On Monday, September 22, Harkins Theatres celebrates 75 years of Ultimate Moviegoing in Arizona.
Over the past 75 years, Harkins has become known for its innovations and signature amenities including:
The Harkins PlayCenter - an in-lobby childcare facility where for only $6, children can play in a safe, secure environment supervised by certified professionals while Mom and Dad watch a movie.
The Harkins Ultimate Rocker® - high back, rocking love seats, wall-to-wall screens and state-of-the-art digital sound technology.
Unprecedented concessions - featuring an enormous menu including hot food selections such as Freschetta pizzas, White Castle cheeseburgers, churros and popcorn chicken.
The Cine Capri - boasting a screen three stories high and over 70 feet wide, towering before 600 high-back rocking chair loveseats. Paying homage to the original Cine Capri that closed its doors in 1998, today’s Capri is featured at Harkins Scottsdale 101 and Harkins Tempe Marketplace and has become the place to see all Hollywood blockbuster films.
From the beginning, Harkins Theatres has been the only place in Arizona to see foreign, art and independent films. As a means to keep the lights on in the early days, Dan Harkins relied on the success of these smaller films. Today, Camelview in Scottsdale and Valley Art in Tempe frequently can be found among the nation’s top venues for this product. Additionally, Harkins has been a key partner to local or independent filmmakers as a venue to launch their films. Harkins Valley Art featured the independent hit What the Bleep Do We Know for 52 weeks and in 2005, locally produced Never Been Thawed played for eight weeks at Valley Art. Other independent films such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Life is Beautiful and Volver generated much success in their Camelview debuts.
To celebrate the anniversary, Harkins Theatres has planned the following:
Sunday, September 21
Harkins will release a special tribute section of the Arizona Republic. The tribute contains photos and interviews with the people and community partners who have helped make Harkins Theatres a success in Arizona.
Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28
As a thank you to Arizona moviegoers, all guests of Harkins Theatres locations will receive a scratch and win game card, with the chance to win collectible movie items, iPods, movie tickets, FREE concession coupons and one lucky winner will receive a year’s worth of FREE MOVIES.
“Arizona has always been supportive of Harkins Theatres and the people of this state have been instrumental in our tremendous growth, “ says Dan Harkins, Owner of Harkins Theatres. “We are grateful for the support and the love this community has shown us and are very proud to have been given the opportunity to entertain Arizona for 75 years and hopefully 75 more.”
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