Plaza 6 Theaters

2339 Iowa Street,
Lawrence, KS 66046

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Plaza 6 Theaters

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Plaza 6 Theaters closed in August of 2001 and the building was converted for use as a Total Fitness Center.

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Lost Memory on February 24, 2007 at 1:13 pm

This is an 8/4/2001 article about the closing of the Plaza 6 Theaters.

“Lawrence, Kan., Movie Theater Complex To Close.

Source: Journal-World
Byline: Mark Fagan

Aug. 4—Lawrence’s Plaza Six Theaters complex will close next week to make way for another business, expected to be a relocated health club.

The six-screen complex at 2339 Iowa will close Thursday, said Ben Moore, district manager for Wallace Theater Corp., which owns the Plaza Six.

“That’s the last official day,” Moore said Friday.

David Block, senior vice president for Block and Co. Inc. Realtors, of Kansas City, Mo., said he was in advanced negotiations to lease the theater building to Total Fitness Athletic Center. Total Fitness has been closed to customers since a March 5 fire destroyed the club, which had operated inside the former Hillcrest Theaters at 901 Iowa.

The on-again, off-again discussions are expected to wrap up early next week, and prospects for closing the package are “pretty good,” Block said Friday.

“We’ve always been trying to get the deal done,” he said. “It’s a long, negotiated process.”

Plaza Six currently is showing “A.I.,” “The Fast and the Furious” and other movies that originally ran at Wallace’s newer, larger Southwind 12 complex, 3433 Iowa.

Officials at Portland, Ore.-based Wallace declined to discuss specific plans for Plaza Six, but David Lyons, a company vice president, said a formal announcement was expected early next week.

Wallace currently has 516 screens in 67 complexes in 11 states and the Pacific Rim. It recently opened two megaplexes with stadium-style seating in California and Arizona.

The decision to close a complex is not influenced by whether another business is willing to move into the space to be vacated, Lyons said.

“In general, it depends on the market and the competition,” he said. “Every market is different.”

The closing will leave Lawrence with two commercial theaters: Southwind 12 and Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.

Total Fitness has been searching for a home since the March fire, which left the club’s more than 3,000 members without a place to work out.

The club immediately froze its customers' memberships, and several members have consumer complaints pending with the Kansas Attorney General’s office.

In June, Total Fitness owner Marty Tuley said he had a tentative deal to take over the Plaza Six building, which he intended to transform into a 24,000-square-foot club with $650,000 worth of new equipment and interior finishes. But that deal quickly fell apart, Block said, only to be revived again.

Tuley did not return phone calls Friday seeking comment".

rivest266 on August 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

This opened on May 29th, 1988. Grand opening ad here.

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