Remodeling Projects Close Two Movie Theaters

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Carmike Cinemas is spending about $1.8 million to spruce up its

Mandarin and Baymeadows theaters.

The Columbus, Ga.-based company recently closed both theaters

while it renovates the properties.

At the Mandarin Corners 6 Theatres, Carmike is installing

stadium-style seating in the auditoriums, remodeling the lobby

and restaurants and adding a coffee bar to the concession area.

The movie house will reopen before Thanksgiving, said Phil

Smitley, assistant vice president and controller.

Carmike is retrofitting the theater to include stadiumstyle

seating because "it's very quickly becoming the standard," said

Smitley. "Every theater we'll be building in the next three

years will be almost 100 percent stadium."

Stadium-style seating features rows of seats that rise

gradually from the main floor, providing unobscured views of the

movie screen.

The company is spending more than $150 million a year as part

of a multiyear program to upgrade existing theaters and add

stadium-style seating.

At the Baymeadows 8 Theatres, Carmike plans a $500,000

remodeling project but is not installing stadium-style seating.

The company is considering plans to convert the property from a

discount theater into a first-run theater.

The Baymeadows 8 will reopen in late November or early

December, Smitley said.

Local cinemas that offer stadium-style seating, the latest rage

in the theater industry, include AMC's 24-screen theater in

Orange Park, Cinemark USA's 20-screen Tinseltown theater on

Southside Boulevard and Regal Cinemas' 18-screen theater on Beach

Boulevard.

More theaters with stadiumstyle seating are in the works.

AMC is building a 24-screen theater at Regency Square mall,

Regal Cinemas plans to construct a 22-screen theater near The

Avenues mall, and Muvico Theaters wants to build a 24-screen

theater in the new Main Street of the First Coast Center in

North Jacksonville.

EXPANDING CHAINS

Dick's Wings is cooking up expansion plans.

The Jacksonville-based chain plans to open a fourth location on

Nov. 9 on Merrill Road near Florida 9A. The chain also is

considering plans to open restaurants in North Jacksonville and

Orange Park in 1999.

The NASCAR-themed restaurants serve 150 varieties of chicken

wings along with halfpound burgers and sandwiches, salads and

entrees.

Founder Michael Rosenberger, a previous owner of Bukkets Baha

in Jacksonville Beach, selects and opens new restaurants and

sells them to franchisees. …