A week or so ago, Gossips reported that the building at the end of Fairview Plaza, which for decades had been Fairview Cinema 3, was to be a movie theater again. This time, however, it won't be an independently owned theater. It will be part of the a franchise: Cosmic Cinemas. Also, it won't be a movie theater with a concession stand selling popcorn and candy. It will be a "first-run cinema eatery," following the model of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.
A little sleuthing discovered that the person behind the new plans for the former Fairview Cinema 3 is Terrell Braly, who was the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas from 2001 to 2005. According to his LinkedIn profile, as CEO of Alamo Drafthouse, in Austin, Texas, he expanded what had been "a small local 5 screen concern with 16 employees to a 47 screen concern with 1000 employees." He also "conceived and co-founded the franchise division" of Alamo Drafthouse.
In 2006, he sold his interests in Alamo Drafthouse and founded Cinebarre, with the goal, again quoting from his LinkedIn profile, "of entering selected national markets on a controlled strategized growth with an enhanced premium cinema eatery experience he had pioneered in Texas."
In 2016, he sold his interests in Cinebarre and formed a new entity, Cosmic Cinemas, "with the goal of taking the first-run cinema-eatery concept I pioneered in Austin to a new level." It is this new level of cinema eatery that is coming to a shopping plaza near you in Greenport.
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