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Charly Haley, Published February 07 2013

Moorhead's Safari 7 Cinema for sale

MOORHEAD – People who enjoy the Safari 7 Cinema here will eventually have to watch their movies elsewhere.

The theater, known for its cheaper ticket prices, is up for sale.

Safari was put on the market in January by its owners, Milwaukee-based Marcus Theatres, said Carlo Petrick, communications manager for Marcus Theatres.

Safari will stay open “until a suitable buyer decides to purchase the building,” Petrick said. There isn’t anything in the works for a sale at this time, he said.

Petrick said the buyer would be “someone who would develop the property for other uses.”

Safari is located at 925 30th Ave. S. It screens older movies with a ticket price of $2.50.

Marcus Theatres decided to sell Safari because it screens 35mm film, and installing digital equipment for a value theater is too expensive, Petrick said.

Most studios have informed theater companies that 35mm will soon be discontinued, he said.

Marcus Theatres’ other two local theaters – Century 10 and West Acres in Fargo – screen movies digitally.

Safari opened in 1972 with two screens, owned by State Theatre Co., a Moorhead company. It was purchased by Cinema Entertainment Corp., of St. Cloud in 1985. The theater reached its seven screens by 1988.

Safari started showing movies for $1 in 2001.

The theater was purchased by Marcus Theatres in 2007.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Charly Haley at (701) 235-7311

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