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Taxi commented about Landmark 9 on Apr 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Movies are only a samll part of what this cinema is showing

Taxi commented about Movieland Cinemas on Apr 8, 2011 at 11:26 am

This cinema was recently embezelled by it’s manager and accountant. More information can be read here

Taxi commented about Bow Tie Cinemas acquires Reston Town Center 13 on Apr 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Doesn’t bowtie have a financial interest in rave or is it the other way around?

Taxi commented about Movieland 7 on Apr 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Interesting Story

EAGLE, Colo. â€" Nearly five weeks before he was arrested for embezzling money from an El Jebel cinema, Gabriel Matherly sued his former employers for defamation and wrongful termination, among other claims.

Filed Jan. 28 in Eagle County District Court, the lawsuit alleges that Matherly’s corporate superiors wrongfully accused him in February 2010 of pocketing theater funds, firing him the same day.

Brass at the theater chain â€" New York-based Bow Tie Cinemas â€" also tampered with bank records to further their case against Matherly, who was Movieland’s general manager at the time of his termination, the suit alleges.

The defendants â€" Movieworld Corp. and Bow Tie Cinemas, which operate the theater; and Bow Tie Chief Operating Officer Joe Masher and Operations Manager Ike Rivera â€" have yet to file a response to the complaint, an Eagle County Court official said. Masher and Rivera couldn’t be reached for immediate comment Wednesday.

The suit seeks at least $18,450 in lost salary and bonuses, along with exemplary damages for the defendants' alleged “malice and willful and wanton misconduct under these circumstances …”

The suit goes on to say that news of Matherly’s Feb. 5, 2010 termination was relayed to Movieland employees and the Basalt Police Department, further sullying his image.

“[Matherly] suffered damages to his reputation in the small community of Basalt and the Roaring Fork Valley, which resulted in his inability to immediately secure other employment, despite the fact that [Matherly] was investigated by Basalt Police without any further action being taken by the Basalt Police,” the suit says.

In response to an e-mail Wednesday, Matherly’s attorney, Robert L. Tibbals Jr. of Centennial, said he did not anticipate that criminal charges would be filed against his client at the time of the suit’s filing.

But last week, on March 10, Matherly, 30, of Glenwood Springs, turned himself in to the Eagle County Jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest, the police department said. He was arrested for felony theft and released on $50,000 bond, according to authorities.

Also arrested was Perri Ann Mickles, 50, of Aspen, on March 3 by the Aspen Police Department. Authorities say Matherly and Mickles, who was the bookkeeper at Movieland, embezzled roughly $31,000 through missing and falsified bank deposits, rebate checks from an unauthorized ATM machine in the bank lobby, rebate checks from a Pepsi distributor and a “scam” involving movie coupons. The transgressions occurred between November 2008 and January 2010, police said.

The Eagle County District Attorney’s Office has yet to file charges in the case; both defendants are due in court April 29.

Matherly’s lawsuit, meanwhile, says that on Feb. 5, 2010, he was called to the upstairs office of Movieland and was confronted by Mickles and Rivera, who told him the theater’s cash balance was short $10,000.

“At no time did these Defendants present any documentation, including bank statement reconciliations to [Matherly], in support of their accusations. Defendant Rivera stated the cause for termination was disregard of company policies, stating that [if] company policy been followed, Defendant Rivera would be able to discover how funds were shorted.”

The suit, which demands a jury trial, is pending. It accuses the defendants of conversion, for not paying Matherly after he was fired; civilly conspiring to blame Matherly for the theater’s financial losses; wrongful termination and defamation.

Police, however, claim Mickles and Matherly worked together and set up a “maverick office” next to the Movieland building where officials found receipts, deposit slips and other incriminating evidence.

Matherly was interviewed by police on March 17, 2010, and denied he worked with Mickles to hide deposits, the arrest warrant says.

Matherly said other managers had access to deposits during his time with Movieland, which Bow Tie officials deny.

Bow Tie’s internal audit with the assistance of a forensic accounting firm determined that the total loss was allegedly $62,340.88, the police department said in a press release issued last week.

The police department said it felt it could tie Matherly to financial losses of $30,972.52 through documentation.

Taxi commented about Marquis 16 on Apr 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

is it dangerous here?

