It’s curtains for West Glenwood’s Mall 3 theaters |

It’s curtains for West Glenwood’s Mall 3 theaters

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Richard Tuleszewski worked at the Mall 3 theaters located in the Glenwood Springs Mall for about two months. He moved here from Colorado Springs to help close the theater that has been a mainstay at the mall for 30 years.”The atmosphere had changed a little over the past couple of weeks,” Tuleszewski said. “But we’ve seen more people coming into the theater, and the team had a pretty good time working together.”On Sunday, after the 7 p.m. showings of “Speed Racer,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” and “Baby Mama,” Tuleszewski flipped the open sign to closed for the final time. Now, Tuleszewski will return to Colorado Springs and work at another of the approximately 310 Carmike Cinema owned theaters. Carmike Cinemas is headquartered in Columbus, Ga., and currently has theaters in 37 states nationwide, usually in more rural areas.Carmike Cinemas’ director of marketing Dale Hurst said the Glenwood location was one of a few that recently closed, but he did not have a specific number or where the other locations were.”I know we’ve closed one or two in different locations,” Hurst said, citing low attendance as the reason for the closings.”Business does not warrant some of the locations to remain open,” Hurst said.He couldn’t say for sure that it was “low attendance” alone that caused the Mall 3 to close.”Of course I don’t know – 100 percent – that it was due to failing attendance,” Hurst said. “All I know is that we were unable to operate successfully at the location. But, anytime we close a theater, it’s a last resort.”Carmike Cinemas is hailed as one of the largest movie theater companies in the nation despite having filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August 2000. Less than two years later, the company completed its reorganization and purchased George Kerasotes Corp. (GKC Theatres) for a reported $66 million.The loss of the three-screen theater in Glenwood is bittersweet for crosstown rival John Buxman, owner of the Springs Theatre on Grand Avenue.”It’s always been weighted in their favor,” Buxman said. “Sometimes it was frustrating not being able to get movies we wanted because they had the contract.”But now Buxman will be able to have “first dibs” on some of the summer’s biggest hits, including the new Indiana Jones movie.”These are two Paramount (Pictures) movies that we would never have gotten in the past,” Buxman said. “This theater will sort of have new life, I just wish we had more screens to better serve the city. It’s a shame to only have one.”This is the second large business to close in recent months at the Glenwood Mall following Red Mountain Books, which closed in April. Mall administration didn’t want to comment on May 9, regarding the closing of the theater, and a call to the mall on the future of the space was not returned on Tuesday.Hurst was unable to say if Carmike was interested in opening another theater in the area in the near future.”I have not heard anything just yet,” Hurst said. “But, today we’re not sure, tomorrow could be an entirely different story.”Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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