Officials, owners break ground for Danville's new cinema

February 10, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

As workers put up walls between screening rooms in Danville Cinema's 8 Monday, the owners and local politicians threw dirt on a concrete floor in a mock groundbreaking.

The doors are set to open May 1. Patrons will pay about $6 for adults and $4 for child tickets to see first-run movies in stadium seating theaters with digital surround sound.

The owners plan to show closed-captioned movies and provide hearing-assistance headphones that will amplify sounds.

The eight-plex cinema is being built in the other half of the old Lowe's building, occupied by the Danville Convention Center.

Bob Mayfield and Mike Bartley, who own a six-plex in Mount Sterling, are in business with convention center owners Madar Bux, Anjum Bux, Arthur Rivard and Thomas Serey. The cinema is a separate venture.


State Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Junction City, grinned from ear-to-ear as he toured what will be a 1,076-seat cinema. Before becoming a state legislator Harmon had a brief stint in Hollywood as an extra in a Silk Stockings episode and played in a movie that never got picked up. He remains a fan, and said he was excited about going to the movies in the theater.

Bartley and Mayfield said that they are both from small towns and they like owning businesses in small towns.

"We like small markets," Bartley said.

The pair thought the west side of the U.S. 150 bypass was a good location for their business, especially since they believe that side of town will start developing.

The cinema will employ 18 people.

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