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Corydon Cinemas makeover, take three

The Corydon Twin Cinemas that opened in 1984 will barely be recognizable once three new movie screens are added. The current makeover, which started last week on the south side of the cinemas, becomes the third part of the Corydon Cinemas makeover trilogy.
‘I started expanding discussions about six months ago,’ said Chris Byrd, who has been the owner of the Corydon Cinemas since Jan. 1, 2005. ‘It was something I wanted to do when I purchased the theater from my dad.
‘I wanted to get familiar with the movie business and make a successful business first before I expanded, though.’
The three new screens, which are scheduled for completion during early May, will rank first, third and fourth, when comparing the amount of available seating. One of the new screens will seat roughly 260 people. Currently, the largest, theater one, holds 210. The other two new ones will each hold about 180 people.
James L. Shireman Inc. is the contractor for the project.
Byrd talked to his peers in the movie business to figure out if expansion would rate two-thumbs up.
‘I talked to other independent theater owners, and they said it worked out for their business,’ he said. ‘You rarely see a ‘one movie’ or ‘twins’ anymore.’
Byrd directed the second part of the makeover trilogy in February 2005, causing the cinemas to close for almost three months. He added a new sound system to three of the four theaters, installed stadium-style seating in two of the theaters, and redecorated the lobby and concession area.
All three new screens will have the stadium-style seating and sound systems similar to the other theaters.
The community should benefit from the screens because it almost guarantees a new movie each week, but there is still a chance that won’t happen.
‘We’ll be able to provide more variety, and, hopefully, now we can put films that are doing well in the stadium seating screens,’ said Byrd, instead of putting them in the current third and fourth theaters.
His father, Edsel, who owned the cinemas from 1984 to the end of 2004, directed the first makeover in 1989, doubling the amount of screens from two to four.
Other changes are also planned.
A new set of rest rooms, as well as a party room, which can be rented out for birthday parties and other events, is in the construction script. They will be added to the new wing of the cinemas.
Outside, the parking lot will be expanded on the north and west sides.
The recently renovated lobby and concession area will remain the same, and the cinemas will continue to have its marquee displayed outside.
Ticket prices will also remain the same, at least for now.
Even with new technologies designed to give people more options to see movies, such as movie-rental stores and pay-per-view, Byrd believes people still want to ‘go out’ to see a movie.
‘Even with a great home theater, people still want to experience movies on the big screen,’ he said. ‘People by nature are social; they want to go out. There’s nothing like seeing the picture on the big screen.’
Byrd asks for patience from moviegoers during the construction. The south entrance and exit has already been closed off. Parking is on the north side and in back of the theater.

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