Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons

9335 South State Street,
Sandy, UT 84070

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 10, 2008 at 2:42 am

Like three of the other four current locations of the Megaplex Theatres chain, the Megaplex 17 at Jordon Commons was designed by FFKR Architects of Salt Lake City.

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John Fink
John Fink on October 28, 2008 at 11:39 am

This theater is in the news again for banning Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno – meanwhile when the NY Post asked the theater’s manager why they are showing Saw V he replied “no comment”.

I saw Zack and Miri in Toronto where it got major laughs, it’s often too funny to be truly shocking – I suppose the title is what bugged Miller the most: if a family is taking their kids to see the G-rated High School Musical 3 they don’t want to see the word “Porno” also listed at the box office, perhaps. If only Miller would take a stand and proactively ban bad filmmaking, like Disaster Movie, then I’d respect him. Unfortunately he’s banned two films that were good.

lauriemann
lauriemann on January 15, 2006 at 6:00 pm

I just got back from seeing Brokeback Mountain. It’s a beautifully-made, achingly painful movie with amazing acting from the four main principal actors. I’m really glad I went to see it.

In Pittsburgh at 1pm today (against a Steeler playoff game, no less), a 538-person theater was over1/3rd full, about 1/3rd of the audience was male and 2/3rds female. It’s only playing at two local theaters, but I almost never see an early afternoon movie so full.

pdwarnick
pdwarnick on January 15, 2006 at 4:16 pm

Bigotry is alive and well in Utah in the form of Larry Miller. Hypocrisy rules with him as he decides to ban a love story in favor of violence, crude language and horrific scenes from movies like Syriana with the audience enduring the torture of a man’s fingernails being pulled off. When will the intolerance end; when will churches stop the hate and tolerance for priest abusing children and then covering it up. I put Miller in the same category of hypocrisy and bigotry.

mhvbear
mhvbear on January 9, 2006 at 1:03 pm

Universal should pull all their product from this theater chain.

tiggerbounce1968
tiggerbounce1968 on January 9, 2006 at 11:37 am

Just wanted to add a few comments here—I’m here in Ft. Lauderdale where Brokeback has been out since December. Both times I have seen it, the movie was packed. My friend saw it this past Sunday at 1 pm and it was still packed—so after almost a month down here the movie still packs the house. As Laurie mentioned earlier, I couldnt help but notice the Megaplex there in SLC is showing quite a few family value and morally right movies—lets see, we have Hostel which a neat little movie filled with violence, blood, guts and gore. There’s Dick and Jane (which I saw) that shows what fun it is to rob a bank/convience store as well as show stereotypes. Then Casanova which looks like it might be funny, but it is about a man who had quite a few women in his lifetime right? But my FAVORITES are the ones that I have seen compared and contrasted several times in articles about Brokeback by Christian groups: Harry Potter VS. Narnia. Dont take the kiddies to see Harry Potter because with all the witches, magic and sorcery, talking fantasy animals, and dealings with the dark forces will undoubtly convert innocent young minds to a life of sin. However, Narnia is fit for the whole family to enjoy because it has….oh wait! Witches, magic and sorcery, talking fantasy animals , and a wonderful tale of good vs evil, something Harry is seriously lacking. Plus Harry doesnt have a slight religious overtone so it makes Narnia that much better. Hmm..I’ve seen all the Potter movies, Narnia, and Brokeback Mountain….where does that put me in all the mix? Anyways, thank your local theatres up there for playing the movie, and go see it a second time…I cried more the second time then the first! I know that more people will find reasons to protest the movie, but it only brings to light THEIR closed minded intolerance towards things they dont know and understand, and NOT the content of the movie. I mean really—there was more sex between Ennis and his wife then Ennis and Jack! Theres something for everyone here! Enjoy the movie!

Richards
Richards on January 8, 2006 at 9:30 pm

Hey, I’m all for the owner not wanting to show a movie and it’s his right. I also have the right to never frequent the Megaplex again. I wanted to see this movie and Larry Miller was not going to stop me. I did go a little further out of my way and attended a screening at the Century 16. I am so happy I made the extra effort to go, what a film. Mr. Miller did not really inconvenience me, he brought attention to his ignorance. He is not going to make me not see this movie and I am not going to make him show it. It’s that easy, however I can tell you this, I will never and I mean never, patronize his movie complex again. He does not have a monopoly on Salt Lake theatres. This is Utah for goodnes sake not comunnist China. It always amazes me the fear that people have with the Gay topic. I’m very comfortable in my own skin and love the opposite sex, but I’ll be damn if I am going to tell someone else who they can or cannot love. Get a grip people, love is here to stay.

John Fink
John Fink on January 8, 2006 at 9:02 pm

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Miller says that he’s not a “community censor” and belives that pulling a movie with the top per screen average in the country is a business decission, I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t preform as well as say Rumor Has It.. or The Ringer.

morrisondwm
morrisondwm on January 8, 2006 at 8:58 pm

I have no knowledge of what they knew or when they knew it. I don’t know anything about their contractual obligations. I believe people should be honorable in fulfilling their obligations. I know why I’ve chosen not to go to certain movies. My opinions and decisions are the only ones I am responsibly able to give. Since I haven’t asked them and, last I heard, they haven’t given any comments, no, I can’t give you any reason why. Rational or otherwise.

