By Sheila Stogsdill
MIAMI, Okla. — In a joint effort between the city of Miami and the Miami Tribe, a new movie theater is set to open Friday, offering popcorn and first-run movies.
An open house for the Miami Cineplex is set for 5 p.m. today, with the theater’s first showing at 4 p.m. Friday.
“There hasn’t been a movie theater in Miami for some time,” Mayor Brent Brassfield said Wednesday. “This is something new and exciting for the community.”
The four-screen theater has 481 stadium seats and state-of-the-art surround sound. It is at Third and Main streets, next to Westco.
“If it is successful, as we expect it to be, we have land set aside to expand if it’s warranted,” said Don Brady, chief executive officer for Miami Nations Enterprises, the business arm of the tribe.
The $1.8 million theater will be managed by B&B; Theatres of Liberty, Mo., Brady said.
The tribe will receive the profits after the cost of the movies and other expenses, he said.
The addition of the theater provides an avenue of entertainment that Miami has been missing since the Thunderbird movie theater closed down a few years ago, Brady said.
“If you wanted to go to a movie, you either had to drive to Joplin or Grove,” he said.
In the fall of 2004, the City Council talked about building a movie theater, said Michael Spurgeon, city manager.
“We had a market study done that showed Miami could support a four- to six-screen theater,” he said.
The city donated about an acre of land, Spurgeon said.
The theater’s parking lot also can be used for downtown parking, he said.
“We were very appreciative of the tribe stepping up and building a theater,” Spurgeon said.
Movies showing during the Miami Cineplex’s inaugural run are “Meet the Robinsons,” “300,” “Blades of Glory” and “Wild Hogs.”
By Sheila Stogsdill
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