October 1st, 2015

New movie theatre near me! Soon!

http://www.thepoint495.com/news/oneil-cinema-breaks-ground-at-the-point/

"O’neil’s state-of-the-art cinema will feature stadium seating and be home to the largest and widest HD screen in Boston’s MetroWest/I-495 Tech Corridor. Moviegoers will enjoy Hollywood blockbusters from luxurious all-leather recliners while dining on gourmet concessions from the nine-screen cinema’s specialty health-conscious menu."

Projected to open May 2016, but I know how this stuff works. I'll be stunned and amazed if the first movie opens in this thing before a year from now. Please, please, please prove me wrong!

This location is about a 15 minute drive from where I live, so Maynard Fine Arts is still closer at under 10 minutes away. However, Maynard Fine Arts has fewer screens (currently 2; still restoring the third screen) and a much more limited schedule. But O'neil will be half the time it takes to get to Burlington for a movie, never mind Solomon Pond mall, Lowell or Nashua.

My husband is skeptical that this will lead to increased movie going for us. I told him I'd probably go see a couple movies a month by myself while the kids were in school, if the distance/schedule conflict wasn't so severe. Here's where we find out if I'm right.

I predict that we will see more movie theatres return to closer in suburbs/neighborhoods, as more families are living in closer in suburbs/neighborhoods. It was all about moving further out up until the bust, but that hasn't been how things have worked post-bust.

ETA: Link fu now about brownfields mixed use developments which include luxury cinemas (basically, the trend I am hypothesizing):

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/sep/30/lot-luxury-movie-theater-restaurant-opens-la-jolla/

Related concept, not identical:

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/movies/2015/09/30/eastgate-movie-theater-november/72994086/

This looks more traditional?

http://www.wlky.com/news/a-new-movie-theater-opened-in-louisville-in-business-park/35542714

And now for something completely different: small town theaters for Russia that show home grown product. Made from shipping containers.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/09/russia-shipping-container-cinemas/407185/

Florida development confuses me. The mall in question dates from 1992 but is just now getting a theater?

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/pembroke-pines/fl-cn-amc-0920-20150924-story.html