Penn Cinema brings first IMAX theater to Delaware

By Tom Lehman 12:15am, December 14, 2012 - Updated 11:13am, December 14, 2012
WDEL's Tom Lehman reports
A ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon marked the opening of Penn Cinema Riverfront - Delaware's first IMAX Theater.

Among those in attendance was Wilmington Mayor Jim Baker, who says the city gains an attraction that can draw audiences members across the state.

"We're going to get a lot of people certainly with the IMAX, because they won't be able to get one within 50 miles of here, so that within itself is a great thing," Baker says.

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Penn Ketchum, managing partner and co-founder of Penn Cinema, says the 3,000 seat, 15-screen theater brings a high-quality facility to Wilmington.

"The concept is, this is a world-class theater, and you know what? I think this is a world-class city," Ketchum says.

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Wilmington Mayor-Elect Dennis Williams was among those in attendance, and says he thinks the theater will help attract families to the Riverfront area, one reason why he wants to have a constant police presence.

"We're gonna have officers at fixed locations here. This will be a fixed radio district and officers will be permanently assigned here," Williams says.

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He says Penn Cinema Riverfront could attract visitors to the city's downtown area due to its proximity.

A Midnight screening of the Hobbit was among the opening attractions for the theater.



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