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Theatre vs. theatre 23 Jan 2001 15:32 #1147

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From Bar Harbor, Maine comes the story of The Criterion a National Landmark art deco gem (a little tired) and The Reel Pizza a one screen pizza/movie theatre. Reel Pizza got permission from the planning board to expand to two screens. A wildly popular little place where you keep your eye on a bingo board to see when your pizza # is called they are open year round in this busy summer and dead winter place. The Criterion has successfully stopped them in mid construction by finding that movie theatres are not "permitted uses" under city planning codes. Even though the Criterion is grandfathered and by the way closes from Sept until May! They are in their 3rd appeal now! I hope they (Reel) wins. Criterion argues that they won't be able to get films as they currently run first run stuff for one week on a circuit and Reel will hurt them at the distribs.

Mike Hurley

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Re: Theatre vs. theatre 24 Jan 2001 09:57 #1148

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This is a classic case of the fear of competition. Each theater in Bar Harbor has their own niche market and they can coexist peacefully. The difference between the two is apparent. This is a different story than when a megaplex comes into a small town and crushes the movie theater that has been there for years. Bar Harbor can support both theaters, especially since one is closed six months of the year. A non-issue?
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