Theater to Switch Hands

By: Lauren Keeling Email
By: Lauren Keeling Email

UPDATE 6:25pm 03/29/2011

It won't be long before an older theater under new management re-opens in Marietta. Regal Cinemas 7 at the Lafayette Center in Marietta will remain closed for a few days, as Odyssey 7 Theaters makes the building their new home.

Theater staff says patrons are going to notice a more family friendly atmosphere with family budgets in mind.

"The biggest changes will be in the prices," says General Manager of Odyssey 7 Threat res. "The box office prices the concession prices will all be going down, which people have asked for for a long time."

Oliver says he looks forward to the new management and what customer response will be.
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Cheaper prices and more family friendly fare are just a few changes coming to the movie theater in Marietta once it becomes the Odyssey 7 At The Lafayette Square.

Currently owned by Regal Cinemas, the theater will change hands April 1st.

Steve Tripp, with Odyssey Theaters, says the first thing people will notice is the attention his company pays to community and its needs.

Tripp says the company plans to be very active in the area with promotions and specials.

He says Odyssey will place an emphasis on families -- from family friendly films to family friendly pricing.

Also, over the summer the theater will also transition to digital projection, become 3-D capable and have new rocker chairs installed.


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  • by lana hanes on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:41 PM
    head s up cinema 5 in detriot lake mn you should look into is curret owner cant pay rent
  • by Shari Location: Marietta, OH on Apr 7, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    That's great that the prices are going down but what about all the accumulated Regal Cinema points I have?? I'd planned to take the family to a movie! We go often, I don't want to drive to Parkersburg, WV.
  • by anonymous Location: wv on Mar 30, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    Anyone know if Regal gift certs will be honored?
  • by Mooovie on Mar 30, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    This is great! I went to regal in the grand central mall bought 2 tix $18, popcorn $10, 2 pops $11, A roach crawling on the seat in front of me....priceless. I think Ill drive to Marietta.
  • by wornout Location: ntown on Mar 30, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    This is good news for the MOV. I wish the new owners well.
  • by judy Location: belpre on Mar 30, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    When we moved to this area it was a long time before we even knew there was a theater in Marietta. If you want business you have to let people know where you are and what you have to offer. Remember not everyone is from here and know where things are.
  • by Steve Location: Southside on Mar 29, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    Wahoo! Glad to hear about the upgrades. Stadium seating is awesome! Mike I went and seen Avatar in Bridgeport at Cinemark in the Meadowbrook mall when it came out. Its was in digital Real3D. Those theaters are nice but it costs a lot in gas to go there these days. Like Liz though if they dont show R rated movies I wont be going since some of the ones I like are R rated. I agree with everyone else to. Regal cinemas in the mall are seriously in need of upgrades. If Marquee Cinemas came to town they would lose a heap of business.
  • by John on Mar 29, 2011 at 04:33 PM
    I for one will be checking it out. I HATE what Regal has done to the theater in the Mall. It is terrible the seats are falling apart, it is always dirty, and WAY overpriced. The 3-d movies elsewhere (like Athens) aren't near as expensive as they are here. Competition is a good thing. Maybe if the business starts moving the Mall theater will finally upgrade and stop charging such ridiculous $$$.
  • by Ash Location: Pburg on Mar 19, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    I for see it being perfectly fine, and it's about time a theater around here did thit. On another note what about the theater here in Parkersburg? They can't even fix their seats, and they charge an arm and a leg for everything. They NEED to re-vamp badly. I'd love to not have to spend $40 to see a movie and get snacks, and sit in seats that have springs poking you in the rear!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2011 at 08:48 AM
    its bout time regal gets some competition around here. Regal Cinemas have been ripping off the ppl around this area long enough. if you drive to nelsonville movie tickets there are half the price of regal cinemas and also the food is like 4 times cheaper than regal cinemas. regal cinemas is the worst run theatre around they just rip everyone off. hopefully this new theatre will do better.
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