Debut Earmarked For Portage Plex
16 For Indiana
PORTAGE, Ind. – Goodrich Quality Theatres broke
ground June 13 on its 16-plex in Portage, Ind. Located
on U.S. Highway 6, the new site will be a part of the
Grand Pointe Plaza development and replace the existing
Slated to open Nov. 17, the new site will
offer stadium-style, high-backed seating, a two-story
Imax auditorium, a gaming
area and secondary lobby on its mezzanine level.
The new 3,100-seat facility will employ
five full-time managers and about 70 part-time employees.
The Imax auditorium
seats 450, others seat 300.
The multi will feature free spring and
fall matinee shows, free drink refills, 25-cent popcorn
refills, free soda
if there is a wait longer than six minutes at the concession
stand and the circuit’s frequent moviegoer program.
“We look forward to offering the
awesome Imax experience to the northern Indiana region,” said Matt Johnson,
assistant operations manager for Goodrich. “The
standard Imax fare, combined with the increasing popularity
of the large-format presentation of mainstream film in
Imax, makes having such a facility combined with a 35mm
multiplex an exciting and formidable entertainment complex.”
With the new site, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based
Goodrich Quality Theatres operates 265 screens at 31
Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.
May Coronation In New York
NEW YORK – Regal Entertainment Group (REG) launched
its new Queens 8-plex with three days of pre-opening
events leading up to its official May 19 grand opening.
Located at the intersection of Cooper Avenue and 80th
Street, the new site is a part of the Shops at Atlas
Park development. The 1,600-seat 31,000-square-foot multi
offers stadium-style seating with retractable cupholder
To celebrate its opening, the site played host to three
days of $2 movies, $2 popcorn and $2 soda, with proceeds
benefiting the March of Dimes, Musicians on Call, and
Variety, the children’s charity. On opening weekend,
the first 200 ticket purchasers received a free t-shirt.
Through May 25, patrons received free popcorn and soda
with each paid admission.
“Regal Cinemas Atlas Park Stadium 8 is a state-of-the-art
cinema which will provide moviegoers the latest in theatre
amenities and technology,” said Dick Westerling,
senior vice president of marketing and advertising for
REG. “New York City is a very important market
to Regal and we’re thrilled to be part of this
exciting new retail and entertainment development.”
Based in Knoxville, Tenn., REG operates the world’s
largest cinema chain, with 6,415 screens at 546 sites
in 40 states and the District of Columbia.
May 9 Bow For Chelsea
NEW YORK – Clearview Cinemas re-opened on May 19
its Chelsea 9-plex, located on West 23rd Street in the
Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.
The circuit’s extensive renovation of the facility
included refurbished auditoria featuring rocking seats,
redesigns for the lobby and concessions areas, and an
“Clearview has made an important investment in
the Chelsea Cinemas theatre in order to create the perfect
for moviegoers,” stated Clearview Cinemas senior
vice president and general manager Doug Oines. “We
are excited about the changes we have completed and look
forward to our customers experiencing them firsthand
at this grand re-opening.”
Clearview Cinemas, a subsidy of Cablevision Systems
Corporation since 1998, is based in Bethpage, N.Y., and
265 screens at 53 sites in New York, New Jersey and
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Cinema Café, which
operates four cinema-eateries in the Hampton Roads area
of Virginia, celebrated the 20th anniversary of its first
location with a month-long celebration that kicked off
Between May 18 and June 18, the chain’s original
location in the Pembroke Meadows Shopping Center in Virginia
Beach offered $1 movie tickets, $1 small popcorns and
$1 small sodas for all customers.
A $200 food voucher and a 1-year movie pass were the
prizes in a short-essay contest.
The facility also played host to special screenings
of “Platoon,” “Top
Gun,” “‘Crocodile’ Dundee” and “Ferris
Bueller’s Day Off” – all released in
1986, the year of the circuit’s founding.
“Cinema Café is the first and only company to embrace
the concept of movies and casual dining in the Hampton
Roads area and has been for 20 years,” said circuit
owner John Walker. “We have been committed to our
customers and the communities that we serve and will
continue to serve for years to come.”
Sibling Exhibitors Named Statesmen of the Year
Honored At ShowSouth
BRASELTON, Ga. – Siblings John H. Stembler Jr. and William J. Stembler
will be honored Aug. 22 as ShowSouth’s “Statesmen of the Year.”
