Carolina Multi Joins Streets at Southpoint
Consolidated Bows 16 In Durham
DURHAM, N.C. On March 5, Consolidated Theatres held the
grand opening of its 16-plex on the Streets at Southpoint, a
new collection of restaurants and retail shops in Durham, N.C.
Opening to the public March 8, the new multi during its first
week offered free popcorn, samples from the snack bar, give-aways
and other on-site activities in conjunction with the malls
The 2,800-seat plex houses a concession stand with multiple
selling stations featuring traditional theatre fare as well
as Unos Pizzeria Pizza, Fruitopia drinks and Dasani bottled
Auditoria of the 16-plex feature wall-to-wall screens, stadium-style
seating with an 18-inch height difference between rows, luxury
high-back rocking chairs with headrests and retractable armrests,
and Dolby and DTS sound systems.
The multi also features 7-day advanced ticketing, with a remote
ticketing kiosk in the malls food court.
The Charlotte, N.C.-based circuit currently operates 222 screens
at 16 sites in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Regent Returns With Specialty Program
LOS ANGELES Landmark Theatres celebrated the Feb. 23
reopening of its recently acquired and refurbished Regent Theatre
with a two-day salute to nine films named Best Picture
by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), followed
by a March 1 opening of USA Films Monsoon Wedding.
the best big screen presentation of any art cinema in Los Angeles,
the Regent offers new seating, décor, concessions, digital
sound and 3-day advanced ticketing at the box office.
Following the Feb. 23-24 LAFCA event which featured screenings
of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Kramer
Vs. Kramer, Hope & Glory, Hannah
and Her Sisters, Brazil, Dog Day Afternoon,
L.A. Confidential Unforgiven and Atlantic
City was a Feb. 25-27 retrospective of director
Robert Altmans films. The final evening of the Altman
event featured a question and answer session with the filmmaker.
The Regent, located at 1045 Broxton Avenue in Westwood Village,
was built in 1966. WF Cinema Holdings owned the site before
Landmark acquired it earlier this year.
Landmark currently operates 170 screens at 54 sites, with an
early spring bow planned for an 8-plex in Bethesda, Md.
Term Running 2002-04
INDIANAPOLIS Theatre Owners of Indiana (TOI) has announced
its new officers, who began their 3-year term effective Jan.
2002-04 officers are: David O. Wright, president; Allen Strahl,
vice president; Fredrick Heise, treasurer; and Ann L. Craft,
corporate secretary and general manager.
Michael Rembusch moves to immediate past president; all TOI
presidents serve on the board for life.
Consolidated 16 Takes
N.C. Consolidated Theatres Valley View Grande 16
won two awards in ShoWests Showmanship Awards competition,
most creative and best in show
thanks to its 2001 Pearl Harbor promotion.
The Valley View Grandes promotion team, lead by general
manager Trent Jones, constructed a scale model of a Japanese
Zero airplane and suspended it from the lobbys ceiling
in a diving position. The team also invited local war vets to
the multi and received letters of thanks and encouragement from
Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf, Sen. John McCain and Walter Cronkite.
Submissions for the competition, sent in from promotional teams
all over the country, must include a binder, photos and other
relevant materials in order to compete in eight different categories.
The winner of best in show is chosen from among
the winners in the other categories.
The Showmanship Awards, held every year at ShoWest, are sponsored
by The Hollywood Reporter and Kodak Films.
Shrink Visits N.J. Multi
Dr. Phil Makes
NA House Call
EDGEWATER, N.J. National Amusements played host Jan.
31 to best-selling author and regular Oprah guest
Dr. Phil McGraw (and a crowd of over 350) at its Multiplex 14
in Edgewater, N.J.
Winners received free tickets to the event through a variety
of sweepstakes held at several NA multis, the Bookends bookstore
in Ridgewood, N.J., and radio stations WRKS-FM and WPLJ-FM.
McGraw spoke about his lastest work, Self Matters: Creating
Your Life from the Inside Out, held a question and answer
session, then autographed copies of the book for attendees.
NA operates over 1,390 screens at sites in the United States,
the United Kingdom and Latin America, and is also the parent
company of Viacom.
Paul Biondi New
Loeks-Star Ad Man
Mich. Loeks-Star Theatres announced on March 5 the appointment
of Paul Biondi to the position of vice president, advertising
and promotions, where he will oversee all media relationships,
corporate partnerships, non-profit sponsorships and brand management
for the circuit.
Biondi, a graduate of Oakland University, served in the advertising
department of Pontiac, Mich.-based daily, The Oakland Press.
Before joining Loeks-Star, Biondi spent 10 years in the advertising
department at The Metro Times, Detroits leading alternative
We are pleased and excited to have Paul on board,
said circuit executive VP and COO Brian Blatchley. With
his wealth of experience and relationships in Detroit media,
Paul brings a fresh perspective to marketing movies.
Loeks-Star currently operates 156 screens at 10 Michigan sites.
WOODSTOCK, Va. Dalkes Theatres celebrates 90 years
in the exhibition industry this year. German-born circuit founder
William F. Dalke Sr. (1890-1977) came to America in 1908. By
1912, he had already purchased his first portable projector
and was touring Virginia with a trunk full of celluloid.
Dalke exhibited movies throughout the state and eventually began
to rent and buy empty buildings in Shenandoah County. He settled
in Woodstock, Va., where he projected movies on the second floor
of the Bank of America building, in a skating rink and in the
old town hall. Through the 1920s Dalke expanded his circuit
to six sites.
Over the years, Dalkes sites also served as venues for
vaudeville shows, beauty pageants, concerts, community plays
and school activities and commencements.
In the mid-50s, William Jr. took over the operation of
the circuit, eventually employing all four of his sons at the
family venues. William Jr. continued the expansion and operation
of Dalkes Theatres Inc., as it became known, until his
death in 1991, at which time his son Tim took over the business.
Dalkes currently operates the Community Theatre-3 in Woodstock
and the Family Drive-In-2 in Stephens City, Va., which Playboy
magazine in 1998 cited as one of the top 10 drive-ins
in the United States.