Make us your home page
Instagram

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 srossetter@sptimes.com 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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. SeaWorld shares drop Monday to 2017 low after disclosure of federal subpoena

    Tourism

    The Orlando parent company of SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks saw its stock drop 3.5 percent Monday to $15.10, its lowest price of this year.

    Killer whales perform at Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld in Orlando in 2011, before public pressure was placed on the theme park company to curtail its orca shows.SeaWorld has since announced an end to the traditional killer whale entertainment  at its theme parks. [AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack]
  2. Rick Scott appoints longtime ally Jimmy Patronis as Florida CFO

    State Roundup
    Rick Scott appoints Jimmy Patronis (background) as CFO. [STEVE BOUSQUET | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Local gas prices plummet as Fourth of July holiday travel approaches

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Local gas prices are enjoying an unseasonal dip around the $2 mark just in time for the hectic Fourth of July holiday travel weekend.

    The price of regular unleaded gasoline has dropped to $1.99 at a Rally station on Pasadena Ave. South and Gulfport Boulevard South, South Pasadena.
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  4. Air bag recalls, lawsuits lead Takata to file for bankruptcy

    Autos

    Shattered by recall costs and lawsuits, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed Monday for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people.

    Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada bows during a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of defective air bag inflators.
[(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi]
  5. Airbag maker Takata bankruptcy filing expected in Japan, U.S.

    Corporate

    DETROIT — Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of faulty air bag inflators.