Marquette, Michigan – May 16, 2014 – Thomas Theatre Group opened the doors today to the brand new Marquette Cinema on Commerce Drive.
When you walk through the doors at the new theater the first thing you notice is the carpet – a beautifully detailed, 17th century styled map of the Upper Peninsula, with all three Thomas Theatre Group locations (Iron Mountain, Escanaba, and now Marquette) marked by red stars.
That map, says Thomas D. Andes, president of the Thomas Theatre Group, is there for a reason – it is a reminder that the theater was built by a local family.
“We’ve been in business for 93 years,” Andes pointed out. “I’m a fourth generation business owner, I have an 8-week-old son that’s in the lobby — he’s the fifth. This is a big deal for my family.”
Andes went on to discuss the challenges that were met by Gundlach Champion and applauded all of the contractors that were on site during the construction of the new facility, 85-90% of which were local to either the U.P. or Michigan.
“It’s my land, it’s my property, it’s my building,” said Andes, “but I will tell you that it is not here today without the extraordinary efforts put forth by Gundlach Champion and workers from around the U.P.”
Thomas Theatre Group is dedicated to bringing the latest cinema industry technology to the Upper Peninsula and they have vision and hearing impaired systems to give the best movie going experience to every customer.
Andes also announced a drive thru around the back of the cinema would be coming soon to allow customers to take treats home without having to get out of their cars!
The new cinema is family friendly with a party room for birthdays and corporate events. Even the prices are family friendly.
“We do not live in a large city so we won’t charge large city prices,” said Andes. “We want to be a destination not only for date night but for families as well so we kept ticket prices as low as possible.”