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Demolition of Moorestown Mall Theater Imminent

Mall owner PREIT is planning special family entertainment options for the summer to replace movie theater traffic.

Construction crews are set to begin demolition of the United Artists theater at the Moorestown Mall any day now.

A chain-link fence recently erected around the outside of the theater and a steel gate closing off the interior entrance serve as physical reminders that the multiplex is no longer in business. The theater closed within the last month, according to Judy Trias, spokeswoman for PREIT (Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust), which owns the mall.

Though an exact date has not been set, Trias said demolition will commence very soon.

She said crews will raze the theater using heavy-duty construction vehicles. The new theater——will occupy the existing theater space, as well as the .

PREIT plans to have the theater open for the 2013 summer movie season (perhaps in time for Iron Man 3 and the Star Trek sequel). The RPX—Regal’s high-end theater model—will feature 3D, digital projection screens and stadium seating with reclining seats, among other amenities.

There is one drawback to the theater upgrade.

“It will affect business (at the mall), because the theater is a major draw,” Trias acknowledged.

To mitigate any potential drawdown of foot traffic, Trias said PREIT is planning on adding various entertainment options starting in June.

An exact schedule has not yet been set, but current plans call for Friday night karaoke, storytelling and other family events on Saturday, and performances by Symphony in C (formerly The Haddonfield Symphony) on Sunday, she said. All the entertainment will be situated in the food court area.

Stay tuned to Moorestown Patch for more details as they become available.

Pete May 03, 2012 at 03:31 PM
What about the fancy resturants serving booz? That would be a great draw, would it not?
Mall Fan May 03, 2012 at 03:36 PM
We go to the mall twice a week and now I have to admit it's a ghost town . With the movies closed that shakes things up for a whole year. Stores and elevations and other closing early, forget the booze until the movies are back it's really hurting times at the mall
Clark May 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Thank goodness this place is getting a facelift. I have been hoping for one for a long time now ever since the decline of this theater. I used to go all the time but not after watching an employee multiple times go into the theater to "clean it" and come out 10 minutes later with nothing done, to trip over soda cups, popcorn buckets, and have a little friend scurry around my feet during the movie. You couldn't pay me to go there, and I have family who work for Regal and can get me a free pass. I still go to AMC in Cherry Hill over a free movie at that dump. But I want to come back. I just hope they get better employees who actually care now that they will have this clean slate to work with. Nothing like a fresh start to bring people back.
Gluten free cookies May 03, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Does anyone know what is going on with the booze at the mall? I read in the paper that march they were to issue liquor licenses. Now we hear that it will be much later in the year. What's up? Has someone sued? Has a judge put a stop to this? Has the mall backed out of having booze at the mall? Is this why they are putting a new movie theatre in instead of wild new restaurants ?
Rob Scott (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Cookies, PREIT's still planning on bringing in four restaurants serving alcohol. Upgrading the theater has always been part of their plan to revitalize the mall. And to answer your other question, yes, someone did sue. Check out this link to bring yourself up to speed: http://patch.com/A-sJXz
Gluten free cookies May 03, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Ok. I agree with mall fan then. We like Elevation Burger too. Their fries rock! Did hear they shortened their hours at night. Yep, because of the movies closing for the year. We hope elevation burger doesn't shut down. Does this mean the "new restaurants" won't open until the new theatre is in. For another year?
Tax Playa May 08, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Another example of just how pathetic our Rec Department really is! Can someone please tell me exactly what the director does all day? Why do we need to pay this person $120k + (all in) to do absolutely nothing? Time to eliminate the Rec Department! Put together a non-profit to run it ( staffed by volunteers) and outsource all maintenance. Save half of the money and use the rest to cover the debt service on field upgrades. Can anyone please give me a reasonable argument why this is not a good idea?
Rob Scott (Editor) May 08, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Tax Playa, I'm confused as to how the township recreation department has anything to do with the theater at the mall—or the mall in general for that matter. Could you please explain what you mean?
lee ann May 21, 2012 at 07:44 PM
our family voted yes for the LL and it will also bring work for people that are out of work etc,with the theater and then new added restaurants.they should make sure local residents get work there first!

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