By BVN Staff
Movie house shuttered since September to get new owners
People mourning the death of the downtown CinemaStar can cheer up. The movie theater abruptly shuttered in September has new suitors. - Los Angeles-based Maya Cinemas.
Last week San Bernardino City Council gave the company the go ahead to negotiate with San Bernardino Economic Development Agency officials to buy the theater.
Maya Cinemas Chief Operating Officer Frank Haffar rolled out ambitious plans to remodel the theater and bring in a bevy of new restaurants and retail stores to the area.
"Our plan is to give the downtown theater district a new life for families and children."
The idea said Haffar is to lure residents back to downtown in conjunction with the city's long range massive redevelopment project.
The theater at Fourth Street has 20 screens, offices and a concession venue. CinemaStar now in bankruptcy owes the city nearly $575,000 in back rent. City officials declined to say how they plan to resolve the discord. Reportedly CinemaStar has yet to return keys to the theater.
Maya Cinemas operates a 14-screen cinema in Salinas. Haffar predicts if negotiations are successful some of the theater's screens could reopen by December.