St. Louis Joins The Megaplex Age

“Just three years removed from a rash of bankruptcies and cinema closings, [St. Louis’s movie] theater business is growing again. By early 2006, a building binge will add at least 56 new screens to the region’s western edge… In a transition that’s been far from painless, theater operators are continuing to move to these newer, larger cinemas. The trend takes amenities that debuted in the 1990s, such as stadium seating, and makes them standard theater fixtures. As a result, modern megaplexes are replacing smaller theaters from the 1970s and ’80s.”