Espanola, New Mexico, theater makes 12th theater property for Mitchell Theatres

WICHITA — Brian Mitchell regularly drives between his family’s New Mexico theaters in Taos and Los Lunas, so he couldn’t help but notice the Dreamcatcher 10 theater in Espanola, N.M.

“Actually, there’s a stoplight right there,” he says. “I had to sit there and look at it.”

He and his family, who own Mitchell Theatres, considered buying it but thought someone else beat them to it. Then, they discovered that deal fell through.

“That’s when we jumped in on it.”

The family now owns the 10-screen theater, which makes its 12th theater property. This makes the fourth theater it has purchased from Storyteller Theatres.

“When you drive by something every time, it was like, OK … we’ve got to see about buying this thing,” Mitchell says. “That’s the farmer in us, I guess. You pass a piece of ground … .”

The family, including Mitchell’s siblings Brent, a lawyer at Martin Pringle, and Kendra Ramsey, who lives in Texas, is a farming family that bought its first theater in Newton almost seven years ago and has been steadily acquiring new theaters ever since. The family also owns the Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

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Mitchell Theatres buys Colorado theater

UPDATED — On the heels of entering New Mexico to expand its chain of theaters, Mitchell Theatres has now added a fifth state: Colorado.

The company purchased Skyline Cinema in Dillon, Colo., an eight-screen theater that serves the Summit County resort community. That includes Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Frisco, Copper and Dillon.

This makes 11 theaters and 81 screens that the Mitchell family owns. The family, including Brian Mitchell and his siblings Brent, a lawyer at Martin Pringle, and Kendra Ramsey, who lives in Texas, is a farming family that bought its first theater in Newton six years ago and has been steadily acquiring new theaters ever since.

The Colorado acquisition was completed the Monday after the July 20 shootings in an Aurora theater, which is about 80 miles from the Dillon theater.

Brian Mitchell says while he was in Colorado for the purchase, he drove to Aurora to visit a memorial to the victims.

“It’s a surreal feeling,” Mitchell says. “Your heart goes out to the families, but it’s also inspiring because you’d visit with people around the memorial.”

He says he contacted each of his family’s theaters regarding security after the Aurora shootings. Mitchell said he instructed managers to hire extra security officers if they felt they were needed, and some did. He says the theaters are still allowing costumes at shows, but not full masks or fake weapons.

“You didn’t want to eliminate the experience of dressing up for Batman, but you want to make everybody feel safe.”

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Mitchell Theaters buys two more theaters

WICHITA — What Brian Mitchell once described as a hobby is clearly anything but just for fun.

Mitchell Theaters has purchased two more theaters: the 7-screen Storyteller Cinema in Taos, N.M., and the 8-screen Starlight Cinema in Los Lunas, N.M. That brings its total to 10 theaters with 73 screens in four states.

“This hobby has gotten out of control,” Mitchell says, laughing.

The Mitchell family – which includes Brian Mitchell and his siblings Brent, a lawyer at Martin Pringle, and Kendra Ramsey, who lives in Texas — is a farming family that bought its first theater in Newton six years ago and has been steadily acquiring new theaters ever since.

Now is an ideal time to buy theaters, Brian Mitchell says, because of Hollywood’s requirement that all theaters convert to become digital.

“The digital conversation really has the industry in chaos,” Brian Mitchell says. “It created an opportunity for us.”

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Mitchell Theatres purchases former Lakeside Theatre in Woodward, Okla.

WICHITA — Mitchell Theatres has purchased another theater, this time in Woodward, Okla.

The ever-busy Brian Mitchell knows it’s a lot.

“I’ve got to get this done here pretty quick because we’ve got corn harvest coming,” he says.

The Mitchell family — which includes Brian Mitchell and his siblings Brent, a lawyer at Martin Pringle, and Kendra Ramsey, who lives in Texas — is a farming family that bought its first theater in Newton five years ago and has been steadily acquiring new theaters ever since.

Last month, the family bought Belton Cinema 8 in Belton, Mo., which made its seventh chain of theaters in the region.

The Woodward acquisition, which includes an expansion, means the family will have 58 screens.

The Woodward City Commission approved an $800,000 incentive package for the theater deal.

The Woodward theater is the former three-screen Lakeside Theatre.

Brian Mitchell says it appears to have been built in stages, with one screen across the lot from two other screens.

“It’s the craziest deal.”

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Mitchell Theatres acquires Belton Cinema 8 in Belton, Mo., for its seventh theater group

WICHITA — Mitchell Theatres has acquired its seventh chain of theaters in the region, which means it now has 52 screens.

The Mitchell family’s acquisition of Belton Cinema 8 in Belton, Mo., marks its first foray into the Kansas City area, but it’s not likely to be its last.

“There could be more opportunities up there,” says Brian Mitchell.

He operates the business with his siblings, Brent Mitchell, a lawyer at Martin Pringle, and Kendra Ramsey, who lives in Texas.

The Mitchell family is a farming family that bought its first theater in Newton five years ago, and Brian Mitchell says lessons from farming are proving beneficial in the theater business.

“It’s kind of the farm concept,” he says of managing expenses by buying carefully and doing remodeling and other work themselves.

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