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New theatre opening pushed back to 2020

Here’s a drawing of how the new Showplace Cinemas Theatre in Northfield Park will look. Plans now call for the eight-screen facility to open sometime next year.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

A new multi-screen movie theatre is, indeed, coming to New Castle. But not as soon as previously hoped.

Mick Stieler, president of Showplace Cinemas based in Evansville, confirmed with The Courier-Times recently that plans to build the theatre in Northfield Park next to the Henry County YMCA are “still up in the air.”

“We will have a groundbreaking ceremony when it is time,” Stieler said. “We’re still very early in the process. There will be a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, but it won’t be until next year.”

Stieler said plans call for the theatre to have eight screens “with the possibility to add more.” The theatre will show all first-run movies, with a two-to-four week rotation.

Originally, the hope was a new theatre might be built and open by November. 

Stieler, whose family has been in the movie theatre business for more than 50 years, said design of the new facility “is pretty set, with some minor adjustments.” A drawing of how it will look from the outside is featured with this article.

The new theatre will also offer a movie rewards program, where customers earn points for free concessions and tickets.

The Castle Theatre, which had served this community in downtown New Castle for 80 years, closed last fall. Mayor Greg York and other city officials are working to obtain ownership of the building and transform it into a multi-purpose venue for local performers and other events.