Glenwood’s Mall 3 Theaters close |

Glenwood’s Mall 3 Theaters close

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Mall 3 Theaters ” located at the Glenwood Springs Mall ” showed its last movies Sunday night, when the moviehouse shut its doors for good.

Carmike Cinemas, owner of Mall 3 Theaters, is headquartered in Columbus, Ga., and currently has theaters in 37 states nationwide, usually in more rural areas.

Carmike Cinemas’ director of marketing Dale Hurst said the Glenwood location was one of a few that recently closed, but he did not have a specific number or specify where the other locations were.

“I know we’ve closed one or two in different locations,” Hurst said, citing low attendance as the reason for the closings.

He couldn’t say for sure that it was “low attendance” alone that caused Mall 3 to close.

“Of course I don’t know ” 100 percent ” that it was due to failing attendance,” Hurst said. “All I know is that we were unable to operate successfully at the location. But, anytime we close a theater, it’s a last resort.”

Carmike Cinemas is hailed as one of the largest movie theater companies in the nation despite having filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August 2000. Less than two years later, the company completed its reorganization and purchased George Kerasotes Corp. (GKC Theater) for a reported $66 million.

The loss of the three-screen theater in Glenwood is bittersweet for crosstown rival John Buxman, owner of the one-screen Springs Theater on Grand Avenue.

“It’s always been weighted in their favor,” Buxman said. “Sometimes it was frustrating not being able to get movies we wanted because they had the contract.”

But now Buxman will be able to have “first dibs” on some of the summer’s biggest hits, including the new Indiana Jones movie.

“These are two Paramount [Pictures] movies that we would never have gotten in the past,” Buxman said. “This theater will sort of have new life, I just wish we had more screens to better serve the city. It’s a shame to only have one.”

This is the second largest business to close in recent months at the Glenwood mall, following Red Mountain Books, which closed in April. A call to the mall on the future of the space was not returned Tuesday.

Hurst was unable to say if Carmike was interested in opening another theater in the area in the near future.

“I have not heard anything just yet,” Hurst said. “But, today we’re not sure, tomorrow could be an entirely different story.”

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