The United Artists Theatres chain, in an attempt to maintain its standing as the largest film exhibitor in the country, is in the process of reconfiguring itself. Here is a rundown of some of the company’s planned additions and subtractions.
- UA has two theaters set to open by Christmas in the Philly suburbs–nine screens in Upper Darby, Pa., and a 10-screen complex in Langhorn, Pa. The circuit plans to build a 14-screen complex in Washington Township and another multiplex in Chesterbrook by spring of ’94.
- In the “major target area” San Fernando Valley, circuit has two sites under consideration–an eight-plex in La Canada Flintridge and a 10-plex in Moorpark. Both are penciled in for completion in early 1994.
- New York expansion includes two locations on Long Island–Westbury and Commack. UA’s New York metropolitan rival is Loews Theatres.
- In Atlanta, UA is in negotiations on a 10-screen multiplex in Alpharetta suburb.
- In the greater Miami area, the circuit has a 12-screen complex on the boards for and plans an eight-screen complex in West Palm Beach for fall 1993.
- UA will open a six-screen multiplex in Sacramento by the end of the year, for roughly 20 screens in the area.
- UA is focusing much of its energies on under-screened Texas markets, including final negotiations for a 12-screen multiplex in Laredo. The circuit intends to continue to expand in the major markets of Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.
- Five locations are being refurbished, in Augusta, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Denver; San Francisco; and Baltimore.
- Forty-three screens are for sale in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
- The circuit is trying to pull out of such smaller Florida cities as Margate , Orange City and Plantation. It has seven theaters and 57 screens on the block there.
- UA has nine theaters and 47 screens slated for sale in Oklahoma.
- In the company’s home state of Colorado and adjacent Idaho, UA has a total of 23 theaters and 48 screens with “For Sale” signs.
- UA is negotiating to sell a California circuit its Las Vegas and Reno sites.