Wednesday, May 11, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish – After months of construction and anticipation, Parish President Natalie Robottom and members of her Administrative staff, Council Members Michael Wright, Larry Snyder, Julia Remondet and Lennix Madere, joined operators Doug and Kathy Collins for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of the newly-renovated LaPlace Movie Theatre, “Acadiana Cinemas.” Economic Development Committee Chairperson Peggy Joseph, State Representative Randal Gaines, Riverlands Shopping Center co-owner Robert Bruno, Chamber of Commerce Director Chassity McComack and Ambassadors were also in attendance.
Owners Doug and Kathy Collins acquired the LaPlace theatre when it closed last fall with a focus on giving the historic movie venue new life – one that was cleaner, safer and more appealing to all ages. Renovations included upgrades to the auditoriums, the lobby and restrooms and reconfiguration of several small auditoriums into larger auditoriums converting the cinema into a five screen theatre. “Our theatre isn’t a Megaplex but it is an inexpensive option for entertainment,” said Doug Collins. “We pride ourselves on good management, good staffing and an overall enjoyable experience for attendees.”
Additional upgrades included stadium-style seating, oversized VIP-style lounge chairs, a new ticketing system and new concession stand. The Collins are no stranger to the theatre world – the proprietary duo own four other theatres across the state which equips them with knowledge of what works and what doesn’t work. "It is refreshing to support a team who knows the importance of running a successful establishment and understands the movie industry, reasonable prices and family fun,” said Parish President Robottom. “We encourage everyone to visit the theatre and wish Acadiana Cinemas enormous success.”
Acadiana Cinemas held a special grand opening event prior to the ribbon cutting attended by 200 invited guests. The evening began with a blessing of the theatre by Deacon Rich Abbondante and guests were afforded a first look at the updated lobby, auditoriums and movie of their choice. “This theatre will be the key to the recovery of this entire area,” said Bruno.
In addition to movie premieres and showings, the theatre offers birthday party and school group rates, private screenings, facility rental packages and more. Residents can obtain more information and the movie schedule by visiting www.acadianacinemas.com. "Investments such as these not only grow our tax base but give our children a safe environment to hang out in,” said Michael Wright, Councilman District V.