Galleria movie theater will remain open

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As they say in the movies, "It's alive!"

The Carmike theater in the Galleria mall in Mt. Lebanon is not going to close June 17 as previously announced. The theater came to terms with the landlord and will live to mark its 21st anniversary.

In mid-May, Carmike confirmed the theater was closing due to dwindling business but that may have been only part of the reason or a negotiating tactic.

Dale Hurst, director of marketing for Carmike in Columbus, Ga., yesterday confirmed the theater will remain open.

"Our guys talked to the landlord and got some things worked out," Hurst said, adding that he assumed nothing would change at the six-screen theater or Carmike's other theaters in the area.

The location welcomed its first paying customers on June 16, 1989, and was scheduled to close after June 17. Its departure would have removed an anchor from the Mt. Lebanon mix of restaurants and shops.

Retrofitting the theater for other tenants would have presented a challenge had Carmike removed its equipment. New occupants would have faced a large space but one that featured sloped floors, high ceilings and no windows to accommodate the theaters.


Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: bvancheri@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1632. Read her Mad About the Movies blog at post-gazette.com/movies .


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