New theater moving into Austintown's Regal Cinema
It turns out that movie lovers in Austintown won't have to do without the live theatre experience for long after all.
A movie theatre chain has announced it is moving into the current Regal Cinema theatre on Mahoning Avenue in about three months.
After Regal Cinemas shows its last movie in Austintown on Thursday, Dec. 12, Golden Star Theatres of New Castle will renovate the multiplex into what it describes as a "luxury" movie theater.
Golden Star owner and president Frank Moses tells 21 News that he should be able to reveal more about renovation plans soon, but will give a lobby a facelift and add a party room in Austintown.
A media release from the Austintown Plaza says Golden Star plans a total renovation of the theaters and refreshment stand with state of the art seating and motion picture equipment, including digital projection and digital surround sound.
"When completed, The Austintown 10 screen theatre will be the most modern and up to date of any venue in the region," according to the release from Dan DeSalvo of P&S Equities, Inc. which operates the Austintown Plaza.
The chain currently operates two theatres in Hermitage, theatres in New Castle, and West Mifflin Pennsylvania, and LaVale, Maryland.
In addition to showing first-run movies at the Shenango Valley Cinemas in Hermitage, Golden Star offers some films that only play in larger cities and may not be screened at other Valley theatres.
Moses says he can show those “art films” at the Shenango Valley Cinemas because it has 12 screens. Whether or not those movies will be shown on some of Austintown's ten screens will depend on market demand says Moses.
The lease on the Austintown theatre doesn't expire until the end of December. Moses hopes to be showing movies in about 90 days.