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Studio Movie Grill Opens in former Arena Grand Theatre

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    Studio Movie Grill to Replace Arena Grand Theatre

    Published on May 24, 2013 7:00 am

    By: Walker

    Downtown’s main movie theater will be undergoing a management change for the second time since it opened 12 years ago in 2001. Nationwide Realty Investors (developers of The Arena District) announced this morning that Dallas-based Studio Movie Grill will be renovating the space currently known as the Arena Grand Theater.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/studio-movie-grill-to-replace-arena-grand-theatre

    #543341

    surber17
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    There are a lot of people downtown who go here for lunch. I think this is a very smart move

    #543342

    Nicholas Herum
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    It’s pretty interesting to note that at this time last year Columbus had one dine-in theater and by the end of this summer we’ll have three.

    #543343

    geoyui
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    my main concern is fewer seats and more distractions that the wait staff brings, especially when they’re collecting bills at the end of a movie.

    On a related note, the “Spirit of Columbus” commercials before the trailers is kind of annoying. How many times do they have to sing/repeat “Spirit of Columbus”?

    #543344

    peter
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    On a related note, the “Spirit of Columbus” commercials before the trailers is kind of annoying. How many times do they have to sing/repeat “Spirit of Columbus”?

    Could. Not. Agree. More.

    #543345

    RBloodworth
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    I’m bummed to see another locally-owned theater bite the dust, but this was pretty inevitable. The Arena Grand as we knew it just didn’t distinguish itself enough to draw the average moviegoer away from the AMCs of the world (particularly when the Lennox introduced a full bar). With all of the VOD options available on cable services and the Internet, theaters are going to need to provide a niche that people can’t get at home in order to attract moviegoers. That niche can be either a quirky programming slate (the Gateway and the Drexel), a cool neighborhood atmosphere (Studio 35 and the Grandview), or a complete dinner-and-a-movie experience. Either way, a standard-issue movie theater just isn’t enough to get it done anymore. Even AMC is smart enough to figure that out.

    #543346

    NerosNeptune
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    geoyui said:
    my main concern is fewer seats and more distractions that the wait staff brings, especially when they’re collecting bills at the end of a movie.

    On a related note, the “Spirit of Columbus” commercials before the trailers is kind of annoying. How many times do they have to sing/repeat “Spirit of Columbus”?

    I’ve never been to a movie there that had more than a few people in the entire theatre, let alone in the same screen with me. I’m sure premiers can be different.

    The servers can be kind of annoying, I know a lot of people hate that. Personally I like it. Does this chain *only* do food service screens or do they have some regular like at the Easton AMC?

    #543347

    Graybeak
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    NerosNeptune said:
    I’ve never been to a movie there that had more than a few people in the entire theatre, let alone in the same screen with me. I’m sure premiers can be different.

    The servers can be kind of annoying, I know a lot of people hate that. Personally I like it. Does this chain *only* do food service screens or do they have some regular like at the Easton AMC?

    The story says “a first-run theater with a focus on in-theater dining” and “100% reserved seating” which makes me thing if you’re watching, you’re eating.

    #543348

    RhondaH
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    Graybeak said:
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    The story says “a first-run theater with a focus on in-theater dining” and “100% reserved seating” which makes me thing if you’re watching, you’re eating.

    Good catch. This will be the end of the Arena Grand for me. We can’t afford gourmet theater dining, we can barely afford popcorn. Atleast the Gateway is still cheap with a SBB card.

    Looked at reviews online and the new place doesn’t seem so hot. It doesn’t appear to be so much upscale as just pricey bar food.

    #543349

    futureman
    Participant

    I don’t think they force you to buy food/drinks …

    #543350

    geoyui
    Participant

    NerosNeptune said:
    I’ve never been to a movie there that had more than a few people in the entire theatre, let alone in the same screen with me. I’m sure premiers can be different.

    The servers can be kind of annoying, I know a lot of people hate that. Personally I like it. Does this chain *only* do food service screens or do they have some regular like at the Easton AMC?

    I’ve been to theaters at Movie Tavern where I’ve had to leave because the theater of 50 seats is packed. I can imagine the same problem arising with this new theater.

    And in terms of food, why couldn’t the servers wait until the credits roll to collect bills? I’d be willing to sit thru a few minutes of credits to keep a distraction-free movie ending.

    futureman said:
    I don’t think they force you to buy food/drinks …

    Regardless if you order food or not, I think ticket prices would go up to provide you the “theater dining” experience.

    #543351

    NerosNeptune
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    I can’t remember, I don’t think the prices were higher/much higher for the dinner theatre at AMC.. all i got was popcorn and i think it was similar price to at the booths. Agreed on waiting until credits though.

    #543352

    futureman
    Participant

    geoyui said:
    Regardless if you order food or not, I think ticket prices would go up to provide you the “theater dining” experience.

    I posted this on the actual article, but looking at their other locations the price for an adult non-3D ticket is $10 to $10.50 vs the $9.50 the arena grand is charging now – seems comparable.

    I don’t think this is going to be like the AMC Easton with their “cinema suites” where they charge ~$5 more than normal tickets.

    #543353

    mrpoppinzs
    Member

    Personally, I think the Arena Grand is a huge asset to the Arena District/Downtown. I really hope this change somehow makes the numbers work. Worst case maybe divert some more of that Casino money… ;)

    #543354
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
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    As long as it still remains the most kid-free movie theater in town, I’m cool with it.

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