A veteran motion picture executive who formed his own
chain of cinemas in 2003, John is widely recognized as
a founder of and driving force behind the long-running
ShowSouth convention, which traces its origins back to the early 1970s. Last
year ShowSouth attracted the greatest number of delegates in the gathering’s
Long partnered with his brother in Georgia Theatre
Co. (GTC), John sold his interest in that circuit three
years ago and has since established Zota Theatres,
which he oversees as chairman. Zota currently operates 34 screens at
four sites in the Florida municipalities of Brooksville, Tampa, Vero
Beach, and Palm City.
An alumnus of both the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of
Georgia Law School,
John followed a 1965-67 term as a U.S.
Naval officer with
a 2-year stint as a booker in the San Francisco branch of United Artists
Distribution. He subsequently returned east to join GTC, soon rising there
to vice president
A Rotarian of more than 30 years and a board member
of the Boy Scouts of America, John is well known for
his efforts on behalf of Variety, the Children’s
Charity, and served as chief barker of Tent 21 in 1978. His face grew familiar
to television viewers in the Atlanta area as he routinely co-hosted WXIA-TV’s
local Variety telethons.
William Stembler, honored last year with ShowEast’s Show “E” Award,
traces his exhibition career to 1963, when he took a job ushering for GTC. By
the time he rejoined the family business in 1973, he had received a business
degree from the University of Florida, served as an officer in the U.S. Army
Signal Corps Reserves, earned his law degree from Athens’ University of
Georgia Law School and worked for almost two years as an enforcement attorney
for the Atlanta office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Serving
at first as GTC’s general counsel and head of its construction department,
he ascended to the company’s presidency in 1983.
Following the 1986 sale of GTC to the UA Theatre Circuit,
both Stembler brothers took positions with UA, but resigned
two years later to oversee,
things, a new sub-run circuit dubbed Value Cinemas. The Stemblers’ Georgia
Theatre Co. II emerged separately out of UA’s desire in 1991 to divest
some of its screens in smaller markets. Subsequent to GTC II’s
acquisition of these UA venues, William concentrated on new construction
and company financials
while John oversaw concessions and promotions.
Currently a member of NATO’s finance and executive committees, William
served as chairman of the 1987 edition of NATO’s convention, and as chairman
of NATO itself from 1996 to 1998. He continues to serve as chairman and CEO of
GTC, which today ranks as one of the nation’s 20 largest cinema chains
with 272 screens at 28 sites in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia.
HAMPTON, Va. – Mid-Atlantic NATO announced on May 24 the recipients of
its $25,000 scholarship program, which benefits cinema employees in – or
headed for – college.
Awards to high school seniors include:
- $3,000 to Shanice C.M. Barnum of the Regal Ballston
Commons Stadium 12-plex in Arlington, Va.
- The $2,000 Mable
G. Gordon Memorial Scholarship to Awo Nur of the National
Amusements Reston 13-plex in
- The $1,000 Sam Bendheim III Memorial Scholarship – funded by Regal Entertainment
Group – to Christian W. Gregory of the Consolidated Commonwealth 20-plex
in Midlothian, Va.
- $1,000 each to Samantha L. McDuffee of the Regal
Harrisonburg 14-plex in Harrisonburg, Va.; Leanna K.
Maynard of the Consolidated Valley View Grande
16-plex in Roanoke,
Va.; and Anna M. Kingsbury of the R/C Surf ‘n’ Sand 8-plex
in Virginia Beach, Va.
- $500 each to Julie E. Ehrmann of the Regal Aquia
10-plex in Stafford, Va. and Nicole R. Ames of the
Regal Salisbury Stadium 16-plex in Salisbury,
Scholarships for theatre employees currently attending
- The $3,000 Jerry Gordon Scholarship to April G.
Whisenand of the Regal Westminster 9-plex in Westminster,
- $3,000 to Elizabeth E. Hayes of the R/C Surf ‘n’ Sand
- The $2,000 Jim & Ted Pedas Foundation Scholarship to Ke’chell M.
Collick of the R/C Surf ‘n’ Sand 8-plex.
- The $2,000 Paul Roth Memorial Scholarship to Leslie
E. Shaip of Georgia Theatre Co.’s Danville Stadium
Cinemas 12-plex in Danville, Va.
- The $2,000 Cohen Family
Scholarship to Natalie E. Wright of the Marquee
Cinemas Southpoint 9-plex in Fredericksburg, Va.
- $1,000 each to Elisha D. Chambers of the Consolidated
Majestic 20-plex in Silver Spring, Md. and April L.
Hankerson of the Regal Salisbury
- $500 each to Ashley L. Hankerson of the Regal Salisbury
Stadium 16-plex and Katherine L. Filbert of the Regal
Hunt Valley 12-plex in Hunt