These theatres are within 5 miles of each other. Both show only first-run films. The Rave now has 12 DLP units, including one with 3-D capability.

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Mark_L commented about Marquee Cinemas-Consumer Square 14 on Sep 24, 2006 at 9:13 am

The theatre a few blocks east of the Main was the Eastern, not Eastside. It was a very nice place in its day. I remember some type of statuary located down near the screen.

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Mark_L commented about Marquee Cinemas-Consumer Square 14 on Aug 12, 2006 at 3:18 pm

I teach at Eastmoor Academy (High School) and most of our students go to Easton or the 16-screen Cinemark in Gahanna. It is easy to get to Easton from the east side, either using 670, 270 or right up James/Steltzer road.

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Mark_L commented about Marquee Cinemas-Consumer Square 14 on Aug 11, 2006 at 4:46 pm

Cinema City was put up by the same dollar chain that built a place just south of Westerville. I think it was called SuperSaver. Super Saver had cheap admission, but some of the highest concession prices around.

Most development in the Columbus area is moving north. East side until you get to Reynoldsburg/Pickerington is pretty dead.

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Mark_L commented about Dollar Cinemas Westland on Aug 11, 2006 at 4:39 pm

Westland 8 was a basic 80’s style General Cinema building, with 2 wings holding 4 screens each coming off of a common lobby. 2 of the theatres in each wing were equipped for Dolby Stereo. Theatre added Dolby EX in the largest room for THE HAUNTING. Nice, but nothing exceptional.

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Mark_L commented about Urgent - Theaters Wanted on Aug 11, 2006 at 10:57 am

Regarding screens in the Columbus Ohio area:

The Linden-Air may still be there, but that is in an area that has been in decline for some time. I would NOT recommend anyone reopening it.

As for other closed theatres in the area, there is a 14=plex originally Regal, then Marquee on the far east side near Reynoldsburg. Again, not a growing area. The Marcus in Pickerington takes all the business.

I heard that the owners of Studio 35 (www.studio35.com) were interested in selling. That would require a very hands-on owner. A very interesting place to see a fil.

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Mark_L commented about Gateway Film Center on Jan 25, 2006 at 10:58 am

jbels, I very much LIKE the Gateway, as I really dislike the Arena Grand. I don’t like the extremely wide rooms and short auditoriums. There are fewer “prime” seats on the center line, and, if one has to sit close, one of the WORST screen views I’ve ever had. I sat through RETURN OF THE KING in the front row (no option…house full), and came out with severe neck pain from the almost 60 degree angle. I also find the sound there to be very dry and lifeless.

I like the Gateway, and I will go back. Jeff and Kathy Frank are ideal for this location as they understand the Columbus market and have long and successful experiences with the distributors. The fact that they landed the exclusive opening of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN over the AMC monster-plexes shows they know how to get the films.

Now, Drexel guys, if you see this, PLEASE check that projector in #2. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN looked like it was having an earthquake. Some of the worst vertical instabillity I’ve ever seen. This in not acceptable in a new location.

This theatre is located very close to an extremely busy AMC 24-plex that is available to Ohio State Students via free bus, so booking will be very tricky.

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Mark_L commented about Loew's Morse Road on Jan 14, 2006 at 3:31 pm

Building was torn down and a tile store was built in its place.

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Mark_L commented about Crosswoods Ultrascreen Cinemas on Oct 16, 2005 at 3:44 pm

This theater definitely has 17 screens. 8 on the left side, 8 on the right side and 1 in the middle where the IMAX equipment used to be. The Marcus website is not correct.

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Mark_L commented about RKO Grand Theatre on Oct 12, 2005 at 2:35 pm

Here’s a real oddity about this theatre:

In the fifties, this theatre was unable to show 3-D films because the projection booth ceiling was too low to allow for the larger reels.

My source for this is a former manager, Charles Van Fossen.

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Mark_L commented about Grandview Theater and Drafthouse on Oct 11, 2005 at 10:49 am

HDTV267,

I think you are mixing up the ARENA GRAND downtown with the DREXEL GRANDVIEW. The OSU games and other attractions are shown at the ARENA GRAND next to Nationwide Arena. To my knowledge, Grandview has never shown an OSU game.