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Leitersburg cineplex set to reopen Nov. 16

November 08, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

LEITERSBURG - The Hagerstown 10 Cineplex will reopen Nov. 16, according to the theater's owners and new manager.

Baltimore-based Diamond Cinemas on Tuesday signed a 10-year lease to operate the theater, said Ira Miller, the company's president.

The theater has been closed for about two weeks. Its previous manager, Alan Ackerman, left after he was unable to meet the terms of his lease, according to theater co-owner Philip Ridenour.

Ackerman did not give a reason for his departure, but had said he found it hard to compete against the Regal Valley Mall Stadium 16 theaters.

Miller acknowledged that Regal can be a tough competitor but said he has had success competing with the company in other locations.

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Diamond Cinemas runs six theaters in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Miller is no stranger to the Leitersburg Pike theater. He ran it in the early 1970s, when it was a two-theater cinema with a drive-in.

Ridenour said he has known Miller for about 40 years and called him after hearing that Miller recently opened theaters in Hanover, Pa., and Baltimore.

"I think Ira has the best chance of anybody we've had to turn this theater around," Ridenour said.

Miller said the theater eventually will be upgraded and said he plans to reopen the drive-in in the spring of 2008. He said ticket prices will stay the same - $7 for adults, $5 for children.

Miller said he would like to host film festivals, theme nights and other events at the cinema.

"I have a lot of good ideas. But our main focus is getting this thing open in a week," Miller said.

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