Tuesday, December 27, 2011

LaPlace movie theater completes face lift

New Year's brings a season of turning over new leaves and starting fresh. But this year, few can claim to be starting fresher than Vishu Mandava, owner of the Hollywood Cinemas 7 movie theater in LaPlace.

A pair of new high-backed movie seats await installation at LaPlace's newly renovated Hollywood 7 movie theater.

This past week, crews have completed the installation of hundreds of new high-back, rocker-style seats in the theater's seven auditoriums. And with that, Mandava -- who bought the then-neglected facility a year and a half ago -- will put the finishing touches on months' worth of renovations.

"Everything is new," Mandava said during a recent tour of the theater in which he showed off the upgrades. "We've replaced almost everything" over the past 16 months.

That starts with a renovated lobby, which Mandava connected to the Baskin-Robbins ice-cream parlor next door -- which he also owns -- to allow patrons to bring ice cream into the theater. It also includes the two new digital projectors recently installed so the theater could offer 3-D films, as well as a number of smaller touches, such as fresh paint and the like.

With the installation of the new seats -- which include leather headrests and cup holders -- the overhaul is complete.

"People used to have to go to (the AMC) Clearview (Palace) or to Baton Rouge to see 3-D movies," said Mandava. "Now they can come here."

Mandava, who also runs the Hollywood Cinemas 9 theater in Kenner, said renovation plans there have been shelved until he learns whether the locally owned Southern Theatres chain intends to go through with its plans to build a competing multiplex in the Jefferson Parish city.
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