Tuesday, March 10, 1998

Mililani next in line
for more theaters

Consolidated should have
more than 100 screens
in Hawaii by year 2000

By Russ Lynch


A new 14-screen theater complex to be built at Mililani Town Center will bring Consolidated Amusement Theatres' statewide movie-screen count past the 100 mark by the time it opens in October 1999.

By about a year after that, Consolidated's other plans will bring its total to more than 120 screens. The company also said it is working on longer-range plans for a couple of dozen more screens.

The newest announcement, made jointly by Consolidated and Mililani developer Castle & Cooke Properties Inc., calls for a 56,000-square-foot multiplex with additional space for a restaurant, coffee shop and retail businesses. Castle & Cooke said Consolidated signed a 20-year lease.

Neil Haltrecht, vice president of real estate for Consolidated, said the company will continue to operate its existing five-screen complex at the Mililani shopping center, giving it a total of 19 to serve the residents of Central Oahu and the North Shore.

Consolidated, which has 55 screens on Oahu and 20 elsewhere in the islands, earlier announced plans for five additional screens at Pearlridge West and eight at Koko Head Marina. It is negotiating to build another 10 in a new multiplex at the Temple Valley Shopping Center in Kaneohe and is trying to lease some land to open more at the Windward Mall.

Consolidated's biggest announcement recently was for a 20-screen cluster to open in the year 2000 on the vacant "superblock" at Keeaumoku Street.

The new Mililani multiplex fits well with Castle & Cooke's continuing development of that center, said Lucien Wong, president of the company's commercial division. Mililani Town Center already has Wal-Mart, City Mill, Long's Drugs and Star Market stores and a number of office tenants and smaller retailers.

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