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Elmwood Plaza 8 Theatres

Address: 936 Mall Dr E
City: Lansing State: MI Zip: Phone: (517) 321-3300  
County: Ingham
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Open: 1984 Closed: 2004 Capacity: 1800    
Owner: AMC Theatres
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 6245

11/7/2014 - Greg Hunt
I was one of the original managers and this theater was really a diamond when it became a reality. I remember the advertising saying 8 + 4 + 4 (meaning the two 4 screen theaters at the Meridian Mall) equals a choice for Lansing. They also thought that we would be selling out movies the entrie summer but as it turned out nothing sold out until Karate Kid.
7/7/2013 - Jeff
This theater was in Eaton County, not Ingham.
1/6/2012 - Aaron Irvine
I found out from the managers at Zap Zone who now own this building, that they discovered a man living in the theater when it was closed and vacant. He was around 18 years old and bathed and shaved using a bathroom that was reserved for the theater management. They of course kicked him out of the building when renovation work began.
5/13/2008 - Aaron Irvine
The Theater is now a Zap Zone, A place for laser tag and so on. The Building looks almost exactly like it did when it was a theater.
9/14/2007 - Sherry
Does anyone know what the listing price is for this theater ???? night make a nice wedding banquet place with a wedding chapel.

8/6/2006 - Ryan
This theatre is currently for sale, i took some pics in early august of 2006 the parking lot has a lot of weeds growing through it, some grafitti on the building, no way to see inside, all windows were boarded up tight.
1/13/2004 - Lansing State Journal
By Susan Stock Lansing State Journal Lansing-area movie patrons will have one less option when the Elmwood Plaza 8 closes its doors for the last time today. AMC Entertainment Inc. spokesman Rick King said the 20-year lease was up for the theater, located at 936 E. Mall Drive, near the Lansing Mall. We elected not to renew because the theater has declined in popularity in recent years, he said.

Competition from larger, newer megaplexes such as the 18-screen NCG Cinemas at Eastwood Towne Center played a role in the closure. Older theaters really don't lend themselves to the renovations that consumers are demanding - stadium seating and higher screen counts, King said. The Elmwood Plaza 8 opened in 1984 and has eight screens and about 1,800 seats. Its 15 employees can transfer to any available openings at AMC's other area theater, the Meridian Outer 6.

The closure will leave 48 area movie screens, at Celebration Cinema, NCG Cinemas, Meridian Outer 6 and Lansing Mall 6, plus Celebration's new Imax theater. According to estimates made in September by Nielsen EDI, more than 53,000 people visit local theaters in an average week. Elmwood's closure fits a national trend as consumers flock to megaplex theaters, King said. It's been happening in virtually every market in the country, he said.

The closing is a shame, said Craig Ruff, founder of the Lansing Area Movie Buffs. I always shed a tear whenever any venue for arts and culture shuts its doors, he said. But the market is the market, and you've got to turn the turnstiles to stay in business. The property's management company could not be reached for comment, but King said he doesn't know of any plans for the site.

The closure isn't surprising to Elmwood's competitors. There wasn't a lot of market share there to share, but it will help everyone else a little, said Ron Van Timmeren, a spokesman for Jack Loeks Theatres, which owns Celebration Cinema.
Elmwood Plaza 8 Theatres - 2010 SHOT FROM AARON IRVINE
Elmwood Plaza 8 Theatres - SUMMER 2006 FROM RYAN LINDQUIST
Elmwood Plaza 8 Theatres - 2010 SHOT FROM AARON IRVINE
Elmwood Plaza 8 Theatres - SUMMER 2006 FROM RYAN LINDQUIST
Elmwood Plaza 8 Theatres - SUMMER 2003
Elmwood Plaza 8 Theatres - SUMMER 2003

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