Cinema grill plans $4.6M renovation of local theater

May 31, 2013
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                              smallA Dallas-based cinema grill is set to assume operations of the movie theater at College Park Plaza near West 86th Street and Michigan Road, and plans to spend $4.6 million to renovate the dated building. Studio Movie Grill has signed a 15-year lease with building owner Sandor Development Co. of Indianapolis and should be open in September. “We’re taking this building down to the studs,” company President Brian Schultz said. When finished, the theater should sport 13 screens, 1,800 seats, a full bar and a menu featuring appetizers, salads, entrees and pizzas. About 250 employees will be needed, said Schultz, who founded Studio Movie Grill nearly 20 years ago. The company shows first-run films and operates 12 locations in Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina. Besides Indianapolis, Studio Movie Grill also plans to open this year in Columbus, Ohio. The local building housed the AMC Loews College Park 14 movie theater, which closed in July 2009. It’s been occupied the past two years by Movie Buff, an independent theater operated by Chicago native Leigh Friedman. He's worked out a deal with Studio Movie Grill to remain in the location until construction starts.

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  • Great!
    Glad to see that this theatre near my neighborhood is getting a facelift. However, without an IMAX screen, I doubt I'll be headed over there anytime soon.
  • Still hoping...
    I am hoping for an Alamo Drafthouse to open here someday http://drafthouse.com/
  • No confusion
    Not to be confused with the closed Cinema Grille at 86th & Ditch (a former Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema building).
  • bummer!
    I loved going to the Movie Buff! :( I'll miss the cheaper tickets option. If you could get past the stained seats and sticky floors, it was perfect.
  • Bye Movie Buff!
    Agree with PJ, Movie Buff was in terrible condition, but had great staff and was a great deal. I will miss supporting this local business. I'm sure the chain that replaces it will not offer the same deals for first-run movies. Still, I'm glad to see new development on this corner. It might help offset some of the damage done when Wal-Mart follows their standard pattern and abandons this location to move up to Zionsville.

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  1. why oh why does this state continue to elect these people....do you wonder how much was graft out of the 3.8 billion?

  2. i too think this is a great idea. I think the vision and need is there as well. But also agree with Wendy that there may be better location in our city to fulfill this vision and help grow the sports of hockey and figure skating in Indy. Also to help further develop other parts of the city that seem often forgotten. Any of the other 6 townships out side of the three northernmost could benefit greatly from a facility and a vision like this. For a vision that sounds philanthropic, the location is appears more about the money. Would really like to see it elsewhere, but still wish the development the best of luck, as we can always use more ice in the city. As for the Ice growth when they return, if schedules can be coordinated with the Fuel, what could be better than to have high level hockey available to go see every weekend of the season? Good luck with the development and the return of the Ice.

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  4. You do not get speeding ticket first time you speed and this is not first time Mr.Page has speed. One act should not define a man and this one act won't. He got off with a slap on the wrist. I agree with judge no person was injured by his actions. The state was robbed of money by paying too much rent for a building and that money could have been used for social services. The Page family maybe "generous" with their money but for most part all of it is dirty money that he obtained for sources that are not on the upright. Page is the kind of lawyer that gives lawyers a bad name. He paid off this judge like he has many other tine and walked away. Does he still have his license. I believe so. Hire him to get you confiscated drug money back. He will. It will cost you.

  5. I remain amazed at the level of expertise of the average Internet Television Executive. Obviously they have all the answers and know the business inside and out.

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