Cinemark Helena & XD

750 Great Northern Boulevard,
Helena, MT 59601

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Cinemark Helena & XD

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Cinemark 8 Helena opened May 19, 2005 with a total seating capacity for 2,034. In spring of 2014 three extra screens were added, including an XD screen.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 18, 2007 at 11:55 am

This is a 5/15/2005 article about the opening of this theater.

“New movie theater complex opens in Helena, Mont.

Source: Independent Record
Byline: John Harrington

May 15—More than half a decade in the making, Helena’s modern, stadium-style movie complex opens with the swoosh of a light saber this week, as three of eight screens at the new Cinemark Helena Theater will show the Thursday debut of Star Wars: Episode 3 — Revenge of the Sith. “We’re in out sixth year of working with Cinemark, and it’s been a good relationship all along,” said Great Northern developer Alan Nicholson, who said he’s relieved to see a project that looked dead in the water on more than one occasion finally ready to open. Valerie Shortall, director of marketing for Plano, Tex.-based Cinemark, said the company expects to open around 15 theaters this year. The company has theaters in 32 states and 14 foreign countries. The Helena eight-plex is Cinemark’s first venture in Montana and among its smallest operations — its largest offers 24 screens.

“Most of our theaters are suburban theaters,” Shortall said. “Building downtown like we are in Helena is a rarity for us.” She also noted that at larger theaters, the biggest auditoriums seat 500 people or more. Here, a pair seat 257 each while the four smallest hold around 130.

The theater’s stadium seating, digital surround-sound and other modern amenities will bring movie-vewing in Helena into the 21st century. Nicholson said the opening of the theater may benefit businesses throughout central Helena.

“I think it’s very important for the Great Northern, but also for the whole central business district,” he said. “Everyone, at some time, will go to a movie, even people who don’t come downtown. This will draw people who don’t usually come here, and that’s what we need to do more of.”

The land the theater sits on and the building itself are owned by a Nicholson partnership called the Montana Motion Picture Associates. Cinemark and the partnership contributed to the construction costs, and Cinemark now runs the business and leases the building back from the partnership.

Intially pegged at somewhere north of $3 million, construction costs soared by nearly another million, but a city loan deferal and additional capital from both the partnership and Cinemark bridged the difference. In addition to the Star Wars debut, Helena movie-goers will have their choice from among Be Cool, The Wedding Date, Ice Princess, Man of the House and Are We There Yet? at Thursday’s debut. According to Shortall, Cinemark representatives work with sales people from major studios to determine which movies will be shown here, and it’s likely that both the new Cinemark theater and the existing Gaslight and Circus Twin theaters will feature some of the same films. For especially big national releases, the local theater will dedicate more than one screen to the popular film.

Helenans can expect to see the biggest national releases on the day they’re released: on May 27, both the animated feature Madagascar and a remake of the football classic The Longest Yard will debut here, Shortall said. Movie prices will range from a high of $7.50 for adults on weekends to $4.25 for everybody for the first show of the day. Discounts are available for kids, seniors, matinees and shows starting before 6 p.m. Another new feature: tickets for movies here are available online, with Star Wars, for instance, already for sale. Buyers can purchase their tickets at home, then enter a confirmation number at a kiosk at the theater and enter without waiting in the box office line".

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 18, 2007 at 3:55 pm

Here is the website for the Cinemark 8 Helena.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Three screens are under construction to bring the total to eleven.

Kevin Tredway
Kevin Tredway on March 23, 2014 at 11:16 pm

New screens have opened. The building is now an 11 screen. Has been rebranded as “Cinemark Helena and XD.”

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