By Paul Schmitt
Winona area moviegoers have been without a home lately with the closing of Winona 7 Theatre for renovations. Expected to reopen on Oct. 26, the improved building will contain stadium seating in every theater, brand new seats, larger screens and improvements to the lobby and exterior.
The renovations come after a 15 year span during which no changes were made to the building. Cinema Entertainment Corp., the company that owns the Winona 7 Theatre, as well as 18 others decided it was time for a facelift to keep up with today’s standards.
“It had been 15 years, when Cinema Entertainment Corp. had purchased this theater and the last time the theater was renovated,” said Theatre Manager Jason Fremstad. “That's a lot of years of theater use and a lot has changed.”
Fremstad said that he hasn’t been informed of an increase in ticket prices as of yet. He added that moviegoers can expect to see a couple titles that were released during the theater’s hiatus including “Taken 2” and “Paranormal Activity 4.”