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Does Carmike have plans to add the Big D digital format at its existing complex on Cinema Drive since the Monkey Junction complex will not be built?

Cassie Foss


Carmike Cinemas does not have firm plans to develop any new theaters in the area or change its existing Wilmington movie theater, a company spokesperson said this week.

Plans to build a 10-screen, 1,800-seat theater in 35,000 square feet at the Villages at Myrtle Grove at 5511 Carolina Beach Road fell through in early March due to a reciprocal easement agreement that blocked developers from building a theater at the property, according to Ziff Properties, the company that manages the shopping center.

But Carmike hasn’t given up on developing a new theater in Wilmington,  company spokesmen Terrell Mayton said Tuesday.

Mayton said it would be “premature” to comment on whether the company is scouting for locations for a new theater or has plans to enhance its existing theater at 111 Cinema Drive near Market Street.

“We’re still looking at all the options right now to see what will work,” Mayton said. “As soon as we have a concrete plan, we’ll release it.”

Plans for the Villages at Myrtle Grove theater included Carmike’s redesigned auditorium format –  the “BIG D” – that would offer a wall-to-wall screen measuring 78 feet wide and more than three stories tall.

Movie goers form a line Monday afternoon outside of Carmike 16 in Wilmington on a rainy day. StarNews file photo.

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