BRIDGEPORT March 2011— A city gang member is facing up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to firing shots during a gang melee at the Bow Tie Cinemas in Trumbull two years ago.

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Taxi commented about Bow-Tie Cinema Palace 17 and BTX on Dec 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

When cinema city closed in Hartford, Bowtie cinemas saved this cinema by giving FIVE count em five screens at the palace 17 to cinema city for “art” & “foreign” films. I am no expert in what constitutes an “art” film but it appears bowtie considers both Morning Glory and Love & other drugs in that category. We knew it would happen sooner than later, well it’s sooner. Now do you suppose that Harry potter takes place in England, makes it a foreign film? This is yet another exsample of them sayng one thing and doing another. Just like telling us there would never ever be advertising at bowtie cinemas or that Blue black square would be a place to foreign films, etc etc etc.

Taxi commented about Bow-Tie Cinema Palace 17 and BTX on Dec 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I think and hope this bowtie company is finally learning, which is a good thing. They took over from a bigger, more experienced chain and I think they were out of their depth. They stumbled around badly for a few years, but now maybe they are better. let’s hope so. Although I still won’t go to this theater at night. Where is the security that was promised at the last day at Cinema City? In that neighborhood, I expect to see security all the time.

Taxi commented about Bow-Tie Cinema Palace 17 and BTX on Nov 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm

John, did you ever get a response? BTW I like reading your comments, always very incisive.


Taxi commented about Bow-Tie Cinema Palace 17 and BTX on Sep 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Why didn’t they just make it cinema city at blue black square?-

Taxi commented about Cinema City Moving to Palace 17 on Jun 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

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.

Taxi commented about Regent 8 on Apr 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm

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.”

Taxi commented about Bow Tie Cinemas will use Technicolor's non-digital 3D projection system on Mar 5, 2010 at 8:06 am

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?

Taxi commented about RAVE theater chain is no longer a bit player on Jan 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

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.

Taxi commented about Rave Cinemas, LLC announces definitive agreements to purchase up to 40 theaters on Dec 28, 2009 at 2:21 pm

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.

Taxi commented about Rave Cinemas, LLC announces definitive agreements to purchase up to 40 theaters on Dec 24, 2009 at 3:38 pm

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.

Taxi commented about Rave Cinemas, LLC announces definitive agreements to purchase up to 40 theaters on Dec 24, 2009 at 9:28 am

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?

Taxi commented about Screenvision announces new Long-Term agreement with Bow Tie Cinemas on Dec 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Where’s Joe Masher?

Taxi commented about Rave buying 35 theaters from National Amusements on Dec 17, 2009 at 5:57 pm

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!

Taxi commented about Screenvision announces new Long-Term agreement with Bow Tie Cinemas on Dec 5, 2009 at 4:57 pm

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!

Taxi commented about Screenvision announces new Long-Term agreement with Bow Tie Cinemas on Dec 4, 2009 at 11:13 am

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.

Taxi commented about Bow-Tie Cinema Palace 17 and BTX on Aug 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Well this movie theater had yet another robbery attempt. This time it was almost humorous. The robber asked for money, the cashier gave it to him. When the robber went to pick up the money, he put his gun down; well the cashier picked it up and the robber went fleeing. This time it ends happily. I’m glad nobody got hurt but, this is how it could have gone.

The robber put his gun down to pick up the money. The cashier reaches for the gun; the robber sees his error and reaches for the gun. A struggle ensues and then the gun is fired. An innocent child is shot.

Recently a bank teller in Seattle was fired for stopping a robbery. He put his life and the lives of others at risk for some money that was insured. I hope this Bowtie cinema explains to this casher how stupid he was. Nobody needs a dead hero.

Now if only Bowtie cinema would just put some security on the premises. If only they would employ a Hartford policeman or two, maybe the people of West Hartford wouldn’t be afraid to come here, especially after dark.


Taxi commented about Redstone sees substantial interest in theaters on Aug 4, 2009 at 8:32 am

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.


Taxi commented about Small growth for theater advertising on Jun 18, 2009 at 11:46 am

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.


Taxi commented about Elm Theater on Dec 17, 2008 at 9:22 pm

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.


Taxi commented about Cinema City 4 on Dec 11, 2008 at 8:53 pm

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.