Carmike Cinemas, continuing its rollout of the “BigD” format, said it plans to open a 13-screen theater complex in El Paso, Texas.
The Columbus-based motion-picture exhibitor said its Carmike 13 is being constructed by Dallas-based Anthony Properties as part of a 230-acre multi-use development in a growing area of El Paso, which is home to the U.S. Army installation Fort Bliss. The development includes a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center and a Walmart Supercenter.
The 2,800-seat digital complex will include Carmike’s signature BigD auditorium, which includes a large wall-to-wall screen, an upgraded sound system and high-back rocking seats. It will seat nearly 600. The theater’s lobby will include one-stop ticketing and concessions and Coca-Cola Freestyle self-serve drink machines.
Anthony Properties said it has built more than 40 theaters for Carmike, which is moving toward property leases rather than building its own structures.
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Carmike President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman said several more BigD-anchored complexes are planned this year and next. Locations include the cities of Cleveland, Tenn.; Sandestin, Fla.; Jacksonville, N.C.; Winchester, Va.; and Decatur, Ala.
The company now has 233 theaters with 2,245 screens in 35 states. Most are digital with a large number of screens equipped to show 3-D movies.
— Tony Adams