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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