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This theatre was opened and operated by Loews Theatres.
Condolences to the family.
Wow! Mike and Chuck. I worked for the Franks for 6 and a half years and my last assignment was University Mall 16. I was “laid off/ let go” in July because my payroll costs were not 8%. My replacement made $900 less a month and all he did was ‘babysit’ the location. I promoted the location with radio, had Spiderman running around the USF campus and the mall, Men in Black men walked the mall and that video is on U tube, merchant promotions with Blockbuster Comics, Chik-fi-la, Subway. USF students tended to stay away and go to Muvico where it was safer. This theatre should never have been reopened. I made recommendations to upgrade the theatre by taking down walls for larger theaters (most of the screens were too small and had complaints about), USF students $5 at all times which they did after I left. I also recommended that they take the JC Penny building and retrofit it. In the end, this theatre is history and a IRS write off.
I am not an active operator at this time. I think there are a lot of cool things to do with this location.
The continued operation is in question as the original agreement was for 12 months. Rent free. Rumor currently floating around is that Franks will leave after the holidays and the rest of the tenants as well. The rumor is that the mall will be torn down and a new USF Football Stadium will be built. Good deal for all around.
I approached the shopping center a few days after the theatre closed and offered to reopen it within a few days for them. They declined citing that the theatre was in bankruptcy court and Sony wanted to remove their projectors. Sadly, this may be the end.
The Victory Theatre was the exclusive run for all Disney movies for about 20 years until MidStates began the squeeze for multi runs and eventually cleared the Victory from the any Disney first run.
After Loews purchased the theatre, a remodel took place with new seats, curtains and carpet. The color scheme was green, purple and blue. It was pretty jazzed.
It was operated by Associated Theatres of Kentucky which handed over the theater to the Great Escape Theatres after
the death of Henry Saag.
I would love to help get this theatre reopened with the owner. I have 43 years of theatre and restaurant experience. Would be fun.
Need to change the status to ‘open’, playing 2nd run movies.
When I lived in Atlantic City, this theatre would cut off the sound when the credits started and make casino announcements in violation of exhibitor contracts.
Any current info on Charlie McCartney?
Facebook page states its opening in September.