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    More screens at the Criterion, and more choice

    (9/15/2006) Cinema history will officially be made Friday morning, September 15.

    Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and the partners of the smash success Criterion Cinemas, Charley and Ben Moss of Bow Tie Cinemas, will officially “open” an additional two new auditoriums, just in time to debut the new Josh Hartnett – Scarlett Johannson film, “The Black Dahlia,” directed by Brian DePalma, and “Half Nelson” starring Ryan Gosling.

    The ribbon cutting takes place Friday, at 9:30 a.m. at the Criterion, 80 Temple St. The public is invited to attend, and the Criterion is even offering pairs of free movie passes to the first 20 who attend the ribbon cutting and enjoy a free sneak peek.

    The Criterion first opened in November 2004. The expansion of the Criterion brings the total number of screens available at the Criterion to seven. The Criterion is bucking a trend in which many movie theatres have been unable to make it in urban settings. “To have a downtown, urban theatre do well enough to add two additional screens is phenomenal,” DeStefano said. The Mayor said the synergy has been mutual. “The Criterion Cinemas at Temple Square has been a very positive catalyst, not just for the expansion of quality movie-going downtown, but also in sparking further rejuvenation of Temple Street.”

    Moss said the look of the new auditoriums is much the same as the original five. Guests can expect the same custom-designed seating, wide screens, and Dolby Digital Stereo sound. In the renovation process, the ladies’ room at the theater has been expanded as well.

    “We have increased the overall movie market in New Haven,” Moss said. “The Mayor and the City have succeeded in creating a vibrant city center, with more people living downtown than any other city in the State. The theater will continue to present a select mix of the finest in first-run Independent and Commercial Films. Bow Tie Cinemas’ Criterion Club awards program continues to be a leader in the exhibition industry, rewarding free concessions and tickets to guests for repeat visits to the theater.”

    It is the mission of Bow Tie Cinemas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bow Tie Partners, to ‘return style and elegance’ to the movie-going experience.

    Bow Tie Partners is a real estate development and entertainment company with principal offices in Manhattan and Aspen, Colorado. Bow Tie Partners specializes in the redevelopment of historic and architecturally significant properties by adding value through a combination of physical redevelopment, creative change of use, financial restructuring and market repositioning. Bow Tie Partners is soon to open cinemas at the Blue Back Square development in West Hartford, Conn. The company will also open cinemas in downtown Schenectady, NY, and Richmond, VA in the near future, and already has an operating cinema in Aspen, CO.

    Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. joined Charley and Ben Moss in cutting the ribbon on the two additional screens at the Criterion.
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    Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. joined Charley and Ben Moss in cutting the ribbon on the two additional screens at the Criterion.

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