Summer 2004 Debut In Iowa Capital
Des Moines 20
DES MOINES, Iowa – Century Theatres
was set to begin construction in March on a state-of-the-art
20-plex for West Des Moines’ Jordan Creek Town
The 75,360-square-foot site, set to bow
in the summer of 2004, will include a Starcade gameroom
and a Café Cinema
featuring gourmet desserts and coffees. Fandango online
ticketing service will also be available, allowing patrons
to print their tickets at home. All auditoriums will
feature stadium-style seating, rocker love seats, digital
stereo sound and THX certification.
“Century can provide moviegoers with the finest presentation
and the best movies available, which will make Jordan
Creek a major destination for everyone in the Des Moines
market seeking a first-class experience,” noted
Century CEO Raymond Syufy.
Century signed a lease early this year
with the Jordan Creek Town Center’s developer,
General Growth Properties Inc.
The Jordan Creek Town Center, a 200-acre
retail, dining, entertainment and recreation development,
a two-level enclosed mall featuring a streetscape design,
a lake surrounded by restaurants, a hotel and an amphitheatre
and an open-air village comprised of retailers.
San Rafael, Calif.-based Century currently
operates more than 850 screens in 11 states.
Florida Site Due 2004
Muvico Plants Plantation
PLANTATION, Fla. – Muvico
Theatres in February revealed plans to open by mid-2004
a 20-plex in Plantation,
Fla., about six miles east of Fort Lauderdale.
The plex, to be located at the Fashion
Mall at 321 North University Drive, north of Broward
Boulevard, will boast “theme” architecture,
stadium-style seating, wall-to-wall curved screens, 24-inch-wide
reclining seats, Dolby digital sound and 46-inch row
The site will also offer an in-house children’s
playroom and an expanded menu offering freshly prepared
crispy chicken breasts, pizza and popcorn shrimp.
“Our goal is 2-fold, to provide a
vivid and fun setting and to surround our moviegoers
in comfort,” said
Muvico president Hamid Hashemi.
Fort Lauderdale-based Muvico currently
operates 233 screens at 12 sites in Florida, Maryland
Operations Vet Mike Norris
Gets New Prez
NEW YORK – Loews Cineplex Entertainment announced
Jan. 27 the appointment of former executive vice president
Michael P. Norris to circuit president.
Norris, who reports to circuit CEO Travis
Reid, is now responsible for operations, concessions,
marketing, new-business development and film buying.
He joined Loews in 1995 as senior vice
president of operations;
a promotion to executive vice president of operations
followed in March 1997. Last August he was promoted to
executive vice president of the company.
“Mike has been an invaluable asset to the Loews Cineplex
team since 1995 and has been instrumental in leading
our efforts to build one of the strongest theatre chains
in North America,” noted Reid.
Santikos Rides 16
Into San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – Cowboys, longhorn steer, trick ropers
and others greeted patrons at the Feb. 6 grand opening
of Santikos Theatres’ Silverado 16 Theatres in
Located at loop 1604 and Bandera Road,
the cinema boasts a full-scale café, stadium-style
seating, rocker-chairs and digital sound in all auditoria.
The facility, which features digitally
projected trailers in the lobby, also comes with projection
booths “pre-wired” for
digital cinema, according to circuit officials.
The site opened with a night of free
Western movies. Half of the concessions sales from
the event went to
benefit The San Antonio Living History Association.
Santikos Theatres currently operates
63 screens in six sites throughout San Antonio.
West L.A. Landmark
LOS ANGELES – The Crest, a historic movie palace
long nestled in West Los Angeles’ Westwood district,
is getting another upgrade.
Purchased last April by ReelSource
CEO Robert Bucksbaum for $3.2 million, the former
facility will boast a row of “subwoofer seats,” a
lobby shark tank and a renovated concession counter and
Subwoofer speakers will be installed
beneath a single row of seats in the middle of the
parallel to the screen.
Bucksbaum’s influence on the
facility was felt soon after he purchased it. Last
spring, the 460-seat
single instituted Saturday morning classic and family
movie screenings with 30-minute live magic-show preludes.
