The Kerasoteses based their decision to open here on demographics, population density and the explosive growth in the Seaport District.“We chose to go look at various markets from coast to coast and identified where we think an Icon would be successful,” Gallivan recalled.
“Boston is one of the first locations that we had spoken about.”The Show Place Icon is part of what’s been dubbed One Seaport — 23 acres of waterfront land being developed for residential, retail, office, hotel and cultural and public use.
With you know, societal changes today — and you know behavioral patterns as such (think smartphones and chatter) there are a lot of people who just want to have an adult experience, and we feel that we provide that.”The Kerasotes family currently operates two other Show Place Icon theaters — one in Chicago, the other in Minneapolis — with five more planned after the Boston opening in California, Virginia and Washington D. Third generation owners Tony and Dean Kerasotes’ affection for a more refined experience might sound traditional but it isn't surprising.
Their forebears joined the movie exhibition business in 1909 with the opening of the family’s first nickelodeon in Springfield, Illinois.“At one point we were the fifth largest circuit in the country,” Gallivan said.
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“I think this may be off-putting, but I’d like to make an adult video,” he said, according to Famitsu.
They more or less boil down to, “If someone has money for this idea, heck yeah I want to do it.” That includes a movie adaptation, a true sequel to Drakengard, a remake of the first and, uh, an adult film.
He suggested that the first one, launched in 2010, was built for western tastes.
“I was told that ‘machos are well received’ in foreign countries,” he said.
New England's first Show Place Icon Theatre is readying 10 auditoriums, 855 heated seats, digital laser projection, a multi-dimensional sound system, floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall screens, an upscale in-house kitchen menu and a fully-stocked bar.
But unlike at many other high-end, 21st-century chain theaters, there will be no waiter service during show times and standard operating procedure for evening screenings limits admittance to the 18 crowd.
“We had over 100 locations and the thousand screens in 2009.”In 2010 the Kerasoteses sold most of their holdings — everything but three theaters — to the now behemoth AMC chain and shifted their focus on creating something new.