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First-run films to flicker again at Leitersburg cinema

June 04, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown Cinema 10 at Leitersburg closed its doors Sunday night but will reopen Friday, June 14, under new management.

When the theater reopens it will show first-run films and have a party room for special occasions.

"We're also going to do some remodeling during the next few months with a grand reopening sometime in November," said Mike Marini, owner of Selina Theatres and a 20-year veteran in the movie theater business.

Marini, who runs two other theater operations including one in Virginia Beach, Va., is leasing the 2,000-seat theater from J. Kenneth Ridenour, managing partner of the family-owned property at 20135 Leitersburg Pike.

R/C Theatres had the lease for the theaters but that lease was due to expire this year. The possibility loomed that the theaters might close, ending 32 years on that site adjacent to the original drive-in, which operated from 1965-85.

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After the 16-screen Valley Mall theater complex opened in May 2000, the Leitersburg theater complex experimented with packaged food/flick deals and discounted second-run movie tickets to attract patrons.

Ridenour said he was happy to have Marini become the new tenant of the theater property.

"We're looking for Michael (Marini) to make the theaters compete with the other theaters in town," Ridenour said Monday.

Marini said adult tickets will cost $6.50 and tickets for senior citizens and children will cost $4.50. All matinee tickets for daily shows before 6 p.m. will be $4.50.

On June 14, the new "Scooby-Doo" movie will be on the bill as well as the current "Star Wars: Episode II" and "Spider-Man" films. The rest of the offerings have not been determined, Marini said.

"More family-oriented activities will be available in the future," including children's parties, Marini said.

Remodeling work will involve not only the lobby but also seating in the theaters, Marini said.

Special viewing rooms will be made available for business parties, anniversaries and other get-togethers where people can congregate and have refreshments available.

"It will be like the boxes at sporting events," Marini said.

The Leitersburg site is just under 19 acres and includes the 36,233-square-foot theater complex, according to property records.

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