Destinta Theatres closes Independence Plaza 12

posted by CSWalczak on January 6, 2011 at 7:43 am

HAMILTON, NJ — December 31, 2010 was the last day for the Destinta Independence Plaza 12 which opened in 1999.

Mayor John Bencivengo on Monday night said Hamilton has recently seen positive developments with local businesses but that Destinta’s closure “is a result of the national economy” where consumers are putting a “tight hold on discretionary spending.”

“It’s never a good moment when a business is closing, especially when it’s in Hamilton,” Bencivengo said. “We hope that (the Independence Plaza) center does well, and we hope it gets filled again, that particular movie theater.”

There is more in the Trentonian.

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Comments (3)

John Fink
John Fink on January 6, 2011 at 8:08 am

Destinta Theatres is a bit of a mystery to me – nothing is really known about them, they’ve made no comment on the closure of Independence Plaza.

All of the theaters seemed to pop up (1998-2000)– pretty much at random in the Northeast (NJ/PA/CT) right about the same time, including some very large theaters (a 24-screener of theirs opened close to and was responsable for a new Loews 20-plex closing 14 months after it opened: /theaters/5793/)) Searching news archives on them, it appears since they opened their fleet they’ve had no desire to expand and are based in Lodi, NJ – interestingly enough they have no theaters in the Northern NJ area.

Anybody else have any info on Destinta?

CSWalczak on January 6, 2011 at 8:17 am

The name means “distinctive” in Itlian. An additional story about the closing: View link

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on January 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

One of our managers back left and worked for them, don’t know what his thoughts were on the company. At the time he seemed impressed by their operations.

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