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Movies are only a samll part of what this cinema is showing
This cinema was recently embezelled by it’s manager and accountant. More information can be read here http://bit.ly/dR1xEy
Doesn’t bowtie have a financial interest in rave or is it the other way around?
John, did you ever get a response? BTW I like reading your comments, always very incisive.
I know how much Joesph Masher thought the chairs were so comfortable at Cinema City, I am sure Bowtie will bring the seats to the Palace 17 and Big screen, so everybody can enjoy them.
From the CT Post dated Mar 13 2010
Patrons ‘reel’ mad about theater food searches
By John Burgeson
When Devon Pfeifer visited the Bow-Tie Cinemas in Norwalk recently with two friends to see “Alice in Wonderland,” she was subjected to a staff search of her handbag.
The Fairfield resident’s friends, Westporters Barbara Reynolds and Harriette Heller, had their handbags searched, too. And, according to Pfeifer, most of the women at the movie complex that night had their handbags searches, too.
“They weren’t searching the guys with the big, bulky coats, just the women,” she said.
“And they were just searching the people going to the highest-attended movies, not the ones that had been playing for three weeks.” She said the people “who were doing it were doing what they were told to do.”
Pfeifer, the chairwoman of Fairfield’s Democratic Town Committee, said bag searches “made a mockery” of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures.
The searches were being made not for weapons or other contraband, but to prevent patrons from sneaking food into the theaters.
The CEO of Bow-Tie Cinemas, Joseph Masher, last week apologized for the episode and admitted that “perhaps the staff was a bit overzealous that evening.” He said he would like “to offer my sincerest apology to the three ladies and to anyone else who felt violated. I can assure you it will not happen again.”
But Masher said that the problem of people smuggling food into theaters is one that plagues movie complexes from coast to coast.
“For instance, we have had incidents in the past where guests have accidentally spilled piping hot coffee onto another guest, guests who have left food containers and pizza boxes on the floor that have caused slipping hazards and ice cream containers left on floors that others have slipped and fallen over,” Masher said. “Additionally, the air in the theater is often permeated with offensive odors from outside foods, and we strive to ensure our guests have a positive experience.”
As a result, Masher said, it’s “the policy of Bow-Tie Cinemas to not allow outside food or drink to be brought into the theater.”
Jeff Meyer, a professor at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, said last Friday the Fourth Amendment applies only to searches performed by government personnel.
“Shopping malls and movie theaters are free from Fourth Amendment constraints,” he said.
“So then the question would be whether she would have claim under invasion of privacy laws, for example, whether the search was not adequately announced,” Meyer said. “And to the extent that they’re drawing gender classifications, well, that could also be trouble.”
A check of the Bow-Tie Cinema in Trumbull, which has 16 movie screens, last week revealed that there are no signs announcing any policy that prohibits patrons from bringing in food from the outside. And this reporter attending a matinee screening of “Alice in Wonderland” was able to bring in his own 8.75-ounce bag of Honey Nut Chex Mix without being questioned by theater staff.
Pfeifer said that there also are no signs about the outside food ban at the Norwalk Bow-Tie Cinema.
Pfeifer, who wrote about the episode in a letter to the editor that was published in the Fairfield Citizen, said that she didn’t intend to pursue the matter further.
Leo Redgate, who operates the nonprofit Community Theater in Fairfield, said that his theater does not check moviegoers' bags.
“We do realize that we are in a tough economy that the price of concession food is exorbitant,” he said. “But that’s where these theaters make all of their money. We only charge $2 for a large popcorn and a large Coke. They charge $6.75. That’s part of our recipe of success. We don’t have a problem of people bringing food into our theater because we have made a conscious effort to keep our concession prices low.”
Redgate said that profit margins for concessions at large movie complexes are “crazy,” especially the soda. The cost to the theater, he said, for the cup, the ice, the lid, straw, carbonated water and soda syrup is about 10 cents, he said.
The Community Theater, he explained, is an “intermediate run” theater, which means it plays films a few weeks after they’ve made their first runs at big theater complexes across the nation. Because of this, it pays a lot less to the movie studios —— about 30 percent of the gross receipts — as opposed to 80 percent.
Tracy King, a spokeswoman for National Amusements, one of the largest theater chains in the U.S., with 1,047 screens, said that it “does not allow outside food or beverage in our locations, and we do not search women’s bags for outside food. We hope that our patrons respect our policy.”
Bow-Tie has 124 screens in Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Colorado and Virginia.
As for Pfeifer, she said that she and her two friends were not the only people taken aback by the bag searches. “The people sitting next to us were very upset, too.”
Will I still see film scratches at the Palace 17, but now in 3-D? Will the upcharge be the same as digital 3-D, or less, because of the lower cost?
I’ve heard good things about Rave theaters, but I learned from here that the owner of Bowtie theaters is going to be in charge of Rave and bowtie. This changes everything anyone knows about Rave and their past history. They now have a monopoly in the Hartford market. I would like more choices not less. I’ll give rave a chance but Bowtie has consistently disappointed us West Hartford.
