The empire strikes again
With eight new screens going up in Providence, the Force is with Westates Theatres
By Mike Ingraham
Herald Journal, 25 August 2002
The new Providence 8 Stadium multiplex, the centerpiece of Spring Creek Village at 517 West 100 North, is due to be completed in November 2002. The auditoriums, which range in size from 140 to 300 seats, will have wall to wall screens and digital sound systems. The Stadium 8 "will have both slopes and stairs, the audience entering at mid theater and heading either up or down."
Westates Theatres built Movie 5 in North Logan five years ago. The multiplex was intended to be part of a commercial complex with good access, but instead Westates found themselves alone. "We have tried everything . . to alleviate traffic congestion . . "
"Westates is committed to downtown Logan and has plans to remodel Cinema 3 within the next year."
"Providence Stadium 8 will be followed by two new auditoriums in Pleasant Grove and then the Rudmans break ground in Washington County."
Tony Rudman, Sr. bought his first theater, the Davis Drive-In, in March of 1958. Two months later Tony Rudman, Jr. was born.
When Tony Rudman Jr. was a lad, his job was to patrol the drive-in. "Sneaky teens clambering out of car trunks would freeze in the beam from Tony's flashlight."
The Rudmans used to entertain Fourth of July audiences at the Davis Drive-In with fireworks. "We'd shoot 'em into an alfalfa field," Tony Rudman, Jr. Recalls. "We'd always set it on fire, and always had the fire department there to put it out. It was a great way to grow up."
Tony Rudman, Sr. "amassed a string of theaters, sold them, and bought them back again when the owners went bankrupt."