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It’s Back: Movie Theater To Open Friday

By Heather Walters

Ivanhoe Cinemas is under new ownership, and will reopen its doors to the public on Friday.
The theater has been bought by Rob McHone, who is an entrepreneur from Greensboro, N.C. He bought it in December and has since refurbished it, removing the theater’s former speaker system and screens and replacing them with state-of-the-art equipment. He has also upgraded the curtains and done other aesthetic upgrades, including a new color scheme and new projectors, he said. “It’s a work in progress,” he said. “We are opening on Friday with only two new screens, but what you see is only the start. You will see more progress in three months.”
Friday’s movie debut will feature two choices: Guardians of the Galaxy II and Boss Baby. Movie goers can also enjoy Pepsi products, candy and popcorn from a new concessions area. “Again, this is going to continue to be upgraded,” he said. “You will see a notable difference when you walk in, and that difference will continue. But I will stand toe-to-toe with any theater in Summerville or Charleston,” he said.
While McHone is from North Carolina, he does have ties to Colleton County. “I have relatives who live here,” he said. “It didn’t seem right for this movie theater to sit here empty. It should be used and people should be able to go there in their own community and see a movie.
“This is what I do. I have bought another theater in a similar situation in North Carolina,” said McHone.
City of Walterboro officials confirmed the theater is opening, adding that all proper permits and paperwork has been secured. “Walterboro deserves to hear a good story, and Colleton County deserves a theater,” he said.
The cinema closed in 2014 after being open for more than 20 years.
Additional summer programs, new movies and discounted fare plans are forthcoming, he said. Ticket prices have not yet been announced, but will be announced by McHone before Friday, via social media, he said. The Colletonian will continue to follow this story.


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