This week on The Local Show, we examine trends in the movie theater business with David Brain, President and CEO of Entertainment Properties Trust, a Kansas City based real estate investment trust (REIT) which has invested over $1.4 billion in megaplex theaters around the country. We profile the local non-profit MINDDRIVE and its innovative approach to energizing the minds of at-risk high school students. We continue our Women and Girls Lead series with a profile of Kansas City Star columnist, Jenee Osterheldt. And finally, we share scenes from two current theater productions: The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Kansas City Repertory Theater and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Unicorn Theater.
Last year, the number of people going to movie theaters in the United States hit a 16 year low. With state-of-the-art home theater systems, Red Box kiosks, Netflix and movies you can download to your phone is it any wonder movie theaters are finding it hard to compete?
Last month, Overland Park based movie theater chain Dickinson Theaters declared bankruptcy. They own half a dozen area theaters including the West Glen, the Palazzo and the Blue Springs 8, which they plan to close. And with Kansas City based AMC recently selling to China, we thought it would be interesting to find out what on earth is going on in the movie theater business from someone who’s thoughts are prized on the subject.
David Brain is President and CEO of Entertainment Properties Trust in Kansas City which has invested over $1.4 billion in more than 110 megaplex theaters around the country, housing over 2,000 movie screens.
At first glance, you might not see much of a connection between the building of electric cars and at-risk, high school-aged kids, but MINDDRIVE, a Kansas City, Missouri-based non-profit, is making one. Producer Cara Myers profiles this local non-profit, where at-risk teens are not only building innovative electric vehicles, but they are also being inspired to learn and expand their vision of the future. When we’re so often told about the problems of young people, here’s a positive story for a change.
We continue with our occassional series of features we call Women and Girls Lead in which we profile females from all walks of life who inspire us with stories of resilience, hope and empowerment.
The series, created for the web and TV, is a collaboration between KCPT and the Independent Television Service. This week, we meet Kansas City Star lifestyle columnist Jenee Osterheldt.