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February 11, 2014

Joplin project would be first for new cinema company

Q Cinemas, a Missouri corporation that was formed a year ago, is planning to bring a movie complex to Joplin in connection with the construction of a new public library at 20th Street and Connecticut Avenue.

The 12-screen cinema in Joplin would be the company’s first.

The company’s interest in Joplin was cited by David Wallace, with Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, the city’s master developer, during Monday night’s meeting of the Joplin City Council.

The company is a partnership that involves Blake Smith, a Tulsa, Okla., businessman who owns a handful of theaters in Oklahoma and Texas, and Scott Stalcup, a Kansas City architect who designs theaters.

“We will have a lot more coming out about this with the release of our strategic plan,” Stalcup said in telephone interview Tuesday. “It will show what we are doing and who we are.

“Blake and I have more than 60 years of experience in the theater industry. We are not a 60-year-old company, as has been reported.”

Stalcup said Q Cinemas hopes to roll out its strategic plan and related information in the next month or two.

The new theater in Joplin would feature all first-run films, he said.

“We are looking forward to this,” Stalcup said. “It’s a great opportunity to partner with the library. We could provide programming for the library and the school systems there in the theater. If it’s broadcast on the Internet, we can put it on a screen. There’s a lot of educational content out there that can be simulcast.”

Stalcup said the theater would reflect “an integration of technology and the community. We could simulcast a football game or basketball game that is away. That’s what we mean when we say we want to bring a state-of-the-art project to Joplin.”

The theater’s 12 screens would be a mix of sizes, he said.

Smith and his partner, Stephen Peace, are co-owners of Select Cinemas. They oversee the Admiral Twin Drive-In in Tulsa; RiverWalk Movies in Jenks, Okla.; and MovieStar Cinemas in Broken Arrow, Okla., and Gun Barrel City, Texas. When combined, those theaters have 24 screens.

Tulsa landmark

THE ADMIRAL TWIN, a Tulsa landmark that was destroyed by a fire in September 2010, was rebuilt by Blake Smith. It reopened in July 2012. The theater appeared in “The Outsiders,” a 1983 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola that focused on two gangs in Tulsa in the mid-1960s.

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