Phoenix Theatres Rise

DUBUQUE, IA – Rising from the ashes, a new movie theater enters the Dubuque social scene.

Located in Kennedy Mall where the former Mindframe Theaters used to be, Phoenix Theatres offers a new space for moviegoers to enjoy. It may not be as popular as Mindframe yet, but General Manager Stephanie Rainey is optimistic that the new theater will be well-received by the community. She also expressed the hope that the company would take an active interest in Dubuque as well.

In talking to LCTV News, Rainey explained the various improvements the theater undertook. “We have the fully reclining, heated seats, we’re serving alcohol here…we came in here, and we just cleaned everything up, and just tried to improve it to a standard that we think, you know, everyone deserves to watch movies at…”

The seats are a special selling point. Unlike other theaters, the Phoenix Theatre chain, headquartered in Michigan, makes an effort to have mechanical, reclining seats, complete with temperature control.

While the new amenities are nice, people in Dubuque are wondering what is going to happen to the social events that Mindframe Theaters used to host. Rainey said that the Phoenix administration is planning to continue these traditions, including hosting local independent films.

She also said that there hasn’t been too much negativity since the new theater was founded, and that it has been busy since its grand opening on April 6.

If you would like to learn more about the theatre and find information on showtimes, you may visit their website. You may also see the story on LCTV’s YouTube page.

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Levi Bernhard is currently a senior student at Loras College. He originally hails from St. Benedict, a small town near Algona, Iowa. Levi is a reporter and crew member for LCTV News, and helps contribute stories to productions. A couple years ago, he worked as an intern at Kossuth Regional Health Center, recording and editing videos. This past January, he went on a travel January Term course to Greece, where he helped create a couple of short documentaries about the country. He enjoys being in media studies because he likes the concepts of telling stories to wide audiences, and working with a variety of technology. He is also in media studies because he has a dream of becoming a filmmaker.

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