Movies Behind The Mall, Capitol Centre: Summer/Fall 2008 (protracted opening) (UPDATE: closed) 3 comments
I first wrote about this building in a closing for Capitol Centre Theatre. At the time, I was surprised to see a projector sitting in the lobby given that the place had been closed for a number of years. I suspect in retrospect that the projector was going in rather than coming out. There was some speculation in the comments for that post that the place was to become a Spanish language theater, but in the event that seems to have been wrong (or to have changed) so that the building was to become instead a discount $2.00 movie theater called Movies Behind The Mall.
However, somewhere along the line something seems to have run somewhat awry. I don't want to minimize the difficulties involved in starting a business. I've never done it, and probably don't have the patience or energy to ever do it, and I wish everyone trying it well. (And from a selfish point of view, would really like a discount theater in my neck of the woods). That said, the opening of Movies Behind The Mall seems to have hung-fire several times. Notice that the marquee at first promises a 29 August grand opening. Next this is changed to a 5 September grand opening and then to "Opening Soon".
After that information remained for a while, a new poster was put up in the box-office advertising what appears to be a stage play, which I presume is to be performed live at the theater for most of November (the window sign manages to give the wrong web site, but from the price board, it would appear to be http://mbfproductions.net/, a GLBT themed production company). In the meantime, the concession stand has been stocked, arcade games have been rented, and coming attraction posters and floor displays have been brought in. It would appear that the play will take at least the prime 8pm weekend slots, and 2pm matinee so I don't know what that means for actually showing discount movies at the place. We'll see!
UPDATE 21 Nov 08:
They do seem to be open now!
UPDATE 26 Feb 09:
Well, that didn't last long.
I went by The Movies Behind The Mall yesterday to find it closed, and closed long enough that all the video-games and concession stand paraphenalia have already been trucked out. I think the place finally opened in November, and it's gone in February, so that's four months or less.
It's a real shame. I'd certainly like to have a "dollar" cinema closer than Saint Andrews Road, and you would think that the current economic conditions would be favorable for a cheap night out, though perhaps things are so bad they just couldn't compete with Netflix, Itunes and pirated movies over the Internet.
UPDATE 9 March 2009: Interesting note on MBF Production's site:
Stage 5 Theatre is looking for a permanent home for our production company. If you know of a location or, anyone with a location looking for a company that is progressive and even edgy at times, we would appreciate hearing from you or them. Movies behind the Mall, our old location, has gone into foreclosure forcing us out of that space. We were in full rehearsals for both shows, "Same Time Next Year" and "Second Weekend in September", and had to tear down sets and stage and put them into temporary storage while we search for a new performance venue. If you know of any available space we want to hear from you immediately. Your help and support is not only appreciated but needed.