Well, I've been day-dreaming for several years now, actually, about taking the place over and making it a discount theatre of some sort. Cheap tickets; inexpensive concessions; themed movie nights; and much much more! I've been dreaming about it for years, and with AMC closing its doors, I guess it's time to turn this dream into reality! I envision this re-vitalizing as a community-oriented movie theatre for everyone from Uptown to Downtown and beyond.
I went there this evening to watch what would be my last screening there under the AMC umbrella: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. I enjoyed the film (quirky; what else could we expect from Woody Allen?) and the company (from the meetup). The best part, though, was a chance to do a bit of research. I asked for a manager, to get information about the ownership of the place. I wish I'd jotted down her name, I think it was DeAnna? Anyway, my thank you to her for providing me with information about the owner/landlord of the building.
Meanwhile, I've also started writing up a document about my plans for the place. And now, I'm starting this blog, so I can keep folks updated, and the word can be spread
- Contact the landlord, to ask them about their plans for the space, and/or to get a read on what it might take to gain control of the space, so that it can be re-opened.
- Work more on fleshing out my planning document.
- Gather supporters around this, and get feedback from them.
- Begin the process of writing a formal business plan.
- Make it happen!
So if you're in a position to help -- from moral support to business plan writing to financial backing, I'd love to hear from you. Please leave a comment on the blog, and/or drop me an e-mail, at savetheuptowncinema at gmail dot com (please pardon the obfuscation; spam is so insidious).
I'm looking forward to making this happen!