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Congratulations to Michael for another great post! I covet your research skills.
When ‘Empire" open at the Mall Cinema in Wichita, Kansas. Dickinson Theatres whom had just purchased the Kansas/Missouri Mann Theatres, upgraded the 'Mall’ to 70mm. The Mall Cinema was a single screen theatre that seated around 750 with a large screen, it was originally built by National General. Mann had added Dolby for ‘Star Wars’ so Dickinson added the 70 capability. The first showing of ‘Empire’ went well, however when it second showing hit the screen there was no sound. A second 70 print was brought in and again the same thing happened, sound for the first showing not the second. It was ultimately discovered that what was causing the magnetic sound track to be erased was that as the film was rewinding on the newly installed platter it would pass a small motor that ran the take-up deck and the magnetic field from the motor was earsing the film.
The film companies usually opened the major releases in the Glenwood 1 auditoriam in Kansas City, however AMC’s Midland showed ‘Empire.“ It was told to me by a Dickinson executive that with the cash outlay DIckinson used to buy the Kansas/Missouri Mann Theatres and if 'Empire’ for some reason did not do well, add in the financial commitment to 20th Fox, the potential was there to lose the company.
Did they move the Glenwood marquee with them? The marquee was the original from the namesake Glenwood Theatre that was just down the street from the Metcalf shopping center. The original Glenwood was built by DIckinson as a single auditoriam and had a 90 foot wide screen, later 3 more auditoriams were added, Dickinson eventually sold the Glenwood and eventually it was closed. The Fine Arts group moved everything to the Metcalf South Shopping Center which had a single screen theatre that was built by National General and later twinned by Mann. The original Glenwood had rocker seating and two of the auditoriams were 70mm equipped. The Fine Arts group moved the original Glenwood marquee to the Metcalf location. Sincerely hope they moved it again, would hate to see it torn down as well.
Regency also operates the Tamarac Square Cinema in Denver. This was originally a Mann house and one that Mann actually built.
Regency also operates the Tamarac Square Cinema in Denver which was originally a Mann house.
The Tamarac was one that Mann actually built.
This theatre was originally built by National General Theatres and then operated by Mann when they assumed NGC. With the Dickinson buyout of Mann by Glen Dickinson Jr. it then was operated by Dickinson who later added two auditoriams to the building for a total of 4. This theatre was at the main entrance of the White Lakes Mall and was a free standing building.
The once mighty Mann chain just keeps getting smaller and smaller. They haven’t built a theatre in years although some have been upgraded. I would imagine it is a sign of the times but it is sad to watch it gradually die off!
Compare the photos from the first post (ken mc) and the post by Chuck1231. This is not the Regent this theatre the Fox House. From the pictures in the first post by ken mc, you will notice that the Regent is located at the end of the block, while the Fox is across the street and in the middle of the block.
Also the Winfield Cinema sign is identical to the Fox sign and the marquee panels at some point were changed out and replaced with plastic ‘Winfield Cinema 1 &2."
Re-new link. Thanks.
Any word on when the Northrock in Wichita, Kansas will be this type of installation?
This was one of four theatres in the Kansas City area to be constructed with the ‘glen’ name. Named after the company’s founder Glen Wood Dickinson. They replaced the flagship Glenwood Theatre in Overland Park.
This is Dickinson’s second IMAX construction, and the companies first venture into Arkansas. The company also acquired the Lakewood 8, shortly after this theater opened.
This theatre was DIckinson’s first IMAX theatre, one of five that are scheduled to be constructed.
This theatre, I believe, was John Hartley’s first theatre construction after he assumed control of the Dickinson Circuit.
Could we please find something else to discuss! There are more important issues to debate related to preservation and film than the tit for tat that is on display here!
Sorry, but this is just a little ‘much!"
It’s fairly obvious that the theatres aren’t cared for very well. When I walk into the Central Mall 10 in Salina, Kansas, I can tell buy the various designs when Kent Dickinson ran the company, when Wood Dickinson ran the company, and the renovations John Hartley has made. They don’t blend together well at all.
AustinK, you appear to know alot about the Dickinson circuit. Are you employed by them, I used to manage the Mid-State twin in Salina, Kansas for them when Glen Jr. ran the company,and Kent Dickinson was just down the hall. I don’t know why I even care anymore, but your comments are interesting.
Any word on how the West Pointe End 8 in Oklahoma is doing, and when will construction begin
on the new Dickinson Theatre in Junction City, Kansas, I was under the impression that it should
have been opened by now.
Thanks for your information.
Springfield was always a good town for them, they had theatres all over including Joplin Web City and Branson, and either sold or pulled out during the bankruptcy.
Any word on how the Little Rock, Ak IMAX is doing. Shortly after its opening, they picked up an closed United Artists 8 screen, in Little Rock and announced a major renovation and expansion.
Then everything got quite as to expansion and renovation plans.
That is interesting. I was under the impression that the IMAX expansions would be new construction, not add ons to exhisting theatres. It is my understanding that the Northrock 14 in Wichita,Ks will get an IMAX auditoriam, after the proposed new theatres' shopping center development fell through.
It is good to see that a privately owned organization is doing this type of upgrading in the midst of a credit crisis. However Dickinson does need to do some renovating in many of their locations as many of these houses are showing the wear and tear of the years.
The theatre in the Metcalf shopping center was originally an NGC theatre and then became a Mann house it was twinned by the Mann Group. If I remember right it was called the Metcalf South.
The curved screen in the Glenwood was the number 1 or original auditoriam and was approximately 90 foot wide, an awesome experience.