Lake area residents and visitors have been patiently awaiting the opening of one of the lake's newest attractions, Eagles' Landing 8 Cine. Wehrenberg Theatres newest cinema opens to the public on Nov. 1 in Lake Ozark.
The more than 23,000 square foot theater will feature eight auditoriums, state of the art equipment, an indoor box office, self-serve beverage station and a large lobby with a game room area. The concessions will offer more options to patrons including pretzels, Dip-n-Dots and alcoholic beverages.
For Wehrenberg Theatres, the new cinema is all about giving back to the lake area. Since opening Osage 5 Cine more than 20 years ago, Wehrenberg has called the lake area home.
"We have been a part of the lake community since 1986 when we first built Osage 5. It was time to say goodbye to the old, tired five-plex designed in the '80s and bring a facility that is state of the art with rocking chairs, snuggle seats, comfortable auditoriums and bigger screens to the community," Wehrenberg Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer William Menke said.
One major difference in the Osage 5 theater and Eagles' Landing 8 will be the parking. At the Osage Beach Premium Outlets, moviegoers shared a parking lot with shoppers. Now, patrons will have an exclusive parking lot.
"One of the things we recognized throughout the years is that the factory outlet mall has become so successful with over 100 shops and that parking was really difficult for our patrons to find on the weekends when we run some of our most popular shows," Menke said. "Here we are a free standing building in the Eagles' Landing Shopping Center with more than 300 free parking spaces specifically for the theater and no one else to park in. It's an easy exit. They can drive right up to the theater and find parking in the front and in the side."
Osage 5 Cine will continue to remain open, giving the Osage Beach/Lake Ozark area 13 screens which means more opportunities to see the movies patrons want to see.
"There will be shows that have not been able to be shown because there was not enough screens to play them," Menke added.
The brand new cinema with all its features will offer a new place for locals and visitors to spend a weekend or rainy day.
"We want this to be Hollywood for everyone at the lake," Menke said.
Thomas Construction of Osage Beach was the general contractor on the project that was announced in 2012.
To see Menke's version of Hollywood before it opens officially to the public on Nov. 1, Lake Media is inviting the public to Customer Appreciation night on Oct. 29. To see a movie, one must bring a toiletry item such as shampoo, conditioner or toothpaste for CADV or a new toy for a boy or girl age 3 to 12 to be donated to Kids' Harbor. Doors open at 6 p.m. and movies begin at 7 p.m. Movies to be shown include "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Runner, Runner," "Jurassic Park 3D," "The Dark Knight," "Back to the Future," "Rush," "We're the Millers" and "Prisoners." Seating is limited and based on a first come, first serve basis.
Page 2 of 2 - Enter the Lake Media Pumpkin Carving Contest for free movie passes
A pumpkin carving contest will be held in conjunction with opening of the new Eagles' Landing Ciné 8 and the Lake Media Customer/Employee Appreciation Night Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Lake Media and Eagles' Landing Ciné 8 are co-sponsoring the contest, which is open to anyone. Prizes are a year's worth of movies for two people, defined as 52 individual movie passes. Some restrictions may apply.
Pumpkins must be registered or dropped off between noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the new theater. Judging will take place between 7 and 8 p.m. Oct. 29.
The contest is not open to Wehrenberg Theater or Lake Media employees or their immediate family members. Winners will be contacted no later than Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Registration will be at time of the contest.
Other rules include:
•Participants can buy or grow their own live pumpkins. Artificial pumpkins will not be allowed. Carving must be done off-site.
•Participants may enter more than one pumpkin.
•Pumpkins must be fresh at time of entry. Judges have the right to refuse any pumpkin deemed not fresh at entry time.
•No purchase is necessary to win.
•Pumpkins must be reclaimed after the contest. Those unclaimed by end of business Wednesday, Oct. 30, will be disposed.
•Pumpkin entries must not contain candles or flames.
•Winners under the age of 18 will need a parent or legal guardian present at the time prizes are released.