New seating, alcohol part of Jasper 8 overhaul

From Local Sources

JASPER — North Park Cinemas has officially taken ownership of the Jasper 8 Theatres and is planning renovations for the eight-screen theater for early 2020.

The company, headquartered in Evansville, is family-owned and operated and operates Showplace Cinemas.

Renovations in Jasper will include adding plush, reclining seats to all auditoriums; renovating the lobby; updating the concession; and replacing countertops, flooring and signage throughout. A brand new bar, which will serve wine and beer, and a lounge area will also be added.

The theater will continue to house a full concession with all the traditional favorites, such as fresh popped popcorn, a wide variety of candies and Pepsi refreshments. Concessions will also be outfitted with brand new, self-serve soda machines, and special refillable popcorn buckets will be available for purchase twice a year.

The theater group will offer patrons a rewards program and specials throughout the year, including $5 ticket Tuesday’s and the new Sunday Pass deal. Patrons will be able to use their Jasper 8 gift cards until March 31, 2020, and may begin purchasing and using Showplace gift cards immediately.

Showplace Cinemas has been in business since 1973 and the new Jasper facility will be its ninth location throughout Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. These new screens will take the company to a total of 86. Renovations will begin in early 2020.

According to Herald archives, the Jasper theater became Jasper 8 Theatres in 1998 after a big renovation by then owners Associated Theatres of Louisville, Kentucky. Before that, it was the Jasper 3 Theatres.

BR Associates purchased the theater yet in the late 1990s. That company later became SERVUS Inc., which sold Jasper 8 to North Park Cinemas earlier this month.

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