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Kingman's Movie Drought Ending Before Christmas
KINGMAN - Kingman will be getting an early Christmas gift from Tom Daugherty and the company that operates a theater at the Avi Resort Casino. The theater industry veteran is partnering with John Brenden and Brenden Theaters to show movies again in Kingman.
Daugherty said they've secured a ten year lease of the building on Stockton Hill Road to open a theater in what used to be known as The Movies. The Movies closed last December with Cinemark promising to open a new state-of-the-art theater in Kingman by this December. Cinemark later revised that film forecast, projecting a spring 2009 opening on a parcel at Hualapai Mountain Road and Eastern Avenue. Building plans for that project have still not been submitted.
Daugherty said he didn't have sufficient capital to enter the Kingman market on his own and that Brendan enthusiastically agreed to a partnership to help fill the void left by Cinemark's departure. Crews are working six days a week to turn the old theater back into a movie house.
"We’re cleaning the place up," Daugherty said. "We're putting in new carpet, new tile, new concessions, new digital sound, new drapes in the auditorium and real good equipment."
Daugherty said the goal is to open by December 12, in time for release of the "When the Earth Stood Still" blockbuster.
"That's one of the big movies for the Christmas season and that's what I'm trying to get to, is get this place back together by then," Daugherty said. "I'm looking to show mainstream films and I want this to be a community theater."
Daugherty said he must set a price structure that is reasonable for the consumer, while generating sufficient revenue to show first-run films.
"I'm at $5.50 matinees for adults," Daugherty said. "It'll be $4.50 for children and seniors at all times and $7.50 in the evening for adults."