Bow Tie Acquires
95 Crown Screens
NEW YORK – Bow
Tie Partners, a New York-based real estate development
and entertainment company, announced in November the
acquisition of 95 screens in 12 locations in Connecticut
and Maryland from the South Norwalk-based Crown Theatres.
With this acquisition of these sites,
Bow Tie operates 137 screens at 17 sites in Colorado,
New York and Virginia. The company, operated by Charles
B. Moss Jr. and his son Ben Moss, specializes in the
redevelopment of historic and architecturally significant
properties. Its cinema ownership dates back to the
founding of the company, which began operating storefront
Nebraska & Indiana Sites
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Great Escape Theatres launched
in autumn two new Midwest sites – a 16-plex in
Omaha, Neb., and a 12-plex in Clarksville, Ind.
The Omaha plex, which bowed Oct. 20, is located in
the Sorensen Park Plaza off 72nd Street and Sorensen
It features a two-story game room and an auditorium featuring
The Clarksville plex, which debuted Nov. 3 at the River
Falls Mall, hosted a grand opening celebration that included
Both sites offer birthday rooms, online and advance
ticketing, automated kiosks, and auditoria with stadium-style
seating with retractable armrests.
Great Escape, based in New Albany, Ind., operates 240
screens at 23 sites, with 75 additional screens “currently
under development,” according to a circuit press
Grand Junction Facility
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Regal Entertainment Group
(REG) bowed Nov. 17 its 14-plex in the Western Colorado
town of Grand Junction.
The site features approximately 2,200 stadium-style,
high-backed rocking seats with retractable cupholder
armrests. Prior to opening, the plex hosted three days
of preview events offering $1 films, $1 popcorn and $1
soft drinks, with all proceeds benefiting local charities.
“Regal Cinemas Canyon View Stadium 14 will provide
moviegoers in Grand Junction with a state-of-the-art
a convenient and accessible location,” said REG
senior vice president of marketing and advertising Dick
Westerling. “The new facility will attract and
impress moviegoers from the entire Western Slope.”
Regal Entertainment Group is the largest motion picture
exhibitor in the world, operating 6,386 screens at
539 sites in 40 states and the District of Columbia.
Multi To Nest in Pigeon Forge
Epic Chain Plans
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Epic Theatres announced in
November plans to open a 12-plex in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.,
about 35 miles southeast of Knoxville. The site will
anchor a newly constructed 25-acre lifestyle complex
located at the intersection of Jake Thomas Road and Teaster
The new site will offer auditoria featuring stadium-style
rocking seats with retractable armrests, as well as
party rooms, Internet ticketing, and both 35mm and digital
Epic Theatres, based in DeLand, Fla., operates 39 screens
at six sites in Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania,
with 74 screens at five additional sites in various
stages of development.
South Orange Site
SOUTH ORANGE, New Jersey – Clearview Cinemas on Nov. 3 officially opened
the doors of its new 5-plex, part of the South Orange Performing Arts Center
(SOPAC) in South Orange Village, N.J.
The 14,000-square-foot site, located behind Sloan Street and adjacent to the
New Jersey Transit Station, will offer first-run mainstream and independent
product and automated ticketing kiosks.
Prior to opening, the plex hosted a five-day
event to introduce the facilities to the public, screening
classic and family fare such as “The Godfather” and “Shrek” for
$1 each, with all proceeds benefiting the new adjoining arts center.
“We are excited about our partnership
with SOPAC and about expanding Clearview Cinemas’ presence in New Jersey and, specifically, Essex county,” said
Doug Oines, circuit senior vice president and general manager. “South Orange
deserves this unique live arts and cinema facility, and we look forward to bringing
quality movies to the area for many years to come.”
A component of Cablevision Systems Corp.,
Bethpage, New York-based Clearview Cinemas operates 262
screens at 51 sites in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Prez Behind The Counter
Marcus Execs Usher
In 71st Anniversary
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Marcus Corp. celebrated on Nov. 1 the 71st anniversary
of the company’s founding. In honor of the occasion, nearly five dozen
executives and other corporate staff went to work in the company’s hotels
and movie theatres.
“My father (Marcus Corp. founder Ben Marcus) always
said ‘Our people
are this company’s most important asset,’” said Steve Marcus,
current Marcus Corp. CEO. “Knowing how hard our people work and really
understanding what they experience on a day-to-day basis helps all of us at the
corporate office better support our associates.”
Among those participating were Marcus, who served as
a hotel concierge, Marcus Theatres president Bruce Olson,
who scooped popcorn and took tickets at a
local theatre site and Bill Otto, president of Marcus Hotels and resorts,
as a hotel doorman for the day.
Marcus Corp., based in Milwaukee, Wis., operates 508
screens at 43 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio,
Missouri, California, Minnesota and Texas
via its Marcus Theatres division.
Brings Back Malibu
MALIBU, Calif. – Hollywood Theatres on Nov. 17 reopened its Malibu, Calif.,
twin after 18 months of extensive renovation. Located in the upscale Los Angeles
suburb, the site was closed due to a fire at its host shopping center, the
Malibu Creek Plaza.
The site now features leather seats with retractable
cupholder armrests, a lobby with marble flooring and
mahogany cabinetry, and an expanded concession
stand offering ice cream, soft pretzels, fresh baked cookies, juices and
teas, in addition to traditional fare.
“The unfortunate fire at the Malibu Creek Plaza
provided us with the opportunity to greatly upgrade the
facility to the caliber that the people of Malibu deserve,” said
circuit COO John Hunter.
Based in Portland, Ore., Hollywood operates 525 screens
in 15 U.S. states, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa.