Posted by Dave Dykema - email
MAUMEE, OH (WTOL) - There will soon be fewer options for movie-goers in the area.
Later this year, the screens will go dark at the Maumee 18 Theater located on Conant St. in Maumee.
While an official announcement has yet to be made from Rave Motion Pictures, the new owner of the Maumee 18 Cinema complex, Maumee Mayor Tim Wagener is getting ready for it to close by the end of summer.
"We got word of this on Monday," Wagener said.
Ty Szumigala, the Director of the Maumee Indoor Theater, a second-run movie house, says he is not surprised considering Rave Motion Pictures, based in Dallas, also operates theaters at Fallen Timbers and Levis Commons.
"It's a shame," Szumigala said. "It's a first run film house. They do a lot of great things there but they have an awful lot of screens in this area."
For the mayor, the last thing he wants happening is the Maumee 18 becoming the next Showcase Secor, a building sitting vacant with no economic activity, because the owner refuses to sell to a competitor.
"It's my nightmare, or Showcase in front of Target on Monroe St.," he said, talking about another vacant theater. "Oh my God, that cannot happen."
For him the best case scenario will be closing the Maumee 18 temporarily, saying he's hoping when he hears from Rave he'll find out they have other plans for that property.
The mayor says turning it into an IMAX complex could be an option. "Rave may actually be thinking of make this. There's been talk for a couple of years [about] IMAX and how there's no IMAX theaters in this region."
Maumee 18 opened 12 year ago. Calls to Rave's corporate office were not returned.
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