Thursday, October 01, 2009
Businesses I'd Like to Have Downtown: A Movie Theater
It doesn't have to be a 20-screen megaplex or anything, just a nice 1-4 screen theater, maybe something along the lines of the theater at the Chase Park Plaza, which is operated by St. Louis Cinemas.
A mix of independent and high-quality studio films would be ideal, and the opportunity to buy a bottle of beer or a glass of wine would be a nice touch as well.
Downtown has now gone years without a movie theater - the most recent movie theater was at Union Station and there once was one in one of the Kiener Plaza garages. These theaters failed because they tried to compete with the suburban cinemas, when an art house theater may have been more appropriate.
Before Pyramid went out of business, there was talk of adding a small movie theater to the Jefferson Arms, which would be a great spot. It would be great to see a local operator like St. Louis Cinemas step up and fill the void downtown.