"There is nothing better than seeing
kids and families throwing popcorn and screaming
with laughter,” noted
The concession menu was also recently
enhanced with the addition of sweet kettle corn and
First opened in 1941 by Henry Fonda’s
second wife, Frances Seymour Fonda, the site underwent
renovation a decade ago designed to preserve much of
the art-deco grandeur it enjoyed in its infancy.
Untouched will remain the cinema’s
large, blinking lit marquee, a ceiling festooned
with celestially aligned
stars, and hand-painted murals covering the walls.
The site also features online reservations;
name placards and ribbons are employed to save seats.
Midtown Multi For 2004
16 On Atlanta
ATLANTA – Regal Entertainment Group (REG) is planning
an early 2004 opening for its United Artists 16-plex
in the heart of midtown Atlanta. A lease agreement for
the site was signed last May with developer Atlantic
The 100,000-square-foot multi
will comprise two stories of the 140-acre Atlantic
Station environmental redevelopment
project at the connector of interstates 75 and 85.
The site will eventually boast 12 million square
retail, office, residential and hotel space, as well
as 11 acres of public parks.
The 4,000-seat plex will incorporate
stadium-style seating, wrap-around screens and
a street-level box
“The live, work and play environment of Atlantic
Station is a logical choice for our strategic growth, and
partnership is sure to be a successful one for all parties
involved,” noted REG senior marketing VP
REG currently operates 5,663
screens at 524 sites
in 36 states.
Lane, Walken, Lohman, Mendes, Fisher,
Heyman and Grazer Also Tapped
Zeta-Jones Among Top ShoWest ‘03
LAS VEGAS – Actors Adam Sandler (“Anger
Management”), Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”),
Christopher Walken (“Catch Me If You Can”),
Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago”) and Alison
Lohman (“White Oleander”), as well as director
Sam Mendes (“Road to Perdition”), screenwriter
Antwone Fisher (“Antwone Fisher”) and producers
David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” series)
and Brian Grazer (“8 Mile”), were among those
receiving top honors at ShoWest’s convention-closing
March 6 awards ceremony.
Nominated for a
Golden Globe Award for his role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love,” ShoWest
male star of the year Sandler gained fame as a cast member
on “Saturday Night Live,” then gained more
for his work on comedy blockbusters like “The Wedding
Singer,” “Big Daddy” and last year’s “Mr.
Sandler’s next film, “Anger Management,” co-starring
Jack Nicholson, opens April 11.
of the male star of the year honor include Will Smith,
Russell Crowe, Jim Carrey,
Hopkins, Denzel Washington and Robin Williams.
ShoWest female star
of the year Lane began her motion picture career as
Sir Laurence Olivier’s 13-year-old
co-star in George Roy Hill’s 1979 comedy “A
Featured on the
cover of Time at age 14, Lane subsequently appeared
in three films directed
by Francis Ford
Outsiders,” “Rumble Fish” and “The
Lane’s performance as an adulterous, tormented
wife opposite Richard Gere in “Unfaithful” earned
her a best actress Oscar nomination, as well
as nods from the New York Film Critics Circle
(NYFCC), the National
Society of Film Critics and the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association.
of the female star of the year award include Jennifer
Meg Ryan, Helen Hunt and Demi Moore.
In 1978, ShoWest
supporting actor of the year Walken received for his
in “The Deer Hunter” a
best supporting actor Oscar, an NYFCC award and a Golden
Globe nomination. Many moviegoers first became aware
of him for his role as the title character’s spooky
brother in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall.” Walken
has since appeared in more than 50 features.
Walken’s upcoming films include Barry Levinson’s “Envy,” Martin
Brest’s “Tough Love” and Universal’s “Helldorado.”
“We are honored
to pay tribute to the incredible work he [Walken] has
accomplished in his colorful career,
and especially for his highly entertaining
performance in DreamWorks’ ‘Catch Me if You Can,’” said
ShoWest organizer Robert Sunshine.
of the supporting actor of the year award include Haley
H. Macy, Burt Reynolds and Cuba
actress of the year Zeta-Jones, nominated for
and a supporting actress
Golden Globe for her role in “Chicago,” is
well-known for roles in “The Mask of Zorro,” “Entrapment” and “America’s
Sweethearts.” She earned her first Golden Globe
nomination for her role in Steven Soderbergh’s
2001 crime drama “Traffic.”
