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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Shopping center – and community ­– ­suffer a hit

  • With little warning or fanfare, the Dickinson Plaza Cinema 6 closed its gates for good Friday at the Leavenworth Plaza.


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  • With little warning or fanfare, the Dickinson Plaza Cinema 6 closed its gates for good Friday at the Leavenworth Plaza.
    In an email to the Leavenworth Times theater representatives said they were canceling the movie listings for Friday, and that after Thursday’s shows the cinema was going out of business.
    No other reasons or comments were given, but the Dickinson Theater chain must have determined the location was no longer profitable.
    It’s a loss to the Leavenworth-Lansing community, as the the theater attracted hundreds of movie-goers each weekend. It’s one less recreation option for area residents. Fortunately, the community still has one theater for movie fans – The Landing 4 Theaters at 225 Delaware St. in downtown Leavenworth.
    It’s also another blow for the Leavenworth Plaza, once hailed as the community’s top shopping destination. Now, more than half of the stores in the Plaza are vacant. Like many other shopping centers, the economy has taken its toll. The structure is also aging, and in need of a makeover.
    Leavenworth city officials say they are encouraging the Plaza’s developer, Dial Properties headquartered in Omaha, to bring forth a redevelopment plan to the city, and that economic incentives such as tax increment financing could be possible to help pay for the project.
    Attempts to reach Dial Properties representatives for comment were unsuccesful, but let’s hope the company accepts the city’s invitation and comes up with a good idea to rebuild or rejuvenate the Plaza.
    It’s too good of a location to go to waste.
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