Great Escape Theatres

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Great Escape Theatres
Industry Motion Picture Exhibition
Successor Regal Entertainment Group
Founded May 1997, Bedford, Indiana United States
Defunct November 2012
Headquarters New Albany, Indiana, United States
Key people
Anne Ragains, CEO

Great Escape Theatres was a movie-theatre chain that operated movie theatres primarily in the Midwestern United States. The chain had its headquarters in New Albany, Indiana, located just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. In November 2012, Alliance Entertainment (parent company of Great Escape) sold its movie theatre portfolio (except for the Princess 4 in Oxford, Ohio) to Regal Entertainment Group.[1][2]

Company history[edit]

The company was operated by Alliance Entertainment. The first theatre in the chain opened in Bedford, Indiana, in May 1997. The company thereafter opened locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Nebraska, Missouri and Georgia.

A statement on the company's website noted that they focused on mid-size market areas consisting of populations between 100,000 and 400,000 people.[3]

Great Escape Theatres was sold to Regal Cinemas for approximately $91m in December 2012.

The company operated 305 screens at 26 locations.[4] Thirty-eight additional screens were planned for construction in 2009 and 2010. The chain employed a workforce of over 500 people.

The location in Fenton, Missouri, won Best Theater in the St. Louis, Missouri area in the July 2009 issue of St. Louis Magazine.

A location opened in Simpsonville, South Carolina, in early 2010 and Dickson City, Pennsylvania, in late 2010.


The following individuals composed the operating team for Great Escape Theatres.

  • Anne Ragains-President and CEO
  • Chance Ragains-Chief Operating Officer
  • David Poland-VP of Operations
  • Jamie Bowles-Director of Information Technology
  • Billy Geltmaker-Operations Administration Manager
  • Chris Aulisio-Director of Operations - West
  • Frank Mack-Director of Operations - East
  • Richard Lintker-Area Manager - Midwest

Customer perks[edit]

Great Escape Theatres offered such customer service incentives as online ticket purchase and free concession refills on all large sizes.

Great Escape Theatres also offered an incentive program known as the Critics Choice card. The Critics Choice card is a loyalty card program that allowed members to earn points towards free concessions and other items.

Theatre locations[edit]

Great Escape Theatre Locations
Theatre Location Date Opened or Acquired
Bedford 7 Bedford, Indiana May 1997
Seymour 8 Seymour, Indiana May 1999
Oldham 8 La Grange, Kentucky Sept.1998 (closed May 7, 2013)
Madison 6 Madison, Indiana Sept. 1998
Weston 4 Weston, West Virginia Sept. 1998 (closed)
Princess 4 Oxford, Ohio May 2000 (closed Nov 2012)[1]
Wilder 14 Wilder, Kentucky Jan. 2001
Bowling Green 12 Bowling Green, Kentucky May 2002
New Albany 16 New Albany, Indiana June 2003
Clarksville 16 Clarksville, Tennessee Oct. 2003
Shelbyville 8 Shelbyville, Kentucky Nov. 2003
Williamsport 12 Muncy, Pennsylvania April 2004
Noblesville 10 Noblesville, Indiana Oct. 2004
Greenwood 10 Bowling Green, Kentucky Nov. 2004
Wilkes-Barre 4 Wilkes-Barre, PA Nov. 2004 (closed 2008)
Massilon 12 Massillon, Ohio May 2005
Moline 14 Moline, Illinois May 2005
Nitro 12 Nitro, West Virginia June 2005
O'Fallon 14 O'Fallon, Missouri Sept. 2005
McDonough 16 McDonough, Georgia Nov. 2005
Lebanon Valley 10 Lebanon, PA July 2006
Omaha 16 Omaha, Nebraska Oct. 2006
River Falls 12 Clarksville, Indiana Nov. 2006
Harrisburg 14 Harrisburg, PA Nov. 2007
Hamilton Mill 14 Dacula, GA July 11, 2008
Gravois Bluffs 12 Fenton, MO Dec. 19, 2008
Simpsonville 14 IMAX Simpsonville, SC April 26, 2010
Dickson City 14 IMAX Dickson City, PA November 4, 2010
The Bowling Green 12 Theatre, Bowling Green, KY.