John Fink
John Fink on January 8, 2006 at 8:44 pm

Right but the theater had agreed to show it, posted showtimes and then pulled it breaking a licence agreement with Focus Features, whereas AMC didn’t play The Aristocrats and Friedly didn’t play Fahrenheit 9/11 because they didn’t like the content but they were responsable enough to know in advance what those movies were instead of pulling it at the zero hour like Megaplex 17 did. The danger is that if Regal and AMC don’t like your movie and say “we’re not going to play it” then you’re blocked from most American screens. Megaplex 17 should have never booked the film or published showtimes for it, it’s corporate headquarters should know in advance what type of product is going to be playing. If they had been better educated on a corporate level they could avoided all of this debate.

lauriemann
lauriemann on January 8, 2006 at 8:43 pm

OK, Sarah, can you give a rational reason why they chose not to play that particular movie then?

I’m emphasizing the word “rational” here.

morrisondwm
morrisondwm on January 8, 2006 at 8:32 pm

Just as we have the choice to not go to a movie if we don’t agree or are offended or what-have-you by its content, theatres have the choice to not show them. I don’t believe this is a case of cencorship because the megaplex has not called for other theatres to pull the film nor have they participated in a hate campain against the film or production company. I say good for them!

lauriemann
lauriemann on January 8, 2006 at 8:15 pm

One of the stupid things about bigotry is that it can loose businesses money. Brokeback Mountain has done pretty well, even in the west. Someone uptopic claimed it was even doing well in <heavens> Utah itself. Even though Brokeback Mountain still isn’t in wide release yet, it was in the top 10 of movie moneymakers for this weekend.

I can’t claim to boycott the theater in question because I have never been to Utah, and it’s unlikely I’d ever want to go there in the future. So I can say confidently that I’ll never spend a dime at the Megaplex at Jordan Commons.

John Fink
John Fink on January 8, 2006 at 7:55 pm

Exsactly. And too Laurie, you forgot that The Family Stone is about a liberal New England family that is loveing and accepting of their gay son and they treat his interacial boyfriend like of the family. Rightfully so that movie didn’t garner any controversy. Both Family Stone (which truth be told I actually found a bit obnoxious) and Brokeback on certain levels are about tollerance, which seems to not be a business practice at the Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons.

I’m hoping this get national attention and Miller is forced to release some form of a statement beyond the fact he pulled the movie because he didn’t think it would preform well in the market and he had no idea what the movie was about.

patchristensen
patchristensen on January 8, 2006 at 7:55 pm

Your theater shows violence and torture on your screens and considers it appropriate viewing for your community, but it cancels a beautiful love story because the lead parts are both played by male actors. This is pure bigotry, and it should not be tolerated by your patrons. I urge people to boycott this theater and its parent company. There are other companies that do not try to promote intolerance in their communities. Please give your business to them.

lauriemann
lauriemann on January 8, 2006 at 6:49 pm

Well, let’s take a moment and observe what Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons does deem acceptable to play this weekend shall we?

Casanova
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Désolation magnifique: Marcher sur la Lune
Fun With Dick & Jane
Grandma’s Boy
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Hostel
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
Munich
Rumor Has It…
Syriana
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Family Stone
The Magic of Flight
The Producers
The Ringer

(This according to IMDB Showtimes)

So this theater will readily censor a well-made, unconventional love story. But it will not hesitate to make a buck from a movie that glorifies torture and murder (Hostel) or a movie where a heterosexual leaps from woman to woman (Casanova), or a movie where, some people claim, every gay character is portrayed as a preening stereotype (The Producers), or a movie that, some people claim, promotes Satanism because it involves magic (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).

Now there are some red state family values for you!

John Fink
John Fink on January 8, 2006 at 3:21 pm

Whats weird is it was on the bill, had showtimes listed and then “bam” wasn’t there. It’s pathtic that Larry Miller sites that it was a business decission to pull the movie – it had the highest per screen average of any release, face it the movie is a success. I also laugh when people call Brokeback Mountain a propaganda movie – the people involved with this movie are streight as a matter of fact, they just wanted to make a good film.

Other theaters have refused to book movies and they have the right not to show something, leases have provisions against NC-17 rated movies for example. AMC refused to show The Aristocrats last summer and Friedly Theaters refused to show Fahrenheit 9/11, but they didn’t schedule proformances and then pull it on opening day. Miller aparently (acording to KUTV) didn’t even know what the movie was, and then later claims that he pulled it because he didn’t think in that market it would do much business. I have to disagree, in conservative markets it has done well acording to Focus Features, the movie is succussful.

3091531
3091531 on January 8, 2006 at 3:02 pm

After reading in article on the Fox news website about the abrupt cancellation of a movie called, “Broke Back Mountain” my entire family has decided not step foot in this establishment ever again. We are a Christian family with strong moral values, however, we also have a deer friend who is gay and this kind of discrimination is unacceptable. Are we, people of hate or of God?

Sincerely,

Mike and Trish Owens

MMLS
MMLS on January 8, 2006 at 12:47 pm

I’m so upset this theater is not showing Brokeback Mountain. This is a major, Oscar-level film that now many of us cannot see because of someone’s personal opinion. That is wrong and un-American! If you don’t want to see the movie, stay home. Don’t ruin it for the rest of us. A very sad day.

bradfordwdean
bradfordwdean on January 8, 2006 at 7:24 am

THANKS FOR NOT SHOWING BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN!!!! GOOS FOR YOU