December 1, 2023

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A Charlotte motion picture theater will not reopen right after closing amid COVID, court filings show

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Charlotte is getting rid of yet another motion picture theater — one particular that had been open for only a few months ahead of the coronavirus pandemic began.


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Studio Film Grill and landlord Lockard Midland failed to negotiate a new lease for the University Metropolis locale, according to an purchase signed Monday by U.S. bankruptcy choose Stacey Jernigan. The buy was submitted Tuesday by Frank Wright of the Regulation Offices of Frank Wright, symbolizing Studio Film Grill and Movie Grill Principles XXXII, the Charlotte location.

The Texas-primarily based dine-in movie theater chain experienced confirmed July 13 to The Charlotte Observer that it would reopen the Charlotte site but did not have a time-body as lease negotiations ongoing.

But the most up-to-date courtroom filings Tuesday show all those negotiations failed and the lease was formally terminated that similar day.

Studio Film Grill had been hopeful for the negotiation of the new lease at Prosperity Village, Studio Film Grill spokeswoman Lynne McQuaker claimed Tuesday.

“Regretfully, it ongoing to be a sticking point that could not be amicably resolved with the landlord,” McQuaker explained.

Studio Motion picture Grill owed more than $3.5 million in lease payments to Lockard, the Observer has previously described. Lockard was also searching for administrative expenditures for storage of Studio Film Grill’s house following the enjoyment location had turned down the lease.

On July 27, Studio Motion picture Grill notified Lockard and creditor 1st Horizon Bank that it supposed to clear away its private home from the premises, Tuesday’s courtroom filings in the case demonstrate.

This week’s court order pertained to a dispute over remaining own assets and fixtures, exclusively the 979 luxury recliners and kitchen merchandise, these as freezers and fridges, at the Prosperity Village venue. The choose explained Tuesday that 1st Horizon Financial institution, on behalf of Lockard, violated the approach by denying Studio Movie Grill entry to retrieve its personalized home.

Officers with the Frank Wright regulation offices did not promptly respond for remark Tuesday. FisherBroyles, the regulation firm representing Lockard, declined to remark.

About Studio Motion picture Grill

Studio Movie Grill opened the University City theater just three months prior to the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns commenced in March 2020. Film theaters in North Carolina ended up permitted to reopen last Oct with COVID-19 limits.

Nevertheless, Studio Movie Grill, which had regularly been rated as 1 of the speediest escalating corporations in the U.S. in advance of the pandemic, submitted for Chapter 11 personal bankruptcy protection in Oct. The firm exited individual bankruptcy in April.

On Tuesday, Studio Movie Grill stated 20 locations open on its site and Charlotte as “temporarily closed.”

The Prosperity Village site in the former Bi-Lo store at 5336 Docia Crossing Highway was the next Studio Film Grill locale in Charlotte. The very first theater locale at Epicentre in uptown opened in 2013 but closed just before the pandemic.

The University web site was a $12 million challenge, CEO Ted Croft told the Observer prior to the Prosperity Village theater opening.

Other theater closings

Studio Film Grill isn’t the only Charlotte-space theater that completely closed in the course of the pandemic.

Regal, primarily based in Knoxville, Tenn., completely shut The Manor Twin, Charlotte’s previous art property, in the Myers Park community. AMC Theatres also closed its Rock Hill location.

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