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I am impressed that the office building will be be saved. A few decades ago a similar project would have just torn down the whole thing. This is a case of history vs economics. Unless a wealthy philanthropist were involved, realistically no one would save a historic live theatre if they can tear it down and replace it with something significantly more profitable. Hopefully what can be salvaged from it will be.
The manager of my Carmike/AMC said they are in the process of negotiating their lease so the can start remodeling in a few months. That was a few weeks ago so plans may have changed. They also just reduced the hours, but it only affects show times after 7:30 on Sundays and weekdays.
JOvieBuff AMC is still operating this location as a seconds run theatre. I assume it will eventually be converted to first run or AMC will close it altogether. AMC seems to be converting second run theatres to first run, but still less expensive than most theatres, for now. I don’t think AMC has any interest in second run theatres. In this day and age, they’re just not profitable.
This is 4DX.
From what I read, MoviePass’s profits will be from people who don’t always use the service. So they will lose money off heavy users, but will make up for it from those who may only see a movie once in awhile. Similar to health insurance or car insurance. I hope it succeeds.
There’s also the possibility of cutting deals with movie theatres. Say a theatre chain’s attendance is up due to Moviepass. MoviePass could negotiate to get a discounted rate for tickets or a small portion of the revenue of concessions. This could be a an epic success, or an epic failure. Only time will tell.
I wish IMAX were also growing their number of locations. Right now movies at the only REAL IMAX near me often only play for a week. I have no experience with Dolby Cinema, so I can’t compare the two. But most areas have too many regular theatres, and not enough premium theaters like Dolby or true IMAX.
Maybe it was first expanded to from 4 screens to six, then the other section with 10 screens were built. My local AMC Classic (formally Carmike) has a similar set up. There are four screens in a row in one hallway that was built along when the mall was built in 1980, and around 1990 another section was built with 4 theatres on each side of a new separate hallway.
Zootopia98 Why? In the 90s AMC and others built too many theatres with too many screens. There’s only so many movies and only so many people that want to see them. I just hope some of them can be used for something else. Better for theatres or the landloards than sitting empty.
I believe this theatre is now the AMC Classic Lorna Ridge 10.
Closed in October 2016.
It sounds like AMC either needs to work to improve this theatres attendance or close it. Giving one of their larger theatres the brand name that’s mostly used on small and medium sized theatres is a way of saying this theatre is a failure, it the name is based on attendance.
Now named the Capitol 3 and operated by Phionex Theatres.
Looks like it closed in June of 2016.
Now the AMC Classic Steubenville 6.
Now the AMC Classic Clarion 7
Now the AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13.
Now the AMC Classic Frontier 9.
Now AMC Governor’s Square 10.
Now AMC Albuquerque 12.
Once again operated by AMC as the AMC Classic Hickory Point 12.
Now the AMC Classic LaGrange 10.
Now the AMC Classic Artesia 2.
Now the AMC Lee Branch 15.
Now the AMC Classic Manitowoc 10.
Now the AMC Classic Oakwood 12.