More than a year after the Showcase Cinemas inside Kenwood Towne Centre closed suddenly (which was preceded by the unfortunate shuttering of the plush, old-school Kenwood Twin across the street back in 1995), the local movie landscape gets a shot in the arm this week with the opening of the Kenwood Theatre (7815 Kenwood Road) on Friday.
Located in an extensively renovated space where Henredon Furniture once sat, the new endeavor will be run by Theatre Management Corporation (TMC), the same outfit that operates the area's lone art-house spots, the Esquire and Mariemont theaters.
According to TMC President Gary Goldman, the Kenwood will offer a similar mix of independent fare and mainstream Hollywood features across its nine screens, which range in seating capacity from 50 to 300.
Unlike its two TMC cousins, the Kenwood will offer beer, wine, margaritas and other alcoholic concoctions, all of which can be drunk while watching your movie of choice (and which will be a sweet complement to Gaspar Noe's head-tripping Enter the Void if it opens here). The Kenwood will also serve up an impressive array of food — from specialty baked goods to snazzy cappuccinos to sushi from nearby Embers — all of which adds up to what seems like an unprecedented paradise for local movie lovers.
Kenwood Theatre's Opening Gala, which benefits the Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission, takes place 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Go here to read Jason Gargano's blog post on the new theater facility.