Muvico Theatres

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Muvico Theatres
Private company
Founded 1984 in Coral Springs, Florida
Headquarters Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Slogan The World's Premier Movie Experience
Website www.muvico.com

Muvico Theaters was a movie theater chain headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[1] Muvico had seven complexes in Florida, one in the Chicago Metropolitan Area (Rosemont), and one in Thousand Oaks, California. Muvico's theaters were known for the use of decorative themes at several theaters, such as the Egyptian, 1950s drive-in, French opera house, Mediterranean palace and 1920s grand movie palace themes.

Corporate history[edit]

Muvico Theaters started in 1984 with the acquisition of the Movie Center 3 theater in Coral Springs, Florida. Between 1985 and 1995, Muvico bought or built eight theaters totaling 59 screens; the California Club Six in North Miami was among these eight theaters. However, in 1995, Muvico sold all of its theaters and three leases, except for the Palm Harbor 10 located in Palm Harbor, Florida. The purpose of that sale was to allow Muvico to operate more efficiently against its competition – namely, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark, and AMC Theatres. A year later, Muvico bought five theaters from United Artist Theaters (now owned by Regal Entertainment Group) in South and Central Florida, totaling 43 screens. Muvico built its first themed megaplex theater in 1998 in Orlando; it is called Muvico Pointe 21 with a "book of dreams" theme. They subsequently opened an 18-screen theater in Pompano Beach, Florida with a 50's drive in theme, and a 24-screen megaplex in Davie, Florida with the Egyptian theme. In 2000, Muvico opened four more megaplexes in Florida and one in Arundel Mills in Hanover, Maryland, totaling 104 screens. In 2001, Muvico opened the Peabody Place 22 in Memphis, Tennessee with a train station theme. Muvico sold Pointe Orlando 21 to Regal Cinemas and opened new theaters in Coconut Pointe, FL and in Boynton Beach, FL. In 2007, the Baywalk 20 theater in St. Petersburg opened an IMAX theater specifically for the launch of Spider-Man 3, with an IMAX theater also added to the Parisian 20 location in West Palm Beach, FL.

Entrance to the Egyptian-themed Muvico located at Arundel Mills in Maryland. This theater was sold to Cinemark in 2009.

Muvico opened an 18-screen theater in Rosemont, IL on September 14, 2007 which features Bogart's Bar and Grill and the Premier Theaters on the upper level.

Muvico sold its Maryland Egyptian 24 location and three of its Florida locations, The Palace 20 in Boca Raton, the Boynton Beach 14 in Boynton Beach, FL and the Paradise 24 in Davie to Cinemark in March 2009.[2] Muvico also sold its Coconut Pointe 16 location in Estero to Hollywood Theaters in 2009.

In late 2010, Muvico equipped two of its South Florida locations with D-Box motion seat technologies, allowing the guest's seat to move to the action within the feature. Muvico currently has D-Box seats installed at all locations.[3]

On November 4, 2013, Carmike Cinemas agreed to purchase Muvico Theaters for just under $31.8 million. The deal closed at the end of 2013.[4]

The 4 story lobby of the Muvico Parisian 20 theater in West Palm Beach, FL.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Us." Muvico. Retrieved on January 7, 2011. "Address: MUVICO THEATERS 3101 N. Federal Hwy. 6th Floor Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306-1042."
  2. ^ DiOrio, Carl (March 24, 2009). "Nat'l Amusements fails to attract bidders". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media). Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  3. ^ Theaters, Muvico. "MUVICO ENTERTAINMENT TO UNVEIL NEW STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY AT THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE HIALEAH 12 MOVIE COMPLEX-" (PDF). MUVICO ENTERTAINMENT TO UNVEIL NEW STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY AT THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE HIALEAH 12 MOVIE COMPLEX-. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Carmike Cinemas to Acquire Nine Entertainment Complexes with 147 Screens from Muvico Theaters". The Wall Street Journal. November 4, 2013. 

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