No Movies on the North Side ... Yet

By: Mr. Wilson on August 15, 2008
Sorry north siders, but Marcus Theatres opted not to purchase seven acres of land at 27th and Folkways owned by Douglas Theatres. Had they purchased the land it wouldn't have guaranteed a new theater would arrive any time soon, but it would have given hope to all those who are sick of having to drive Downtown, to East Park, or even farther south to see Hollywood's latest and greatest. Likewise, the fact that they didn't purchase the land doesn't really mean anything. Maybe they have their eyes on a different spot, for example. Or maybe seven acres isn't big enough for them. (It doesn't sound very big to me, not that I would know how much land a theater needs.) You know, now that I think about it I wouldn't be surprised if north Lincoln's first theater shows up in the vicinity of 84th and Adams. Hmm...


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August 15, 2008 at 2:12PM

As someone that lives right in that area, it wasn’t just about having a movie theater on the north side.  For me, it was the other things that it would bring to that area (better restaurants, stores, etc.).  The 27th street corridor is just an eyesore.  It had so much potential and they just let it go down the crapper.  Maybe they need the 7 acres to put in another cattle-call buffet.  Ummmmmm!!!  Oh wait, I don’t think you can visually see the Applebee’s on 27th and Superior from this spot so technically they could build another one right there.

Another F from me on city planning.

August 15, 2008 at 2:57PM

Please got not 84th and Adams, I might as well go downtown then.  They need a nice one near 27th and I-80 I am sure it would do good business with all the hotels there.

August 15, 2008 at 5:54PM

Very disappointing news. 27th and Folkways is a perfect location for a movie theater; the proximity to homes, apartments, motels and North Star makes it a no-brainer unless the asking price was too high.

August 17, 2008 at 3:15PM

I’m not the brightest bulb in the pack, so forgive me.  I’m not quite following how the city planning’s “F” is involved in the north 27th “eyesore.”  Doesn’t the market play more of a factor?  Can the city restrict what types of businesses (like an Applebee’s) go into that area?

Again, I’m not the smartest person…I just don’t understand the “Another F…” comment.

August 18, 2008 at 1:05PM

When Johanns (sp?) was mayor, he envisioned 27th street to be more like I-180.  My comment on the city planning is they have to set up the zoning.  You are right, once they declare it commercial, Applebee’s can put in 3 locations if they foot the bill.  But overall, they had a chance to make 27th Street a better gateway years ago, and now they just seem to be piling the crap higher and higher.

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