Megaplex Theaters

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Megaplex Theatres was founded in 1999 by the former owner of the Utah Jazz, Larry H. Miller. The theater chain is now operated by Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of companies, who is the oldest son of the late Larry H. Miller. It is an independent movie theater chain in the state of Utah, with 1 location in Mesquite, Nevada, containing a total of 17 theaters and 178 screens, with one currently announced. In April 2012, they bought 10 theaters from independent chain Westates Theaters that expanded their presence across Utah. Previously they were located only on the Wasatch Front.[1]

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Megaplex Theatres currently has 17 locations and 178 screens within Utah, with one currently under construction (in Geneva), and one announced (in Cottonwood).

The first location was the centerpiece of a brand new shopping complex, known as Jordan Commons, in Sandy, which opened on November 1, 1999 with 17 screens. It was built on the former site of Jordan High School, and the lobby was built to look like Downtown Salt Lake City circa 1870. It houses the PCLaptops.com IMAX screen. In 2002, it was the highest grossing theater for the opening weekend of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Less than a year later, their theater sold over 120,000 tickets for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl during its run from July to late November, making this theater the top-grossing movie theater in the world for the film. The theater remained among the most popular in the country even into the 2010s when it was the highest-grossing movie theater in the country for the opening weekend of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.[2] With the closing of the adjacent Mayan restaurant across from the theater, it was announced on November 18, 2011 that this theater is expanding. The expansion opened on December 14, 2012 with two new state-of-the-art digital auditoriums with D-BOX Motion seats, additional dining options, and a VIP Lounge & Auditorium.

Their second location opened at the Gateway Mall in downtown Salt Lake City on November 2, 2001 (with the grand opening of the mall) and features 12 screens.

Megaplex's third location opened at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. It was acquired in early 2005 when LCA Entertainment filed for bankruptcy. It was temporarily closed for renovations then opened up as Megaplex 8 at Thanksgiving Point a few weeks later. This Megaplex also rents out the Museum of Ancient Life's Mammoth Screen at night time to show blockbuster movies. The CEO announced in late September 2010 that this location was expanding to 17 screens. The expansion of the theater was opened to the public on December 16, 2011, even though it was still under construction. The renovation of all 17 auditoriums was completed on May 4, 2012.[citation needed]

Megaplex opened their fourth location on May 15, 2006 at The District shopping center in South Jordan, next to the Daybreak Community. At 20 screens, it is the largest theater in the Megaplex chain, and the second-largest in Utah (behind a 24-screen Cinemark location in West Jordan). Megaplex 20 was one of the highest grossing box offices for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and became the number 1 midnight showing theater in the nation for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1.[citation needed] The theater became the first Megaplex with D-BOX motion seats as of May 28, 2010. Megaplex 20 added and completed a digital IMAX screen in late 2010.

On June 15, 2007, Megaplex opened their fifth location at The Junction shopping district in downtown Ogden, located on the site of the former Ogden City Mall. It has 13 screens. Their sixth theater opened on October 14, 2011 at the Legacy Crossing shopping center in Centerville. It has 14 theaters, including the Washakie Renewable Energy IMAX screen.

On April 16, 2012, Megaplex Theaters announced that they had purchased 10 theaters from the Westates Theater chain, expanding by 67 screens. These include four locations in St. George, three in Logan, two in Cedar City, and one in Mesquite, Nevada.

On November 2012, Megaplex open their new location at Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City, at the site of the former Mervyn's department store. The theater has 15 screens, including an IMAX and a Dolby Atmos auditorium.

On September 2013, Greg Miller announced plans for the second Megaplex theater in Utah County (next to Thanksgiving Point), Megaplex at Geneva. The theater will have 13 screens including Utah County's first IMAX auditorium, Dolby Atmos auditorium, and VIP Lounge and Auditorium. On May 14, 2014, Megaplex Theatres uploaded a photo on their Facebook page showing that the theatre is underway in construction. The theater is expected to be opened during Winter 2014-15.

In Mid-2014, Greg Miller announced another Megaplex theatre location in the Salt Lake City metro area. This location will be part of a shopping mall at Cottonwood just eight miles south of SLC. It will have 10 screens including an IMAX theater and VIP seating. An official opening for the location is yet to be determined.

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