Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mt. Lebanon's Galleria Mall Theater To Close June 17

The Carmike theater in the Galleria mall in Mt. Lebanon will close in mid-June, 21 years almost to the day after opening with legitimate boasts of being "the crown jewel of cinemas in the Tri-State."

The theater, which welcomed its first paying customers on June 16, 1989, will go dark June 17. No word yet on what will occupy its sprawling space on the upper level.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another business closing its doors? Joe, if you keep posting articles like this, we can't keep pretending that we are living in a thriving community. When the school board votes on the budget on May 24 and our tax bills go out on June 1, it is going to be hard enough to think our community isn't in trouble. So stop publishing these articles, so we can keep pretending everything is OK.
Elaine Gillen

May 13, 2010 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Matt Hausmann said...

This is a shame. It was nice having a theater close to home.

Let's hope the Denis can rise from the dead! I know a number of people have been working hard to bring it back.

May 13, 2010 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what the projected monthly tax increase will be from the high school project on the Galleria? Probably a lot more than $18/month that VOICE talks about on their web site.
Of course, the Galleria will most likely raise rents on the remaining businesses, which will then most like charge more for their goods and service to....?
Dean Spahr

May 13, 2010 4:15 PM  
Blogger Tess Carter said...

I have to admit- the first thing that came to my mind was "perfect location for a Crate & Barrel!" -which was the one store I miss greatly after moving here.

Are there any 'Studio Movie Grills' in Pittsburgh? It's become very popular in Texas to have movie theaters that also serve dinner- and the food is usually quite good & reasonably priced! My dad's first thought was that one of them should take up residence.

And while it might be another 'red flag' of the local economy, I can't label it that entirely. Is it true that they didn't have stadium seating? I've seen plenty of older theaters like this one close- and the reason usually seemed to be that they didn't 'keep up with the times.' Not saying that's what happened for sure here, just throwing it out there...

May 14, 2010 3:18 PM  
Blogger Dave Franklin said...

I'm no theatre economist but I doubt the lack of stadium seating had much to do with it. Instead, I'm willing to bet that the folks who run the company finally realized that it doesn't make much sense to pay rent and staff 2 locations that are within a few blocks of each other.

May 14, 2010 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Support the Denis Theater Foundation!!!

Joe Wertheim

May 14, 2010 5:18 PM  

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