The Welsh actress
made her acting debut in the West End production
of “42nd Street” before landing
a role in the hit Yorkshire TV series, “The Darling
Buds of May.”
She sheds the black bob for
her upcoming role as a Beverly
in the Coen Brothers’ “Intolerable
Zeta-Jones is truly a screen gem who has amazed audiences
not only with her great acting ability, but
with her beautiful voice
and flawless dance technique in Chicago,” said Sunshine. “It is our pleasure
and honor to celebrate her accomplishments.”
of the supporting actress of the
year award include
ShoWest female star
of tomorrow Lohman’s credits
include the CBS telefilm “Sharing the Secret” and
the Fox TV series “Pasadena.”
The 23-year-old’s future film slate includes Ridley
Scott’s “Matchstick Men,” due Aug.
8, as well as Tim Burton’s “Big Fish.”
of the female star
Heather Graham, Minnie
Driver, Claire Danes
A veteran of the
London stage, ShoWest
of the year
Sam Mendes made
his feature directorial
the 1999 Oscar-winner “American Beauty.” An
in-depth interview with Mendes can be found in the January
issue of In
director of the
year honor include
Ron Howard, Wolfgang
The autobiographical “Antwone Fisher Story” was
the first screenplay by ShoWest screenwriter of the year
Fisher to find its way to the big screen.
“It is now
a double honor to be able to pay tribute to the writer
himself,” Sunshine said. “He has
done an incredible job in telling the world his compelling
and courageous story.”
Ron Bass (“Passion of Mind”),
Peter & Bobby Farrelly (“Shallow Hal”)
and Alan Ball (“American Beauty”).
Heyman has “given
us two gifts of a lifetime, two magical films that will
endure, enhance and entertain moviegoing audiences worldwide
for generations to come,” said Sunshine. Heyman’s
two “Harry Potter” films have already tallied
a combined worldwide theatrical gross of more than $1.8
billion. His other credits as a producer include “Juice,” “Daytrippers” and “Ravenous.”
Arnold Kopelson (“The Fugitive”) and James
“With his Oscar
win last year and the recent success of ‘8
Mile,’ we are proud to add the ShoWest lifetime
achievement award to what must be a very crowded shelf,” noted
Grazer’s upcoming films include Bo Welch’s “The
Cat in the Hat” and the Coen Brothers’ “Intolerable
Cruelty,” both due this autumn.
CATO Meeting Honors Wilson
Conn. Exhibs Distribute
$18,000 in Scholarships
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Connecticut Association
of Theatre Owners (CATO) announced the association’s
2002 scholarship recipients at its Dec. 12 annual membership
total of $18,000, comprising
of between $500 to $3,000, was awarded to employees
of several member exhibitors.
Selections were made based
upon merit and need.
same meeting also saw actress
Elizabeth Wilson receive
CATO’s annual “distinguished achievement
award” for her work in film, music and theatre.
Wilson began her film career almost 50 years ago in “Picnic” and
continued to star in such films as “9 to 5,” “The
Addams Family” and “Quiz Show.” She
accepted the award and an engraved Baccarat crystal
star from screenwriter-producer Luther Davis.
also donated a substantial
check to benefit the Yale
New Haven Children’s
Hospital and Department
• Kornthes Nong, Hoyts Cinema 12 Enfield;
• Scott Ryan Rose, Hoyts Cinemas Simsbury;
• Marissa D. Brookes, Showcase Cinemas Southington;
• David W. Schneider, Bethel Cinemas;
• Jonathon Sanborn, Mansfield Drive-In;
• Amber Lee Beitler, Showcase Cinemas Southington;
• Guy Jerome Mingot, Crown Royal 6, Norwalk;
• Leslie Ann Horner, Southington Twin Drive-In;
• Jill Marie Depeau, Hoyts Cinema 12 Enfield;
• Weslie Mattice, State Cinema, Jewett City;
• Kevin V. Fitzpatrick, Hoyts Wilton 4 Cinema;
• Eric C.D. Willard, Hoyts Enfield Square;
• Jennifer Abramczyk, Southington Showcase Cinemas.