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dan Bell filmed a video at this mall and showed the Theater exterior.
it’s actually sad that box office lobby was lost i beleve they put a aerobics room in.
of the two Mall Theaters in Whitehall this is the only one to have any part of it’s structure intact. when the space was sold with the unused anchor space they opted to not alter the mall interior facades.
This Theater is the only big Multiplex in Northampton county since the AMC 25th Street Cinema 4 closed it’s only competition being art house theaters like the one run by Arts quest. this has basically let to Regal not actually giving the location a full renovation just room by room ones. this is the only multiplex left in the lehigh valley to have standard floor auditoriums the only other the Tilighman Sq 8 was upgraded to all stadium style recently by AMC
Michael R. Rambo Jr. from the Lobby Auditoriums 1-4 are on the Left 2 is the Dolby Cinema and 4 is the IMAX Auditorium. Except for 1 2-4 are 2 floor Auditoriums and the elevator in the Hallway acts as the ADA path to the top level wheelchair spots and the 2nd level of seats. 5-16 are on the right. the Fathom Events equipped auditoriums are on that side.
A few locations with recliners were downgraded to classic. They even have classic locations with bars.
Auditorium 2 due to it getting gutted fully for it’s Dolby conversion is also the only Auditorium to no longer have the wall sconces that were installed by Rave with there R logo on them. The interior was redone to the Dolby Cinema spec and has all Black versions of the AMC wall sconces and recliners with touchscreen style controls instead of the pull handle used by the Red model.
The theater is back open the signs outside still say New Vision Theaters but a dead company is unlikely to complain.
As everyone has already stated after the Drive in theater closed the Rothrock family acquired property and built there auto dealership on it originally Rothrock Datsun. The founder aquired the land by showing a model of the dealership building with a removable roof that showed that of he failed the building could be sold to Hess’s as retail space.
An Morning Call article on the reopening process for the theater https://www.pressreader.com/usa/the-morning-call/20210403/281496459084642
Sounds like the did some construction work on the building.
AMC is probably doing more than just putting back there signs and logos and getting the liquor license transferred back to them. They are likely installing new seats and equipment to replace everything that was sold by the County that’s if they didn’t manage to bid for some of it back like the projectors.
But I picture some people have red recliners in there home theaters now.
From the outside it looks less like a multiplex movie theater and more like indie home video rental store. The lack of even a small marquee makes it look off.
A new chain has aquired the lease and will be opening the theater as as the FunTime Cinemas Mahoning Valley 8. The previous owner left the property basically turnkey so it should be back open shortly.
Based on the others on the list that the federal government gave them approval to reopen since they were still on the lease AMC went and reopened the larger locations with the more expensive projectors first. This one and one in Sparta they still legally own but haven’t rushed over to reopen. And the Sharrifs sale only lists liability to New Vision Theaters so my guess is that there letting the county recover the post bankruptcy Debts and owed taxes. And clear out the stuff new vision likely damaged. Then when they are in better shape they can go and update the smaller theaters. Probably adding PLF to them.
What is a major delay is that also New Vision Theaters for some locations owed back taxes so AMC may have to wait for a tax sale to end before getting the building back basically amc is getting a shell to put new equipment in and a bunch of the smaller theaters may open as Classic with recliner seats.
Ouch the contents was sezed by the county of. LEHIGH for taxes unpaid on Christmas eve likely while AMC was trying to buy back the theater. If they get it back it’s going to be a shell.
This looks less like a failure to require since the Mall ownership still shows the building as “rented” but has the Anchor still as New Vision. seeing that its requireing you go to either South Whitehall or LC courthouse its likely a tax sale that started before AMC could even handle any lease issues. New Vision was that poorly run.
That seems odd because the bankruptcy court returned the theater to AMC Theaters since they still were on the lease. This sounds like the Strip Mall decided to not wait for AMC to convert it back and put it up for court sale. The only reason it’s not open now is because the strip mall couldn’t wait for AMC to move back in.
They have the location back but they have to pay back all of New Vision’s debts before reopening the location
AMC theaters did attempt to require the location since they were still on the lease. I don’t know if that was approved or rejected.
Sounds like they let the lease expire and opted to not renew rather than downgrade it to AMC classic. The only single screen theater they have left is a IMAX in Chicago, IL at the navy peir
Looks like they went under independent ownership.
Local report on the theater.
the external parts of the Dolby are finished but the theater is apparently not done with work delayed by covid-19. they only put the Dolby video tunnel on the 1st floor entrance based on the apperence. the 2nd level doors are unchanged but the work did mess up the dod matrex signs and the auditorium entrance signage from the rave era was removed from the 1st floor entrance its now set up like a normal AMC auditorium entrance. no word if this means that the rest of the doors will be getting the Video display signs and have the rave overhangs ripped out for AMC side door markers.