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University Cinemas of Athens to manage Athena Theater

ATHENS, Ohio (June 8, 2005) -- University Cinemas of Athens has been chosen to take on management responsibilities of Ohio University's Athena Theater beginning July 1. The agreement is for two years with a mutual option for two additional years. Local residents Emmett Conway and Rick Frame recently founded University Cinemas of Athens.

Athena TheaterIn addition to its regular movie scheduling, the Athena Theater will continue to provide first-run and unique independent films, run its successful partnership with the Athens Film Festival and midnight movies in conjunction with the University Program Council (UPC) and present special film programs.

Ohio University and University Cinemas of Athens will be evaluating and updating current projects and equipment to assure the highest quality of service to the Athena Theater's customers in the coming years.

The Athena Theater is currently under the management of Classic Theatres Inc. The management group was instrumental in assisting with the reopening of the Athena Theater in 2002 and has provided the Athens community and Ohio University students many film entertainment options at the Athena Theater. Their agreement expires June 30.

Ohio University purchased the local landmark in 2001 from William Duerson of Lancaster, Ohio, and restored it to the look and grandeur of its heyday in the 1940s before it reopened in February 2002. The 18,600-square-foot facility includes one theater upstairs (approximately 230 seats) and two theaters downstairs (about 165 seats each).

Since, it has reclaimed its place as an Uptown landmark as part of a cooperative effort between the university, community and businesses to maintain the Uptown's vitality.

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