Less than four months after closing for extensive updates and renovations, the Galleria 6 theaters in Mt. Lebanon will reopen for business April 25.
Carmike Cinemas has completely remodeled all auditoriums in the complex to feature new, premium stadium terrace seating with oversize, high-back, plush rocking seats with retractable armrests and cup holders, the chain announced today.
All theaters will have wall-to-wall screens and state-of-the-art DLP digital projection and digital sound. The new stadium configuration will accommodate 582 seats.
When the multiplex inside the mall at the intersection of Washington and Gilkeson roads opened in 1989, it had the most sophisticated sound system in the area and the then-operator predicted it would be "the crown jewel of cinemas in the Tri-State."
It was, but a lot of jewels have shone since then, with Carmike replacing its theater at nearby South Hills Village and such chains as Cinemark and AMC moving into the market with great success.
The Galleria closed after business Jan. 5 to work its makeover magic and give patrons expected amenities such as stadium seating and streamlined ways to buy snacks and tickets.
Carmike reports the new lobby will have multiple concession areas with Coca-Cola Freestyle drink centers, which offer more than 100 fountain drink varieties. One-stop ticketing will be available, and the new complex will provide special services for those with visual and hearing impairments.
David Passman, Carmike Cinemas president and CEO, issued a statement in which he outlined the changes moviegoers can expect in a little more than a week. "With these many enhancements comes greater service and renewed commitment to bringing our valued guests from across the region the ultimate in cinema-going entertainment," he said.
Among the movies expected to play April 25 is "The Other Woman," a comedy in which two women discover their boyfriend is married and join forces with his wife to plot revenge. Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau star.
Carmike Cinemas Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ga., has 251 theaters with 2,654 screens in 37 states. It specializes in midsize communities under the slogan, "America's Hometown Theatre Chain."
Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: email@example.com or 412-263-1632. Read her blog: www.post-gazette.com/madaboutmovies.