Discount movie theater will re-open in Boardman

Movies 8 closing

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — A discount movie theater that closed at the end of the March after 21 years in business soon will be re-opening under new ownership.

Celeste Lisko, marketing director for Handel Investments, which owns the Shops at Boardman Park, confirmed Tuesday that the second-run Movies 8 theater previously owned by Cinemark will re-open as an Encore Cinema theater.

Encore Cinemas operates Cinema Six in Niles and the Skyway Twin Drive-In and Laser Storm in Warren. Encore Cinema owner Brian DeCianco will operate the Movies 8 theater.

Lisko said digital projectors will be installed, which will allow the theater to offer a better selection of films, and they hope to start showing movies again in mid-June.

Ticket prices could not be confirmed, but Lisko said the theater will be a discount theater.

Lisko previously said proceeds at the Movies 8 theater were very good, but digital advances in film are making it more difficult to show movies at the theater. Lisko said Movies 8 had two or three digital screens and almost all new movies are run with a digital projector, and upgrades to the theater would be cost prohibitive.

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