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In Carrollwood: hello movie theater, goodbye O'Brien's Pub

CARROLLWOOD — A new cinema with eight screens and in-theater dining is coming to the Main Street Shopping Center.

But to make room for it, an area landmark may have to leave.

Main Street Cinemas, which is owned and operated by the same group as Channelside Cinemas 10, recently signed a lease with the shopping center's property owner, RMC Property Management Group.

The building on N Dale Mabry, north of Hudson Lane, will span 20,500 square feet and show the latest films. In keeping with CineBistro theaters in Wesley Chapel and Hyde Park, movie­goers will be able to order from a restaurant-style menu and be served inside the theater.

Main Street, however, will have a more family friendly vibe, said Mitchell Rice, RMC's chief executive officer. Space will also be available for local group meetings, parties and special events. The theater is expected to open in May.

"We're excited about the use that Carrollwood residents will get out of this," Rice said.

The excitement, however, is tempered for some. O'Brien's Pub has been in the shopping center for 21 years. But RMC has refused to renew the restaurant's lease, said Bernie O'Brien, adding that RMC told him the movie theater needs to include the space where his restaurant is located.

Some businesses in the shopping center are looking forward to the potential onslaught of customers the theater may bring, although many are also lamenting the loss of their longtime pub.

"We hate to see O'Brien's go," said Bob Cloudman, who owns Jenn's Wine Shop.

"They've been here for 20-some years, they're a landmark," Cloudman said.

Vincent Stefano said he and the other employees at Main Street Medical are excited about having a movie theater so close, but don't want O'Brien's to leave.

Rice, of RMC, declined to comment on the lease situation.

O'Brien also owns pubs in Brandon, Plant City and Riverview. About 18 people work at the Carrollwood location.

The restaurant's lease ends on March 25, O'Brien said, and no plans have been made to relocate yet.

"It's done, there's nothing we can do about it now," he said this week. "We've just got to move forward."

Other businesses in the shopping center include Mimi's Cafe, Michael's Grill and CrossFit Jaguar. Another theater, Main Street 6, once occupied space in the shopping center, but was closed by owner Carmike Cinemas in 2000. The new theater space also housed a business called the Relocation Town Center for a few years.

Shelley Rossetter can be reached at or (813) 226-3374.

In Carrollwood: hello movie theater, goodbye O'Brien's Pub 11/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 18, 2010 3:30am]
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