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As of July 2010, the former mall site remains empty. Also, the Benderson website no longer has Eastland listed on its portfolio, so I’m going to assume that they are no longer connected to the site.
The theater at Greengate originally operated as a General Cinema. I have no idea when it was converted into a Carmike.
Here’s a website that talks about the history of Greengate Mall.
I think the owner of the entire office complex (not the developer of the Greengate Centre) also owns the theater. There is a phone number for leasing on the signs outside of the buildings that list the businesses inside. The office complex/theater as well as the Dollar Bank (off of Route 30) are the only remnants of the now defunct Greengate Mall complex. The entire mall and the Firestone auto center were demolished during 2003-2004.
As for operating a second theater, the Greensburg/Hempfield area can support a second theater as long as it doesn’t compete with the Westmoreland Mall theater and shows second-run or first-run movies for less than what the mall cinemas charge for a ticket. The North Versailles theaters were within a 2 mile radius, not to mention that they were both megaplexes showing first-run movies, so it was not a very good idea having them so close to each other to begin with. At one time, Greensburg had three theaters, but they all got consolidated into one (Westmoreland Mall megaplex) due to Carmike’s business decision.
I wonder whether the theater will reopen as a second-run theater or even a discount first-run theater as an alternative to the sprawling Westmoreland Mall megaplex nearby? Being that the new and successful Wal-Mart/Greengate Centre complex is adjacent to this theater, it would make sense to reopen it. Movies are getting expensive these days and I think Greensburg could support a second theater, since it had 3 at one time if I remember correctly.