Thursday, April 11, 2013

Chatham 14 now all digital with 3D projection

What a difference six months makes! Wednesday night I was watching Conan on TBS and there was a TV ad for our neighborhood movie house Chatham 14. From that ad and also alerted to a write-up at DNA info that the Chatham now has the ability to exhibit 3D movies. In addition all 14 screens now have digital projection!

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of 3D but currently amongst movie going audience it is quite the rage. Moviegoers are willing to pay the extra money to watch a 3D film on top of the prevailing ticket prices for theater admissions. Last Friday, Jurassic Park was re-released in 3D now I can only imagine if Chatham 14 had shown Avatar in 3D when it was first released in 2009.

OK but now you're asked what happened six months ago? If you've been following this blog, back in October 2012 JP Paulus intended to catch a show at the Chatham when he found on the windows of the property eviction signs in addition to notices that stated the theater would reopen under new management. It was about a week before the establishment re-opened under the administration of F & F Management. In January, we learned that the Chatham was purchased from Alisa and Donzell Starks by their "silent" business partner Michael Silver.

The Starks' owns ICE Theaters who currently operate their sole location on the west side near Kedzie & Roosevelt. They were involved in a business dispute with Silver and the result was that ICE Theaters had been evicted from the theater that they had owned and operated since 1997. Also ICE Theaters currently own the property that's currently closed near 62nd & Western.

Finding an ad on TV for the Chatham was surely a surprising development. It's also great to know that residents of the south side need not go far to watch a film in 3D as they would likely have to visit AMC Ford City on the South Side or otherwise go downtown to catch the latest 3D film. May good things continue to come to our neighborhood movie house!

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