Joe Masher —– It does not surprise me that you have disgruntled employees – Let’s just agree to disagree, but please try not to muck up Showcase Cinemas too much.
Bowtie could learn a lot about the way theaters are supposed to be run from the management of Showcase. Of course Showcase Cinemas have some faults too, but are so much better than bow tie. The Palace 17 makes the Waterbury Regal look a lot better than it really is. Hopefully Moss will be a hands off guy and let any showcase people that stayed on run the company.
I think this is the same Charlie Moss that runs the Bowtie cinema chain, here in Connecticut. If so does this mean a merger between the old Showcase Cinemas here and Bowtie theaters?
Where’s Joe Masher?
WOW! I did not know the Connecticut area are going to be Rave. Showcase Cinemas in Connecticut are the best run cinemas in the area.
I do hope they go all digitial in all the auditoriums. And yes even from West Hartford they are worth the drive! Rave don’t screw this up!
Fist bowtie Cinemas is all sanctimonious about not having ads on screens, and basically telling us the other cinemas (Regal, AMC, and Showcase Cinemas et al) were “Evil Empires”. Bowtie Cinemas had found the magic formula to run a successful theater without ads that eluded everyone else. I have to tell you they had plenty of advertising telling us they have no advertising.
Now that they have ads, they tell us the on screen ads are the best thing since sliced bread and we the audience of paying customers would be fools to miss this movie enhancing and perhaps life enhancing experience of seeing their on screen ads! Why aren’t we grateful? Why do we not bow down, like little sheep? Their new slogan is
Bowtie Cinemas bringing advertising to the movie going experience!
Ok we understand that commercials are a necessary evil in today’s world. But the owners of Bowtie Cinemas stood in front of us at a town meeting and said something in effect that they would NEVER have on screen advertising. The town applauded that. Well it turns out never is about 2 years.
What bugs me the most is that Bowtie Cinemas audacity to pee on our legs and try to tell us it’s raining.
I hope they keep their Hartford Area theaters. The theaters here that are not Showcase are poorly managed and not safe. The AMC and Regal theaters I’ve been to are hit and miss, but the BoeTie theaters are the worst.
What happened to all the outrage about ads before the start of movies? Where are the threats of boycotts? Where are the angry mobs? It seems that the advertising has been accepted as part of the moviegoing experience for all the major theater chains. Personally I will put up with a few ads in an otherwise enjoyable theater, than have no advertising in a theater that is poorly managed and operated.
I just ate at a new trendy restaurant called Elements, right accross from the old Elm theater. Why! Walgreens Why! The new Blue back section is such a cluster you know what, that the old cool is now the new cool. I see excellent growth and a bright future for the Elmwood section. If only this theater could have held out a little longer.
I noticed on movie tickets .com that at this theater the price list for evening shows are this, for adult $10, senior $7.50. child $7.00 and this — Directors Hall $8.00?? When did they get a directors hall? Why wasn’t I told? I hope they removed some of those nasty smelly seats and put in ones like the leather rockers at Showcase deluxe directors hall. Why are the seats $2 less than adults? I’ll bet this is an error. Well we can dream can’t we? I just hope they didn’t raise prices again without making any improvements, because in this economy that would be just lame.
In Connecticut the main chain is Showcase Cinemas a.k.a. National Amusements. I used to wish for more choices and competition and hoped for Regal or Cinemark to enter the market. After seeing movies at the Waterbury Regal, the Plainville AMC, and the Local bowtie cinema, all I can say about Showcase, be careful what you wish for, like James Bond, no one does it better. Lets hope redstone figures a way out to keep the New England, New York and New Jersey theaters.
I agree with the comments longislandmovies and John J. Fink, They are by far the best run theater chain in the Connecticut area. I would guess that the “Bridge” in California will be the first to be sold, since it is their only one out west.
A very nice showcase cinema. This theater is always friendly and clean. They have beautiful neon wall art. The only negatives are some chatty teenagers on the weekends and too many steps to get in, like climbing a mountain sometimes, but in general a overall good movie going experience every time. Too bad the word is that this theater may shutdown like the theater in East Hartford, it is just too close to their theater in Enfield, which now has a digital projector and may expand to 14. Maybe even become a Showcase deluxe. East Windsor is just too small to support this theater.– tom
I beleive that this is the only all digital theater in Connecticut
This (along with Real Art Ways) is one of best theaters in the Hartford Area. A great big red curtain, a balcony, and the best films – The new schedule includes Mary Poppins, Naken Boys singing, Ereaserhead, Casablanca, Bladerunner, into the wild, Margot at the wedding, before the devil knows your dead, etc etc. Now this is an art cinema Hartford can love.
Does anyone know who owns/manages this theater? It is not listed on the entertainment cinemas or BCG websites, and I doubt Hoyt’s runs just one theatre in North America.