Uptown Update received this email yesterday from the proposed operator of the movie theatre planned for Lawrence and Winthrop.
This morning I spoke with Jim Gouskos regarding the progress of his Lawrence and Winthrop Street project(s). He suggested that I e-mail you and introduce myself, my sons, and the Meadow Theatre Group, as well as bring you in on our plans for the proposed movie theatre to help allay any concerns you, or other community residents, may have in regards to our operating the theatre.
I have been in the motion picture exhibition business since 1974. As of 1989, I owned and operated 42 separate multi-screen theatres throughout New England and New York State. The largest of these were 10 screen theatres that I both designed and constructed. In 1989 I sold my theatre interests to United Artists Theatres to pursue other commercial real estate development opportunities.
In 2000, I resumed operation of one of the theatres that I sold to United Artists. This location is currently being operated by my sons (Joshua and Alex) and me. Joshua, a licensed Florida attorney, works with me in all administrative and accounting functions necessary for the orderly operation of the theatre. Alex (now a producer for Feld Entertainment, Inc.) served as the on-site manager of this theatre for three years and was responsible for the operation of the theatre and maintenance of physical plant. Additionally, Alex was (and still is) exclusively responsible for “booking” the movies from the distributors and was responsible for all advertising and public relations for the theatre.
We have excellent relationships with all the major, and minor, film distributors (Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Sony, New Line, etc.) and have been assured that first run motion pictures are and will be available for this proposed location, without any delay (that is, if a film is to open nationally on August 17, it will open in our theatre on August 17).
One or both of my sons will move to Chicago to become the on-site theatre manager(s). This will ensure excellent ‘hands-on’ ownership/management. Our operating projection model reflects first run film availability and ‘state of the art’ digital sound and video equipment in nine stadium style cinemas. We expect to make a multi-million dollar investment in the theatre equipment and the accompanying appointments to the building itself.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Philip W. Meadow
Meadow Theatre Group, LLC