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Austintown cinema gets new operator, Plans major renovations

December 18, 2019
Ron Selak Jr. , The Town Crier

New Castle, Pa.,-based Golden Star Theaters will take control of the 10-screen Regal Austintown Plaza cinema and plans an extensive remodel of the building.

Regal will stop operations Dec. 31 and Golden Star will take over Jan. 1, after which the facility will be closed for about 90 days while the renovation work happens, said Frank Moses, president of Golden Star Theaters. The final movies will be shown today.

The goal is to be reopened by the spring movie season, he said.

"We love the market, it fits us, it's within our geographic area," Moses said of Wednesday's announcement. "We thought there was some great potential and we love the community."

The renovation into what Golden Star called a luxury theater includes new refreshment stand, seats, digital projection, digital surround sound and party area for kids. Moses could not say how much the renovation would cost.

"The building is 20 years old. It's in nice shape, but it needs some renovation," Moses said.

When the renovations are completed, what will be called Golden Star Austintown Cinemas "will be the most modern and up to date" theater of any in the region, said Dan DeSalvo of P&S Equities, Inc. in Mineral Ridge.

"Austintown Plaza is continually searching for businesses to come to Austintown and be part of the plaza and deliver quality goods and services to the people of Austintown," said DeSalvo, who manages leasing and development for the Mahoning Avenue plaza, in a news release. "We think Golden Star does that and will add to some other new businesses not yet announced that will be part of the plaza in the very near future."

Golden Star is a family-owned theater chain with these locations: Shenango Valley Cinemas and Cinema 8 in Hermitage, Pa.; Century Square and Luxury Cinemas in Pittsburgh; Westgate Cinema in New Castle, Pa.; and Country Club Cinemas in Cumberland, Md.

It has been in the cinemas business for more than 30 years.

"Western Pennsylvania has always been our home and we're excited to expand into Ohio, allowing us continued growth and loyalty to customers," Moses said in a news release.

Said Austintown Trustee Jim Davis, "We're ecstatic to No. 1, not have a vacant theater in the community and have to seek out a new owner, but No. 2, just the level of what they are bringing to the community. These guys are invested in their product."



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