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Bloomington-Normal, IL: Wehrenberg Theatres Expanding to Central Illinois

Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2007 11:47 AM

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Press Release

St. Louis, MO – Wehrenberg Theatres is ready to expand again, this time with a new theatre in Bloomington-Normal, IL. The megaplex will house 14 screens in a free-standing facility near Rte. 9 and Hwy. 55. The theatre, dubbed The Galaxy 14 Cine – Bloomington, will be part of The Westgate Plaza at Interchange City West and Wylie Dr.

All auditoriums will feature stadium-seating, dynamic Dolby Digital Sound with sub-bass enhancements and wall-to-wall screens. One such auditorium will house over 500 seats, making it the largest auditorium in central Illinois.

This auditorium will also showcase Wehrenberg’s new “Mega-Screen,” a massive 70-foot wide by 50-foot high screen filling an entire wall. This giant screen is capable of showing large screen formats such as 8 perf-70 MM. The Galaxy 14 Cine - Bloomington will be only the second theatre in the two-state region equipped with this innovation. (The Galaxy 14 Cine in Chesterfield, MO is the other.) The enormous auditorium will also boast the best technology in sound, featuring dynamic Dolby Digital with sub-bass enhancement.

This amazing theatre will not only include technologies previously unseen in Bloomington-Normal, but certain Wehrenberg staples will be built-in as well. All auditoriums will surround guests in the full comfort of Wehrenberg’s plush “snuggle-seats” with cupholder armrests. “Snuggle-seats” allow guests to raise armrests out of the way for more room, or so couples can sit closer.

An expanded Family Entertainment Area will house the most advanced electronic games along with the most popular redemption games, sure to engage children of all ages. Favorites such as Dance Dance Revolution and MaxFlight, the virtual roller coaster and flight simulator, will be on-hand to entertain children and adults alike.

Fred’s Drive-In, another popular Wehrenberg innovation quickly becoming a guest favorite, debuts in Illinois with the Galaxy 14 Cine – Bloomington. Fred’s offers guests fun foods not commonly associated with theatre fare. The expanded menu boasts delicious items such as pizza, ice cream, chicken strips and toasted ravioli, a traditional St. Louis appetizer in which ravioli is breaded and deep fried. Food can be enjoyed in Fred’s seating area, designed to look like a nostalgic 50’s diner, or it can be taken into the auditoriums.

Of course, traditional concessions like hot, buttered popcorn, ice-cold soda and all the favorite candies will be available at the vast concession stands. Also, complete party rooms will be available for children’s birthday parties, and the spacious auditoriums are perfect for group and corporate events.

The planned construction will begin this summer and should be completed by the Christmas holiday season. Wehrenberg Theatres has shown interest in the Bloomington-Normal area for several years, and had other tentative plans to build. The company did not want to settle on a location and have finally found a site perfect for both the circuit and community, according to Ronald P. Krueger, Chairman and Co-CEO.

“Bloomington-Normal deserves the best facility at the best location, and we have found it. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have locked into this site and will begin building right away,” said Mr. Krueger.

Ron Krueger II, President of Wehrenberg Theatres, added, “We have wanted to be a part of the Bloomington-Normal community for years and have not been able to find the perfect fit. Our standard is nothing less than ‘Entertainment Excellence,’ and we look forward to introducing just that to Bloomington-Normal.”

Wehrenberg Theatres currently operates fourteen cines in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. A fifteenth theatre is currently under construction in Dardenne Prairie, MO.

Celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2006, St. Louis-based Wehrenberg Theatres is the oldest family-owned and operated theatre circuit in the U.S. Ronald P. Krueger, 3rd Generation, Chairman and Co-CEO of Wehrenberg Theatres. Ronald P. Krueger, 4th Generation, President of Theatre Operations.

Source: Wehrenberg Theatres Press Release

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