Remodeling Projects Close Two Movie Theaters
Crownover, Catherine, The Florida Times Union
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
The company is spending more than $150 million a year as part
of a multiyear program to upgrade existing theaters and add
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
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
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
Founder Michael Rosenberger, a previous owner of Bukkets Baha
in Jacksonville Beach, selects and opens new restaurants and
sells them to franchisees. …