Site Joins New Circuit
Sundance Takes On
San Francisco 8-plex
FRANCISCO – Freshly minted specialty chain Sundance
Cinemas announced March 23 that it entered into an agreement
to purchase San Francisco’s Kabuki 8-plex.
At press time Sundance was anticipating
a late-April takeover of the site, formerly operated
by AMC Theatres.
Sundance intends to remodel the site following its use
in the San Francisco International Film Festival, and
reopen the facility under the Sundance name this autumn.
The Kabuki was one of 10 cinemas AMC was required to
sell following its 2005 merger with Loews Cineplex Entertainment.
“As San Francisco holds a special
place in my heart and is one of the nation’s great centers of independent
film, I am particularly excited to have found such a
perfect home for Sundance in this city,” said Sundance
Group president Robert Redford.
Los Angeles-based Sundance currently operates
no screens, but plans a November opening for its under-construction
6-plex in Madison, Wis.
ARDMORE, Okla. – Carmike Cinemas announced in March
plans for a new 8-screen plex in Ardmore, Okla., about
100 miles south of Oklahoma City and 30 miles north of
Located at the northeast corner of 12th
Avenue SW and Rockford Road, the site is to be a part
of the Ardmore
Commons Development. The new plex is slated to feature
stadium-style high-back seating with retractable cupholder
armrests, wall-to-wall screens and advance and online
Based in Columbus, Ga., Carmike Cinemas
currently operates 307 sites with 2,469 screens in 37
New Multi Birthed In Natal
7 In East Brazil
NATAL, Brazil – Cinemark International opened in March its Midway Mall
7-plex in Natal, Brazil, on the easternmost tip of South America.
The 34,400-square-foot multi, Cinemark’s 36th site in Brazil, offers stadium-style
seating and wall-to-wall screens.
“Midway Mall is an excellent development,” said Cinemark International
president Tim Warner. “We are pleased to provide the best in entertainment
to the people of Natal.”
Based in Plano, Texas, Cinemark operates 3,374 screens
in 33 U.S. states and 13 countries outside the United
States, including countries in South
Central America and Asia.