May 29, 2022

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Studio Movie Grill will not reopen its Charlotte theater site

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Studio Movie Grill opened in Prosperity Village just months in advance of the coronavirus pandemic. The dine-in film theater location, which has been detailed as temporarily shut in the course of the pandemic, will not reopen.


Charlotte is shedding yet another motion picture theater — a person that had been open for only 3 months right before the coronavirus pandemic began.

Studio Motion picture Grill and landlord Lockard Midland failed to negotiate a new lease for the University Town area, according to an purchase signed Monday by U.S. individual bankruptcy decide Stacey Jernigan. The purchase was submitted Tuesday by Frank Wright of the Law Workplaces of Frank Wright, symbolizing Studio Movie Grill and Motion picture Grill Concepts XXXII, the Charlotte place.

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

But the most up-to-date courtroom filings Tuesday clearly show individuals negotiations unsuccessful and the lease was formally terminated that identical day.

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

“Regretfully, it continued to be a sticking position that could not be amicably solved with the landlord,” McQuaker mentioned.

Studio Motion picture Grill owed more than $3.5 million in lease payments to Lockard, the Observer has earlier reported. Lockard was also trying to find administrative charges for storage of Studio Film Grill’s assets just after the enjoyment location experienced turned down the lease.

On July 27, Studio Film Grill notified Lockard and creditor 1st Horizon Bank that it meant to clear away its private property from the premises, Tuesday’s court docket filings in the case demonstrate.

This week’s courtroom buy pertained to a dispute more than remaining particular property and fixtures, particularly the 979 luxury recliners and kitchen area merchandise, such as freezers and fridges, at the Prosperity Village location. The choose reported Tuesday that Initially Horizon Financial institution, on behalf of Lockard, violated the plan by denying Studio Motion picture Grill access to retrieve its individual assets.

Officers with the Frank Wright legislation workplaces did not immediately respond for comment Tuesday. FisherBroyles, the legislation business representing Lockard, declined to remark.

About Studio Film Grill

Studio Movie Grill opened the College Metropolis theater just three months right before the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns commenced in March 2020. Motion picture theaters in North Carolina were allowed to reopen previous October with COVID-19 restrictions.

However, Studio Motion picture Grill, which experienced frequently been rated as a person of the swiftest expanding companies in the U.S. in advance of the pandemic, filed for Chapter 11 individual bankruptcy defense in Oct. The corporation exited bankruptcy in April.

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

The Prosperity Village location in the previous Bi-Lo store at 5336 Docia Crossing Street was the next Studio Film Grill locale in Charlotte. The initial theater spot at Epicentre in uptown opened in 2013 but shut just before the pandemic.

The College web page was a $12 million undertaking, CEO Ted Croft told the Observer right before the Prosperity Village theater opening.

Other theater closings

Studio Movie Grill isn’t the only Charlotte-area theater that forever shut for the duration of the pandemic.

Regal, dependent in Knoxville, Tenn., forever closed The Manor Twin, Charlotte’s final art home, in the Myers Park community. AMC Theatres also shut its Rock Hill location.

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Catherine Muccigrosso is the retail small business reporter for The Charlotte Observer. An award-successful journalist, she has worked for many newspapers and McClatchy for much more than a decade.

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