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Hays movie theater has new owner





Starplex Cinemas has acquired ShowPlex Cinemas, which includes Mall Cinema, 2925 Vine. ShowPlex Cinemas operates 10 theaters and 92 screens in the Midwest.

With the purchase of Overland Park-based ShowPlex Cinemas, Starplex Cinemas has created a top-12 theater chain with 32 locations across the United States.

"The addition of ShowPlex's quality assets will complement Starplex's growing domestic footprint, including the expansion of our presence in the Midwest market," Starplex Cinemas CEO Steve Holmes said in a statement.

The two companies combined now will operate 32 theaters and 320 screens in 11 states.

Traci Hoey, director of marketing for Dallas-based Starplex Cinemas, said the company is not yet ready to announce any plans for improvements at Mall Cinema.

"We're working with the landlord on improvements, but nothing to announce yet," she said.

Hoey said the same management team and employees will remain in place.

She did not know if additional employees would be hired.